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….

21 Freezer Cooking Meals from Costco | 5DollarDinners.com

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

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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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Sunday Coupon Preview – October 2

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 31, 2014

Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper?

There is scheduled to be Smart Source and 1 Red Plum in this weekend’s paper.

  • $1.00/5 Buddig Orginal Packages – 11-2-14 SS (exp 02/28/15)
  • $0.75/1 Buddig Original Deli Cuts, or Premium Deli Cuts, 8 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 02/28/15)
  • $0.40/1 C&H Organic 24 oz, or 32 oz Washed Raw Sugar Product – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $1.00/1 C&H Organic Blue Agave Nectar Bottle – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $1.00/1 C&H Organic Blue Agave Nectar Bottle – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $1.00/1 C&H Sugar Quick Dissolve Superfine, or Pourable Brown In A Flip Top Dispenser – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $0.55/2 Carnation Evaporated Milk Cans, 12 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/31/14)
  • $1.00/1 Don Francisco’s Coffee Can – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/13/14)
  • $1.50/1 Don Francisco’s, 10 or 12 oz Family Reserve Bag, or 1, 12 ct Family Reserve Single Serve Coffee – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/13/14)
  • $0.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs – 11-2 -14 SS (exp 02/02/15)
  • $3.00/1 Ensure Active Multipack – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/28/14)
  • $4.00/1 Ensure Active Protein Drink Multipack – 11-2 -14 SS (exp 11/16/14)
  • $0.75/2 Libby’s Pumpkin Cans, 15 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/31/14)
  • $1.50/1 Nescafe Taster’s Choice, 7 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/28/14)
  • $0.50/1 Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough- 11-2-14 RP (exp 12/31/14)
  • $0.50/1 New York Brand Frozen Product – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/04/15)
  • $1.00/4 Nissin Big Cup Noodles – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/04/15)
  • $1.00/3 Nissin Chow Mein – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/04/15)
  • $1.00/1 Old El Paso Frozen Entree – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/25/15)
  • $1.00/1 Old Wisconsin Snack Bite, Snack Stick, or Summer Sausage, 4 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 02/28/15)
  • $0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls; Excludes Twin Packs – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/24/15)
  • $0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/24/15)
  • $0.40/2 Pillsbury/Cinnabon, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls, or Grands! Sweet Rolls, Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/24/15)
  • $0.50/2 Progresso Products; Excluding Pasta Bowl – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/27/14)
  • $0.25/1 Progresso Vegetable Classics Soup Can – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/27/14)
  • $1.00/1 Pyrex Bakeware, Prepware, or Storage – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/31/15)
  • $1.00/1 Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids, or 2 Takealongs Products – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/27/14)
  • $0.75/2 Skippy Peanut Butter, or Spread Products, 15 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/29/14)
  • $1.00/2 Spam Products, 12 oz – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/29/14)
  • $0.45/1 Sparkle Giant Roll or Larger- 11-2-14 RP (exp 12/02/14)

Learn more about how the Coupon Preview can help you spend less at the grocery store!




Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade Recipe on 5DollarDinners.com

Delicious and easy.

That’s the name of my cooking game friend!

This salmon is both of those things…super simple to prepare and oh, so tasty too!

Salmon recipes are not ones I share around here often, but I think it’s important to serve fish and seafood as part of a balanced diet. When I do serve salmon or other more expensive meats, I try to pair them with other inexpensive ingredients like rice or homemade bread. Keep the meal simple, yet scrumptious.

This is a freezer marinade…and one that I use often for salmon (and chicken too!). I find that I often have my meals planned out for the week when I spot a great sale or deal on salmon. So I’ll scoop up the salmon and then add some marinade to it and freeze it until it’s time to enjoy it. I could rearrange the meal plan…but I can freeze it too!

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This marinade is super basic and easy to prepare for smaller or larger amounts. It’s 1 Tbsp maple + 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard for every 1/4 lb. of salmon (or chicken!). Hope you enjoy it!


