New Digital Magazine & 5th Birthday Celebration {And Kitchen Aid Giveaway!!!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 23, 2013

I had absolutely no idea how this little blog over here in the corner of the internet would change and bless my life. It is my passion to share inexpensive recipes, as well as other money (and time) saving tips and resources with you…in the hopes that your life is a little easier, and your tummies full and satisified. Without costing an arm and a leg.

As we move into year #6, I’ve decided to take things in a new direction. Introducing…



This Week’s Eats

The new (and free) digital magazine from $5 Dinners, called This Week’s Eats. It will be my goal to publish a new magazine every 2ish weeks, and ideally each week…but I ask that you bear with me as this is a huge shift in the workflow that I’ve set up over the past 5 years :)

If this were a cruise ship, we could smash a bottle of champagne against the bow. If this was a wedding anniversary, I’d expect to get a bunch of wood or silverware.

But it’s just a birthday and launch of a new little magazine, so I thought we’d just give away a little old 6 Quart Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.



Do I hear cheering from KS, MI, NY, WA and AZ?!? I think I hear it from all over!

This will be simple.

Go check out the magazine and let me know what you think my leaving a comment on the magazine page, or “within the magazine” in the Facebook comments just underneath of it. Let me know what you think. (I already know the gray font is hard to read…and the links are hard to find!)

This magazine is for you, so I’d love to know what you want featured and highlighted! Sky is the limit :)

Next Friday, I’ll randomly choose a winner from the combined comments. Sounds good?

Now go check it out!

And then go have a piece of cake for me! :)





{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

Chung August 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The pictures are so appetizing and I really like the ingredient lists at the bottom of each dish. I like the layout.


annmarie August 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

would love to give this to my mom for her birthday


Linda M August 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Looks good…yummo!


Maureen August 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Congratulations on this exciting time for you! I really like the digital magazine and the pancakes with peach syrup sounds wonderful. I have been looking for an alternative to our maple syrup and this looks perfect for summer!


Bree August 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I love it! And, now I’m hungry. :)


Kelly D August 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I like the idea of easy recipes, especially during the school year. The recipes looked great and did look easy to follow.


Debbie S. August 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I like this its easy to use and love the pictures.


Jennifer Searle August 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Always full of great, useful ideas!


jackie Brown August 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Congratulations, Erin. You’ve done an amazing job sharing affordable meals for so many. I know you’ve helped many families in this tough economy. I’m loving your new mag and new recipe lay out. I was just thinking how I’d love to have a new Kitchen Aid, but my old one keeps ticking after 19 years and I use it almost daily. Oh well, a new one is worth a try:)


Amy August 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Looks great…now I want to eat!!!


Kortney August 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I am definitely in the need for some cheap and easy meals!


Teresa Morgan August 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

The pictures look so appetizing. Makes you want to try them all.


Lisa Martin August 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Congratulations Erin on your 5th Anniversary. Many more years of success…. you are definitely an inspiration to us all.


JoeyfromSC August 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

LOVE It! great job..keep them coming! I wished we could save them as a .pdf file! Is there a way to?lol..I didn’t see a way, or will they at least remain on the link so we can access them at any time? thanks!

Also, congrats on your 5th Anniversary and thanks for the chance to win the Kitchen-Aid! I have always dreamed of owning one because I love to bake!!


JoeyfromSC August 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm


Yes, you hear me shouting all the way from California haha:)


Donna August 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Can always use more quick & easy meals. Looks great to me. Keep up the great job.


Ange August 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Amazing! Love all your recipes & tips. Congrats on 5 years. :)


Jill Greene August 23, 2013 at 11:33 pm

The pictures are wonderful! I can’t wait to try some of these. Congrats on the 5 year anniversary! :D


Kris Gamertsfelder August 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

Love it! Recipes look great


Gianna August 24, 2013 at 1:15 am

I love all the photography!


Tricia P. August 24, 2013 at 1:40 am

I love the baked tacos and oh my goodness everything about it is awaesome. I am so hungry now! Love, love, love it!


Amanda August 24, 2013 at 2:54 am

The photography is beautiful!


Angie August 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

Love, love it! Congrats on 5 years. I’m looking forward to many more!


Nancy Mock August 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

Congratulations on 5 years! I look forward to checking out the digital mag and to seeing more great recipes and photos.


Nancy Mock August 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

I had trouble viewing the digital mag on my Android, so I checked for an app. I only see the app advertised for iPads… do you know if there is a version for Android? (I hope it’s ok to ask this here… I couldn’t get to the other comment areas.) Thanks!


Kate August 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

Awesome, Erin!! And to think I knew you “when”… Many blessings and congratulations on 5 years already!


Gail Grooms August 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Love the format! Can’t wait to use it!


jeannie August 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Great photography and I can always use fresh ideas on what to feed my family.


Tonya Oestereicher August 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Looks great and the layout is very nice. Very user friendly. Are the magainze co inside with the deals at the stores


Beth August 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Ooh can’t wait to try these and see what is next!


Beth August 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Can’t wait to try these and see what is next!


Cathy B*****y August 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

commented on the magazine fb site, but also wanted to leave note here. as you already know the light grey print is gorgeous but too light.. but on page 10 the dark charcoal is also perfect and easy to read! can’t wait to follow all your new posts. Great recipes!
Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom


Angelia Johnson August 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Looks so cool!


Desiree August 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Love recipes that are affordable


Holly Smith August 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I love your site and I really liked your new online magazine. I like how you personalize your article with your son. Too sweet. I loved the pictures and the foods needed listed below the pictures. Looking forward to seeing more(:


Kristy Bartlett August 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I love the layout, it is easy to read, and I love that the recipes feel seasonal including what to do with the zucchini coming in my CSA box!


Tessa August 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

Nice. Must take some time to generate.

I like the simplicity, giving the ingredients upfront (great if you aren’t going shopping soon) and the practicality of it!


Claudia M August 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

love the layout and pictures ! cherry limeade recipe … yum ! Affordable and tasty Meals can’t go wrong :)


Amy Mullen August 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Love it but I am old fashioned and am tired of everything being digital, and none of my things are waterproof! If you ever publish a hard copy I will be the first to buy! But this is still awesome and looks so good.


Judy Ringgenberg August 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Magazine looks very nice. Great pics and recipes. Will look forward to it again.


Margaret August 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Yum! Congrats and a wonderful job.


Mel garcia August 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Amazing! Love all your recipes & tips. Thank you, Congratulations on 5 years may you be bless with many many more


Christina V. August 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm

… the magazine layout seems more intimate, more mature – great pictures!


Marsha H. August 26, 2013 at 2:38 am

I very much like the new look.


abigail August 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

You did a wonderful job with the pictures. I like being able to flip through a week or two worth of recipes at once. Congratulations.


Mickell August 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

this site is amazing. thank you!


Jenny Wilkinson August 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I like the layout and the pictures look like they show a lot of detail.

Looking forward to more!


Alison August 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Love it, I think the pictures are great, and I continue to love your input and personal information about the recipes.


Vickie August 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Like the layout with a great picture and the ingredients listed. I kept clicking on the picture thinking that would take me to the recipe. But I found my way around. Looks good.


Katy August 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

Love the layout. It is easy to read and I love how the photos grab your attention and there is one for each recipe.


Shannon August 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I think food photography makes or breaks recipes, you’ve got a great photographer :O) – keep making it a priority!


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