Unless you are one of the unique individuals, like my son, who never eats breakfast, chances are you start every day with this meal. Name brand cereals, food bars, and protein drinks can cost a bundle, especially if you get individually-wrapped items. Here are a few ways to save some money on this essential meal and still enjoy good nutrition and taste.
Eggs are Great
Aside from the fact that an egg provides essential protein, choline, lutein, and other nutrients, you can get a dozen eggs for about $1. Two eggs, some toast, and OJ make a healthy, sustaining breakfast for less than $1. If you want to increase the health benefits, toss in a piece of fruit or add some veggies to the eggs and make an omelet.
Eggs can also be used to make a quiche for breakfast. Add any leftover meats, veggies, and a bit of cheese to four eggs and a cup of milk. Pour the mixture into a pie shell, and let it bake for an hour until the eggs have set. You get eight servings for a couple of dollars and some leftovers.
French toast is another good way to use eggs and stale bread. Mix your eggs with a bit of milk, sugar, and cinnamon and fry it up.
Cream of wheat, grits, oatmeal, and quinoa all make fantastic breakfasts. For a few cents a serving you can cook up a big pot of hot cereal and feed everyone. Each person can put their own choice of toppings, and you are ready to go. Don’t purchase these in small, name brand boxes; get them in the bulk bins at your local healthy food store.
Generic Brand Cereals
You don’t have to purchase name brand cereals to enjoy cold cereal in the morning. Generics work just fine, and if you have teenagers in the house you understand how much they have to eat. I have seen my kids go through a box of cereal for snack in the afternoon; there is no way I am spending more than $4 for a box. Some of the generic cereals even come in really large bags that will take a teenager several attempts to finish, and the price per serving drops dramatically at that size.
Around my house breakfast foods are not the only thing that gets eaten for breakfast. Leftovers are very popular, as is ramen soup. At less than $0.20 a pack ramen is a great bargain, and if you add an egg to the broth you give your kids some protein as well.
What about Eating Out?
There are ways to eat out and not spend a bundle too. Coupons are your friends. Buy one, get one coupons for the major fast food chains are always turning up in the mail. Plan ahead and use them. One restaurant chain offers a free breakfast sandwich from time to time; that is a great day to go out for breakfast. Another chain offers free pancakes one day a year, but plan to get there early.
Breakfast is the one meal where you can really save a lot if you plan ahead, buy in bulk, and think outside the box. Enjoy your savings.
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