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10 Breakfast Ideas That Are Budget-Friendly : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 9-15, 2015

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10 breakfast ideas (1)THE MEAL OF CHAMPS


We’ve all heard that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day but for many people we let the busy morning get the best of us so we skip it.

Everyday there are school breakfast program advertisements on the television because without breakfast it’s hard for kids to concentrate. The same holds true for adults which is why we need to eat a balanced breakfast in the morning.

I’m probably one of the worst breakfast eaters since our son was born but I’ve been working on changing that. With a busy morning I am that person who puts my needs aside to help take care of everyone else.

Typically grabbing a coffee in the morning would work for me but now I’m reverting back to my old ways where breakfast is king. I want our son to realize how important it is to sit around the breakfast table in the morning and why it’s important to get up early to do so.

While grocery shopping, I always go down the cereal aisle to see what bargains we can find. Buying cereal used to be a big deal in our house when coupons made it worth the while. We don’t find those outrageous deals like we used to though.

Back in 2011 we were getting boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats for $0.99 or less. I think we had about 20 or 30 boxes in our stockpile at one time. The problem is that we weren’t eating them fast enough so we donated most of them.

Over the years we’ve moved more towards quick on-the-go breakfast ideas such as smoothies or even toast with peanut butter and banana. Now that our son is eating solids he goes mad for Cheerios so we must have a box in the house at all times even if just for snacks.

The problem is that I’ve started to dabble into the cereal and noticed that I eat more than the recommended amount in one sitting. Who really eats what the side of the box tells us to eat? We just free pour add milk and away we go with a spoon. That means we can go through a box of cereal pretty quick if I were to start eating it as well. Our son has maybe a half a cup in the morning but not every morning.

I suspect as he gets older cereal will be his top breakfast choice along with some fruit and yogurt since he loves yogurt so much. The issue is that cereal is pricey and if we are going through a box every few days that will add up in our budget.

If the family size box of Cheerios goes on sale for $3.99 that’s the time to jump in and stock up but if your family eats more of the sugary types or even those high-protein breakfast cereals those are expensive. A small box of Quaker Harvest Crunch can run you $4.99 at regular price. If you have a few kids in the house that can easily bump your grocery budget if they eat cereal every day.

We like to eat a relatively healthy diet but we like to splurge once in a while too. That means we like to enjoy meals with a variety of options. Today, I’ve come up with 10 breakfast ideas that we would eat in our home which I feel would fit perfectly with our $235 a month grocery budget.


French Toast


We love french toast with fruit and yogurt topped with a bit of syrup in our house. If we don’t have syrup I will make a simple syrup with some frozen fruits that we have stored in the freezer from the summer. We call French Toast eggy bread in the UK and before fruit and syrup I used to enjoy it with a bit of tomato sauce for breakfast.


Fresh Fruit and Yogurt


Fruit and Yogurt is a must in the morning at our house especially for our son. I love bananas and so does he along with pears, rhubarb and any other fruit. We also have plenty of fruit pucks in the freezer from the summer which we made with rhubarb and apples from our garden along with other cheap fruits we were able to find. We stock up on yogurt when it goes on sale as it lasts a long time in the refrigerator.


Homemade Pancakes


Fluffy pancakes made with buttermilk are delicious and although we make these once a month we love to add fresh fruits and yogurt on top. If we have protein powder in the house we will add some of that to the batter to create our protein pancakes which the wife and I both love.




Enjoying a smoothie is very popular for many people because it’s a great way to enjoy a beverage filled with tonnes of fruits even hidden veg like Kale, spinach, carrots and cabbage. We love cherry berry yogurt smoothies in our house or any fruit we can buy on sale. We also like to add protein powder as well to give the smoothie a boost.




Who doesn’t love a muffin? Although muffins vary in nutritional value you can make some very healthy muffins filled with nuts and fruit to eat on the run. Nicola’s orange and carrot breakfast muffin is perfect for breakfast in the morning. Muffins are relatively cheap to make and you can freeze them to help them keep longer.


Toast and Peanut Butter with Banana


This is a simple breakfast for us as we love whole wheat toast with banana and peanut butter. Although we don’t use the natural peanut butter in our house it is a great source of nutrients without the added sugars. Our son just dives right in and although this is a treat for him we know that it’s a breakfast that he enjoys along with his fruits and yogurt. You may also like to add a bit of sweetness with honey or even some sugar-free jam.




I’m an oatmeal fan but just not every day of the week which is why I like variety in my breakfast or I won’t eat it. I prefer the steel cut oats but you might like quick oats, large flake oats or even oatmeal in the packets with different flavours.

