Friday

$5 Dollar Dinners Cookbook {Giveaway}

**UPDATED with WINNERS**
Congrats to Mel of Mel's Coffee Break, Lori of Building our Nest, Rose of Adventures in Savings, Sarah of Tired Mommy Tales and Andrea of Moody Mama Says!


$5 won't buy one meal at a fast food restaurant, much less feed a family.
(It will buy 3.5 cups of sweet tea. Just sayin').

I think that's why Erin's blog and book, The $5 Dollar Moms Cookbook is so amazing.She sent me a copy and I've been cooking out of it for weeks. Not only are the meals easy and g00d, THEY ARE CHEAP. Come to think of it, those are my three favorite requirements in life, too (easy, good and cheap!)

Not only are the hundreds of recipes, there were awesome grocery shopping, coupon-using, and bulk-buying tips. This is truly a great kitchen resource!

Cookbookcover The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook


Here's one of her recipes I love:
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Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil ($.40) 1/2 tsp salt and pepper, each 3 large garlic cloves, crushed ($.15) 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (from the garden) Handful of green beans, cut in tiny pieces (from the garden) Handful of basil (from the garden) 1 lb. angel hair pasta ($.82) On sale last week…although we only about about 1/2 of the pasta…saved the rest for lunch tomorrow! 2 split breast chickens, deboned ($2.55) Bought for $1.89/lb with $1 off coupon! 2 tsp olive oil ($.05) Salt/Pepper 2 broccoli heads ($.79)

1. In large skillet, add 1/4 cup olive oil salt, pepper, crushed garlic, halved cherry tomatoes, itty bitty green beans, and chopped basil. Saute over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until skins start to peel away from tomatoes. 2. In large saucepan, cook angel hair pasta according to package instructions, while veggies are sizzling! Drain. Add to skillet with vegetables. (I only used about half of the pasta…half filled up my largest skillet…and we were still stuffed!) 3. Cut chicken breasts portion from the bones of the split chicken breasts, and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips. Save bones and use to make stock…soup season isn’t too far off! Saute in 2 tsp olive oil with salt and pepper for 6-8 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Mix in with the pasta and veggies or serve on the side. 4. Steam broccoli in stovetop steamer or in the microwave, covered with plastic wrap. 5. Serve Angel Hair with Cherry Tomatoes, Chicken with Steamed Broccoli.

Cost $4.76

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I had the privilege of being on a panel with Erin at Blissdom last weekend. She is genuine and sweet and a Mom just like most of us.

Today, she's giving away FIVE of her $5 Dinner Cookbooks!!

Please visit her site, check out her book and leave a comment if you'd like to win!

205 comments:

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Welcome to M and M World! said...

Thanks for sharing....I'm always trying to cut spending on groceries. This sounds like my kind of book :0) Fingers crossed that I will be one of the lucky winners!

Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

Me! Me! Me! As a mom of many, it'd be great to be able to find even more ways to cut corners.

Lisa said...

We're trying to cut back on our grocery spending, and I'm a terrible cook. ;) Please enter me.
iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

Rachel said...

Oh I'd love to win a copy! I've heard so many great things about it & love Erin's site!!

Cathy said...

I most definitely need this to compliment my couponing!

ilovemy5kids said...

I LOVE reading cookbooks!!! Like my fave hobby... :)

Mainline Mom said...

Would LOVE a copy of this! I have been cooking at home so much lately, and always on a budget!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

My husband and children would be EVEN more thrilled than I would be to win!

~Christina said...

What an awesome giveaway!!

Alex Hall said...

I'd love to win a copy!! I actually won one through the giveaway she had just before Christmas, but I gave it away to someone who REALLY needed it! Let's just saying now I'm REALLY missing it! (But I know I did the right thing.....)

The Harringtons said...

Our goal for dinner is to reconnect as a family and fill bellies, but to accomplish this for less money is always a plus! :-)
-Leanne

Mary B said...

