You probably have noticed that the size of a standard box of cereal has shrunken considerably and what used to pass as the standard size is now touted as "Family Size". The price of cereal has gone up as well.
To combat this in the past I've waited for sales, collected coupons and then stocked up when my net price was around a dollar a box. Even still, the smaller boxes don't last very long and we'd go through it surprisingly fast. Not to mention, there is a tremendous amount of packaging waste, which we recycle, but still. Even the bagged cereal, which used to be quite the bargain, doesn’t seem to be so much of a bargain anymore.
Normally for our weekday breakfast we eat a lot of toast, bagels and English muffins. Cereal in between for variety. Even still, it seemed I'd stock up and it was gone in no time.
One evening at dinner we discussed this very issue and the possibility of eliminating cereal from our regular shopping. Instead we would make it an occasional treat. To my surprise the girls were actually excited.
"Does this mean you'll start making granola more?"
"Can we have oatmeal?"
How about making pumpkin bread and applesauce bread?"
"Oh, oh, and coffee cake!"
It was agreed.
With cold cereal pretty much eliminated from our shopping list it frees up quite a bit of cash. I do have one box of All Bran on my next shopping list but that is it. It is one of the ingredients in my granola recipe and I used up the last of it when I made granola last week.
With a double batch of granola already in the pantry along with a tub of oatmeal and half a box of Zoom we are off to a good start. I still have a box of raisin bran and some Total too. Plus there is a loaf of banana bread and a loaf of pumpkin bread in the freezer as well. I really don't think we'll be missing the cold cereal all that much.
How about you? Does your family eat cold cereal regularly? Could you give it up for awhile to save money on your grocery bill?