21 Freezer Cooking Meals from Costco for $150 | 5DollarDinners.com

Y’all. Can we chat for a minute?! I am completely blown away by how much y’all love these plans. Seriously, THANK YOU for sharing these plans, buying the plans, emailing me, sharing on Instagram and Facebook and for whatever way you spread the word about these meal plans. I’m filled with gratitude and will continue to work hard to provide great meal plans for you….including this next one.

I absolutely adore the meals and recipes that are in this plan. If I had to make a list of our family’s top 20 meals, all of these would be on that list. These are tried and true recipes, some that have been around for years and other newbies that will not disappoint. I wanted to add a note that these are NOT the same as the slow cooker freezer packs from the last plan…these are sauces and roasts with marinades and other dishes that are freezer friendly! I’ve pieced together another amazing plan with favorite recipes that will not disappoint!

And to answer the burning question of why these dinners are more than your typical $5 price point…I realize this makes for roughly $7.50 dinners. Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better, which according to their policy of only carrying Choice and Prime grade meat makes sense!  If you have other questions about these plans, you can learn more on our 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Plan’s FAQ & ‘Disclaimers’ page.

Before we get to the plan, I need to share the MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS that we’ve made to the plans and to the website…

  • We have a new store and you can purchase everything you need right here within the site. No more being taken away to a weird place that looks like it’s straight out of a bad 1990’s internet movie to make your purchases. You are going to luv-it!
  • We now take credit cards through the new store. Wa-hooo!
  • We made dramatic changes to the Assembly Process & Instructions and they will be much more clear for you to use as you assemble and cook the meals in this plan.
  • We had a professional come in to shoot the videos of the assembly process…no more blurry screen and difficult times hearing me…the downside of shooting videos in your kitchen from my laptop! I brought the big guns in and you’re going to love these exclusive videos (and all the ‘live bloopers’ too)!
  • We are offering a gluten-free version of this plan.

Gluten Free Freezer Cooking Plan - 20 Meals from Costco for $150 on 5DollarDinners.com

Now, let’s dig into the plan….

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Recipe List

Each recipe serves a family of 4. Larger families or families with bottomless pits (also known as teenage boys!) will need to adjust the plans and ingredient amounts to meet your family’s needs.

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Costco Ingredients & Price List

  • 2 – 5ish lb. packs ground beef – $20.65 & $19.72
  • 1 – 4 pack pork roasts, about 8 lbs. total or 2 lbs. per roast – $19.72
  • 3 – 3 lb. rotisserie chickens – $4.99 each, $14.97
  • 36 ct. bag Costco dinner rolls – $4.49
  • 100 ct. corn tortillas – $3.19
  • 15 lbs. gold potatoes – $7.49
  • Salad – 2 clamshells – $3.99 each, $7.98
  • 1 – 5 lb. bag frozen mixed vegetables – $6.69
  • 1 – 5 lb. bag frozen broccoli -$6.29
  • 1 – 5 lb. bag frozen green beans – $6.79
  • 1 – 5 lb. bag frozen corn – $5.99
  • 2 pack – 45 oz. bottles BBQ sauce – $5.99
  • 12 pack – 15 oz. cans tomato sauce – $7.59
  • 8 pack – 15 oz. cans black beans – $6.79
  • 2 pack – 67 oz. jars spaghetti sauce – $7.49
  • 6 pack – 1 lb. pasta noodles – $6.59
  • 2 lb. cheese block, Monterey Jack variety – $5.99

Total – $164.41

Anticipated Leftovers

  • 28 corn tortillas $1
  • 3-5 lbs. potatoes $2
  • BBQ Sauce $3
  • Spaghetti Sauce $2
  • 1 lb. pasta noodles $1
  • 2 cans black beans $1
  • 4 cans tomato sauce $2

Estimated Cost After Leftovers $152.41

There are a variety of additional items you’ll need to have stocked in your pantry or purchase at the grocery store like chicken broth, butter, eggs, milk, spices, etc.  All of these items are too expensive to purchase at Costco or come in way bigger containers than needed for these 21 meals.

