Dining On A Dime Cookbook, Volume 1 is our popular original version of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook with a new cover. If you have previously ordered Dining On A DIme, this is the same book.
This is the EBOOK EDITION of our award-winning Dining on a Dime Cookbook, packed with over 1,200 money-saving recipes and tips, kids tips, and snack ideas, gift baskets, menus, food storage directions, Cleaning Cents and Pretty for Pennies.
Eat Better and Spend Less with Quick And Easy Money Saving Recipes!
Our best selling book that readers have loved for 20 years is still packed full of inexpensive recipes you can make at home that your family will love. It still includes the practical tips and useful hints you've become accustomed to and now includes lavish mouthwatering color photography.
We Will Show You How To Prepare Quick And Easy Recipes Made With Simple Ingredients Your Family Will Love that will ALSO Save You Money! (Without cutting coupons!)
If you're reading this right now, that means one thing: you're on a mission to find recipes your family will love and eat AND also save money on your grocery bill.
You've tried other cookbooks in the past and have come to see less than stellar results, likely despite some of your best efforts.
You're also a busy person and you don't have time to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare your meals everyday.
Now you're looking for something else - something new and something that will actually work for a change. The good news is that you found us and we're here to help you!
As we think you've noticed, we have a strong passion for easy yet amazing home cooking and saving money on food.
We get excited about sharing tasty new recipes and great tips to make your life easier!
Dining On A Dime Is Realistic!
We Noticed Something was
with most cookbooks
If you're someone who's been looking for healthy recipes that are inexpensive and if you have used a variety of different frugal cookbooks to save, then you very likely know by now that those cookbooks don't really work.
Why don't they work? What is it about them that makes it so difficult to cook healthy, delicious AND inexpensive meals?
Here are some of the reasons why:
These "frugal" cookbooks use ingredients most families don't eat, like a lot of beans and textured vegetable protein. Rather than using tasty ingredients that will actually please your family and help you save money, they use cheap and bland tasting ingredients that often discourage your family from trying your new creations and all of your hard work ends up in the garbage disposal!
In short, their recipes aren't as tasty or time saving AND they really don't save you money. Obviously not what you are looking for.
These cookbooks don't have recipes that are organized in a way to help you create quick and easy meal plans.
Often they're just a bunch of mismatched recipes thrown together - you try to decide what you feel like at that point in the day, but you're so worn out you don't really want to have to think about it!
You really need something that's truly easy at the end of a busy day.
You're tired of cooking meals your family won't eat. Most of the time, your family will end up grudgingly eating the un-appetizing meals but you don't end up saving money because your family won't eat the leftovers. You know everyone will continue to avoid it until it's covered in mold and you finally have to give up and throw it away.
This vicious cycle will frustrate you to the point where you won't want to cook and you end up eating out again. But you know that you would save money and life would be a lot less hectic if your family was eating quick, easy and tasty meals at home.
The Dining On A Dime Cookbook Succeeds Where Other Cookbooks Fail
Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 recipes have all been designed with inexpensive and easy to find ingredients.
We hate it when we have to find exotic ingredients that nobody has ever heard of... (and we know you do, too), so we took extra care to include only "realistic" ingredients that you can find even in the smallest grocery stores. We want you to be able to make quick meals with items you already have on hand or that you can easily get.
An added bonus is that you won't have to waste time clipping coupons and matching ads to save money on your grocery bill, so you can put time back into your busy days.
Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 is full of truly quick and easy recipes.
Most of the recipes take less than 10 minutes of "hands on" work to prepare and, though you will quickly discover your family's favorite recipes, there are 22 menu ideas to get you started or help you get dinner on the table when you're tired and don't want to have to stress about it. Most of the main dishes can be made ahead and frozen for days when you expect to be short of time and just need to throw something healthy in the oven. No matter how you use the cookbook, you can enjoy spending more time with your family instead of stressing over dinner.
The cookbook is easy for beginning cooks to understand and also includes new ideas and time tested recipes for skilled cooks. Many recipes are for things that you can make at home that you never thought of and you don't have to run out to the store every time you run out of an ingredient when you use our easy substitutions list.
Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 is packed with recipes your family will ACTUALLY EAT.
You'll be preparing warm, home cooked meals from scratch and healthy, fresh snacks and lunches for your family, even on a tight budget. When you spend less time cooking and you make foods your family loves, they'll be happy to come to dinner and you won't be wasting time making elaborate meals that they won't eat. Even your husband will love the food from this cookbook. Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 is the most comprehensive family cookbook available, full of easy time tested money saving favorites.