Love her - have perused her site before and I do try and do dinner on the cheap. This is on my amazon "wish list" even better to win one ;)

Rachel said...

I keep seeing this book being given away, so it must be awesome! I've been trying to cook at home, but get discouraged because I can't seem to save money. This would be perfect!

Jackie said...

I'd love to win this, always looking for cooking ideas!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

With a family of 5, I'm always looking for ways to save! Thanks for the heads up!

Paul & Monica said...

I would love to win!

christina said...

this would be great for when i move out - i never know what to cook and i definitely won't have a lot of money!

Kristen M. said...

I visit Erin's site often and this cookbook is on my list to check out.

kelly summers said...

oh please, please, please!

Tina said...

I just started reading her blog!
She is - A-maz-ing!!!!!!
I would love this!
I have been wanting to order one - so it would be the best give-away win ever!!!!

Thanks for the opportunity

Eric and Danielle said...

Her recipes sound so awesome! I would love to win a copy of her book. 5 bucks! Awesome!

Amy said...

I REALLLLLLLLY want to win this book!!!! I have been following Erin forever. I NEED this book!

amy(at)amyticedesign(dot)com

Kelly said...

I have read good things about this book and I would really like to try it!

Ruthanne said...

I would love to have a copy of Erin's cookbook! I've heard so many wonderful things about it and I love her site.

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great, helpful cookbook. It's hard to stay on a grocery budget and I need some help!

bc0105@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Oh this would be awesome! Please enter me.

joannamattas@yahoo.com

Laurie said...

Yes, I'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE of of the $5 Dinner Cookbooks!

Linda said...

Wow looks like a really great book. I will be in Texas in March, darn I will have missed her book signing. I would love to win one of her books.

Kim said...

I would love to cut my grocery bill! Please enter me!

LaVonne said...

clicking over to her site now. thanks! this sounds like a great book to win and share with others!

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

If the recipes are EASY it would be perfect for me! I am so not a cook, but I need to be. I'd love to win!

Gretchen Magruder said...

Looks great! We just decided to try to cut our grocery budget, and this would be a huge help!

mommieof4munchkins said...

I am always looking for a great new cookbook and this looks awesome.

The Halbert Home said...

I looked at this cookbook last week at the store and would love to win one. The recipes looked really normal which is always a plus with a cookbook. Some cookbooks have such strange ingredients (ex. Rachel Ray) that they are a pain to make.

Cindy in PA said...

I would so love to win the cookbook!
I've been in a cooking rut for years (same old recipes). So to have new recipes for my family, that are inexpensive and nutritious would be like a cooking trifecta!

zzipper said...

I bought the book as a gift for a friend and have been thinking about getting it for myself.. would love to win it!

barbafamily said...

Sounds like a great cookbook!

UnfinishedMom said...

I have been wanting to try this cookbook for a while now.

CourtneyKeb said...

I'd sure love that!

Anonymous said...

This would be great. We're adding a new little one soon and it would be great to find a way to save money on meals when the expenses will increase in other areas.

mandyruthb(at)yahoo(dot)com

Eos Mom said...

We are in a serious dinner rut around here, I'd love to win!

Sheri said...

I have heard great things about this cookbook. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Lisa said...

Oh, I would love to win. I am constantly trying to cut the grocery costs around here. We went from a comfortable income to no income and cutting costs is priority.
~Lisa

Tammy Griffin said...

Love the idea and a great cookbook! Would like to try a recipe or two, nice giveaway. Thanks!

Amber, That's Me! said...

I am in serious need of some inspiration and ideas on a budget- even better! Thanks!

Bethany said...

Hi! I am a wife, mother, and teacher. I don't have much time to cook and am always looking for cheap, easy meals! I would love to get inspired with this cookbook! Enter me to win!

Amy@TheCircusMcGurkus.blogspot.com said...

I want one!

Britta said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book, would love to win a copy! Good luck everyone

Rhonda said...

I would be thrilled to win a copy of this exciting new book! Thanks so much for the chance!!!

