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I would buy unsweetened cereal along with sweetened versions and would mix them into one bowl, returning them back into their boxes. Then when the kids or my husband ate cereal, they ate HALF the sugar in each bowl. It wasn't completely not sweet so they'd still like it!
You can do this with cheerios, flakes and even granolas. The unsweetened (or store brand) versions were usually less expensive too. I also cut our milk with reconstituted dry milk, just to help our little struggling family at the time.
I cut or rip one end of the cereal box lid to keep cereal from flipping back at me. I also cut a triangle in the plastic bag. This keeps the cereal manageable.
Here's some of the tasty ingredients you can add. Choose the ones you like best:
Oatmeal, flax seeds, oat or wheat bran, sesame, sunflower or flax seeds, raisins, coconut, dried cranberries, dried apples cut into tiny pieces, and don't forget cinnamon.
Mix together any kind of grains, nuts and fruit, you'll soon come up with your family's favorite recipe for homemade granola and, believe me, this is one treat you'll want to eat again and again. I like to add a dollop of vanilla yogurt on mine.
It may sound nearly impossible to accomplish this, but it's really rather simple if you know where to look and what to look for. First, I only buy generic, unless we happen to really like a name-brand product and it is on sale for under $2.00. Which it is seldom worth it to us to pay even a few cents more, when the generic is almost always cheaper - even if the name-brand is on sale! And, to us, there's really no difference in quality or taste.
The next thing is, where to shop. I usually do all our grocery shopping at Aldi, so the $ limit on cereal works out perfect, and (again) the quality is excellent or your money back (store policy!). I've also found the dollar stores to have acceptable cereal, but in smaller boxes. It's only a dollar, though! The last store is Gabriel Brothers.
By Cindy S.
Sharon, Ky, I love your attitude and your approach!
Sharon in KY, I'm also from KY and when my son was a little boy he loved Kraft Shells and cheese and refused to eat anything homemade. My solution was that I bought one box of the shells and cheese and when I prepared it, I kept the box up high in the cabinet and every time I made shells and cheese for him after that I would just pull that box down and set it on the counter as I was cooking. He always ate it and loved it. I didn't tell him until he was grown what I had done. Sometimes you have to be sneaky to get kids to eat nourishing food. This was just one of the many things I did and do not regret telling those "little white lies". I love this website and appreciate all the great hints and advice I get here!
To save money on cereals, I purchase the huge bags of generic cereals when they are on sale CHEAP. To keep them fresh, I use my good old Foodsaver and extra canning jars.
For breakfast cereal, I try and stretch out the "good stuff" with some healthier stuff. For instance, I buy a box or bag of Fruity Pebble-type cereal. Once I put this into our rubbermaid type cereal container, I put in some Rice Krispies-type cereal.
Buying kids cereal has always been a fight, they want super sweet and I want to make sure they eat their breakfast. We compromise with half and half. Buy the cereal they want and mix with a similar unsweetened version.
I always buy bagged cereal instead of boxed. Much cheaper and they taste great! Save the box from cocoa puffs and buy the bagged malt-o-meal cereal just like it. open it, pour it in the box! You will be surprised at the ones who can't tell the difference! By Chell
If your kids (or you) prefer sweetened cereals, go ahead and purchase it. But for every box of sweet cereal, purchase a cereal that's not sweetened and mix the 2 boxes together, so that your kids will have the sweetened taste they love but not all the sugar.
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What is the cheapest kind of cereal?
By Trenton C from Danville, IL
Get the really big value bags (not box) of the store brand cereal. It is cheap and it lasts for a much longer time. Saves you money. And they taste good too. They have all the good flavors that you would get if you were to buy lucky charms, coco puffs...etc. They are usually found right under the brand named box cereals.
I don't know about the cheapest, but almost every store has a generic brand as well as the popular brand. with the generic being cheaper. But if you want healthy as well as cheap, this is my recommendation.
Compare the nutrition label of the brand name with the generic. Usually they will be the same. I have become a label reader, and I look for two main things in a cereal. grams of sugar, and grams of fiber. If it has more than 6 grams of sugar or less than 3 grams of fiber, I choose another.
The one I buy most is generic Cheerios. The sugar is 1 gram, and the fiber is 4 grams in one serving.and the generic price is about $2.00 for 18 oz box.
My husband's choice is Shredded Wheat with less than 1G of sugar and 7G of fiber. It is a little more expensive, but still cheap in comparison. 16.4 oz. box of Kroger Brand is $2.49, but it does come on sale often for $1.98. Our other choice is Bran flakes. 5G of fiber and 3G sugar. Kroger Brand is less than $2 and sometimes on sale for $1.79.
The extra added bonus is that high fiber cereal for breakfast will help you in losing weight. I lost 30 pounds when I started eating high fiber, low sugar cereals Walmart also has generic brands of cereals. I had been buying the large bag of generic Cheerios, but the other day I discovered they have reduced the bag to half the size, and not reduced a penny on the price, so I found a box for $1.98.With cereal, it pays to shop around.
Harlean from Arkansas