Saving money and being frugal has become a way of life for most Americans now a days. I just wanted to share how and why we do this breakfast in our home. We usually have the same thing 5-6 days a week with a bigger breakfast on the weekends when we have more time.
The main breakfast dishes we have 5 to 6 days a week are eggs, from our chickens, and oatmeal (the big money saver). I know what some of you are thinking but even if you have to buy eggs from the store it is still a healthier and low cost option. Oatmeal is my focus for this post though.
Why oatmeal, you ask? Oatmeal is low cost per serving and it will help keep you fuller longer. You can literally mix anything in it you want to add variety. Where we live there is an Amish store that sells regular rolled oats for $0.69 per pound. The oats are usually at least 3 lbs. The picture below is a 3.27 lb bag for $2.26 which is an amazingly low price. Now, if I were to by this from my local grocery store it would cost me around $4 for a 2lb 10oz tub (and that is the generic brand not Quaker). So as you can see I get almost double the amount of oatmeal for the same cost as the generic brand from the store.
I know most of you are thinking; well that’s awesome but I don’t have an Amish store near me. It is still cost effective to buy oatmeal in the store tub. A tub of oatmeal generally has 30 – 1/2 cup servings in it. If you take 30 and divide it by $4 that comes up to around $0.13 per serving which is really cheap! My Amish bought oatmeal comes out to about $0.06 per serving.
Now, if we compare that to 1 – 12 to 14 oz box of cheerios for $2.98 no matter what flavor, in my store, that comes out to $0.25 per serving. For me after seeing the cost breakdown the choice is a no brainer for me and my family. Especially when you are trying to get out of debt and live below your means it helps to make smarter, healthier grocery choices.
Some are not a fan of oatmeal and I must admit, neither my husband or myself weren’t either. As with all foods though, once you have it so many times your taste buds change and become accustomed. I have pictured a book below that I purchased after we switched to having oatmeal everyday. This book has helped a lot with different ideas on how to have your oatmeal so its not bland and boring every morning. This book also helped my children love oatmeal. You can purchase a copy of this book from Amazon here. I highly recommend purchasing a used copy as this will save you more money!
Some of my children’s favorite ways to have oatmeal is with peanut butter and brown sugar, maple syrup and brown sugar, and chopped apples with cinnamon. Experimenting with different ingredients and flavors is the best way to find a combination your family loves.
I hope this post helps save money and inspire you to live a healthier lifestyle. As always comment or questions below and Thank You for stopping by!