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Win-It Wednesday: The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook (7 Winners!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 6, 2010 · 921 comments

Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday. I'll be posting several 24-hour giveaways throughout the day to give you plenty of chances to win!

Today is also the last day to enter to win $250 from!

Many of you have probably already heard of $5 Dinners, the blog written by my good bloggy friend, Erin Chase, that shares healthy, delicious, and affordable meals. And by "affordable," I mean ultra-frugal -- every recipe can feed a family for $5 or less!

If you're already a fan of Erin's or are now intrigued and interested to find out how you can prepare meals in your own home for $5 and under, you'll be thrilled to find out that she recently published her own cookbook, The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook.

This cookbook is jam-packed with not only recipes that can be prepared for $5 or less but also step-by-step instructions and tips on how you can pare down your grocery bill and feed your family for less. This is a must-read for those of you trying to stretch your budgets right now or anyone just trying to save in some areas so you can spend in others!

And Erin's hooked me up with a special treat for my readers:

7 lucky Deal Seeking Mom readers will each win a copy of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook! To enter, share your favorite inexpensive meal (links to recipes welcome!).


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me what your favorite inexpensive meals are. How do you balance saving money and still providing making healthy dinners?

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the new Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

(7) copies of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, 1/7 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 Melissa A. January 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

I like to make tacos. They are easy, inexpensive, but still on the nutritional side

2 Whitney January 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

We have "breakfast" for dinner about once a week. Pancakes, french toast, or egg's easy, cheap, and the kids love it!

3 Mandy January 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

When I need a quick dinner, I like to make breakfast with some fruit. It is really quick, delicious and somewhat healthy.

4 Mandy January 7, 2010 at 11:38 am


5 Mandy January 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

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6 kristi January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

This is a great cookbook!

7 Sara January 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

One of my favorite inexpensive meals is roast (cooked in the crock pot so it's super easy too!). I only buy them when they are BOGO free and since our kids are little and they don't eat a lot of meat, I'm able to get the smallest ones the store has. Add a can of green beans (bought with coupons of course) some carrots and a few cut up potatoes and it's a wonderful meal for not a lot of money. There are always enough left overs for lunch the next day (I like to shred up the meat and make BBQ sandwiches) and the broth makes for some wonderful noodles!

8 shannon January 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

we like to make ramen noodles as a noodle dish, not soup. i know that the packets are loaded with sodium and junk so i use as few of them as possible and add several packages of frozen vegetables.

9 shannon January 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

i am a subscriber.

10 amy b. January 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Expensive meals at my house include: tacos, pasta, egg noodles with scrambled eggs, or sometimes even breakfast for dinner. All are kid-friendly at my house plus easy to prepare! Thats a win-win.

11 Danetta January 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I love making tacos, enchiladas, burritos and pasta dishes. I also make quite a lot of dishes that use ground beef or chicken as the main ingredient because there are so many different things that can made with them.

12 Danetta January 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I have your badge on my sidebar.

13 Danetta January 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I have joined the forums.

14 Danetta January 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I subscribe by rss reader

15 Julie January 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

At my house we search meals based on ingredients from coupon sales for instance I have a ton of stove top stuffing from thanksgiving sales so this week one meal will be some kind of stuffing casserole. I would love to see more of this $5 meal book

16 Karen Laster January 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Mac & Cheese with little smokies on the side

17 Amanda January 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

My fave cheap meal is beans and rice! I survived on this in college and love it to this day. Just add some salsa and cheese and you're good to go!

18 Sharon Jefferson January 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I only receive your rss feed.
Ground Turkey is very inexpensive and if seasoned correctly, can take the place of beef anytime.

19 christina January 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

i subscribe to your email!!

20 christina January 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

i like to make chili and stretch it by adding ends up being three meals for us!!

21 Melissa January 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

my kids are super picky eaters. This book would help me a lot!

22 Melissa January 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I subscribe by email

23 Catherine January 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

My husband is a deer hunter and we have a freezer full of deer meat. It makes for lots of cheap nutritious meals.

24 Catherine January 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Forum member

25 Catherine January 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm


26 Tiffani January 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I love to make a Taco Ring! We have Rice as a side, which is always free or cheap!

27 Tiffani January 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I am a email subscriber!

tiffanitaff (at) yahoo

28 Dot January 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I am a subscriber.

29 CJ January 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

We love to eat homemade pizza. We buy mozzarella and sauce in bulk, I make dough and it's a super tasty special Friday night treat...that is also really affordable.

30 Sherri Kramer January 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I am a subscriber

31 Branaca Fields January 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

a cheap dinner is scrambled egg whites with salsa. when its done put it on top of brown rice. cheap + healthy = perfect meal

32 Branaca Fields January 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I joined the forum :)

33 Jenny Peters January 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I am a DSM subscriber.

34 Jenny Peters January 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I am a member of the DSM forum/board.

35 Jenny Peters January 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

My favorite budget-friendly & quick meal is baked ziti. Find both pasta and marinara sauce on super sales and w/ coupons. Boil pasta, drain, throw in the jar of pasta sauce, and add a few handfuls of mozzarella. Poor pasta mixture into a greased 9x13 pan, cover w/ more mozzarella and some shredded parmesan cheese, and bake for 30 minutes on 350. Delicious, easy, cheap!

36 Amy @ Finer Things January 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorites.

37 Amy @ Finer Things January 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

You're in my google reader.

38 Joyce January 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I thought I saw a coupon for a $1.00 off the cookbook at Walmart. May I missed it today or I'm wrong, please let me know.

39 Elena January 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Microwavable food is super quick!!

40 Karina January 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I'd have to say the microwave food too.

41 Melissa January 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

German Pancakes is one of our favorites. Quick and easy and cheap.

42 Lacey C January 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I like to save money by using chicken thighs instead of more expensive cuts of white meat. I also try to use the slow cooker a lot because, in addition to being convenient, it saves a lot of electricity!

43 Lacey C January 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I'm a subscriber via google reader!

44 Eva January 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I like to make sandwitches and eat a lot of chicken cooked in aall diffrent ways. I shop with coupons and whenever there are sles on the things I use often to provide healthy meals for myself.

45 Eva January 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I subscribe to your blog

46 Pam Howard January 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I'll make fried rice when I need an inexpensive and yummy dinner!

47 Emily January 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I love making can throw all kinds of veggies into the sauce and it is hard to discren how much goodness is in it

48 Carrie January 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

My favorite healthy and cheap meal is beans and rice. For just a couple dollars, I can make a huge crockpot's worth, which will make at least two meals with leftovers to freeze. I also love that it is time-frugal as well as money-frugal! Takes about 5 minutes to throw together.

49 Carrie January 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I'm an e-mail subscriber! :-)

50 Kim aka @ShoppingKim January 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Am a subscriber!
As a single mom of four hungry kids, I would love to win this to save money and make easy meals!
Thanks for the chance.

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