Jackie said...

I love Erin's blog and would love to win one of her cookbooks. What a great resource!

Sara said...

I love her blog and think most of her recipes are great. I should probably just buy the cookbook if I don't win! :)

The Clines said...

Of course I'd love to win!

The Cate Family said...

With a family of 5 any grocery tips or cheap recipes would be a great help to me.

Lindsey said...

Always looking for ways to save on the grocery bill! This book looks wonderful.

mama hall said...

My hubby is always impressed when I can make a delicious dinner for our family on the cheap. Please enter me :) Thanks!

Mominin said...

Looks like a must have cook book! Thanks!

Kris @ WUHS and Eclipsed said...

I'd love to win! Thanks!

Mrs. Querido said...

How exciting..I remember stumbling onto her site a while ago!

I would love to win a copy of $5 Dinners!

Thanks for the chance :)

Jennifer said...

Oooh Oooh Ooooh! pick me pick me! every time you have a giveaway for this cookbook i enter it!!!!!!!

Vanessa Washburn said...

my new budget for 2010 would greatly benefit from this book.

The Mommy said...

LOVE it! I'm always trying to save money AND figure out what to cook for dinner!

Jennifer said...

I've heard many positive comments about Erin's book, and I'd love to try some of the recipes!

The Activity Mom said...

oooooh I NEED this! So awesome!

Muthering Heights said...

What a FUN giveaway!

I'd love to win a copy...she is so creative with just $5!!

