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The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare [Kindle Edition]

Erin Chase
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Book Description

Do you wish you were a savvy supermarket shopper who knows how to cut your weekly food budget, banish fast food from the dinner table and serve your family meals that are delicious and good for them? Well, Erin Chase, "The $5 Dinner Mom", is here to help.

Erin is the founder of "$5 Dinners", the skyrocketing internet website that's now the go-to source for families who want to eat well and stay within a budget. Erin became a supermarket savvy mom, challenged herself to create dinners for her family of four that cost no more than $5 and is here to share her fool-proof method with you in her first cookbook that contains over 200 recipes that cost $5 or less to make. First, Erin will show you how to size up the best supermarket deals, clip coupons that will really save you money and create a weekly dinner menu plan. Then, in each recipe she shows you just how much she paid for each item and challenges you to do the same.

Here are a few of her favorites:

- North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches - $4.90

- Curried Pumpkin Soup - $4.41

- Apple Dijon Pork Roast - $4.30

- Orange Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry - $4.94

- Creamy Lemon Dill Catfish - $4.95

- Bacon-Wrapped Apple Chicken - $4.96

- Country Ribs with Oven Fries - $4.77

Join the army of devoted followers who have already let Erin Chase show them how to be savvy supermarket shoppers who cook tasty, economical meals. You'll never spend more than $5 on dinner again.

Editorial Reviews


"Erin's $5 Dollar Dinner approach is ideal for my family--her recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and always affordable.  She proves that budget cooking does not have to be boring!"--Stephanie Nelson, author of The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half

About the Author

Erin Chase is the creator of She has previously shared her savvy tips for saving on “The Rachael Ray Show” and “The Jean Chatzky Show” on Oprah Sirius Radio. She grew up in San Antonio, TX, went to Texas Christian University, and served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic where she met her husband. They live in Dayton, Ohio with their three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00723IEAG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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178 of 194 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mary Ostyn's book is a better investment January 16, 2010
By Misa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I became interested in saving money on my grocery bill, I purchased both this book and Mary Ostyn's book, and have read them both thoroughly. Honestly, you will be better off just getting Mary's instead.

Before I get to the negatives, I'd like to state the few positives. I give props to Erin first for recognizing that Americans eat too much, and second for working vegetables into every meal. The reviewer who said that this book is overall unhealthy is exaggerating a little. Yes, she uses regular ground beef, but processed foods are in only a few recipes and frozen vegetables are still vegetables (and she does encourage growing your own). Both Erin and Mary emphasize eating less meat and offer vegetarian meal options. Erin does mention the use of a price book, but Mary does to a MUCH more thorough extent.

Now the other stuff...

The tips in this book are all commons sense-stock up when it's on sale, match coupons to sales. You don't need a book to tell you that. Every positive aspect of this book can be found in Mary Ostyn's book Family Feasts for $75 a Week, and you'll find lots of other information as well. Erin gives an ingredient by ingredient price breakdown in every recipe, which is a good concept, but the problem is that price can vary largely depending on where you are. There are some items that she's apparently been able to find at prices that I've never, ever seen anywhere I've been, and I'm a very price-conscious shopper. So, a lot of her "$5 meals" I would not be able to make for $5.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
The first section of the cookbook has some good ideas to help with shopping, coupon use, organization, and meal-planning. The suggested prices for a lot of the food items seem to be much lower than what I can find in my region, which makes it hard to buy all of the ingredients for under $5. Also, to make the recipes low-cost, some unhealthy choices are made (such as using 73/27 ground beef, white pasta, white rice, fattier cuts of meat). The portions are small, but the author does suggest doubling the recipes if you have larger families or appetites.

For the most part, the recipes are easy, creative, and family-friendly. I look forward to trying a lot of the recipes. However I plan to substitute leaner meat and whole grains, so the meals will not all be under $5. I like that most of the recipes use common or easy-to-find ingredients, and don't require hours of preparation.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It has been a good purchase for me but not great August 9, 2010
I cook a lot. Before my kids were born, I would have called myself somewhat of a gourmet cook. However, once my first kid was born, I had to adjust my recipes and my food budget. Kids (especially little ones) don't appreciate a lot of "adult" food and feeding them a lot of it would break the bank. I have struggled to find cookbooks that fit what I want, tasty, healthy food that can be had at a budget but that kids will eat. I picked up this book at the grocery store after thumbing through it.

