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Tis The Season- $5 Dinner Cookbook (GIVEAWAY!!)

gift Whew, you are really cutting it down to the wire huh? Well hopefully you have all your Christmas shopping done, but maybe you need a little something left for the cooks in your life. Or maybe you need an idea to hint about to the clueless gift shoppers in your life. Or maybe you just need to get on out of the house, throw on something other than yoga pants and buy yourself something that will make your life a little easier. True confessions: I shopped for myself today in my yoga pants with a sad little hat on so maybe you don’t even need to fancy yourself up.

I blogged a few weeks ago about my friend Erin’s new cookbook on pre-release. Well now it is out and I just happened to get a copy. It is wonderful. And not just a cookbook. If you have been trying to cut your grocery bill but unsure how, there is a whole section on how to coupon, shop circulars and stockpile. I have been doing all three for a year or two and have cut our yearly grocery budget by nearly a thousand dollars. Wish I could say that equaled more shoes, but somehow it didn’t work out that way.

Then there are just a whole pile of dinners that cost less than $5 to make. I made a beef stew a few nights ago that the hubby raved about. Even the kiddos tried a little which is beyond shocking. I can’t wait to try a few more recipes. My only complaint so far is that I wish the recipes had calorie counts and a few more pics, but that is only because I like pretty pictures and am trying to lose weight. But on the upside because they are frugal recipes they don’t contain many ingredients and a lot of the ingredients are healthy so I have a feeling many of them are low calorie. Plus I have seen Erin in person and she is skinny, so there is that.

This cookbook hits the shelves tomorrow. So you can run right out and scoop it up before the holidays. Perfect timing huh? You can even get it signed if you live in any of these areas. You could even name drop that The Diaper Diaries sent you. She would be way impressed. Or you can win one right here. Yep, I have a $5 Dinner Cookbook to give away to a lucky reader. To enter leave me a comment telling me you best money saving tip. You can also get extra entries by leaving a SEPARATE comment for each of the following:

  • Subscribe to The Diaper Diaries by email or RSS feed and let me know you do so
  • Follow $5 Dollar Dinners on Twitter
  • Follow The Diaper Diaries on Twitter and tweet “Wanna win the new $5 Dinner cookbook over @DiaperDiaries? Head over here to enter: http://is.gd/5wSVs”

So you can get up to 4 entries for the contest. The contest will end next Monday, Dec. 28th when the winner will be drawn via Random.org. Best of luck!!

Disclosure: I was provide with a cookbook for myself and 1 cookbook to give away to 1 randomly selected winners. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. All opinions in this post are my own.

Comments

  1. Laura K says:

    I would have to say what saves me the most money is following thrifty blogs and getting in on the deals they advertise.

  2. Laura K says:

    I also follow you in a feed reader. Thanks!

  3. My best money saving tip – plan meals ahead. We eat out less and I spend less at the grocery store. Double bonus.
    .-= Britiney´s last blog ..My new favorite Christmas song =-.

  4. I’m a subscriber through google reader!
    .-= Britiney´s last blog ..My new favorite Christmas song =-.

  5. And I’m following her on twitter!!
    .-= Britiney´s last blog ..My new favorite Christmas song =-.

  6. Heather d. says:

    I love saving money by stocking up on case lot sales and then “shopping” from my pantry

  7. Heather d. says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  8. Evelyn says:

    I give my email address or sign up for birthday clubs, etc. This year, I got a lot of $10 coupons good on $10 worth of merchandise…it came in so handy for gifts for people on my list. Then my kids get free ice cream cones on their birthday, or small gift cards to Toys R Us, etc. Some people don’t like the email but you become privvy to a lot of exclusive sales and special offers. (just set up an email exclusively for that purpose) I did save a lot of money this Christmas because of it. :-)

  9. ok…i subscribe :)
    .-= lisa aka thebeadgirl´s last blog ..Everday Bracelet – Textured Bars of Silver and Gold on Triple Chain =-.

  10. i am now following your friend on twitter :)
    .-= lisa aka thebeadgirl´s last blog ..Everday Bracelet – Textured Bars of Silver and Gold on Triple Chain =-.

  11. yup, i know how to tweet and i DID it!
    .-= lisa aka thebeadgirl´s last blog ..Everday Bracelet – Textured Bars of Silver and Gold on Triple Chain =-.

  12. Best money saving tip? Plan ahead, make a list, stick to it. Works for me!
    .-= lisa aka thebeadgirl´s last blog ..Everday Bracelet – Textured Bars of Silver and Gold on Triple Chain =-.

