Saving Money on Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks

In this post I discussed my dinner menus that save me money on groceries.  What do we eat the rest of the time?

Breakfast foods.  We don’t eat a wide variety of foods for breakfast.  My daughter and I eat toast with peanut butter or microwave oatmeal most mornings.   Sometimes I’ll make homemade waffles or wholegrain pancakes. My husband eats granola (or other organic convenience foods) at work.

Lunch foods.  Andy eats a black bean burrito (which we make in big batches and freeze) every day for lunch–and after about six years, he has still not grown tired of them!  Audrey eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, macaroni and cheese, a quesadilla, or something like that along with apple slices, carrot sticks, or other snack-like items.  I tend to eat leftovers from dinner for lunch.

Snack foods.  After feeding my daughter kamut puffs as a finger food, I somehow got addicted to them myself.  I buy them by the case!  My husband likes to munch on pretzels.  We eat a lot of homemade popcorn, too.  I also bake cookies, cinnamon rolls, or coffee cakes every once in a while.

As you can see, we don’t get too creative with our breakfast, lunch, and snack foods.  However, we try to make up for it at dinnertime.

What are your cost-saving tips for breakfasts, lunches and snacks?  Post a comment and tell us all about your favorites.


  1. popcorn is a great cheap snack–i used to eat it a lot growing up and now my husband and I make it

  2. i usually eat either baked goods that i made myself or cereal for breakfast

    lunches are almost always leftovers

  3. I make homemade granola (it is really cheap to make) and we mix it with homemade yogurt (again…cheaper than buying it). I also make all of our bread so sometimes we will have some apple butter on wheat bread. Lunches are just plain old pb&j at this stage in life, but I do make my own peanut butter. Hard boiled eggs are another favorite around here!

  4. I try to make a big batch of my famous gluten-free scones or some pancakes or waffles over the weekend. I freeze some and during the week I stick them in the toaster for breakfast or a snack. I do it more for convenience, but it’s a money-saver, too!

  5. I don’t know why I feel this pressure that every day should be different. Why not eat the same thing every day if it’s healthy and you like it? This is actually a totally mind-boggling revelation for me and I think one of the reasons I don’t cook as often or as healthy is that I run out of ideas, especially after a long day working. When I find something we all love that is healthy, I should just make it once a week, or make big batches of it and freeze. It seems so obvious and simple, yet so difficult for me. I’m writing this down. I’m going to put a pad on the fridge to remind me of the simple, healthy things we all love. Like, one of my favorites is rice and beans mixed with cheese and fresh pico de gallo. Whenever I make it I am so thrilled with my thrifty, healthy efficiency. But then I forget.

  6. I think I just wrote about this in another comment somewhere . . . but that was a revelation to me as well, Eileen! It would be dinnertime and I’d think, “Uh-oh, I have to think of something to make.” I’d get out all the cook books and pour through them, only to end up ordering take-out after so much procrastination. Finally I made a list of reliable favorites and stuck it on the fridge. I like to experiment and make new things, but sometimes it’s helpful to just look at that list instead.

    Looking back at my dinner menus in last week’s post, 10 out of 14 dinners were “old favorites.”

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