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Let us make the experience of preparing these meals simpler and easier. We have a new store and you can now use Paypal or credit card to purchase your meal plans. There are 2 packages to choose from…

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Complete Package

One of the most challenging parts to pulling together a large number of meals like this at once is knowing what to do first, next, then and last. When you do things ‘out of order,’ it really can mess up the assembly process and cause you to waste a.lot of time in the kitchen. I’ve created several new printables and instructional videos that will actually make the assembly as smooth and quick as possible for you. Seriously, I might have done a celebratory dance when I finished the assembly…and you will want to as well!  This package includes…

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Complete Package – Printable Recipes, Grocery List & Assembly Instructions

  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Instructional Assembly Videos – exclusive access!
  • Full Recipes & Grocery List Printables are included as well

Basic Package

Costco Meal Plan #5 from 5DollarDinners.com

Basic Package – Printable Recipes & Grocery List Only

  • Printable Recipes
  • Printable Shopping List
  • You don’t need to purchase this if you purchase the Complete Package above!

You can find the ALL of the Costco Meal Plan Printables, plus Sam’s Club Meal Plans and my E-Cookbooks in the new store page. Once you’ve chosen all the ones you need, you can checkout and get all the printable at once!

NOTES: Please download these files directly to your computer within 72 hours, then you can add to your e-reader/phone/tablet. If you have issues with the download, PLEASE EMAIL ME! I’ll be able to help you out!

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Holiday Peanut Butter Monster Cookies with The Coupon Book Coupons

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 18, 2014

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Ok. I’ve got some great news. I’ve teamed up with a new coupon site, The Coupon Book, to let you know about a new way to save money on your favorite grocery brands. It didn’t take me long to figure out how I was going to take advantage of this month’s coupons. I found one for Skippy peanut butter, and also one for Ziploc bags or containers and decided that I’d whip up some peanut butter goodies for friends and family…to bake and then deliver in some holiday bags or containers from Ziploc this next week. Boom and boom!

Plus, there are coupons for a holiday ham and prepared pies…so your holiday meal is getting cheaper by the coupon!

(Oh, and take notice that there is another chocolate coupon from Ghirardelli…those squares are so delicious and a great and easy gift if you don’t have time to bake!)

The Coupon Book Savings

(Maximum savings my friend when you combine the sale price with the coupon!)

Ok, so back to the Peanut Butter…I’m working on some monster cookies (recipe below) after some monster savings! Check out this list of a few of the $25 in coupons savings you’ll find are available right now:

  • $0.55 off SKIPPY® peanut butter or spread
  • $1 off two Ziploc® brand bags and $1 off any two containers
  • $1 off Pledge® furniture care product
  • $1 off two Glade® products, or $2 off any three
  • $1 off Smithfield Spiral Ham
  • $1 off Ghirardelli bag
  • $1.50 off two Johnson’s® No More Tangles® hair care products
  • $1 off Hyland’s 4 Kids product
  • $0.55 off box of BIGELOW® TEA
  • $1.50 off two P.F. Chang’s Home Menu® meals, appetizer or rice
  • $1.25 off Marie Callender’s® Family Size Pot Pie and $1 off any dessert pie
  • $2 off Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner or Polish
  • $1 off two Soft Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet Care products
  • 6 free 4×7 photo cards with any purchase from JCPenney Portraits

These coupons are a new way to save on your favorite brands. They are good for 30 days after you print them! Over $25 in coupon savings – a new way to save on your favorite brands! In addition to the coupons, you’ll find recipes, videos and more from the different brands. Each month, The Coupon Book will feature new coupons, so be sure to join their email list to be alerted to new coupons!

The Coupon Book holiday coupons

Monster cookies with a crunchy, salty holiday twist y’all!

That’s exactly what I whipped up with the peanut butter that I managed to get for rock bottom price with a sale and this great coupon from The Coupon Book!

Head on over and get your coupons printed now! Then get to baking these perfectly soft, salty, sweet, crunchy monster cookies!

Peanut Butter Monster Cookies

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Holiday Peanut Butter Monster Cookies

Yield – 3 dozen small cookies or 18 monster cookies

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temp
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzel pieces


  • In a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with hand mixer, cream the peanut butter, butter and both sugars. Stir in the vanilla and 2 eggs.
  • Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and mix into dough. Stir in the quick cooking oats and mix into dough again.
  • Add the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and M&Ms and gently stir them in. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with silicone baking mat.
  • Mix the dough to loosen it up some and then stir in the crushed pretzel pieces. Scoop the dough with an ice cream scooper and place on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Let cool on cooling rack before serving. Best when served warm.

Peanut Butter Monster Cookies Recipe

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Coupon Book Savings. As always, opinions and experiences are real and my own!


Slow Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

Could this possibly be easier or more yummy? Three ingredients in your slow cooker means a hearty, warm, freezer-friendly dinner can be ready with only 5 minutes of effort.

