Simple Dollar brings up a great point on how he saves money by eating breakfast. I do the same. It’s a very healthy habit to get into and can be one of the cheaper meals of the day.
My breakfast may not be the cheapest. There have been points in my life where I enjoyed a hearty bowl of Ramen noodles. That was fairly cheap. Cereal is another cheap option and can be more healthy – it has less sodium and it’s possible to get some fiber and protein. However, I like a hot breakfast, so I’ve moved on from cereal.
I tasked myself with finding a new breakfast that is quick to prepare, at least arguably healthy, and hot. The solution is the old egg, lean deli ham, and cheese sandwich, but with a couple of twists. I hardboil a dozen eggs for the whole week on the weekend. Each morning I can grab a couple of eggs quickly. I take out the yolk of one of the eggs to give me an egg white to yolk ratio that I prefer. The bread of the sandwich isn’t a typical roll or English muffin. I splurge on some high protein, low carb tortilla shells making either a taco/burrito-type. I then combine the tortilla, cheese, a slice of ham, and the egg on a plate and then put it in a microwave for 20-25 seconds. The total prep time might be 2 minutes and that’s because it takes me a few seconds to open and close all the bags.
Economically, is it really that cheap? For the 5-day work week, I use about a dozen eggs ($1), half of a package of ham (1/3 of $4 at WalMart or $1.33), about 1/5th of a 24 cheese package (1/5 of $3.50 or .70), and a package of tortilla shells (usually about $2). Add it all up and it’s just over $5 for the week. At a dollar a day, it gives me a very high protein, low fat, low carb delicious meal.