Thanks for the entry! :)

~~~Alana~~~ said...

Fun!! :) Love it!

Melanie said...

I love this idea!! What a great website! Thanks for sharing!

Kari said...

Ohhhh bloggy friend- I love it and want it:))
Did you enter my BIG Valentine Giveaway... hurry, I pick a winner on VD after my hot date with hubby:))
xoxo

Chelsea said...

I don't garden, but this cookbook looks like great way to use all the veggies I get in my produce co-op!

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Anonymous said...

I would so love to have this cookbook. I've followed the blog a little and think it's awesome.
Brandi H
lawyer180@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'm always up for a cheap and an easy meal!
Thanks for entering me.
June
Kennlaff@comcast.net

Maria D. said...

Everywhere I look, I keep hearing rave reviews about this book. I hope I win!

becky said...

I love her and would be so excited to win her book! :)
sbfinnegan@yahoo.com

mandiegirl said...

Awesome! I've been trying to cook, period, to save some $$, so I can only imagine how much I'd save with this book! :)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Sounds right up my alley! And that recipe sounds really good and really easy.

Carla said...

I'd love to win a copy! Feeding a family of 11 is outrageous these days! :-)

Angie said...

I plan my meals for a month so I always have a plan. Doesn't mean we always stick to the menu, but it's there to help with decision making. I would love a new and cheaper way to plan my meals! Count me in (please)! :)

Preggo said...

I definetely need this cookbook!! The recipe sounds delish and I could use some major help in my kitchen and in my budget!! Andi @ andiree_7@hotmail.com

Barbara N said...

Love the whole thing how she includes the coupons she used & the break down of each ingredient. I would actually use this cookbook!

Susan Rodriguez said...

I am so excited about this. I have a question and I hope you have the time to read all our comments and respond back. I am looking into buying a freezer. But, will it's cost cover the savings? What make and model? Which features are essential?

TCobb said...

Saw this in the store . . . would love to have one!

Table4Five said...

I've been reading about this book all over the place and I'd really love to win one! With 5 people to feed including a 13 year old boy who eats twice as much as everyone else, I need ideas for inexpensive meals!

Alexia said...

Oh wow, I don't see how I could go wrong with this recipe book - it's cheap, easy and looks super yummy too!

Kristine said...

I've been trying to figure out how much my meals cost. I would love that book for more ideas for inexpensive meals!

Amy said...

Please, please, please pick me!

Surviving the Smiths said...

I would love it. I have followed her blog from time to time.

Sharon W said...

I love her blog and actually saw the book at Sam's Club the other day. But unfortunately it wasn't in the budget to buy. I would love to win a copy!

NeverEnoughTime said...

this looks like a cookbook I could sure get a lot of use out of!!!

We 2 B's said...

This cookbook looks awesome! I've been thinking of picking one up! Hopefully I'll win one! Thanks for always giving great reviews!

rene said...

Thank you so much for this offer and recipe, it sounds like an amazing book!!!

rene' said...

I posted above but forgot to leave my contact blog info...I'm kind of new at this :)

Crayl said...

This would be so very helpful right about now. Thanks for a chance.

Chick Hatchers said...

OK, I'm a total dork! Right after you posted this, I read it and browsed the linked site, read about the book and wondered where I was supposed to comment. I didn't see anything on her site about the giveaway. I came back here and there were no comments. I figured maybe I already missed it or was just totally lost. Now I finally got it. Maybe all my confusion will pay off and I'll win some major budget saving ideas for dinners! I'd really like this cookbook. Seriously, I probably spent 30 minutes earlier trying to figure out where the giveaway was and whose blog to comment on! I didn't realize YOU were giving them away here, I thought SHE was giving them away there. Go ahead, Laugh. I am.

mychildsview.blogspot.com

Lori said...

This is totally up my alley. Thanks for the great recipe as well! :)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I would love to win this book! What a great giveaway!

The Household 6 Diva said...

I would LOVE to win this book too! :)

Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth said...

This looks like an awesome book!

Sandi said...

My grocery budget could use an extreme makeover!

The Real Me! said...

I was just at Sam's yesterday and saw this book there and wanted to get it get it but didn't have the extra funds on me so I would love to have a chance to win.
Thank you.
Kim

Traci said...

I have been looking at getting this book for a while now. It would be a great help in the kitchen! Count me in!

Krista said...

Oh I would love to win this! As a first time mama to be, we are looking for any way possible to trim our budget. I cannot believe she makes such delicious sounding recipes (apple dijon pork) for under 5.00!

Sheila said...

I've been reading her blog for a while. I would love to win one of her books!

Sue D said...

I recently subscribed to her blog but would love to win her book--thanks for the chance!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Katie Lewis said...