  13. Best money saving tip – never leave the house:) Ok, my real tip is that after Christmas I’ll buy red paper plates/napkins/cups for valentine parties
    .-= mandi @ it’s come to this´s last blog ..Top ten tuesday … christmas day countdown =-.

  14. I follow $5 Dinners on Twitter.

  15. I follow you on Twitter:)
    .-= mandi @ it’s come to this´s last blog ..Top ten tuesday … christmas day countdown =-.

  16. And I subscribe to your blog:)

  17. I follow you on Twitter…3ladiesandadad

  18. Money saviong tip…Menu Plan!
    .-= Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad´s last blog ..A Christmas Card For You! =-.

  19. I follow $5 Dinners on Twitter
    .-= Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad´s last blog ..A Christmas Card For You! =-.

  20. I am subscribed!
    .-= Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad´s last blog ..A Christmas Card For You! =-.

  21. Erin’s first stop on the book tour is just a few minutes from my house- so I need to get a hold of the cookbook before she gets here!

    My best money-saving tip: Make a budget.
    .-= joanna´s last blog ..Adventures in Home Ownership: Burst Pipes =-.

  22. I follow $5 Dinners on twitter! @keepingfeet
    .-= joanna´s last blog ..Adventures in Home Ownership: Burst Pipes =-.

  23. One of my money saving tips…have a list – make a plan.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Frugal Friday #5 – a little late =-.

  24. I also follow you in RSS feedreader thing…
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Frugal Friday #5 – a little late =-.

  25. I subscribe to The Diaper Diaries via e-mail.

  26. I always shop with coupons! Always! And it has gotten to the point that my kids ask if we have a coupon when we are shopping!

  27. Best money saving tip?? I have found that I can do a lot of shopping at the Dollar store! I love it there and the dollar tree in my area has a freezer section too! :)I’d love to win this cookbook! Easy and cheap meals sound great to me!
    .-= Jen-After the Alter´s last blog ..Packing For Holiday Travel =-.

  28. I already subscribe to the diaper diaries!!
    .-= Jen-After the Alter´s last blog ..Packing For Holiday Travel =-.

  29. I follow $5dollar dinners on twitter!
    .-= Jen-After the Alter´s last blog ..Packing For Holiday Travel =-.

  30. i tweeted abou the giveaway! http://twitter.com/afterthealter/status/6929546493
    .-= Jen-After the Alter´s last blog ..Packing For Holiday Travel =-.

  31. I tweeted.. #1

    http://twitter.com/Blaysmom

  32. I subsribed to your RSS feed #2
    .-= Christy´s last blog ..HELP!!! =-.

  33. well, i am an extremely cheap, er i mean, fragile person… so i have many tips. but i guess one main general tip, is dont spend what you dont have. (and dont buy it if you dont really need it. oh, and use coupons. combo them with sales.)
    .-= jen´s last blog ..the weekend before Christmas! =-.

  34. i follow you on bloglines, if that counts for another entry ;)
    .-= jen´s last blog ..the weekend before Christmas! =-.

  35. Plan a menu and stick to it! I would love to try this cookbook.

  36. My tip? Don’t buy stuff. :) Be a minimalist. There is so much we can do without!
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook =-.

  37. You’re in my google reader.
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook =-.

  38. I follow Erin on twitter… and got to have lunch with her the other day! :)
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook =-.

  39. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/AmysFinerThings/statuses/6931842239
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook =-.

  40. Money-saving tip? Ummm…I need more of those. :) I guess shopping at Aldi or Super Walmart – because our grocery stores around here are WAY more expensive!
    .-= Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect´s last blog ..The Christmas Can-Can =-.

  41. I subscribe.
    .-= Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect´s last blog ..The Christmas Can-Can =-.

  42. I follow you on Twitter.
    .-= Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect´s last blog ..The Christmas Can-Can =-.

  43. I tweeted about this, but not the exact phrase. Oops! (But seriously, like I tweeted, I need this b/c I bought a copy for my cousin and now I want to KEEP it!)
    .-= Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect´s last blog ..The Christmas Can-Can =-.

  44. One of my money saving tips- never underestimate Goodwill and garage sales. I get some great deals on things I do need and get some great toys and books for my daughter (she doesn’t care if they have already been played with!)
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..A different kind of holiday… =-.

  45. I subscribe :)
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..A different kind of holiday… =-.

  46. Marj M. says:

    The best money saving tip I can think of off the top of my head is washing and reusing sandwich bags or any zip top bag. Those little babies add up to big bucks.

