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.
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.
- Green Onions
- Miniature Sweet Peppers
- Cream Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- All of the Condiments–Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauce, relish, etc.
- Beans, canned and dry
- Roast Beef
- Chopped Clams
- Peanut butter
- Sweet Onions
- Apple Juice
- Half of a Loaf of Bread
- Assorted Canned Veggies
- Assorted Canned/Jarred Pasta Sauce
- Assorted Frozen Vegetables
- Shrimp Tempura
- Ground Beef
- Turkey Carcass
- Whole Turkey
- Pork Ribs
- Pork Roast
- Frozen Pies
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 made sure we have what we needed. This week, breakfast will include:
- Bagels with Cream Cheese
- Toaster Waffles with Peanut Butter and Syrup
- Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage
- Egg Sandwiches
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, 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.
- Linguine with White Clam Sauce and Salad
- Zorba Sandwiches and Pasta/Vegetable Salad
- Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches with Pasta/Vegetable Salad
- Pulled Pork Sliders with Coleslaw
- Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli
- Teriyaki Burgers and Oven Fries
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:
- Pita Bread
- Hamburger Buns
- Frozen Chopped Broccoli
- Ground Turkey
I also had a list that included a few other things that I decided I would buy if there was enough money.
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.
To see what we were able to purchase for our $25, check out this post about our $25 grocery haul.