Friday I sat down to calculate up all our expenses so far for the month of March and was completely shocked to find out Ive already spend $249.34 out of my goal of $300, and we’re only a third of the way through the month! I did remind myself though that I’ve only spent $16.13 out of my $25 goal for toiletries and that we’ve only spent $63.09 out of my $200 eating out goal. So here’s my plan…if I can keep under in both toiletries and eating out, then going over in groceries won’t be so bad (because at this point I KNOW I’m going to go over). Even though we’ll be over this month, I want to try to go over as little as possible, so we’ll be eating a lot of what we already in the fridge, freezer and pantry. To keep our groceries lower and because I’m not babysitting this week I want to do a little more scratch cooking too. I also want to say that going over isn’t the end of the world. That $300 is just a personal goal I set for myself.

I don’t have this week’s groceries total yet, because I’m shopping today, but here’s our menu plan.

Mostly From the Pantry Menu Plan

Breakfasts: Oatmeal, toast, eggs, smoothies, fruit, cream of wheat or Ezekiel 4:9 cereal (both the cream of wheat and Ezekiel cereal have been in the pantry a long time, so I want to get them eaten up).

Lunches: Sandwiches or leftovers. I’m also planning a play date this week for lunch. I think I’ll serve chicken quesadillas, chipsĀ  and salsa, veggies and dip and some kind of dessert, not sure yet, maybe vinegar sugar cookies.


  • Either chili or white chili from the freezer
  • Lentil soup topped with cheese and crackers
  • Salmon melts, veggies and dip and maybe deviled eggs

  • Leftovers

I also want to make:

  • Peanut butter power pucks
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Crockpot rice pudding which we’ll have for dessert for as many meals as it lasts us. If it turns out good I’ll share the recipe.
  • I might try making refried beans too.

What are you planning on eating this week?

3 Responses to “Groceries & Menu – Eating from the Pantry”

  1. Have you noticed that sometimes we buy things “for the pantry” and then never use them? We bought grits for a while because we’re Southern and have a hard time finding them, but then we’d never eat them! Turns out, I’d rather have my oatmeal every day.

  2. Yummy! So many veggie meals! Do you like sauteed cabbage? Another way I like cabbage is in mediterrenean cabbage salad with lemon juice, olive oil, salt pepper and parsley.

    I think we will have to grocery shop this week but we will have black beans and spanish rice, red lentil soup and home grown salad and some type of pizza.

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