frugal living

Bargaining at the Farmer’s Market

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 5, 2010

So I chatting with a friend recently, and she asked…”How do you get these great prices at the farmer’s market? Do you bargain with them or something?” I replied, “No. I just get lucky, I guess!” But the convo got me thinking about bargaining, and how widely unacceptable it has become in our culture.  In […]


Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 4, 2010

For the past, um, year or so, I have not done a whole lot with potatoes.  And for good reason.  Ryan tested positive for a potato allergy, among other things.  So I quickly removed them from our diet. A few weeks ago, we got the go ahead from both the allergist and the GI doctor […]


Ways to Use Homemade Pesto Sauce

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 30, 2010

Rather than let the garden herbs grow out of control, make pesto instead.  I have found that it doesn’t really matter how much of which kind of herb you use…as long as you have enough basil in there to give it that basil flare. I did not measure my pesto as I made it…but I’ll […]


How to Cut a Green Pepper {Video}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 23, 2010

Learn the right, or rebellious, way to cut a green pepper. A video tutorial.


Amazon Grocery Deals – Coconut Oil, Annie’s Organic Bunny Snacks

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 19, 2010

I have been using Swagbucks for almost a year now…and I have been stocking up on Amazon credit that I “purchased” with Swagbucks points. We have decided to use some of this credit to buy some more natural products, like flaxseed, coconut oil and maple syrup. We love getting our maple syrup delivered, and I […]


Yellow Summer Squash Steam Sauteed

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 16, 2010

Sauteing summer squash…it has never worked well for me. I mean, it works…but not perfectly. I recently figured out that if I partially steam it before sauteing it…the results are quite tasty! Ingredients 2 medium yellow squash, sliced ($2) 1/4 cup water 1 Tbsp sugar ($.03) 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10) Salt and pepper to […]


Batch Cooking Plan – July 17

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 16, 2010

I’m hoping to spend an hour (or two) in the kitchen tomorrow…it’s been over a week and I miss cooking! I continue to play catch-up from returning home from the Savvy Blogging Summit…I’ve got my inbox under control, the house is more or less clean, so now it’s time to get in the kitchen, do […]