Episode 84: Chopping Your Grocery Bill in Half with Erin Chase of $5 Dinners

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My Guest on the Show…


Erin Chase, founder of 5DollarDinners.com has helped thousands of people save a ton of money on the one thing we all overspend on every month: FOOD.

Erin is now the leader in the space of meal-prepping on a budget and has been featured on talk shows such as Rachel Ray, the Today Show, Fox & Friends and The View.

What you will quickly find in our interview is Erin is different and in a good way. She truly does care about people making an impact on their health and their budget by staying away from expensive drive thrus and substituting it for a plan that saves money and is better for you.

Inside this episode she shares how she started by cutting her grocery bill in half with some simple tricks and ideas to sharing on her blog and then growing her business as a go-to resource for thousands upon thousands of people looking to save as much money as possible.

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Show Notes


What is 5 Dollar Dinners [3:23]

Why Erin started 5 Dollar Dinners [6:20]

How much people underestimate grocery spending [12:46]

Why people pay for time saving food [15:34]

How Erin got on the Rachel Ray show [27:09]

Give yourself some grace [32:16]


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Chris (Peach) Petrie is a personal finance expert, money coach, speaker and podcaster.

In 2011, Chris and his family were exhausted from living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing a mountain of debt. They started going against the society standards of misbehaving with money and made the decision to take back control of their lives and money. Within seven months they paid off $52,000, started saving like crazy and began building real wealth.

The word spread fast and Chris started showing friends how to create a budget over dinner. Soon after he started showing their friends how to do the same and eventually Chris started teaching personal finance classes around the community. As the need for the classes grew, Chris launched Money Peach in 2015.

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  • Excellent episode. We cook most of our meals for about $5 or less too. As you said, the secret is planning. My wife buys a new day planner from Walmart each December and plans meals by the week.

    Buying in bulk and finding local wholesalers has helped us save a boatload of money too.


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