5 Dollar Dinners Workshop Recap

5dollardinners2Oh, ladies! Let me tell you how much fun I had this past Saturday! Erin’s workshop about making $5.00 meals was fun, informative and very helpful; the coffee with the girls afterward was wonderful and exciting. It was worth every minute of the hour and a half drive, even considering the migraine I got on the drive back home. Worth. Every. Minute.

Erin’s workshop walks you through her process to create meals for her family of four for $5.00 or less. The first step is menu planning (using sales flyers or what you have in your pantry) to keep you from over-spending. I already plan our menus around here, but I still got a few tips for how I can better improve that process. Also, I mentioned a while back that I have been working on a new menu plan system? I put it down to ponder a few things and now, after hearing what Erin had to say, I am back up and running and hope to finish that new system soon.

I’ve also been grocery shopping for 2-3 weeks at a time for several months now, but I’ve been going to our local store where I can’t really make very good use of coupons or anything. I’ve been wanting to start leaving the children with my mother in law or husband for a day and take off the next town over (where they have all the big chain grocery stores) and shop all their sales, and start using coupons again – but I felt like I needed some pointers before getting into that. Well – now I’ve got them. Erin gave tips on finding the best coupons, matching coupons with sales, and all that sort of thing. I’ve got a wealth of coupon information now!

Throughout the course of the workshop, Erin also prepared a couple of easy and inexpensive chicken dishes for us to sample. They hardly took any work at all and they were delicious when they were done!

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After the workshop, Erin, Alyssa, Stephanie, Rachel and I chatted over coffee and pastries for a couple of hours – but it didn’t seem that long, and I could have hung out with them even longer. I’m sure I talked their ear off, though I tried not to. My talk-o-meter gets cranked up when I’m excited though, so I’m sure that I probably did. They may prefer to stick to Twittering me from now on where I’m limited to 140 characters. 😉

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Chatting with these ladies was wonderful, they were so fun and friendly. I, personally, felt very encouraged and renewed after getting away for the day, attending a workshop just for me, and hanging out with four like-minded bloggers – without kids, without timeframes or deadlines, without thinking about my house and what needed to be done or cooked or cleaned or whatever. I think it was just the boost I needed!

I guess I could have summed it all up by saying (but why WOULD I have??) :

Workshop – $5.00
Coffee and Croissont: $4.50
An hour and a half drive to spend the day with these ladies = Priceless.

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Alyssa @ Keeping the Kingdom First
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Alyssa @ Keeping the Kingdom First

Amber, I totally agree! It was priceless! I am so glad we got to meet each other after all this time. I really enjoyed chatting with you- wish we lived closer together!

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Stephanie
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Stephanie

It was so great meeting you Amber! I had a blast!

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Kristen
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Kristen

Sounds like you had a great time. I wish I could have attended. Maybe she will come back again another time!

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Kelly@DesignsofMine
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Kelly@DesignsofMine

Yea for you! Love your shirt, btw– did you get to go shopping after all?

Keep us posted on how your new venture goes. I shop discount stores (the kind where you pack your own groceries and open boxes on the shelves to get your products) but I’m not a coupon clipper. I’d love to hear your sucess stories!

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