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Budget Friendly Breakfast: 8 Ideas


Feeding a family can get expensive. But serving a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to break the bank. Add some variety to your breakfast routine with our 8 budget friendly ideas.

8 Budget Friendly Breakfast Ideas

Keeping your grocery budget in check is important. But you don’t have to sacrifice taste or nutrition to save money! Serve your family these budget-friendly breakfasts to eat well without breaking the bank.


The great thing about muffins is not only are they inexpensive to make, but you can make a huge batch and then freeze them for a super quick breakfast.  There are so many different varieties of muffins to make that it is difficult to get tired of them.  Here are a few of our favorite recipes:  Best Ever Bran Muffins, Power Packed Fruit and Veggie Muffin, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin, Blueberry Bran Muffin, and the most versatile of all, our MASTER MUFFIN MIX!


Buying oats in bulk is so great because it makes making oatmeal literally costs pennies. Oatmeal is great just by itself with a little added sweetener, but the toppings you can add are endless. Some of our favorites are cinnamon and apples, blueberries, pineapple and coconut, strawberries and almonds,  peaches and milk, and frozen berries. Here are some recipes we love: Snickerdoodle Oatmeal, Pinkalicious Porridge, Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal. Kids won’t eat oatmeal? We have got you covered with our Top Strategies to Get Your Kids to Eat Oatmeal!


I know what you are thinking.  That “Isn’t quiche super fancy and doesn’t it take forever to make’? Not our kind of quiche!  We like to make it crustless to save time and ingredients! Our idea of quiche is eggs and vegetables – baked!  This is one of our favorites:  Spinach Quiche Bites

French Toast

We love french toast around our house because it is super delicious, AND, it is a great way to use up old bread.  If you have a loaf that has gone dry, whip up some french toast!  Your basic french toast ingredients are bread, eggs and milk. We like to top ours with fruit.  Some of our favorite recipes: Peach Cobbler French Toast Sticks, Baked Orange French Toast, Pumpkin French Toast


Making your own granola is a great way to save money.  Like making oatmeal, when you buy oats in bulk it is SO cheap! We like to add a splash of milk or yogurt and fruit.  Here is our favorite recipe for Homemade Granola, sugar free granola, and 5 minute granola.


Frozen fruit is nutritious and usually much more affordable than fresh. And since it has a nearly indefinite shelf life, you don’t have to worry it’ll go to waste. Here are a few of our favorite recipes: Green Smoothie, Power Gold Smoothie.  We love smoothies so much we created an entire book of just smoothies.

Peanut Butter Whole Wheat Toast

This is definitely a go-to breakfast around our house. Serve it with fruit and you have a complete breakfast.  It is filling, quick, and delicious. 20 more toast ideas here! 

Scrambled Eggs with Veggies

Eggs sometimes don’t get the credit they deserve.  They are a complete protein which means they have all of the essential amino acids your body needs.  Plus they have a lot of vitamins and minerals all packages in a neat little container.   And eggs are inexpensive!  I often find a dozen eggs for $.99! Some of our favorite veggie add-inns are bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach. If you like your eggs just a bit fancier, try our Mini Baked Omelet Bites.

Give some of these ideas a try and let us know what you think!

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Among from the list, oatmeal and scrambled eggs with veggies are the most food we always consider and prepare, they are not only budget friendly and easy to prepare, they are also very nutritious and can satisfy us.


Thanks for these! I checked out the peach cobbler french toast sticks, and I love the ingredients that you used. I was wondering how I could mix things up around the house in the new year, and this post couldn’t have come at a better time. Quick question – what would be a great peaches substitute? I’m thinking non-seasonal fruit. Let me know!


Thank you for this great list. I really enjoyed the quiche recipe which I’ll admit is a little different from what I’ve seen before. However, I will also admit that it was delicious, effortless to prepare and save time.

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Great ideas! Specially the crustless quiche….never thought about it. I would add homemade yogurt parfait with homemade granola; it’s a cheap and balanced breakfast. I serve it in a “fancy ” plastic red wine glass for my daughter and it just makes it extra special for her

I grew up eating sugary cereal and I don’t feed that to my kids. On the rare occasion they do have it, they are so hungry after. These are the kinds of breakfasts I have been feeding my kids since they were born. Love for them and me! I will have to try some of your recipes too!

I use the same veggies with my scrambled eggs that you suggested, but add fresh cut-up tomato chunks to garnish. Yum.

We love all of these! Thanks for the reminder that breakfast can be something other than cereal. It doesn’t really satisfy like these foods do.