Some say breakfast of champions. I say breakfast of cheapskates. Some people were surprised to hear that our grocery budget goal for this month is $200. It clocks in quite a bit lower than the national “thrifty” average of $387 for two people. I’ll let you in on a secret. Part of why our grocery budget currently clocks in at the fairly low total of $250 is my morning food game plan that only sets me back approximately twenty cents a day.
I rise before the sun every week day*, as well as on most weekends. As much as I claim to be a morning person, I’m still fairly catatonic that early in the morning, so I don’t eat breakfast at home during the week. Instead, I drink a glass of water while I’m getting ready, fix myself a cup of tea in my travel mug, and head to work. Once I’m there, that’s when I whip up breakfast.
Each morning, I feast on a scoop of quick oats, a spoonful of flaxseed, and a dash of agave nectar to sweeten things up. If I’m really feeling fancy, I’ll toss on a few berries, raisins, or part of a banana that I’ve packed for a snack later in the day. Sometimes, if I am eating at home, I’ll vary up the routine with a sprinkle of some brown sugar or a dash of salt. But for the most part, I’m perfectly content with my relatively plain oatmeal.
I know some people are gagging over their keyboards as they read this, but I assure you I wouldn’t eat it if I didn’t enjoy it. Oatmeal gets a bum rap, I’m afraid. For a long time, I had oatmeal filed away in my mind right next to prunes and castor oil. Then I actually tried it. For a while, I was hooked on the instant, already-flavored packets, but they seemed wasteful, a bit pricey for what they really were, and riddled with unpronounceable ingredients. So I switched to plain and then started adding my own toppings.
For those of you who are number hungry, here’s the breakdown:
- $2.69/42 oz canister – Millville Quick Oats from Aldi***
- $2.49/15 oz bag – Southern Grove Flaxseed also courtesy of Aldi…because where else can I buy flaxseed this inexpensively?
- $2.69/11.5 oz bottle – Simply Nature Organic Light Agave Nectar from, you guessed it, Aldi
I usually get between 30-35 servings from the oatmeal and the flaxseed. The sweetener lasts longer, but even if it didn’t that would still ring in at $7.87/35 = $0.22. So, that’s my $0.22 cent breakfast!
Of course, the fruit toppings do make my breakfast a little more costly. But if I go that route, it’s usually to use up some berries that have ripened too quickly or to eat part of a banana that I’ll finish for a morning snack.
Before you jump in and tell me that I’m going to get scurvy or rickets,** I assure you that I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. I also make sure to either toss in some almond milk with my tea or snack on some Greek yogurt to get calcium for dem bones. While it might not be the most perfect breakfast, it leaves both me and my budget quite satisfied.
**Hi, Mom & Dad!
***I did recently cruise past a new offering of organic oats on my last Aldi trip that I plan to check out next time I need to buy a new canister.
Note: This post is not sponsored by Aldi. But it probably should be. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, friends at Aldi.
So Tell Me…Are you a breakfast eater? Have you ever crunched the numbers for your breakfast budget?