Went to the bookstore the other day to get the PW Cookbook and saw this. It's on my list for next time so to win it would be great! :) Thanks!

fredandkatie@bellsouth.net

Vicky said...

I would love this! Pick me : )

vmccarville(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I think everyone is scaling back on budgets right now and what a great way to do it! Thanks for the giveaway!

ms_caldwell06@yahoo.com

Kate said...

I just found her website recently and it has been such a blessing - exactly what I need right now. It was be so wonderful to win a copy of her book. Thanks for this chance!
katiekatflan at yahoo dot com

Allison said...

I would love to win her cookbook! I've had my eye on it since it came out. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

em-jay said...

I'd love this book! I'm always happy to learn new ways to save money!
joyful[dot]too[at]gmail[dot]com

Martha said...

What a super website. I'll be going back to fully check out all the links. thanks.

stacief said...

Pick me! It looks like a great book!

Amanda said...

I didn't think making such cheap and easy meals were possible!! Thank you for introducing me to the website and cookbook!

Becky said...

This is a cookbook I could really use. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

jennschmerer said...

I'm hoping this will be the first thing that I have ever won!

The Howe Family said...

Can always use new menu ideas on the cheap!! Thanks. :)

Lisa said...

I'd love to win! Thanks for the giveaway.

TidyMom said...

I've been following Erin's blog for a long time! LOVE her recipes!! I entered almost every day when she gave away copies of her cookbook and never one......Oh I'm feeling lucky here today!! ♥

~TidyMom

Anonymous said...

Love $5 Dinners! The recipes are REAL with everyday ingredients that my family will eat. The best thing is they're affordable. I would love to have her cookbook!

Amy Lynn

Laanykidsmom said...

I have 4 kids and a hubby to feed. I'd love one!

Missy said...

This book sounds amazing - I'm trying to get motivated to get back into making meals ahead of time. With 3 growing boys, cost is continually a factor. Please enter me in the drawing!!!
melcurtis2002 at yahoo dot com

sunflowerlin said...

This would be awesomeness!! I find myself staring at the cupboard sometimes going what am I going to make? (At least 4 days out of 7!!!)

sunflowerlin said...

This would be awesomeness!! I find myself staring at the cupboard sometimes going what am I going to make? (At least 4 days out of 7!!!)

Angie said...

Ooooh, I would LOVE to win this cookbook! Thanks for the chance!

kaylaaimee said...

Would totally love to win (met her briefly that weekend as well- too sweet :))

Stay at Home Mom CFO said...

I'm in - That recipe sounds good the only thing I would add is fresh spinach from the garden ($0)!!

Anonymous said...

This would be great. My roommates and I are always on the look out for inexpensive and yummy food!


michellecullen1973@yahoo.com

Deann said...

I love her site! I visit it all the time for inspiration!

Mary said...

Saw this on a tweet by Erin! Nice giveaway. Count me in for sure!

mary at deepsouthdish dot com

lovingmylord said...

I would love to have this cookbook! I am looking forward to the day I become a wife and stay @ home mom, and it would help as I prepare! :)

Holly said...

Oh, I would love to have this book! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
matthollycart@gmail.com

Lifegroup said...

This is something everyone could use, but I REALLY could use this book. Looks like a good one!

Ann Leach

Lee said...

I need this book. Being part time pastors, full time group home counselor and SAHM, full time parents,... those professions just don't pay what they used to. My four year old is draining my grocery budget. Help!

Amy said...

I'd love to try this one out on the family:)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win! I'm excited about ANYTHING that makes dinner time easier! *fingers crossed!* ~Kirsten
b.k.parr (at) netzero (dot) com

Cheri Stalls said...

Thanks for the great reminder of the great panel and the wonderful long weekend spent at Blissdom! I'm trying to learn how to cook for just two of us now that kids are at college...and not just cook for two but do it and still be able to pay for college!!

Ann M said...

I'd love to win! Yeah!
marlandann@rocketmail.com

Jessica said...

I would LOVE to be have new recipes to try - our family of 7 likes trying new foods! :)

Stefani said...

Great giveaway!

Julie Stiles Mills said...

This looks really good! I'd love to win!

Em and Lib said...

i didn't get to meet her personally but enjoyed the How to get Published session at Blissdom. This cookbook looks great!
Emily Thomas
www.16ballsintheair.com

SavannahsSmiles said...

I would LOVE to win this cookbook!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win the cookbook!
skersting@windstream.net

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to win. I read her blog daily and have printed out so many of her recipes already.
PLEASE ENTER ME!!!

Sonya said...

I'd love to win it! I have wanted to buy it but I just haven't been able too!

Erik and Amanda Hansen said...

I would love to win this! It looks great!

lise said...

I've really been wanting to buy this book but haven't been able to. Would love to win one!

lise said...
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Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book - I get her emails - lisag

Kim said...

