Saturday, February 18, 2012

Special issue magazine review: $10 Dinners or Less!

If you've been reading this blog for any period of time, you're probably familiar with the fact that I do not excel at cooking.  Actually, that's not entirely true. Once I start cooking, I'm fine, but remembering that dinner exists and then coming up with ideas of what to feed my family is a struggle. So when I heard about a new special issue of a magazine from Hearst Specials, called $10 Dinners or Less, I knew I wanted to review it!  Here's a bit about this issue, from a press release that I received.

Spend less, eat better!

Who isn’t looking to save money these days? Now you can feed your family without blowing your budget with these cost-conscious recipes from the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Country Living. Enjoy all your favorites—pasta, beef stew, meatloaf, roast chicken, even homemade versions of Chinese take-out and pizza, all for just $2.50 or less per person.  Plus, you’ll find:

*Expert tips on dollar-smart supermarket shopping, department-by-department
*Strategies for getting the most out of coupons, including buying on sale and in bulk
*Surprising ways to make your food go further than you ever thought possible

Bottom line? With low-cost recipes and excellent advice, you can enjoy healthy, delicious dinners – and major savings - at the supermarket. 

Available at your local supermarket or bookstore today, or as a digital version at or

This is such a handy little magazine! It starts out with a section called "Dollar-Smart Shopping" which has all sorts of hints on how to save money in different departments of the grocery store, alternative places to buy food, and a handy time vs. money comparison chart that breaks down the costs of cheap food and convenient food. There's also a section on food storage- I really appreciated this section, as it seems like we are frequently throwing out food that's gone bad before we got to it.

The actual recipes are great too. They're presented in sections called "cheap-cheap chicken", "meat for less", "vegetarian values", "excellent eggs", penny-wise pasta", and "homemade takeout". The recipes are neatly laid out with detailed instructions on ingredients, preparation and nutrition information. All in all, this is a really handy and informative magazine, and I'm glad to have it in my kitchen! $10 Dinners or Less is available now, on newsstands and in bookstores near you.

Disclosure: I received this magazine to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.