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Another Giveaway: $5 Dinners


In addition to talking about coupons, Julie and I have talked to you about the frugal mindset and committing to slashing money from your budget. Earlier this week, Julie challenged everyone to head to the store and try to put a dinner together from scratch for $10-$15.

We want to offer you a tool to make all of this just a little bit easier. If you've read my Weekly Menus at SuperJenn you know that I've been experimenting with recipes from The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. This book, written by a fellow mommy and blogger, Erin Chase, continues to impress me and is very quickly becoming a staple in my cooking. This book has over 200 recipes all designed to feed a family of 4 for under $5.

So here's the deal: Sometime between now and Sunday, May 9th (Mother's Day for those of you prone to forgetting!) if you should find yourself spending $100 or more PRE-coupons; take a picture of your receipt. The picture needs to capture your subtotal, your savings and the date. Then email me the picture. The person who submits the receipt with the highest percent discount will win a copy of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. Its that simple!

Some stores will total your percent savings for you. Other stores will just show you how much you have saved. We can do math...we'll figure out the percentage for you!

You can enter as many times as you have receipts that qualify during the contest.

When the contest is over we will post the receipt pictures and first names on our Facebook Fan Page so everyone can see how much people are saving!

Here are the rules again:

*Shop at a local grocery store or SuperCenter and submit your receipt between today, April 25 and 5pm on Sunday,May 9. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, May 11.

These stores include:

The Community Mercantile HyVee Dillon's Checker's Target WalMart

*Your subtotal must be at least $100 before coupon discount.

*You must email me a picture of the receipt at superjennblogs@gmail.com. This picture must include date, subtotal and total. We must be able to contact you via the email you submit with.

Good Luck to you and Happy Shopping!!


AlligatorMama 7 years, 11 months ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE that cookbook!! That was the reason I started cutting coupons. Its made a huge dent in our budget!

Katara 7 years, 11 months ago

Man, I would love a copy of this book. My fellow GG'ers rave about it.

I am not going to qualify for the contest though :( I am working on reorganizing my stockpile so I am not purchasing much other than the usual milk, eggs, etc. in order to get the items I already purchased used up - kind of a late spring cleaning of the pantry and to prep for all the summer veggies I freeze :D

thadrosen 7 years, 11 months ago

Checkers now posts their in store ads along with the weekly newspaper one at this link:


dogsandcats 7 years, 11 months ago

Well Seamus does have a point. Manufacturer coupons are mostly for processed foods. You never see coupons for fresh produce, for example. It might be cheaper but it's not healthy. If someone ever comes out with a cookbook of $5 meals which do not feature ingredients with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and white flour, I'll be first in line to buy a copy.

Katara 7 years, 11 months ago

Really? You 'll have to explain to me then how I used coupons to purchase fresh whole pineapple,spinach, bananas, cuties and many other produce items if you never see coupons for fresh produce.

AlligatorMama 7 years, 11 months ago

Seamus doesn't have a good point at all - I have saved TONS of money on items with coupons and we eat very well balanced/processed free meals. I spend a little more on hormone free meats and dairy/veggies/fruits etc but have still managed to save a ton on other little things with coupons. Not only on food items, but household items too...paper products, cleaning products, toothpaste, hygiene items etc. Using coupons and sales for those items have given me room in my budget to buy more organically. The best thing about the $5 dinner mom cookbook is that her recipes are all healthy well balanced meals. so it IS possible with a little bit of work to save money with sales and coupons on items other than processed junk foods. It just takes a little bit of work and time.

But then again I'm that " stay at home soccer mom" puttering around town in my SUV...so what could I know, right?

SuperJenn 7 years, 11 months ago


I've given several resources for whole and organic foods coupons. Feel free to look around our blog and check them out! I also recently provided information on how to save money on produce. These may take a little more comittment to both saving money and eating healthy than some are willing to give, but if you are truely interested, it's there.

The $5 Dinner Mom cookbook emphasizes making your own food from scratch; main dishes, sides, sauces and seasonings as well as breads and rolls. There is a link in the article where you can buy it now. Or you could enter our contest.

SuperJenn 7 years, 11 months ago


Thanks for the link! I'm glad to hear it.

I had a friend tell me Checkers has a section for produce on it's last leg... At deep discount. Do you know if this is true? Might not be bad if you used it that day sauces or baked items.

thadrosen 7 years, 11 months ago

Yes, it's located in the very back corner of the produce dept. By the refillable water machine.

Also, be on the lookout for 5 dollar off store coupons that Checkers puts out in the newspaper, extra, KU planner, etc. I stocked up and save 5 bucks everytime I spend more than 40 bucks at the store.

Also, for this challenge, the results may be a little skewed. Whereas Dillons will total up your savings on their sale items, Checkers receipts will only show the coupons you used. In other words, their low priced items on sale will not reflect as savings on the receipt-- just the low price.

julieanderson 7 years, 11 months ago

yes, thadrosen, i have also found and used that $5 coupon at Checkers. I have seen it in Monday's Go! section of the paper.

Katara 7 years, 11 months ago

You do have to figure your savings out yourself but it is not difficult. You can peek behind the sales price tags & on the shelf will be the non sales price. Total up your items @ their non sales prices, subtract that from what you actually paid. You can figure the percentage from there. That is what I do when I shop at Hy-Vee or for the times I have gone to Checkers.

impska 7 years, 11 months ago

You know, I was just patting myself on the back for the great deal I got on Tidy Cats today at Hyvee (B1G1 at 5.98 + a coupon I found online), when I read Seamus' post and it finally dawned on me how morally bankrupt I truly am. Surely I can find a more sustainable option for my cats to poop in (not shredded newspaper though, because buying newspaper might expose me to the evil temptation of couponing). Then I started thinking about the new jeans I was wearing (recently, I saved 30% off them at Old Navy by printing a coupon that Jenn linked), and how they were probably sewn by little sweatshop workers, and that coupon had, in fact, led me to wear the blood of children on my legs. From now on, I will be weaving my own pants from the hair of the goat I'll be raising in my backyard

After I ordered my goat online, using my thrift store computer with Linux on it, I got to thinking of all the money I'd saved on my favorite lotion (Jergens) and how a righteous person would make their own unguents, so tonight after my dinner of beans and lentils (I've recently realized that fresh meat should be reserved for my cats, since the Pro Plan I frequently use coupons for at Petco does not match their native diet closely enough), I will be experimenting with recipes for a moisturizing lotion - which will be all the more important since I will also be making my own soap and washing all of my laundry by hand.

Now, I know from previous threads that growing my own vegetables is saintly, but I realized that using coupons at Ace Hardware on all my gardening supplies is running mom and pop stores out of business... still, since I'm walking everywhere now, and there's no local hardware store nearby, I'm kind of stumped about whether or not it's ok.

It's a good thing I'm just a housewife, or else I'm not sure how I'd have time to do all this AND bake my family biscuits from scratch for dinner.

kristyj 7 years, 11 months ago

sweet potatoes are .25 a pound at target right now (or at least they were on Friday). they're good for you.

SuperJenn 7 years, 11 months ago

Hey thanks, kristyj! I'm making and freezing babyfood right now and Ryan loves sweet potatoes. We all like them!

If you enjoy sweet pot casserole in the fall why not take advantage of the price now; cook up the potatoes and freeze them flat. You could even dice them (in larger pieces) and freeze them raw. You should have decent luck with that.

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