$5 Dinners Wins BIG!!!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 31, 2008

I’m sitting here in shock as I type this morning. I didn’t get much sleep last night.

Why? You might ask.

Well, late last night I was checking my email and saw a comment on a You Tube video that I had posted awhile back as part of a contest called “Money Saving Tips” hosted by Walmart and the Eleven Moms. The comment read, “Congratulations on being one of the Top 10!!!” Cool.

‘Wonder what that means. They must have liked my video. There must be a second round that involves voting, campaigning, etc. and then they will then choose an overall winner‘…is what I was thinking.

So I hopped on YouTube, searched around and found a new video about the contest that just posted last night announcing the winners of the contest. I didn’t “get it” the first time I watched the video. I jumped over to Twitter and saw that one of the Eleven Moms had announced me as a winner, just minutes after I had seen the video for myself. Still didn’t “get it”. (I’m generally not this “slow”. But, remember, I’m in shock!)

But I do believe it’s official…

I am one of 10 winners of…

A Year’s Worth of Groceries from Walmart!!!!!!

Shocking. I know. Shock. Disbelief. Amazement! BLESSING!

Everything here will go on as planned…I will still make $5 Dinners. I will still post my menus. I will still share money saving tips and ideas.

Once I figure out how all this is going to play out, then I will let you know my New Years Resolution! All sorts of fun ideas and plans are swimming around in my brain about how to best use this prize! Rest assured, I will keep you all updated! So stay tuned!

Here is the video that I submitted to the contest. I posted the video here on the blog back in September, but for whatever reason, that page no longer opens??? The video can also be seen here by clicking on “Winners”. Mine is the last video on the filmstrip titled “How to save when buying proteins.”

This is such a major blessing from the Lord. I look forward to sharing this blessing with others…how and when have yet to be determined!

A BIG THANKS to Walmart for hosting this contest and for choosing me as a winner! A big Congrats to the other ladies who also entered prize winning videos!!!

{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

Adirondackcountrygal January 5, 2009 at 7:48 am

What a great prize, congratulations!


Courtney January 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Great video and great tips! Congrats!!!


Bargain Briana January 26, 2009 at 11:37 am

Congrats! Sorry I didn’t get on here sooner! How awesome!!!


Tracey C. January 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Erin, that is SOOO awesome! I had even watched your video before the win! I don’t think I even knew there was a contest back then!! That is so very exciting and that is way more money than I would know….scratch that, I would know EXACTLY what to do with it! LOL! You are blessed my friend!! Whoo Hoo! Thanks to God!!


Kate January 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

WOW! You go girl. I’m really proud of you!!


Amy in Ohio February 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

That is truly amazing! And even more amazing that you stick to your guns with $5 dinners! WOW! You rock!


fairydust April 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

OMG! That’s soo cool!!! Many congrats!!!!!!


Kathryn April 8, 2009 at 4:28 am

Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!

Good on you!


Kacie April 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

You know what I think is so cool about that? You have put so much effort into being frugal. You have been rewarded! That is truly awesome.


Marcy April 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Congratulations & thank you for sharing such great info & tips with us!


Heather April 28, 2009 at 7:01 am

I have a question about something you said. I asked someone at customer service at Kroger if they have a mailing list for sending out flyers, etc. I was told “no”. Did they have the wrong information or do you get your Kroger coupons some other way?

Congratulations too! Thanks for being such a great help to all of us. You have made staying within a budget more reachable. Thanks so much for all the time you put into it.


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