My family boycotts the kitchen when we run out of a few items. Bananas are one. And split peas are another. I’m glad something so popular is easy to make and freezes well. Unlike other legumes and beans, split peas become creamy when cooked.

Bring up the fancy-factor for adults with sliced grape tomatoes, fresh herbs, or, our current favorite, caramelized onions.

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Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice

Yield – 13 cups

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high


  • 2 cups (about 1 pound) split peas
  • 2 cups (about 1 pound) brown rice
  • 9 cups water or broth of choice

For Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons good olive oil or butter
  • Pinch Salt


  • Combine split peas, rice, and broth in slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  • Serve as is or with caramelized onions!

For Caramelized Onions:

  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add sliced onions and salt.
  • Cook on medium-low, stirring regularly until the onions are translucent, brown, sweet, and juicy.
  • Add as a topping to your dish!

Freeze any leftovers you have for another night!

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Save on Bananas, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Green Beans and Potatoes | 5dollardinners.com

New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items:

  • Bananas, any brand, frozen excluded = cash back 25¢
  • Brussels sprouts,  any variety = cash back 25¢
  • Carrots, any pre-packaged, vegetable mixes excluded = cash back 25¢
  • Green beans, any variety = cash back 25¢
  • Potatoes,  any variety = cash back 25¢

Each of these is included in Checkout 51’s continuing “Pick your Own Offer.” As you’re looking at the offer list, you’ll see one called “Pick your own offer.” Tap it to reveal a bunch of offers you can choose from. Choose one and it’ll automatically be added to your list.

Check out the free grocery app, Favado, to see where Bananas, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Green Beans and Potatoes are on sale for you to save this week!

Sign up and save with Checkout 51 today!

Remember that some offers are regional, but the more you use Checkout 51, the more offers will be available to you.

See all the details to maximize your savings with Checkout 51 here!


Naan Pizza with Olives & Feta

December 17, 2014

Can we talk for a minute about naan? I kinda love naan. And I don’t cook with it nearly enough. Maybe that’s because it’s like the Thin Mint cookies of bread, or something. Like, I take one bite and I can’t stop eating it. Just like I eat one Thin Mint and next thing I […]

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New Holiday Baking Recipe ~ Chocolate Cherry Chiperoons

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Chiperoon??? Yes. Chiperoon. If a Macaroon and a Chocolate Chip Cookie got married and had a kid…it would be a chip-eroon. Which is exactly what you find here! You’re planning a cookie exchange, attending one, or just baking up a storm and wanna try a new cookie recipe, look no further! These are all about the fruity […]

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Natural and Organic Deals: Last Minute Gift Ideas!

December 16, 2014

Check out the latest natural and organic deals….. Deals on Amazon Save 50% off Conscious Box on a Amazon Local deal. This is an AWESOME last minute gift idea! Choose a 1month subscription (only $10) , 3 month for only $26 or 6 month for $49. Boxes are filled with Non-GMO, hand-selected food, bath, beauty, and home […]

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White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

December 16, 2014

Two dudes in my family aren’t fans of chocolate chip cookies. CCCs are generally my go-to cookie because I have my favorite recipe memorized and can make them from scratch without too much thought. Since there is usually some grumbling from a portion of the dude crowd whenever chocolate chip cookies are made, I’m trying […]

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

December 15, 2014

5 Ingredients. (If you don’t count salt and pepper.) Seriously, just 5. Sweet potatoes. Parnsips. Carrots. Olive oil. Fresh rosemary. Boom. 5 ingredients. So, this is totally delicious. Totally and ridiculously delicious. So much so that I made it two nights in a row, and again for lunch a few days later. (Partly to use […]

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Printable Coupons to Save on Coffee, Tea, & Juice

December 15, 2014
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If you’ve got company coming over for the holidays, then make sure you are stocked up on all your coffee needs for the adults and juice for the kids! Be sure to check out all the printable coupons available at Red Plum, Smart Source, Coupon Network and Coupons.com! Looking for a coupon for an item […]

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Updated! Grocery Coupon Match-Ups – Week of December 14

December 14, 2014

{Pin by clicking the Pinterest Button below!} This is your weekly (and friendly) reminder to check out the latest coupon matchups for the following grocery stores, drugstores, and big box & warehouse stores like Target and Costco…click on each link to find the current deals, coupon matchups and extra savings offers! Grocery Stores Aldi Dollar […]

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