Another of my favorite Pinterest finds is a thrifty little "recipe" for how to make your own instant oatmeal. The girls eat A LOT of oatmeal, almost daily at times. We were blowing through a Costco-sized box of instant oatmeal in a few weeks. That's a bunch of oatmeal for two little girls to consume.
Since I'm not working, I've been looking for ways to cut corners. While this isn't a HUGE corner to cut, the cost difference between a box of oatmeal is pretty dramatic. A box of instant Quaker Oats, 10 packets is approximately $4.00 for about 2.5 cups of oatmeal. The equivalent amount of oatmeal in homemade packets costs $1.10!
1/2 cup quick oats – $.11
2 T. brown sugar – $.04
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – $.05
pinch of salt ~.01
These are so easy and fast to assemble.
1/2 cup of quick cooking oats
2T brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
a tiny pinch of kosher salt
To prepare, dump in a bowl and add 1 cup of water. Microwave for a minute or so. This makes a thick oatmeal so the girls usually add some coconut milk to thin it some.
Just LOVE the cost of these! I put them into snack sized zipper bags and we reuse the bags so there's no plastic waste going into the garbage from this every day.