$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 }

The Meal Planner December 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Congratulations Erin! That’s HUGE!!


Melessa December 31, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Wow! Congratulations!!


Danielsen5 December 31, 2008 at 1:03 pm

How wonderful!!! Big congrats!!! How does that work? Do you have a certain dollar amount for the year or is it cart blanch?

Blessings, Beth Ann


Carey December 31, 2008 at 1:07 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! No one deserves it more! Happy New Year to YOU!


Leigh December 31, 2008 at 1:15 pm

This is absolutely fabulous!!! Congratulations to you!!

I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it over here!


Penny December 31, 2008 at 1:20 pm

That’s awesome – congratulations!!!


Cheryl December 31, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Congratulations! I am very pleased for you.


Breezy December 31, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Wow! What a fantastic prize!

Looking forward to more great advice from you in 2009.


::H3@+h3R*M@m@:: December 31, 2008 at 1:34 pm

That’s awesome! Congrats!


Angela in Ohio December 31, 2008 at 1:34 pm

OMG! Congratulations!
They will probably send you an affidavit that you will have to sign and have notarized. It basically says you are you say you are and you’re not an employee of WalMart and all that.

Sorry to be a Debbie-Downer but remember also that you are going to have to pay taxes on the value of this next year, so plan ahead. It will still be cheaper than the retail cost of the groceries.

I am so happy for you!!!!


Beau December 31, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Congratulations! That is really exciting.


Jeremiah December 31, 2008 at 1:40 pm


Congrats on a year supply of free groceries from Walmart! Now that is an awesome thing to win! Wow!

(shepherd savings)


cooking like a frugalite December 31, 2008 at 1:41 pm

WOW! Congratulations!!! That would be soooo awesome. Looking forward to seeing how it all plays out next year. Jennifer @ cooking like a frugalite


Abigail's_Mommy December 31, 2008 at 1:50 pm

WOW! What a blessing! Congrats!


Amanda December 31, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Wow! Congratulations – that is definitely a huge blessing! Hopefully Walmart carries lots of the special food products you buy for your boys. Good luck with all your plans for using your prize to the fullest. And I am very happy to hear that $5 Dinners is not going anywhere. You are one of my favorite blogs! Happy New Year!


Christina December 31, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Yahooo!!!! Congrats!!! So happy for you!! And thanks for the kit I won from you Fed-Ex brought it today, as I was waddeling to the door he announced Dinner’s in this box!! So a great day all around!!!!
Congrats again!!!!


Amy December 31, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Oh my goodness!!!!! You have blessed all of us so much sharing your tips, tricks, and recipes — I’m so glad you’re now getting blessed for sharing with us :)

Congrats!!! Well deserved!!!


my2boyz December 31, 2008 at 2:31 pm

That is amazing! Congrats!


Jenny December 31, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Congrats! What a great way to start a new year.


Jodi December 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Woo hoo!Congratulations!!! I’m really enjoying your blog.


Sherry December 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Woohoo!! WTG!!


Moms Makin' Cents December 31, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Wow! Congratulations!!!! That is amazing!


Jolene December 31, 2008 at 3:05 pm

WOW!!!!!!! That is so amazingly awesome. Congratulations!


Paula December 31, 2008 at 3:21 pm

WOW!! Congrats! A well deserved blessing for all that you do for all your readers out here! :) I must admit, as I was watching the video, all I could think was “why is her freezer door still open?!?!?!” LOL!!!


Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma December 31, 2008 at 3:29 pm



a corgi December 31, 2008 at 3:31 pm

awesome!!! congrats!! what a wonderful blessing from the Lord!



gail December 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm

wow–how exciting! i’d be in shock too. congrats!!! what fun!

and i’m glad you’ll still be around helping us figure out how to prepare $5 dinners.


SmrfChic December 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Huge Congratulations!!


4ddintx December 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations on your great prize! All of Wal-Mart’s store brand products state whether they are GF or not. The soy and casein free you have to look at the allergy warning. My super WM unfortunately, doesn’t carry a lot of the specialized GF stuff that a health food store or Trader Joe’s would. You should be easily able to keep to your new grocery budget for this next year, though!

What a blessing.



Org Junkie December 31, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Wow that is very cool! Congrats Erin!!


creative gal December 31, 2008 at 5:50 pm



Jolyn December 31, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Holy Cheerios Congratulations!

(Good call on the tax warning above, btw. Hopefully it won’t change your tax bracket? Sounds like hubby’s got some more projects to figure out! I bet he’s not complaining!)


Kira December 31, 2008 at 9:35 pm

That’s phenomenal! What a wonderful reward for helping US be more frugal in the kitchen. Congratulations!


~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ December 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Super Congratulations Erin – that is really wonderful news. Have a great New Year.


Erin January 1, 2009 at 12:01 am

Congratulations! I’ve just discovered you, but think that is awesome!


ct January 1, 2009 at 12:34 am

Wow, that’s HUGE!! Congrats to you! And thanks for not bailing on the $5 dinners…we need you’re help!


Nicola January 1, 2009 at 11:09 am

Congrats Erin! That is wonderful!!!!


Rachel January 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

Wow, congrats!


NerdMom January 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Congrats! That is so awesome!


Lynettee66 January 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Wow, WTG on your fabulous win!


Christine January 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm



Days like These! January 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

So awesome!!!!


Erica January 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Congrats, Erin! That is a fantastic way to bring in the New year!!


Little Miss Bossy January 2, 2009 at 12:45 am

Wow, wow, WOW!!! Fabulous! How awesome for you! Great job!


noahandlylasmommi January 2, 2009 at 1:54 am

wow that is awesome! congrats!


Kalisis Rising January 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

Congratulations! What a great gift for the coming year.


JANE4girls January 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm

congratulations Erin from Erin aka Jane!


Lisa January 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

What an awesome way to start the New Year, and what a blessing, indeed! Congrats on the big win, and thanks for your blog – I’m new to the frugality game, but you’re inspiring me. :)


Familia Fowler January 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Holy mother of all prizes!! What a huge blessing, I guess that is what happens when you inspire others like you do!


Jane Anne January 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Congratulations!! I just printed out your monthly menu plan earlier and I am sitting here working on my meal list. I love your site – very encouragine!!


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