A Sneak Peek At What's Inside...
- Pancakes - The best homemade pancakes you will ever eat!
- Slow Cooked Pot Roast - Just like Grandma's
- Fudge Brownies- Even better than a box mix
- Granola- Why pay $4 for a box when you can make it yourself for $1
- Homemade Seasonings- Don't run to the store every time you run out of an ingredient
- Ranch Dressing - Who knew homemade tasted so much better?
- Pizza- Save $20 on take out and make it at home for $2!!!
- and about 1200 other money saving recipes and tips...
...that are quick to prepare. Unlike some of those other frugal cookbooks that include meals where you'd have to sacrifice flavor and take lots of time to prepare, our meals are quick and easy. The recipes require minimal time in the kitchen so you can spend more time enjoying your family.
All of the recipes are made with simple ingredients and they're easy and fast to prepare so anyone will be able to find the time to prepare them. They are also kid friendly so the whole family can enjoy these nutritious meals.
Real Life Success Stories...
"Generally, I'm an AWFUL cook - But Dining On A Dime has changed that! Every recipe I've tried has been delicious... I can't believe how much money I've been saving on groceries.
Thanks again for publishing Dining on a Dime! I can't believe how much I'm enjoying cooking and my family is no longer afraid to come to the table."
Can't Put It Down!
"Dining On A Dime is my absolute favorite!
I am going on a cottage vacation in the next couple of weeks and I am taking your cookbook with me.
I have never taken a cookbook on a vacation. At least I am not sleeping with it yet... hehehehe"
Better than Betty Crocker!
"OH MY GOSH this is exactly the book I have been looking for! I have loads of cook books from expensive recipes to Amish style cooking and this one is my FAVORITE!!! Better than Betty Crocker. I recommend this book to EVERYONE I know. I WON'T dare go without my Dining On A Dime cookbook!"
Kids Love It Too!
"I just want to say a BIG thank you for making this WONDERFUL cookbook. It's exactly what I was looking for. I am teaching my teen age daughter to cook with this book. Thank you so much!"
-Michelle in Washington
What The Pros Are Saying...
"We've worked with cookbook authors for 25 years and this is one of the best all around books we've ever seen. There is something here for everyone - the most amazing item is the author's list of tips for saving over $10,000 in one year - without clipping coupons or depriving your family of nutritious food.
She's an savvy shopper, a practiced cook, a clever house keeper and a creative mother who knows how to entertain her kids while teaching them excellent life skills. The price of this book will be recovered with one trip to the supermarket.
Using just a few of her ideas will make a huge impact on anyone's shrinking budget and put time back into busy days. There is an index of recipes, another index of tips, and a third index for using leftovers. Creative, entertaining, well researched and practical - this is a book you will use every day."
-Merikay Jones, Cookbook Publisher
"If you like the Tightwad Gazette Books, you'll love Dining On A Dime."
-Kim Tilley, Editor, Frugal Moms Newsletter
What you'll find in Dining On A Dime, Volume 1
MORE THAN 1200 MONEY SAVING RECIPES AND TIPS, all designed with easy to find ingredients you already have on hand. These recipes are all quick and easy to prepare, are ultra tasty, and will save you time and money.
LEARN HOW YOU CAN SAVE $10,000 IN JUST ONE YEAR ON FOOD. No, these aren't crazy money saving ideas-- They are practical, everyday things that you might have never thought of.
EVERYTHING ABOUT SAVING MONEY ON FOOD: Everything that a person looking to save money should know about food and nutrition.
OUR 22 MENU PLANS ALREADY MADE OUT WITH RECIPES FROM THE BOOK: Learn our how to plan meals and essential principles to be successful with cutting your grocery bill.
NEED FAST SNACK IDEAS FOR HUNGRY KIDS? Check out page 53.
DID YOU KNOW THAT DIRTY DISHES CAUSE DEBT? See page 492 and read how to save money just by doing the dishes.
LOVE NATURAL HOMEMADE CLEANERS? There's a chapter dedicated just to homemade cleaners you can make with ingredients you already have on hand.
GOT LEFTOVERS IN THE FRIDGE? Use them up!!! Dining on a Dime, Volume 1 has a complete index of recipes using nothing but leftovers.
GIFTS IN A JAR AND MIX RECIPES – Go home and make your own for pennies. Check out page 433 for ideas!
