Our Second $25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

Our Second $25 Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

The first week of our plan has gone very well, except for the fact that we didn’t eat everything on our menu.  We still had some leftover roast beef in our refrigerator, so I turned that into chimichangas.  We also had leftovers from some of the meals, so we will be carrying over a few of the menu items for this week.

$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Menu Plan–The First Week Review

Life happens, and the best of plans are sometimes disrupted.    That’s how life is around here, too.  We had a menu plan and the groceries to carryout that plan, but a special request by one of the kids, the discovery of some leftovers in the fridge that needed to be used up, and a couple of late nights at work resulted in deviation from the planned dinner menu.    Being willing to deviate from the plan, and having a well stocked pantry helped us to pull together some really quick meals.  This helped prevent trips to the drive through. This past […]

$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. 

Food Storage

What Should I Store?-Part 3, Deciding How Much Is Enough.

With Food storage, there is a fine line between enough and too much.  For this post, I had considered making a list of all of the items I would need to buy in order to make my two week menu plan along with quantities, but I realized that it wouldn’t be relevant.  Each families situation is unique.  This decision has to be your own. In my household, we try to have about a 3 month supply of food on hand at any given time.  Occasionally, we have as much as 6 months of food on hand, but this usually happens […]

Making your List

What Should I Store?-Part 2, Making Your Food List

In our last post, we looked at the meals that my family ate for the last two weeks and decided to use those items as the basis for a proposed 2 week rotating menu.  You can use this same principle to figure out what to include in your family’s food storage.  Let’s look at that list of meals again. Breakfasts:  Bagels, cereal, oatmeal, french toast with bacon, and pancakes with sausage.  On work or school days, our breakfasts are generally pretty simple and often repeated for several days.  More complicated breakfasts are reserved for weekends. Lunch:  Generally leftovers from dinner […]