Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it certainly shouldn’t be the most expensive. Because breakfast is often rushed, plenty of convenience items exist to help you get out the door in the morning, but you’re paying for that luxury in ways that you can easily save money on.
When it comes to not wasting cash on your morning meal, just a little bit of pre-planning can help you keep that money in your bank account for what really matters — dinner. Or you know, paying bills. Follow these tips to rack up the savings, starting with breakfast.
Boil your own eggs.
Individually cooked hard boiled eggs can be obscenely expensive, and you’ll save so much money just by boiling them yourself. According to Harvest Public Media, as of the first few months of 2018, eggs cost roughly $1.06 to $1.12 for a dozen. Compare this to spending $1 or so for an individual egg and you’ll definitely want to boil your own.
But how? Boil an entire dozen at once by covering them in a pot with an inch of cold water, boiling them for 8-10 minutes (depending on how hard you like your yolks) and dropping them in an ice bath. They should last in the fridge for a whole week.
Stock your freezer with goods.
If you’re a defrost-and-eat kind of breakfaster, consider making your own frozen breakfast treats, to save money and eat a little healthier.
Recipes for freezer breakfast burritos, make-ahead freezer waffles, freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches all take minimal prep time and will keep you satiated (in both your stomach and wallet) for many mornings to come.
Blend your own smoothie instead of buying one out.
If you’re in the habit of grabbing a morning smoothing regularly, stop, get a blender, and stock up on frozen and fresh fruit to re-create your own.
Frozen peaches, mangos, strawberries, blueberries, kale and more should all be readily available in your supermarket’s freezer aisle, add in some yogurt or nut milk, juice or water, and ice and you’re ready to go. Further, the fruit won’t go to waste as it won’t go bad in the freezer.