$25 Weekly Budget--Week One Grocery Inventory and Menu Plan

$25 Weekly Grocery Budget–Week One Inventory and Menu Plan

In my previous post, I might have mentioned that I was going to try to and emulate the grocery budget of Amanda from the fundamental home, and feed my family of five for $25 per week.  This week, I am going to share my inventory and the menu plan for my first $25/week grocery budget.   It was really an enlightening experience.  Read on to learn the steps that I took to feed my family for $25 this week. 

stored food

These are not my current pantry contents.

1.  Inventory the Pantry

In this case, I am including the freezer, refrigerator, and the pantry in the definition of pantry in this case.  I discovered that I had an abundance of food in my home, so this week was going to be easy.

  • Celery
  • Green Onions
  • Miniature Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Jicama
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Jelly
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Watermelon
  • Pickles
  • All of the Condiments–Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauce, relish, etc.
  • Beans, canned and dry
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Roast Beef
  • Chopped Clams
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Onions
  • Tortillas
  • Apple Juice
  • Half of a Loaf of Bread
  • Pretzels
  • Assorted Canned Veggies
  • Assorted Canned/Jarred Pasta Sauce
  • Assorted Frozen Vegetables
  • Shrimp Tempura
  • Lumpia
  • Ground Beef
  • Turkey Carcass
  • Whole Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Pork Ribs
  • Pork Roast
  • Frozen Pies
  • WafflesMenu Board

2.  Plan a Menu

I decided to discuss dinner options with Baker’s Man, Bus Boy, Sue Chef, and Food Critic.  Food Critic wanted pasta dishes, Bus boy wanted burgers, and Sue Chef didn’t have any preferences for this week.  Baker’s Man requested Zorbas. Armed with this information, I proceeded.


We tend to eat the same things for breakfast, so I just need to make sure we have what we need.  This week, breakfast will include:

  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
  • Toaster Waffles with Peanut Butter and Syrup
  • Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage
  • Egg Sandwiches
  • Fruit
  • Oatmeal

Basically, it’s every man for himself at Breakfast.


Usually Leftovers or sandwiches.  We had some leftover black forest ham, sliced cheese, and we have cans of Tuna and chicken, so we can make sandwiches if there are no leftovers.  No intense menu planning required here.


This is the area that requires intensive menu planning if we’re going to avoid trips through the local drive thru, calls to the pizza parlor, or Chinese take out.    Here’s what I planned for the week based on what I already had in the house with plans to supplement with $25 worth of food from the grocery store.

3.  Make a List

Now that I know what I have in my Pantry, and have a plan for our weekly menu, I need to add the items that weren’t on hand to my shopping list.

Here’s the list of things I needed:

  • Oatmeal
  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Pita Bread
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Frozen Chopped Broccoli
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cabbage
  • Fruit–whatever I can find for a good price
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Ground Turkey

I also had a list that included a few other things that I decided I would buy if there was enough money.

  • Yogurt
  • Bacon
  • Juice

Check out my next post to learn about my shopping trip and how I fared at the store.

Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

Follow this link to learn what prompted me to try and feed my family for $25 per week.

To see what we were able to purchase for our $25, check out this post about our $25 grocery  haul.

6 thoughts on “$25 Weekly Grocery Budget–Week One Inventory and Menu Plan

    1. I know I can do it this week, but what remains to be seen is if I can keep it up for a month or two or three. That’s the real challenge.

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