CLOSED! The Dinner Solution Software Giveaway

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 13, 2010

Update: This giveaway is now closed!

Winner is #220, Jennifer!!!  Congrats!

About this time last year, I introduced you to The Dinner Solution. It’s a fantastic software that will help you out of the meal planning rut.  And it will keep you out too!

A few of it’s fine features…

  • Save up to 30% on your grocery bill by taking a few minutes to plan ahead!
  • Pick your meals for next week and print your shopping list,  it’s that easy!
  • No more stress about “what’s for dinner”!
  • Save even more time and money by making your own “freezer meals”!
  • Created by busy moms FOR busy moms!

For a more complete review of the software and its features, head on over and read my review. Also, you should know about some updates that have been made to The Dinner Solution Software.

  • Change serving sizes in the recipes
  • Add miscellaneous items to the shopping list that are not related to a recipe (i.e., milk, bread, paper towels, etc.)
  • COMING SOON: Copy/paste recipes from internet

Note that existing customers will get these upgrades to their software for FREE, when the feature is released.

The busy moms behind The Dinner Solution have been gracious enough to offer a 15% off coupon code to all of you!  Just enter the coupon code 5DD15 to get your discount!

Here are the rules on how you can win this great software that will take the stress out of meal planning…and do it all for you!

(I like the sounds of that!)

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends Friday, May 14th at 5 pm EST. Winners will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

2. Entry #1: Leave a comment telling us about your “relationship with menu planning.” Is it a love or hate relationship?  Or does it depend on the week?

3. Entry #2: Follow me on Twitter, or on Facebook (where we talk about all the “important” things in life!) and leave a SEPARATE comment.

4. Entry #3: Go find an old post here on $5 Dinners that you LIKE, and click that little “Facebook Like” button on it! Doing so puts that link into your Facebook stream, so all your friends can see what you like!  Then come back and tell us what post you liked in another comment.

5. Winner will be selected by Random.org.

**NOTE: If you receive the email newsletter and wish to enter this giveaway, click on the title of this giveaway to get to the site and leave a comment on the site with your name and email address to be entered!

*Disclosure:I did receive a download of the software last year to review.

{ 331 comments… read them below or add one }

jan May 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I plan my meals around the newspaper store ads. I’d love software.

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Stephanie May 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Oh boy. I hate meal planning. It goes in waves for me. I decide to dig in and ‘just do it’ and a few weeks later I’m back to staring in th fridge at 4p hoping that Wonderpets keeps he kidlets occupied while I make waffles. The irony is that I love to plan. However, I hate when people don’t get on board with my plan – and you know, toddlers have their own ideas about what they’re going to eat on any given day. I know this. I accept this. And it still drives me nuts;)

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LB May 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I like menu planning, but I rend to get distracted looking up recipes lol

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LB May 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

like on facebook

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Virginia May 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I realize that when I plan my menu for 1-2 weeks I save $…However, I have not made a habit of it, yet…

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LB May 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I like cream cheese stuffed french toast. That sounded good!!!

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Heather L. May 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I like menu planning, but it takes forever! I have a hard time picking out what I want to eat for the next few weeks. :)

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Heather L. May 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I’m also a fan on Facebook!

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THERESA May 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I DON’T REALLY HAVE A MEAL PLAN BY THE DAY HOWEVER I DO FOOD SHOP BY WHAT I WILL MAKE ON A MONTHLY BASIS. SINCE I SHOP FOR FOOD FOR THE MONTH I DO SIT DOWN AND DECIDE WHAT I WILL COOK FOR A MONTH . IT WORKS OUT REALLY WELL. I DECIDE IN THE MORNING FOR WHAT I WILL MAKE FOR DINNER. I AM A STAY AT HOME MOM WITH 2 BOYS STILL AT HOME. FOR ME PLANNING AHEAD FOR DAILY MEALS JUST DOESNT WORK FOR ME.

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barbc May 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I love the idea of planning dinners. When I tried it one week it was great for me because, well dinnner was planned when I got home from work. Unfortunately my family seems to prefer picking dinner each day dependent on their whims. Or, is that just my husband?

Barb

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Erin May 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I dont plan very well, but Id like to get better.

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Carey May 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I like menu planning but I’m with LB in that I get caught up in all the new recipes that I want to try. Sometimes I get a little too ambitious.

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Carey May 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I also “liked” $5 Dinners on Facebook.

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Carey May 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Third, I “liked’ the Baked Black Beans and Salsa Chicken post you did a while back. Anything with a salsa/black bean/chicken combo is yummy in my book!

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Renee May 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm

My meal planning depends on what sport’s season it is. It is most difficult during the wintertime when DH is coaching basketball and DD is playing, but at different times! UGH! I do best in the summer when things are more relaxed and I can walk out to the garden for fresh veggies for the grill! Would love planning software to add to the variety of meals. Definitely a computer geek!

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Makenzie May 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I like to plan a month at a time so I don’t duplicate too often but I still get in a rut with the same 30 dishes or so.

