To celebrate the season of giving, I’m giving away some great stuff every week until Christmas.
This week’s giveaway can help you navigate the busy holiday season with ease. One of the hardest things to manage this time of year is, well…time. Holiday parties, shopping and school vacations all threaten to upend even the most meticulously planned schedules.
Turn to “The $5 Dinner Mom: One-Dish Dinners Cookbook, ” by Erin Chase (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18) for some quick and affordable tips to get dinner on the table in a hurry.
This is the third cookbook from Chase who started two blogs after her couponing habit resulted in her creating inexpensive, yet healthy dinners. She keeps these meals under $5, and they are one-dish quick to save time on food preparation and dishwashing.
Chase defines one-dish as “cooked in the same dish” — be it a skillet, slow cooker, Dutch oven or grill — and served with an occasional side dish to make a complete meal. The 150 recipes are organized by food type and many come with a “Frugal Fact, ” such as advising readers never to pay more than 99 cents for a box of corn taco shells. Chase also labels recipes as “freezer friendly, ” “slow-cooker adaptable” or “make ahead” to help with planning.
To help your kids pass the time while you’re busy prepping dinner, let them unpack Kiwi Crate’s Crafty Christmas holiday crate. This themed crate is filled with materials and inspiration for hands-on projects including one-of-a-kind paint-swirl ornaments and a “gingerbread” home made with cardboard. If you don’t have kids, or if your kids are older, this would make a great gift for someone else.
One lucky Bargain Hunter reader will be selected at random to win these two items.
To enter, leave a comment telling me your biggest money (or time) saving holiday tip. Comments close today at 5 p.m.
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog