I love cold cereal. I have been known to eat it for any meal of the day, especially when I’m pregnant. When we lived in town, I was great at combining coupons, sales, and manufacturer deals to get bargain prices on cereal. I rarely paid more than a dollar for a box of cereal. Now that we are far from stores, stopping in for every deal (or even only the good ones), just isn’t possible or cost effective.
In our home, cold cereal has become a highly valued commodity.
Instead of enraging the children by strictly rationing cereal, we turned cereal consumption into an anticipated weekly event. We now have cold cereal only on Sunday mornings. The kids look forward to “Cereal Sundays” all week. Because we are consistent, the kids don’t even ask for cold cereal if it isn’t Sunday.
When I find a great deal on cereal when I am in town, I still stock up, but those boxes now last months instead of days. Designating Cereal Sundays not only helps with the budget, but it makes Sunday mornings run smoothly and efficiently. Instead of spending time cooking (and cleaning up) a hot breakfast, I can get myself ready for church, then help the kids get ready after they eat.