NEED TO CUT DOWN ON MEAT? Tawra and Jill have pages of tips for eating better and spending less.
FORGET AN INGREDIENT AT THE STORE? Dining on a Dime, Volume 1 has a special list of substitutions to save you making another trip to the store.
MAKE THREE MEALS FROM ONE CHICKEN? Yes, Dining on a Dime, Volume 1 has this, too! (Page 230)
HOMEMADE BATH AND BEAUTY RECIPES - "Pretty for Pennies" and great for your skin too!
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR KITCHEN, YOUR MEAL PREPARATION AND YOUR FOOD BUDGET SUCCESSFULLY: you will learn all the tricks to manage and prepare your meals faster than ever, and won't be wasting your money anymore.
AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
What You Get With Dining On A Dime Cookbook, Volume 1
So if you're ready for a cookbook that will totally change the way you think about home cooked meals, plus bring a new joy of cooking into your life, it's time that you picked up your copy of Dining On A Dime Cookbook, Volume 1.
15 Chapters In All
The 15 chapter-cookbook will teach you how to make your own tasty home cooked meals that every member of your family will love that will ALSO save you a lot of money!
Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 makes saving money taste a lot better and will make your life a lot simpler! This cookbook is a must-have resource in your kitchen that you will find yourself reaching for every day.
You will find over 1200 quick and easy recipes and tips including:
- Soups and Sandwiches
- Vegetables, Beans, Pasta and Rice
- Salads, Dressing, Pickles and Dips
- Meat and Main Dishes
- Cakes, Pies, Candy, Cookies and Desserts
- Miscellaneous Recipes
- Substitutions and Equivalents
Make Your Own Mixes and Gifts In A Jar
Did you know that you can save time and money by making your own mixes at home in just 5 minutes? Keep a homemade ranch dressing mix on hand and then you can throw together a fresh homemade salad dressing or dip in just minutes that your family and friends will rave about.
Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 gives you ideas for gift baskets and easy recipes you can use to make your own Gifts In A Jar and give great gifts that everyone will love!
- Drink Mixes
- Soup Mixes
- Muffin Mixes
- Brownie and Cookie Mixes
- Dip and Dressing Mixes and
- You'll even be able to make your own FUNNEL CAKE mix!
Cleaning cents is all about how to organize your house and kitchen. It includes professional secrets for getting a clean house quickly and easily, tips to get kids to do chores and all the homemade cleaning recipes you will ever need!
You'll learn to make your own:
- Homemade Cleaning Wipes
- Counter-Top Disinfectant
- Dishwasher Soap
- Window Cleaner
- Drainer Cleaner/Opener
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Ready Mop Cleaner Refill
- and much, much more!
Miscellaneous Homemade Recipes
You can quickly make homemade budget friendly versions of many common food items that people usually buy pre-made.
Whether you simply prefer to make it yourself with ingredients whose names you can actually pronounce or you just happened to run out of something, you can make all kinds of common condiments and food items with our easy recipes, including:
- Homemade Shake and Bake
- Taco Seasoning
- Barbecue Sauce
- Garlic Mayo
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Tartar Sauce
- Kettle Corn
- Popcorn Seasonings
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Jams and Butters
- Powdered Sugar
- Self Rising Flour
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Baking Powder
- and MORE
Recipes Just for Kids
When the kids are home from school, you can keep them entertained and teach them how to read recipes with all these fun creations!
- Easy Bake Oven Mix
- Pudding Pops
- Snow Cones
- Snow Ice Cream
- Strawberry Fruit Leather
- Clay Christmas Ornaments
- Natural Easter Egg Dyes
- Finger Paints
- Play Dough
- Tub Crayons
Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 includes an extensive list of incredibly handy substitutions that you can use in place of other ingredients when you discover you're out of something right in the middle of making a recipe. These substitutions can really save your bacon!
Did you know you can use regular milk and vinegar if you run out of buttermilk? Or cracker crumbs in place of bread crumbs? The substitutions list will save you time, money and gas because you won't have to make extra trips to the store.
Pretty for Pennies Bath And Beauty Guide
Pamper yourself with these elegant, all natural homemade bath and beauty products! Make your own easy to make bath and beauty products that are safe and natural!
