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. Danielle says

    My biggest personal struggle is providing a variety of healthy, delicious meals for my family that we can afford. We seem to eat the same meals over and over again because they are recipes that I make well and know that I can make for very little money.

  2. Jill says

    My biggest struggle is making time to plan ahead. With three school age children in different activities, we’re always on the go, and don’t always get to eat together on weeknights. Both my husband and I work full-time outside the home, so I think this would be a wonderful prize to help us be better organized & eat better even!

  3. says

    My biggest challenge is JUST keeping up with weekly planning and being able to use all the ideas I have. I have a meal idea using things I have on hand, but then forget about them when I go to write the weekly menu. Something like this would allow me to put it in a day anytime and change it if I need to. I also really LOVE Freezer meals and this sounds like it would be so helpful. Even if I don’t win, I may have to buy it :)

  4. Erin B says

    My biggest success with meal planning was just getting started and stocking my freezer! It has really kept my family from running out to grab something to eat. My biggest struggle is variety. I feel like we keep eating the same meals over and over!

  5. Angie says

    This sounds so perfect, I especially am excited that you can plug in your own recipes. I’m about to be a full time nursing student on top of full time wife and full time mom, this would be so perfect! I’m about to have to quit my job in order to do this and it sounds like just one more perfect way to trim our budget, steal myself some precious time, and insure we don’t eat out just because mom has no time. Love the idea of coordinated shopping list, and REALLY love the idea that all the $5 dinner recipes are going to work with it! I have all those emails saved in a folder in my inbox just waiting to be trotted out! Thanks so much!

  6. Angie says

    I’ve forwarded this link to all my family/friends so they can see this neato software for themselves :) Angie

  7. Tonnie Rogers says

    This software sounds like a godsend. I live next door to and take care of my 2 yr old grandson. His parents both work away from home and by dinnertime, none of us has the energy or the desire to brainstorm dinner ideas. We could use some help!! Grandbaby (and us) need better and healthier meals!

    Gramma Tonnie :)

  8. Katrina in Wa says

    My biggest obstacle: I got out of the habit and forgot how much time and money it used to save me. I did Nutrisystem last year for a few months and just never got back in the swing when I went back to being in charge of meals. Funny how something that used to be such a basic part of life could so easily be dropped by the wayside.

  9. says

    I’m great with menu planning once I have the menu made. I never stray, and I am calm all afternoon knowing that I don’t have to panic at 5pm. Unfortunately if I fall off the wagon for one day in between plans then it’s utter chaos. I also have a lot of trouble making meals from the food that I have in the freezer instead of just buying everything for all new meals. Help me PLEASE!!!

  10. Janelle says

    I have told all of my friends (I know word-of-mouth is a little old-fashioned…) and I posted a link on my facebook

  11. Janelle says

    My biggest struggle with cooking? I am allergic to soy. That’s right, soy. Which in case you didn’t know, is in EVERYTHING. Particularly budget foods. That means fast food, and even restaurant food will make me quite ill, and I have to scour every ingredient list on the back of every box, bottle or can that I buy (they’ve gotten really good at hiding it and giving it tricksy names). Not to mention my husband is reactive hypoglycemic (and fairly picky-but don’t tell him I said so!!). I suffer from bipolar disorder, and DH has depression, which makes every task harder, and most days wandering the food aisles can be intimidating to say the least. Biggest success? Pulling off an amazing roast beef dinner as a christmas gift to friends. Sides included rolls, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and salad. My friends are still raving, and say it topped any restaurant roast they’ve ever had. Once I’ve got the recipe, list and ingredients, in an organized fashion, I am unstoppable in the kitchen. Thank you for the chance to win!!

  12. says

    My biggest struggle with planning dinners is over buying and liking to go grocery shopping, I want to make everything I see on Rachael Ray, on other various Food Network shows, and on the various blogs I come across, not to mention all the delicious recipes in magazines, and in recipe books – haha :) LOL – what can I say – I love to cook and bake!

  13. caren says

    I work very early in the morning, so when I get home, I am exhausted. I have a hard time planning what to cook for my family of four. My daughters have very active schedules, so I have to cook in between their schedules. It would be nice to have a program to assist with meal planning to ensure healthy but good dinners.

  14. Gina says

    My biggest struggle is planning for breakfasts and lunches. Supper is usually planned out for the week, but the other meals happen as we go along.

  15. Adrienne G says

    My biggest struggle with menu planning is that I have a picky family – and so I seem to stick to the same menu that I know they will eat. I really need to branch out more – and hope they eat it!


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