Saving Money on Cereal

May 15, 2014

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.


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September 16, 2014

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.

Mix Sweet and Plain Cereal Together

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August 1, 2008

Tips for saving money on breakfast cereal as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here!


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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.

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May 28, 2004

Ideas and tips for leftover or stale cereal.

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October 11, 2007

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.

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July 20, 2010

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.

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December 7, 2004

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

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June 28, 2005

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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April 16, 2012

What is the cheapest kind of cereal?

By Trenton C from Danville, IL


April 16, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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April 17, 20120 found this helpful

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

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