First the positives:

Most of the recipes are quite healthy and if they aren't the way she has written them, you can easily substitute more healthy ingredients.

The recipes don't require any exotic ingredients that young kids might reject. The way the recipes are presented, you can add your own spices if the food isn't spicy enough for your family's taste.

The directions are clear and easy to follow.

It's all here for you in one place, you don't have to spend hours surfing the internet. I'm glad that so many reviewers have so much time to surf the internet for recipes. I don't. My time has value, too.

I like that she has recipes for basic sauces and soups to use in her recipes. I have sauces that I often substitute but I have also used hers and they serve their purpose.

The recipes are good and very appropriate for families with young children. This is NOT gourmet food. But, it is good food that is tasty for kids and relatively inexpensive to make.

She has some slow cooker recipes and some recipes that are appropriate for making ahead of time which is great for those of us who typically have the "dinner time rush" and are crushed for time to get a meal out before the kids need to be in bed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Resource! January 10, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't know why anyone would give this book a 1 star! I LOVE this book! I bought this one and Family Feasts for $75 a Week and have found both to be extremely helpful to keep our grocery bill down! I've had this for 2 weeks; I've planned and bought groceries for the entire month for my family of 3 for only $200! I live in LA and didn't think that would be possible! I love how Erin itemizes each of her ingredients by price per unit! Very cool! This is a great book for those like myself that don't enjoy cooking, but love to save money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More "Challenge" than "Cookbook" January 19, 2014
By Lilly
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes, sure, there are recipes galore. These recipes really seem to focus heavily on the palate of kids, I guess. Which makes sense to the title. The pairings of veggies to main dish in many cases baffled me. Sometimes the "veggie" is a fruit, too.

My primary gripe about this book is that the author used whatever grocery store magic tricks possible to create the meal in question for less than $5. She may have managed this through a combination of coupons and manager's special deals that you would be lucky to also stumble across once in a blue moon. In one recipe, she achieved her $5 goal by proclaiming that one key ingredient was a combination of sale price and coupon. Right. Good luck in recreating that.

I bought this book for myself and my girlfriend to use to try and get our families on a better budget. But so far we have been utterly unable to recreate any of the combinations to actually get these meals for less than $5. Our challenge week felt like it was a part time job in and of itself to pour through all of the fliers and coupons and pair things up and then figure out cheap dinners.

People get suckered in to buying this line of cookbooks. I highly doubt you'll be able to achieve the $5 goal for more than half of these recipes, if that.

My recommendation? Buy a cookbook that caters to the style of food and cooking that you and your family like and then just apply coupon and sale combination magic whenever you can to cut back your grocery bill.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! I have started a coupon binder and ...
Great book! I have started a coupon binder and am using it to save money!
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Mullis-Phifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this cookbook
I'm one of those people who likes to read cookbooks like others would read a novel. I have a large selection, but Erin Chase and Rose Elliott (a British vegetarian cookbook... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John M. Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible...
"Though the book hints it is possible to make a HEALTHY dinner for 4 people under $5. It is a myth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Minehava
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up
I originally checked this book out at the Public Library. After making a few things in the book, I decided that I should buy it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Time For Vacation
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes, unrealistic prices.
Book had good ideas and recipes - but where did she get those prices! Back in the 90's?
Published 4 months ago by Joyce Fleury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lot of wonderful recipe ideas.
Published 6 months ago by CA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you.
Published 7 months ago by Deborah Boomhower
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
beautiful book! beautiful seller!
Published 8 months ago by anna mack gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver
Great collection of dinner ideas. May I already knew but never realized their total cost. There are also tons of great recipes that freeze well which is perfect for my schedule.
Published 9 months ago by Katharine Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good ideas for meals
Published 10 months ago by Kandilin
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Erin Chase is the creator of She has previously shared her savvy tips for saving on 'The Rachael Ray Show' and 'The Jean Chatzky Show' on Oprah Sirius Radio. She grew up in San Antonio, TX, went to Texas Christian University, and served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic where she met her husband. They live in Dayton, Ohio with their three children.

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