Breakfast on a Budget
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you don’t want to skip it as a way of saving money. And while cereal might be your go-to breakfast of choice, it can get a little boring and start to add up. If you’re looking for budget-friendly breakfast ideas, then try these tips. It’s sure to give a little spice to your life while also saving you money.
This is a great thing to make in bulk (which saves you even more) and freeze for a quick on the go breakfast. There’s such a variety of things you can get when it comes to muffins. You can make bran muffins, blueberry muffins, chocolate chip muffins, a fruit and veggie muffin, or a nice pumpkin muffin.
Making oatmeal can literally cost pennies. And with different toppings you can really change it up – from cinnamon and apples to blueberries. Or try peaches and milk or some frozen berries. Make it more appealing for the kids by dressing it up with some chocolate chips or fruit sprinkled on top. Make sure it’s a texture the kids will like. If your child likes a mushy cereal then he’ll like the oats fully cooked. For more of a crunch, cook it a little less and cool it down with some milk.
Okay, we know making eggs every morning can be a pain. While they are relatively quick to cook, there’s all the hassle of dirtied pans. But make an egg bake over the weekend and freeze it and you have a great inexpensive breakfast in the morning. Scramble some eggs with spinach or peppers and onions or even some ham and bake it in the oven till set and you have a perfect yummy egg bake all week long.
4. French Toast
Okay, another not so great one for the week maybe, but if you have a loaf of bread that is starting to go hard, then this is a good time to make some French toast. With just eggs, milk, and bread, you can’t get much cheaper than that. You can top with some fruit or add a little cinnamon to the egg and milk mixture.
Make your own granola and it will be much cheaper. Then mix it with a little yogurt or fruit. Just combine rolled oats, oil, honey, vanilla, and a little brown sugar. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees F. Stir frequently to ensure even baking. It will be golden brown when it’s done.
These can be inexpensive to make because you can toss just about anything into them. Got some berries that are getting a little soft? Toss them into a smoothie. Keep some plain yogurt in your fridge to thicken up those smoothies.
7. Peanut Butter Toast
This is a filling, quick, and easy breakfast. Just add some fruit (bananas and peanut butter are delicious, by the way) and you have a complete breakfast.
So the next time you are looking for an inexpensive breakfast idea, don’t reach for the cereal. Try one of these; you won’t be disappointed.