Guest Posts

Summer Dinner Menus eBook – Guest Post

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 6, 2012

Hi, I’m Jami from An Oregon Cottage and wanted to share with you my free-to-subscribers Summer Dinner Menus eBook.  As Erin encourages you in her Weekly Meal Plans, planning out meals is the absolute key in saving money on groceries, eating more seasonally, using up what you have, and providing quality nutrition to your entire […]


Enjoy this delicious dessert recipe for Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars made with ripe luscious black raspberries!


Mexi Slowcooker – Guest Post

by Jenn K on July 30, 2012

A quick and easy slow cooker recipe when you are in the mood for some Mexican flavors…


Beef Stew and Noodles – Guest Post

by Jenn K on July 25, 2012

The kitchen is not my favorite place to spend time, but occasionally it’s necessary to spend some time in it preparing meals for my family. When this is the case, my goal is {usually} to be in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible without spending a ton of money on convenience foods. […]


Easy Cheese Balls – Guest Post

by Jenn K on July 23, 2012

Cheese ball recipes are a dime a dozen across the internet.  For our family, recipes not only have to be easy to make…they have to also fit our families frugal budget.  This is one of those recipes that fits all of the above and can’t be kept to yourself!  Share with everyone at you next […]


Hello fellow frugal seekers. I am Julie, the budget conscious Travel Agent with Mouse Tales Travel. As a full time stay at home Mom of two, my life revolves around getting TOP quality and the BEST value no matter what we are shopping for. When planning our very first trip to Disney World, it wasn’t […]


Magda’s Breaded Baked Chicken Thighs

by Jenn K on July 11, 2012

This is one of those recipes that came out of opening the fridge and seeing what needed to be used up. There were these lovely chicken thighs and the remnants of a container of sour cream, just screaming to be combined. Here is the result! These chicken thighs are so moist and delicious!  Once cooked […]

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Summer Survival Guide, Essential Oils and Grocery Savings Tips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 31, 2012

A huge thanks to our advertising partners from May! Snag this Summer Survival Guide with Calendar and Action Plan from The Confident Mom Stock up on Essential Oils…I’ve recently discovered them and love how versatile they are! Learn the One Habit that will revolutionize your grocery spending Print free coupons at and get Free […]


Lactose Intolerant? Say “Yes to Dairy!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 7, 2012

If you, or someone in your family is lactose intolerant, it may be challenging to find lactose free choices that are great for both your taste buds and your budget. According to the National Institute of Health, it’s estimated that millions of Americans suffer from lactose intolerance and may avoid many dairy foods, such as […]


Frugal Substitution for Gourmet Ingredients – Guest Post

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 18, 2012

Are you a foodie on a budget? Here are 5 frugal substitutes for fancy ingredients.  Swap and save! Asiago for Parmesan.  Subbing Asiago cheese for Parmesan can save you over double what you would pay for Parmesan (typically around $5.99/lb vs. $11.99+/lb).  And for more savings, buy cheese whole and slice/grate it yourself instead of […]