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Freezer Friendly Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 1 lb. salmon, cut into 1/4 lb. steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Suggested sides: rice or bread, salad or veggies


  • Add the salmon to a plastic freezer baggie or container. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top of the steaks.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and the Dijon mustard. Pour over the salmon in the baggie or container. Seal and freeze.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then grill or bake until salmon is cooked through. Serve with side of rice or bread and salad or veggies.



Have you seen our Costco Meal Plans yet? We’ve got FIVE of them including our latest featuring all freezer cooking meals! It’s a great way to save on dinners, using bulk ingredients from Costco!!! Included are a price list, shopping list, full recipes, and more!

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Plus, Costco Store Deals and all the coupon match-ups for dozens of other stores are available on our Store Page every week!

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Here are the top deals at Costco for this coupon cycle:
Costco Coupon Booklet – Prices valid 10/30 – 11/23 and may vary by store



Naked Juice Variety Pack, 12 ct 10 oz bottles – $14.69

  • $4.00/1 Naked Juice Variety Pack, 12/10 oz; Limit 4 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $10.69

Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lbs – $19.99

  • $4.50/1 Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lb; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $15.49

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, 60 ct – $5.89

  • $1.50/1 Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, 60 ct; Limit 4 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $4.39

Cookies, Snacks & Candy


Stacy’s Naked Pita Chips, 28 oz – $5.79

  • $2.00/1 Stacy’s Pita Chips, 28 oz; Limit 3 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $3.79

Frozen Foods


Jimmy Dean Precooked Turkey Sausage Links, 48 ct – $8.59

  • $2.80/1 Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Links, 48 ct; Limit 3 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $5.79

Home Supplies


Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Detergent, 160 loads, 250 oz – $15.79

  • $4.00/1 Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Laundry Detergent, 250 oz, 160 ld; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $11.79

Cascade Complete Action Pacs, 85 ct – $14.99

  • $3.00/1 Cascade Complete Action Pacs, 85 ct; Limit 1 Per Household – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $11.99

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 6 ct 24 oz bottles – $8.99

  • $2.80/1 Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 6/24 oz or Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs, 6/3.5 oz; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $6.19

Office Supplies


Duracell Coppertop Batteries C and/or D, 14 ct – $14.89

  • $3.00/1 Duracell Alkaline Coppertop Batteries, 14 ct C or D; Limit 10 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $11.89

Personal Care


Dove Shampoo and/or Conditioner, 40 oz bottles – $6.49

  • $2.00/1 Dove Shampoo or Conditioner, 40 oz; Limit 2 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $4.49



Delsym 12 Hr Cough Suppressant, 2 ct 5 oz bottles – $19.69

    • $5.00/1 Mucinex Fast-Max Severe, 2/9 oz; Children’s Multi-Symptom Cold, 2/6.8 oz; or Delsym, 12 Hour Cough Suppressant, 2/5 oz; No Limit – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)

Stacks With 

Out-of-Pocket Price: $14.69
Final Price: Free
Includes Mail In Rebate

Kirkland Signature Cold Multi-Symptom Combo Pack Gelcaps Day, 2 pk 60 ct and Night, 48 ct – $8.99

  • $2.00/1 Kirkland Signature Cold Multi-Symptom Day, 2/60 ct & Night, 48 ct Gelcap Combo Pack; Mucus Relief Tablets, 2/200 ct; Acetaminophen Rapid Release Gelcaps, 500 mg, 400 ct; or Acetaminophen PM Capsules, 500 mg, 375 ct; Limit 6 Each – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $6.99
Click here to see the complete list for Costco!


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Here’s another $5 Dinners fan favorite! For me, it’s the tangy and subtly sweet flavor within the meatloaf and in the sauce that bakes on top! I usually make a double batch anytime I prepare meatloaf…one to bake for dinner and one to freeze. I prefer to freeze them raw, but you can certainly cook […]

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Featured Pinterest Board: Potatoes

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I think one of the most popular comfort foods has got to be potatoes.  They are so versatile, inexpensive, and yes, while they are high in carbs, they actually contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients that are healthy for you!  Besides, most of the time, it’s not the potatoes that are the high calorie […]

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Swiffer Printable Coupons: Save $5

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