There are many ways of saving money, and cutting costs is not always related to switching brands or shopping at a different stores. Here’s the ultimate hack to stretch your money like a pro.
If you are tired of spending a lot of money on food —and also not feeling like being all chef-y and spending a lot of time preparing your meals: you are not alone. Lately, we all have less time and less money, so there’s one thing we can do: up our game.
The key to success: buying in bulk. You don’t need to switch stores, if you are a Whole Foods fan, you can continue to do your shopping there and still save. If you usually buy somewhere else, you might be up for even greater savings.
Here’s a list of the ingredients you will need to make a week´s worth of breakfast. Check the numbers yourself —all ingredients are based on WF shelf prices.
• 0.32 lb quick oats – $0.54
• 0.16 lb premium short brown rice – $0.29
• 0.065 lb Hit the Trail trail mix – $0.58
• 0.065 lb unsweetened dried banana chips – $0.26
• 0.035 lb curry roasted cashews – $0.63
• 0.065 lb low-fat blueberry banana granola – $0.35
• 0.065 lb maple almond granola – $0.24
• 19g container Korintje ground cinnamon – $1.99
• 2 bananas – $0.42
• 1 peach – $0.50
• 1/2 dozen large eggs – $2.99
• WF brand organic nonfat yogurt – $0.99
Using these ingredients you can make a different breakfast recipe for less than $1,40 each. How amazing is that?
Monday: Brown rice pudding
This is so tasty and nutritious that it makes an excellent breakfast (or dessert!). Follow the recipe to cook brown rice. Then combine with water or milk in a saucepan. Throw in a dash of cinnamon, mash half a banana and heat to thicken.
Tuesday: Trail mix oatmeal
Oatmeal is an excellent option if you want to be full all morning. Use half a cup of quick oats as base. Mix with trail mix and add any sweetener you have around. Top with banana chips for some extra crunch.
Wednesday: Mug cake
Cake for breakfast? Yes, that is correct. Combine half a cup of quick oats with half a mashed banana, one egg white and cinnamon. Mix up in the mug. Microwave on 30-second intervals until fully cooked. You can top it up with jelly, peanut butter or Nutella.
Thursday: Scrambled eggs
The week is almost gone, so it is an excellent opportunity to start your day with a protein-full egg breakfast. You can scramble your eggs and add anything you find in your fridge: cheese, ham, tomato, anything. Get creative. If you prefer, you can also make them poached, sunny-side-up or even into an omelet.
Friday: Chai overnight oats
If Friday is your favorite day, you can make it extra special thanks to this make-ahead breakfast option. Combine half a cup of quick oats with water or milk in an airtight container with half a mashed banana, curried cashews and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add any sweetener. Shake to combine and put in the fridge overnight. Wake up to a wonderful ready-to-eat breakfast.
Bonus: check out these cheap cocktail recipes —no, not for breakfast!— to try out this weekend
Saturday: Baked peaches
Saturday mornings are unique and perfect. Enjoy them with this amazing recipe. Preheat oven to 350°F, slice a peach in half and bake until soft (15 minutes, give or take). Top with granola and cinnamon and drizzle with honey.
Sunday: yogurt parfait
Sunday brunch vibes without spending a lot of money? Yay! Empty the vanilla yogurt into a bowl and top with cinnamon and granola. If you have any berries around, add them to the mix. You could also top it with honey, if you have.