The Dinner Solution Software Giveaway – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to #332 Stacey (twinkledust) who is the winner of this software!

The Dinner Solution: Menu Planning and Freezer Cooking Made Simple is a unique meal planning program that allows you to plan out your meals on a calendar and print custom grocery lists.  With a few clicks of your mouse, you can plan out a week of meals in minutes.

  • Plan your dinners and side dishes out on our calendar a week or a month at a time
  • Easily enter any of the recipes or menus from $5 Dinners!
  • Add your own recipes or use the family-friendly recipes we’ve already included!
  • With the click of a button, print a complete grocery list — sorted by store aisle and store name!
  • Print a “What’s For Dinner” fridge report so you and your family can easily see what’s on the menu that week!
  • Do your own at-home Freezer Meal assembly sessions in a snap! 
  •  And more!

Using The Dinner Solution for just 10 minutes a week, you can easily:

  • Save hundreds of dollars a year on your grocery bill
  • Save hundreds of hours a year of your precious time
  • Feed your family healthier home-cooked meals (and lose weight if you need to!)
  • Reduce your stress level – meal planning actually becomes fun!

The system makes it so easy to get dinner on the table, you will wonder how you ever managed without it!!!

In this week’s giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a free copy of The Dinner Solution software, a $59.95 value.  Also, the lovely ladies at The Dinner Solution are offering all $5 Dinners readers a 25% Discount, a savings of $15!  Just enter 5DD25 at checkout for your discount!

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends Wednesdsy, May 20th at 5 pm EST. Winner will be announced back here on this post.

2. Entry #1: Leave a comment just saying you want to win.

3. Entry #2: Leave a SEPARATE comment telling me in what way you promoted this contest (i.e., posting it in a forum, posting about it on your blog, Twitter about it, and/or subscribe to my feed by email or in a reader).

4. Entry #3: In another separate comment, let me know a little about your biggest struggle or success with meal planning.

5. Winner will be selected by

*Disclosure: I have not received or reviewed a copy of the software, but have previewed it on their website.


  1. says

    I would say my biggest struggle in meal planning is keeping my grocery list down. I tend to choose foods each week that all have different ingredients; therefore, raising the grocery bill.

  2. Natalie says

    I wanna win! I’m in Canada, and a GREAT book that I have found (by CANADIAN author’s) is called The Big Cook ( is similar in concept to this software, but it’s just in book form, not software. Still love it though! Check it out!

  3. sito says

    Right now my challenge is that it seems like I’m always cooking the same things over and over. I know I’m not, but I’m in a rut. Since the 13 year old is picky, I don’t like to go too far out with new dishes. (Which reminds me to thank you for your recipes and menu plans.)

  4. Jaime says

    My biggest struggle is remembering what I have in the freezer. Sometimes I pull out something at the back and can’t remember when I made it or sometimes what it is. I need to get better organized!

  5. Val says

    My biggest struggle with meal planning is being a single mom of 2 and both kids are in at least 2 sports each all year long. We are always on the go and I desperately need something to help me tame the chaos! Another struggle is that I get great ideas for dinners, go shopping and end up with part of the ingredients for several different meals. I need a way to use up what I have and stop spending on things we won’t use and letting things go bad because I forget to get the last ingredient that is needed for a dish. I really can’t think of a success in meal planning. I’ve never found a system that works for me and I need one. Winning this would be a life saver!

  6. Stef Cunningham says

    I really really want to win! I’m in nursing school so my husband is left to fend for himself and our 3 kids in between lacrosse games and practices! We would get so much out of this software!!


  7. Tara says

    My greatest success has been implementing a system similar to what the software does. I plan out my dinner menus for two weeks, then make out my grocery list. This has saved us lots of money by keeping us from buying items we don’t need and by stopping us from calling for take-out so much. The software would make things so much easier than my method!

  8. says

    My greatest successes were when I was using Dream Dinners regularly. I was working full time and we always had a meal ready in the freezer. Now that I’m not working I’d like to have the same type of fully stocked freezer but not with all the pre-made meals I seem to be relying on more and more.

  9. Hilary says

    My biggest struggle is planning the correct amounts. I always make too much and then we eat leftovers for a week, so it would be great to plan a chicken dish and then be able to use that chicken in a different dish.

  10. Barb says

    It is so hard to plan dinners when it is usually hubby doing the cooking and me laying out the food of the morning with no idea of will be prepared later. This would help me plan better.

  11. linda says

    i work nights and then babysit my 2 grandaughters (one 3 yrs old and one 9 months old) during the day. i plan and prepare the dinners for all of us. i need this to help me!! it would be so wonderful. i get about 3 hours of sleep a day to function. i would appreciate this like no one could imagine!!! I have been thinking I need something like this meal manager to help for a while.

  12. linda says

    i e-mailed and told my my friends and family about the Dinner Solution site and have been telling alot of people at work too about the $5 dinner site and fantastic it is. it has been one of the greatest things i have come across to help me!! I love it.

  13. linda says

    my greatest struggle has been planning meals i can get the preliminaries ready on the weekend ( i also work weekends but do not watch my grandaughters on the weekends so i get a bit of a break). then during the week preparing them after i get home from work in the morning and getting it done while taking care of my grandaughters and getting some sleep while they nap. i have found the meals at $5 dinners and it’ links to be great help these past two months since i found the site. they are easy to prepare and give sugestions for using the left overs for other meals.

  14. Kate Bennett says

    I have 3 kids and 1 husband and NEVER enough time to plan things out as extensively as I would like. I constantly struggle with wanting to provide meals for my family and my in laws (whom I feed 3-5 times a week) that are healthy, inexpensive and easy to prepare. I want a feel good meal at a feel good price, and I want to feel good about organizing my meals!!!

  15. says

    I used to do OAMC but lately it seems like time is not on my side. I have a daughter who is 4 and refuses to eat any green veggies and I am not much of a meat eater so trying to find meals that all of us will eat can be a struggle. And, trying to do it on one income makes it even harder. This sounds like something I would get a lot of use out of. Love your site btw!

  16. Colleen says

    My husband and I are always struggling to make ends meet. I am always combing the internet for healthy, yummy, low cost meals to make. This would save a lot of time and hassle!

  17. Alison says

    I teach groups of women to prepare and cook meals once a month to save sanity, time and money. I presently use a program that is a bit cumbersome to file my recipes and create my grocery lists and would love another option to make this easier! I have emailed my cooking groups with this link so all of us have a better chance of winning since we share!

  18. Alison says

    Best success: Partnering with 3 other moms to monthly cook 15-18 dinners for our families once a month. We have a great time together and produce yummy, preservative-free, healthy meals for our families. Best price point- an average of 1.10 per meal per person for 4 families of 5! Woo hoo, gotta love that!


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