Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Frugal Ingredient - Oatmeal for breakfast

Oatmeal might not seem like a frugal food when you look at the instant packets in the cereal aisle of the store. They can run up to $3 a box (or more!) for just 6-8 servings. Not my idea of an inexpensive breakfast.

But on the bottom shelf below all those "convenience" oatmeals, you can find oatmeal that comes in a large container for a considerable amount less per serving. Whether you get Quick Oats or Old Fashion, the process for making a bowl of oatmeal is the same. If you are unsure about the measurements, they are usually right on the side of the container.

Not a fan of "plain" oatmeal? Add fresh fruit, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup or anything else you can come up with! Buying dehydrated fruit pieces from the bulk section of your grocery store can add a bit of fun to this normally boring breakfast, too. The sky's the limit with this one, so have fun and enjoy!

Trent over at The Simple Dollar makes his own oatmeal packets. Check out the post for a cost analysis and some ideas about flavoring!

What do you like to have in your oatmeal? Please share your concoctions in the comments! My personal favorite is a little bit of cinnamon and brown sugar and a handful of raisins.

Tune in Friday for more things you can do with that large container of oatmeal!


Joy of Frugal Living said...

Catherine, Thanks for stopping over at my blog. I just did another Giant post, for next week's circular. I'll try to keep posting about them in the future - it's my closest store, so I'm always paying attention to what they are offering.


Misty said...

I've started eating oatmeal for breakfast a lot lately. Taking a cue from many of the numerous food blogs I read, I've started adding a small spoonful of peanut butter (dark chocolate dreams is my favorite so far), trail mix (the kind with nuts and dried fruit, not the kind with pretzels and Chex and such), almonds, cranberries, raisins, whatever.