Pantry Challenge Fill-In Groceries for Five People Around 25 Dollars

See what Groceries for Five People Around 25 Dollars I got to supplement June’s pantry challenge.

Groceries for Five People Around 25 Dollars
Let me preface this again. This is not a typical trip nor do I think it’s doable in the long run. But as a supplement to a pantry challenge where the bulk of groceries are coming from my pantry shelves or the deep freeze, it’s not too bad.

This week took a good bit of creativity. We’re also having some foods that you normally don’t see in June. Soup twice in one week for example.

I normally don’t give a weekly menu in the grocery haul post but this isn’t a typical grocery haul post. Our menu normally runs from Friday to Thursday.

  • Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and creamed corn. I had the meatloaf in the freezer, the potatoes and peas in the pantry and all I had to get was the corn.
  • Ham, mashed potatoes, and green beans. We bought an extra ham at Easter so it was ready in the freezer and everything but the milk for the potatoes was in the pantry or fridge.
  • Spaghetti and a veggie. We had everything for this meal on hand already.
  • Ham and macaroni casserole. We used leftover ham and elbow macaroni from last week’s chili mac. Just bought some cheese.
  • Southwestern Pinto Bean Soup. Another meal we had all the ingredients to make already. So nice when that happens.
  • Vegetable soup. Just had to get a bag of frozen mixed vegetables
  • Skillet chicken and noodles. We had some chicken breast left in the freezer from a few weeks ago’s 70 Dollar Haul plus egg noodles and chicken broth. The only thing I had to get was a bag of frozen mixed veggies.

Not many pictures or itemized cost breakdown this week because I wasn’t the one who went shopping and I didn’t get the receipt. I know for a fact that it was under 25 dollars though because my estimate was about 22 dollars and I was generous on the amount for some things.


  • 5 loaves of bread
  • 2 bags frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 box popcorn
  • 1 large peanut butter
  • 1-gallon milk
  • 1 box instant pancake mix
  • 2 blocks Colby cheese
  • 1 jar blackberry preserves

It was Wednesday before I had a chance to snap any pictures and by this point, most of what we had bought was used. In case you are wondering why the bread looks a little odd I had just pulled the last loaf from the freezer.

Since we’re going through a loaf every 24 hours when the kids are here we buy enough for a week. I keep enough for three days out and stash the rest in the freezer. It’s super easy to pull a loaf from the freezer the morning we need it and it takes no time to thaw.

We’ll be back to regular grocery hauls next week.

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