  47. Marj M. says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  48. Sounds like a good idea! I’m betting if the recipes include real foods (i.e. not canned or processed stuff) they are healthy. I have some real-food recipes at my blog if you’re looking to lose weight. I lost all my baby weight plus 5 lbs. on them, and my husband lost 40. :)
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..God Working in My Life =-.

  49. nicolerenae says:

    I think I save the most money by reading the Sarah’s Deals blog and matching up coupons with sales. I love that she can find so many coupons that I didn’t know were out there.

  50. nicolerenae says:

    I subscribe by email!

  51. My best money-saving tip is stacking coupons with sale items. If you have a store coupon, and a manufacturer coupon for an item that’s on sale, you can score!

    prov31grace@yahoo.com
    .-= Jerri´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday – The Gift =-.

  52. Also, I am a subscriber by email.

    prov31grace@yahoo.com
    .-= Jerri´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday – The Gift =-.

  53. My best money-saving tip this Christmas season is to throw away the catalogs as soon as they come in the house!

    I already made my lists and did my shopping, but then these glossy rags kept tempting me to spend more money.

    By not looking, I removed the temptation to spend more.
    .-= Kendra aka The Meanest Momma´s last blog ..Snow Much Fun =-.

  54. I subscribe via email!

  55. My best money-saving tip is actually two tips (couldn’t pick just one)…menu-planning and coupons!
    .-= Lora´s last blog ..Honest Scrap =-.

  56. I follow $5 Dinners on Twitter.
    .-= Lora´s last blog ..Honest Scrap =-.

  57. I also follow you on Twitter!
    .-= Lora´s last blog ..Honest Scrap =-.

  58. And I subscribe to your feed via Google Reader!
    .-= Lora´s last blog ..Honest Scrap =-.

  59. Miriam says:

    I use coupons. My fav is when I need something from Walgreens (which is at least every week), I will buy an item with register rewards, then use the register rewards to buy what I need. You are only allowed one of the register rewards item in a purchase – so, sometimes, I make a couple of stops just to collect the rewards …. equals free products!

  60. My best money saving tip is quite simple…develop a budget and stick to it. It’s a lot easier said than done, but it makes a huge difference! Also, if you budget for gifts monthly, you can shop for gifts when they’re on sale rather than waiting til the end of the year and paying full price for things!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Why I’m Reading The Bible in 90 Days =-.

  61. I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted.

    @LisaAboutLife
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Why I’m Reading The Bible in 90 Days =-.

  62. I follow $5 Dinners on Twitter.

    @LisaAboutLife
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Why I’m Reading The Bible in 90 Days =-.

  63. I subscribe in a reader!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Why I’m Reading The Bible in 90 Days =-.

  64. I follow you on Twitter
    .-= Lynnet´s last blog ..Not Me Monday – the Best Laid Plans =-.

  65. My best money saving tip is to shop sales. Never pay full price for anything!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..10 Ways to Get Fit After the Holidays =-.

  66. I subscribe via RSS
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..10 Ways to Get Fit After the Holidays =-.

  67. I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/Alli_n_Son/status/6989257927
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..10 Ways to Get Fit After the Holidays =-.

  68. My best tip for saving money is to meal plan and then write a strict list and stick to it. It’s the impulse buys that really kill a budget.
    .-= Roshelle´s last blog ..Through the eyes of children =-.

  69. I follow diaper diaries.
    .-= Roshelle´s last blog ..Through the eyes of children =-.

  70. I save money by buying groceries on “double coupon” days at my supermarket. Or buying in bulk at Costco.

  71. I subscribe via email

  72. Christa says:

    Best money saving tip – only buy what I need! :)

  73. Christa says:

    I follow $5 Dollar Dinners on twitter

  74. Christa says:

    and I follow you on twitter! :)

  75. Christa says:

    I just subscribed for your blog via email.

    Happy New Year!

  76. I save money by looking at store flyers and planning my meals around what’s on sale!

  77. I’m an email subscriber

  78. I am so excited about the cookbook; what a great resource!

    My #1 money saving strategy is to meal plan – while stocking up on items when I have a coupon or when they go on sale.

  79. I subscribe!I’m a new reader but looking forward to checking out your 1 Cor 7:5 Challenge (my husband doesn’t know it yet, but he’s happy I found your site, too! :) )
    .-= Amelia´s last blog ..Noteworthy, I Tell You =-.

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