Welcome Friends from “The View”

First and foremost, welcome! Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Please, pull up a chair while I share with you all the many great features and tools on $5 Dinners.com!  I’m so glad you are here!


This morning, several recipes from my first cookbook were featured on the show.  And yes…they each cost me less than $5! My cookbooks are the best resources for getting all the information about strategic couponing, strategic grocery shopping, strategic meal planning, batch cooking, homemade convenience foods and more. They are comprehensive and will give you the “big picture” that is the $5 Dinners concept…and will help you start spending less of your hard earned money at the grocery store!!!

Weekly and Monthly Features

Here are some fabulous features that will help you get the hang of meal planning, couponing, cooking and shopping! A few things that you can expect to see each week on this website…

As you can see, there is a lot going on here…I hope you can take advantage of all these features and hope they help you spend less and less of your hard earned dollars!

FREE Email Newsletter Options

Because each of you has unique needs and desires when it comes to what you want to know and in what areas you need information to help you spend less, there are a number of different newsletters set up on $5 Dinners so you can get what you need…and not what you don’t!  Some of the newsletters are sent out once a week, others once a day…and the coupons newsletter is sent out “express” delivery so you’ll never miss out on coupon savings!

The rundown of the free email newsletter options…

  • Daily $5 Dinners Email Newsletter – Receive all the recipes, meal plans, money saving tips, and coupons in your inbox every evening!
  • Express Coupon Alerts – Don’t want to miss out on any hot coupons? Receive express delivery of only the coupons posts, delivered into your inbox just moments after they are posted.
  • Weekly Recipes Email Newsletter – Only interested in the recipes from $5 Dinners?! Sign up to have 1 weekly email delivered to your inbox on Sunday evenings that contains only the recipes from the previous week…and it’s just in time for meal planning for the week!
  • Weekly Gardening Email Newsletter – If you would like to only receive the garden updates, then subscribe just to the garden posts and your inbox will have a little garden surprise once a week on Saturday afternoon.
  • Weekly Savings Email Newsletter – Get all the money saving tips, meal planning strategies, shopping trip updates and other savings related posts delivered once a week to your inbox…every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Weekly Meal Planning Email Newsletter – Sign up for free meals plans delivered right to your inbox every Sunday night…just in time for the new week!
  • Express Food Allergies on a Budget Email Newsletter – Receive all the latest coupons and deals for “allergy free foods,” express delivered to your inbox so you don’t miss out on the savings! If you don’t deal with food allergies, please share this with someone who does!  This email will be delivered after each deal or coupon is posted, likely no more than 2-3 times per week.

If you use an RSS reader, such as Google Reader, you can get free RSS updates there as well. Each of the daily, express and weekly newsletters are completely free. Yes…completely free!!!

And again, welcome!  We are so glad you are here!  We hope that the cookbooks and the website will help you spend less and less each week at the grocery store! Let’s cut that grocery bill in half, shall we?!

Erin and the $5 Dinners Team


  1. Kimberly says

    I have been following your website for a little over a year. I just say your segment on The View and you did a fantastic, awesome job! The ladies seem so funny (Whoopi!) but you gave out great tips and information. Congrats!

  2. Anne says

    Just watched you on The View (which I never watch, only watched because you were on) and you were great!!! Congratulations! I have your first cookbook and love it. I have followed your blog since before your book came out. Love what you do and appreciate it! Thank you.

  3. says

    Love This! Thanks for sharing your tips! I’ve been praying for some Practical Help & I think your ideas are just the right receipt for me to be more efficiant & organized while providing ecconomical meals that don’t taste like they are! Looking forward to the couponing/cooking adventure of $5 Dinners!
    Love Ya, Susie :)

  4. Ky G says

    You did amazing Erin!!!!!! And you looked gorgeous!

    If Whoopi enjoyed your food like thar…you know your meals are winners 😉

    God Bless and here’s to your continued success. I appreciate you!

  5. Lee says

    Just saw u on The View for someone that thought she couldn’t talk earlier in the week u did a great job on talking a hundred miles a minute, guess u have to go fast if u only have a short amount of time. I have your latest cookbook but would like to have it signed how can I do this if I live in FL?

    • says

      Thanks Lee!

      I drank more tea and ate more potato chips in 4 days than I did for the past 2 years combined to get my voice back! Even got some steroids!

      It was still raspy, but it came back strong for me!

      I’ll email you about the book.



  6. Kathy Van Meter says

    Using your “food resources” has enabled us to lower our food bills, quite an accomplishment with 2 football playing teenagers and a very active older son. We may not be able to do it for five dollars, but are usually able to feed the 5 of us for under ten! Looking forward to your next book.

  7. Dawn says

    Great segment on the view! I love the phrase ” Strategic Couponing”! Extreme couponing never made a lot of sense to me, because if you don’t donate or use it before it spoils, or is damaged – there is no savings! I have always been a “Strategic shopper” and also plan my menu’s according to the sales & seasonal cycles. I can usually save at least 50% off retail on my grocery bill each time I shop. Saving on a regular basis is easier, more practical and something anyone can do with little effort. With your books it’s a “no brainer” for those who were not fortunately born frugal. I do occasionally use a coupon along with store sales on a double coupon day, but my best strategy is purchasing enough of the big sale “loss leaders” (on the front of the store flier) to last until the next big sale and ignore the minor sale items until they reach the price I want to pay. I easily fed my family of 4 on @ $40 week (less when it’s harvest time in my container gardens on the apartment terrace!) So what if it isn’t 4 carts full at 98% savings. Who needs 15 lifetime supplies of deodorant anyway?!?

  8. Margie says

    I was off today and took advantage to watch you. Loved the yellow dress!
    I have been a subscriber for awhile now and really enjoy the blog and books. I’m looking forward to teaching my college aged daughter about $5 dinners , as she will have her own apt. next year and will need to cook on a budget. ( There is another target group for you- college students on a budget!)

  9. says

    AWESOME! Congrats. I have been checking out your blog since before the book. I missed the episode but I am very happy for you. You deserve all of the success that you receive. Great tips! I just came here to print out my Monthly planner! Thank you!

  10. Jackie says

    I have been a fan of your website for about a year, it has helped me save about half on my grocery bills and also eat healthier. I had to work yesterday, and didn’t catch your segment, will you be posting a link to it so that those of us that missed it can see it?

  11. Tara says

    Erin, I’ve followed your site for a few years now. I was so excited to turn on the View and hear that you would be on it. I wish they could have given you 2 segments!

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