You can easily make:
- Hand Cleaners
- Heating Pads
- Bath Bombs
- Bath Salts
- Massage Oil
- Oatmeal Scrub
- Steaming Facial
- Leg Wax
- Hot Oil Treatment
- Bath Powder
- Lip Balms
- Lip Glosses
As if that wasn't enough we've also included:
- Basics of Frugal Cooking
- Our Guide To How To Plan Your Meals
- 22 Ready Made Meal Plans
- Time Saving Kitchen Tips
- How to Eat Better and Spend Less
- Freezer Guide - What To Freeze And How To Freeze It
- Easy Lunch and Snack Ideas
- What To Do With Leftovers
- Tawra's Pantry And Shopping List
You can start cooking now for less than the cost of a meal for one at an average restaurant.
Now imagine if you were to eat at the restaurant AT LEAST once a week. At a minimum of $50 for two per meal, you'd easily spend at least $200.00 a month!
For a fraction of that price, with Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 recipes, you could have tasty money saving meals that the family will LOVE EVERY DAY on YOUR table!
Over 250,000 readers have treasured their copies of Dining On A Dime, so we're confident you will, too!
Tawra and Jill
P.S. Have a question? We probably have the answer to it below!
Still not sure if it's the right fit for you?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, Volume 1 and how will it help me save more money?
A: The Dining On A Dime Cookbook, Volume 1 has been designed with the best money saving recipes in mind. Rather than using cardboard tasting, "beans and rice" cheap foods that leave you wanting more, we're using time tested recipes that have you eating satisfying, delicious meals.
Many people are looking for ways to cut back on their food budgets. When you use Dining On A Dime, Volume 1, you'll spend much less each month on food than you did before, without sacrificing good nutrition. You won't be eating out because you and your family will look forward to these meals and you'll save because all of the ingredients are so cost effective.
We've also included hundreds of money saving tips to give you new ideas and ways to cut your grocery bill.
Q: Will my family REALLY eat these recipes?
A: You better believe it! So many people struggle to find recipes their families will really eat but, for you, the search is over! Most recipes in magazines and home and garden cooking shows aren't geared toward families, but Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 was specifically created by moms WITH families FOR families. Each recipe in our Dining On A Dime Cookbook has been tested and re-tested by my family of picky eaters. These recipes are proven to make tasty dishes that won't end up in the garbage disposal!
Q: Am I going to have to buy fancy, pre-packaged and hard to find ingredients to make these recipes?
A: No! I wrote this book while living in a remote part of Idaho when we had to drive 60 miles for groceries and I couldn't go to the store more often than necessary. I can assure you that each of the recipes uses commonly found foods that anyone can find at their local supermarket. You won't have to spend a lot of money buying ingredients, but you will be able to make easy, healthy and nutritional meals for your family.
Q: Am I going to have to spend hours in the kitchen every day?
A: Like you, we are busy and we definitely don't have time to spend hour after hour cooking. I'm chronically ill and I have 4 kids so I'm not about to spend 4 hours a day in the kitchen! We know that every single one of you feels the same way. Life is busy and you need recipes that can be ready in minutes. When you use the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, you'll be in and out of the kitchen in minutes and have a delicious meal ready every time. You'll also find lots of tips and ideas to speed up the cooking process so, if you're really short on time, you can still eat at home faster and cheaper than running to get take out.
Q: I don't know how to cook. Is Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 still for me?
A: Many people only know how to open a box and press start on the microwave, but that's not a problem. Dining On A Dime will guide you and you'll soon be cooking great meals like an expert! Dining On A Dime is full of easy to make recipes that you can easily learn. It's also a great resource to use to teach your kids how to cook.
You'll learn simple and fast cooking techniques with step-by-step directions that are incredibly easy to prepare. One of the most common comments we get from readers is that they can't believe just how easy it is to prepare the meals.
Q: Who Would Be Able To Benefit From Dining On A Dime, Volume 1?
Dining On A Dime is great for:
- Teaching your kids to cook (don't forget teenagers and grandkids)
- Wedding and Bridal Gifts
- College Students
- Teachers' Gifts
- single moms and even more desperately important, Single DADS! ;-)
- ANYONE you want to help learn to cook great meals, get out of debt, or just give a "thank you" gift
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Thank you so much for the cookbook. It is so informative and an absolute delight to read. I so appreciate your common sense, easy to make and ingredients that are in the cupboards. I love the old fashioned recipes. It's just a great book!
I love the recipes written on recipe cards just like we used to do in the "old days". Brings back so many memories! Lots of good recipes too!
Thank you for this useful cookbook.
There is so much in the book. I just love it! Thank you
So many great recipes!