I am now officially an non-buyer of commercial breakfast cereal. I have sworn off even the "healthy" varieties. I've tried and tested the theory for almost three weeks now and it's true: Hungry children will all eat oatmeal and cream of wheat without a fuss. So why am I shelling out for three boxes of cold cereal to be inhaled at one sitting? I can buy oatmeal for about $0.30/pound–before it's cooked. And it comes in 25 pound bags.
Imagine all the packaging I'm keeping out of the landfill.
I'm not even tempted by the corn flakes which are a dollar a box at Safeway this week–which, you have to admit, is a really good deal.
Bread, however, I'm leaning toward the purchased stuff, I don't know. I made six loaves on Monday and six loaves on Wednesday and Tuesday and Thursday we had to go without because six was not enough to last two days, apparently. That's a lot of bread. They don't like the store bought bread–therefore they go through significantly less of it. Hmmmmm. Haven't done a cost analysis on that one yet. It's basically free to make–I bought the wheat for ten cents a pound. But the time, that's the thing, isn't it?