I have triplets and this book would be a life savor on weeknights!

Andrea H said...

I have heard so many great things about this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

Bombtastic Belle said...

I'm a follower of her blog, and am just amazed at what you can cook for $5! Awesome giveaway!

Martine said...

I need all the help I can get to lower my grocery budget. The cookbook looks wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.

Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

I've been eyeing her cookbook since it first came out...it looks awesome! I've entered all the giveaways and still haven't won one yet...maybe this time! :)

Carla said...

We are in another blizzard - so a great giveaway sounds great to chase away the winter blues!

Vicki said...

I find such wonderful ideas from you. I get these messages on my phone which I carry all the time. Gives me a mini break at work just to read these and try them out. Thanks for sharing your time and expertise. We love it!

MonkeMama said...

I am a fan of 5$ dinners,I would enjoy winning this.I wish I could have gone to Blissdom.

julie said...

I have been hearing about this book and want, want, want it!

Jessi said...

Of course I want to win!

Kelly said...

I'd love to win! This cookbook sounds very intriguing.

jermandkate said...

I would love to get one of these books, I'm working on cooking not just cheap but healthy meals with less processed components.

Tammy said...

Oh, oh, oh.....ME!

Shirley said...

I'm always looking for new recipes and of course ways to save some money! I'd love to win this!

adjunctmom said...

looks fascinating. Saving money is always a good thing.

Alison said...

I would love to use this cookbook!

Beth said...

What a great idea! I would love to check it out!

a fan of anything chocolate said...

This would be a unique addition to my cookbook collection and one I would actually use!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I just love her site (and yours too!)

:)

ndisilvio @ gmail . com

Kristin said...

Who wouldn't LOVE to win?!?

Megan said...

Like so many others, I'm trying to cut my grocery spending, and I love to cook. I'd love some new inexpensive meal ideas!

Megan said...

Like so many others, I'm trying to cut my grocery spending, and I love to cook. I'd love some new inexpensive meal ideas!

Anonymous said...

TIGHT budget--I'd love this!
emilyslinger at juno dot com

Stephanie said...

Sometimes I feel like I live under a rock and this would be one of thost times. I didn't know about Erin, so thanks for bringing her to my attention. I need help in this area and my husband is going to be giving me a new...smaller grocery budget soon. I'm going to need all the help I can get since this is an area where I struggle. Thanks again!

Heather said...

That looks like a great book! I'd love to enter.

Renee said...

This looks like a great cookbook!! Pick me!!!! :)

Eileen said...

I need this book! I really need to revive my dinner menus without breaking the bank.

aggiemomof2 said...

I've been hearing about the cookbook everywhere and would love to give it a try!
sylviarj at yahoo dot com

Elaine said...

What an awesome cookbook and giveaway. I really need to cut my grocery budget and learn some new reipes! Thanks Kristen!!
eswhiteside@bellsouth.net

Courtney said...

I'd love to win. Thanks so much!!!

cptodds1216 at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

I really want to win I have been saving up swagbucks so i can get amazon cards so i can get this book, thanks for the chance to win

The Tylers said...

Would LOVE to win this!

*Sarah* said...

I would LOVE a copy of her cookbook!!!

Glennda said...

I've heard good things about this book, I would love to win it!

Sheri said...

I just checked this out from the library and it's GREAT! I would love to own it!

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

I would love to win this with the new baby coming we need to cut our grocery budget

Diane said...

I would love to win this!!!!!!!!!!

Abby said...

Would love to win! definitely need help getting our grocery budget down!

Celeste said...

this would be a great book. could we still do it with 10 mouths?

Celeste said...

this would be a great book. could we still do it with 10 mouths?

Emily said...

this would be a great book to have!

Gina F said...

WOW! really $5, that I want to see! Please let me in to win this book! Gina F

Jenna said...

I would love this cookbook!

Suzy said...

I LOVE a good cookbook!

julie said...

I would love to win this book! I feed a family of 7 and try to keep the budget as low as possible.

Nancy said...

I checked out her web site and the Beef Roast Marinara sounds delish!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

I'd LOVE to win this!!!! Pick me pick me pick me!!!!!!

Rose Atwater said...

I'd love to win this! It looks like it would be a GREAT cookbook and resource.

Heather, TJ, Brock, and Jillian said...

Looks like something I'd LOVE!!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I would love to win. My husband and I sure could use this. Trying to find as many ways to save money this year as we can. Sounds great! Jackie

Midodi said...

Whoa! Tons of comments. What a ministry you have going here! Just found your blog and this was my first gander at hers. LOVE the idea. NEED the $ savings. CAN'T WAIT to try it. Enter me!

gina at mootrain@gmail.com said...

would love a new resource to get out of debt!!

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