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Ruth Hill May 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I plan the meals the best I can. I enjoy planning, but my work schedule changes constantly.

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Ruth Hill May 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I am your facebook fan.

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Mary Kay May 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I would love this software. I love meal planning — I tried it a few times but don’t stay consistent with it.

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Nicole May 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I hate planning my meals, but once I have gone shopping and all I have to do is look at my meal calendar to see what is for lunch and dinner instead of staring at the fridge and pantry it makes me LOVE meal planning!

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shirley morris May 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

More hate than love….kind of like matching up socks. I would love a little assistance with meal planning.
shirley Morris

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Amy May 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I don’t mind doing menu planning, I do a rough plan for 2 weeks at a time and sometimes I’ll change it up depending on sales or time factors.

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Michelle Turner May 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I love menu planning because I save money and don’t have the “what’s for dinner” rut at 4pm everyday. And sometimes I love actually doing the planning. But sometimes it’s just another chore and seems to take longer than it should. This software looks great!

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Amy May 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I already follow you on facebook! I also want to add I think I would LOVE the grocery list option of this software, I hate making grocery lists!

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Amy May 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I picked the square foot gardening – more frog drama post. I loved that one.

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Divya Vikram May 14, 2010 at 12:44 am

It is sure a love relationship :)

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Angela G May 14, 2010 at 2:07 am

My beginning of the week planning turns out much better than end of the week. I seem to run out of steam and ideas!

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Jeanette H May 14, 2010 at 2:29 am

I love meal planning because it’s a record of things we’ve eaten. Then when I run out of ideas for things to cook I can reference it.

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Jeanette H May 14, 2010 at 2:30 am

I follow you on Twitter and Facebook. :-) You can never get too much of a good thing.

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Jeanette H May 14, 2010 at 2:33 am

I “liked” the ‘Printable Planners’ post. These are great because they include a section shopping list & a section for coupons. WOOHOO!

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Susan May 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

I like menu planning because I do family child care and it saves time.

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Susan May 14, 2010 at 5:37 am

I get the e-mail letter. Susan steveac@bellsouth.net

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Melissa May 14, 2010 at 6:36 am

Every weekend I sit down and plan out our week of dinners and make my list… ugh!!

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Melissa May 14, 2010 at 6:36 am

I am a subscriber!

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Biscotti Babe May 14, 2010 at 6:56 am

Not a fan of meal planning. I cook in batches then freeze it. There are always a lot of containers of food in the freezer that don’t go together!

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Lauren May 14, 2010 at 7:04 am

My menu planning is simple but fairly effective. Sundays, I write down on a calendar on the fridge what we are having each day of the week. It helps me use what I already have and completely prevents us from eating out on a whim. Only trouble I occasionally have is planning the side dishes. We do salad, jell-o & mashed potatoes a lot!

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Lauren May 14, 2010 at 7:04 am

I follow you on Twitter. Love it!

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Lauren May 14, 2010 at 7:06 am

I like the Bacon, Broccoli & Tomato Pasta recipe. I think it can be very low-fat & fresh. Will probably try it this weekend. I “Liked” it on Facebook.

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Arielle Corcoran May 14, 2010 at 7:10 am

Hate-Hate-Love relationship. I totally GET that menu planning works, that it makes things easier, and that its good for me. As with exercise, its something I do for a while and then avoid. Oh the consequences!

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Lee Ann C May 14, 2010 at 7:10 am

I love to plan, but meal planning overwhelms me. I have a child with severe food allergies, so I can’t just copy the plans of others…they don’t work for my family. I also have children in sports and our schedule may change from day to day, so I have a healthy meal planned and prepped, then we eat at McDonald’s because there is not time to come home before the ballpark! Very frustrating! Perhaps this software would help bring it all together.

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Darlene May 14, 2010 at 7:11 am

I hate meal planning. It never turns out like I think it should because we aren’t hungry for what I have planned on the days I planned it.

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Christina May 14, 2010 at 7:14 am

I dislike menu planning. It takes time and I feel like I make the same things over and over!

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Debbie May 14, 2010 at 7:42 am

I always have good intentions to plan our meals (it’s just hubby and I @ home now) but life always seems to get in the way!

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Lisa May 14, 2010 at 8:02 am

I am a mess at planning meals. I try to do it, but I am disorganized. I need help!

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Sarah M May 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

I would LOVE to do the menu planning thing more often but I HATE the time it takes.

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Sarah M May 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

I follow you on Twitter
@spartyguard

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susan May 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

i love menu planning. unfortuanately i usually don’t follow through with my menus.

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susan May 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

i’m following you on facebook now. :-)

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susan May 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

i “liked” your “Mint.com” money post. hubby and i are using microsoft money, but it is old and when this puter dies i know it won’t work on the new ones or hubby’s laptop. thanks for the info we’ll def. check it out.

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Trish Barton May 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

I think menu planning software would definitely help me get organized with my menu planning. I struggle with menu planning and so I would say my relationship with it is nonexistent!

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