How Much Does Cereal Cost?
Although most people think of cereal as a breakfast item which is eaten in a bowl of milk, the word “cereal” actually refers to a grain such as wheat, corn, or oats that are used for food. These grains can be made into many items or can be added to different things to enhance the flavor and add nutritional content. Cereal can be served hot, such as oatmeal, or cold, such as a bowl of Cheerios.
How much is it?
- The cost of cereal will be anywhere between $2 and $6 per box. The cost will depend on the size of the box (if it is a smaller box or family size) and the brand.
- Walmart.com, for example, has a list of more than a few hundred cereals. Most of the name brand cereals you are probably familiar will sell for anywhere from $3 to as much as $6 for an 18-ounce box.
- According to a forum thread on ChristianTeenForums.com, the average forum member paid anywhere from $1 to $5 in their poll.
|Type of Cereal||Price Range|
|Apple Jacks||$3 to $5|
|Banana Nut Crunch||$3 to $5|
|Cap’n Crunch||$3 to $5|
|Cheerios||$3 to $5|
|Chex||$3 to $5|
|Cinnamon Toast Crunch||$4 to $6|
|Corn Flakes||$3 to $5|
|Crispix||$3 to $5|
|Honey Nut Cheerios||$3 to $5|
|Fiber One||$4 to $6|
|Fruit Loops||$3.50 to $5|
|Frosted Flakes||$2 to $4|
|Frosted Mini-Wheats||$3.50 to $5|
|Fruity Pebbles||$3.50 to $5|
|Grape Nuts||$4 to $6|
|Honey Bunches of Oats||$4 to $6|
|Kashi||$3 to $6|
|Life||$3 to $5|
|Lucky Charms||$4 to $6|
|Raisin Bran||$3.50 to $5|
|Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups||$3.50 to $5|
|Rice Krispies||$3 to $5|
|Shredded Wheat||$2.50 to $4|
|Special K||$3 to $5|
What is going to be included?
- Common sized boxes of cereal will include 18 ounces, 20 ounces, 22.9 ounces, 24 ounces and 42 ounces.
- Most cereal comes in a cardboard box that will contain a bag of cereal inside. This is meant to keep the cereal fresh for longer.
- Cereal can be geared towards those on a diet, dairy free, gluten free, kosher, lactose-free, low-fat, low sodium, nut free, sugar-free, organic and vegan.
- Popular brands include Kellogg’s, Quaker, Post and Kashi.
- Most breakfast cereals contain a good percentage of many vitamins and nutrients that you need each day. Refer to the nutrition label to find more information.
What are the extra costs?
- There are usually two different size boxes that you can choose from when you buy cereal. There is a regular size box and a family sized box. The family sized box will be more expensive.
- If you buy a brand name box of cereal like Post or Kraft, it will cost you around $2 more than if you buy an off brand or store brand cereal.
Tips to know:
- When you are shopping for cereal, keep a look out for brands that have special deals. For example, there might be a toy inside or an offer that if you buy so many boxes you can send in for a tee-shirt. This might not seem like it matters much; however, if you are going to be buying the cereal anyway you might as well be getting the most out of you money. If you are buying cereal for you children, they will especially love the little fun things that come inside cereal boxes.
- The healthiest type of cereals is made with whole grain. If you want to control cholesterol, lose weight or manage diabetes, your best choice would be something like hot cooked oatmeal or barley. You can add raisins, dried fruits, cinnamon, or nuts to add flavor.
- Eating cereal that is high in sugar and other additives is a not a good choice. Choose one that has a good flavor but is made with less sugar.
How can I save money?
- Look out for sales. Anytime cereal is on sale, especially if it is a brand you know that you or your family will eat, buy enough until you think it will be on sale again.
- Also, keep an eye out for coupons. These will also bring down the price of your cereal. Just remember that coupons are for specific brands, so do not buy brands you will not eat. That is just a waste of money. There will always be coupons for name brand cereals out there.
- Another way to save money is to consider buying in bulk for a warehouse store. These stores do require a membership fee to shop. Before committing to be a member, do a lap around their store to see if it will be worth your time.
- As stated above, store brands are going to cost 30-50% less than name brands.
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