Some people make over-night crock-pot oatmeal which cooks throughout the night such as this over-night apple-cinnamon oatmeal. Others make oatmeal and refrigerate it and enjoy it cold. Whichever way you love your oatmeal it’s nutritious and will keep you satisfied all morning long and perfect in the cold of winter.


Fried rice and beans with egg


Not everyone likes to eat cereal and oatmeal for breakfast. In some cultures they enjoy eating rice, potatoes, greens and eggs for breakfast. I love to eat rice and beans with scrambled eggs on top for breakfast as a full meal. As long as you are getting a balanced diet and it fills you up it doesn’t matter if you eat what some would consider lunch or dinner for breakfast.


Scramble eggs with veggies


This is probably one of the easiest breakfast ideas for me that packs a punch in the protein department and keeps me full all morning. I love to scramble up a few eggs with beans and veggies and top with cheese. Nothing beats a filling breakfast like eggs. If you like a bit of meat with your eggs some breakfast ham or sausage will do the trick.




I love a cheesy quiche but I don’t always want to eat that pie crust which adds more calories than I need to my diet. Enjoying a crustless quiche is a great way to enjoy quiche but less of the calorie-filled pastry for breakfast.

Eating breakfast also means you likely won’t be splurging on treats from the vending machine later in the day at school or work because you are hungry. These little expenses add up so it’s worth it to plan to start your morning off with breakfast. I know that I’m going to make sure breakfast is a part of my morning, every morning even if I wake up very early.
What are some of your breakfast favourites in the morning?


November Grocery Game Challenge posts


Join in the Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and if you have any questions feel free to email me.

New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only.

NEW!! If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10CDN via PayPal. I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.

If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week here for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. This makes posting a bit easier although all you need to do is click on The Grocery Game Challenge on the homepage sidebar and you will see them all.


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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide


the ultimate grocery shopping guide cbbEverything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is below with new information added monthly.

If you are new here and haven’t had a chance to read past posts grab yourself a beverage, sit down, relax and enjoy some educational reading material on ways to save money in your grocery budget.

If you missed a Grocery Game Challenge post some of the most popular posts are listed below or you can now find the posts listed on their own page called The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.

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2015 Grocery shop results


Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820

(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $235 per year or $25 per month.

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)

  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 $188.10
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $235.00 $188.10
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $32.40
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $140.00
  • PC Points Plus Earned to date: 54920
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0.98

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Snap Groupon to date: $28.00
  • Zweet to date: $18.00
  • Checkout51 to date: $6.00


Grocery Shop This Week


No Frills

  • 20lbs of potatoes $2.88
  • Table Salt $0.85
  • Hot Dogs 2/$5.00
  • 2 x Bread $0.99 after pink sticker
  • Basmati rice $8.97
  • Bananas $1.00

Total Out-of-Pocket: $20.68

Food Basics

  • 5 x large eggs sale $2.44
  • 2 x 2% milk $3.97 ea
  • 2 x Homo Milk $4.97 ea
  • Lettuce $1.44
  • Carrots 2lb $0.99
  • Avocado $3.99 bag
  • Yogurt $1.97

Total Out-of-Pocket: $34.48

  • Total to spend this month $235 $188.10 (overspend from October to catch up on)
  • Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)+$25.00+ May $25.00+ June $25.00+July $14.44+Aug $25.00+Sept $25.00+ Oct $25.00
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $23.82
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $34.50
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $2.00
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $657.52
  • Total spent this week: $54.16
  • Total spent so far this month: $105.46
  • Total over/Under spend this shop: over
  • Total over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
  • Total left to spend for the month: $188.10-105.46=$82.64
  • Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $166.49+ Feb $261.51+ Mar $231.02 + April $258.44+May $218.12+ June $235.67+July $212.16+August $118.15+ September $130.37+ October $281.89+ November $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

We have another slow week in the grocery department as there wasn’t too much to buy plus my wife isn’t eat much in the way of carbs and meat these days.


Canadian Coupons Found


Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!

We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?

We didn’t find any this week as we didn’t go into Zehrs and hardly ever find them at No Frills or Food Basics these days.


Grocery Game Challenge FAQ’s


  • Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.
  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
  • When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it all together. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: Yes No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year so we can plan accordingly for our budget. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
  • Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest  Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading out but mobile coupon apps are the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households have gotten involved with their new mobile app joining forces with the many apps that are already out there.
  • What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
  • What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
  • What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
  • How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.

Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.

You may also substitute items in order to stick to your grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.

This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.

If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2015 get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving.

Feel free to read all the above posts that I linked to above which I feel are relevant to learning about the grocery budget and grocery shopping in general.

If you are brave and want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!

You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!

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