I know it’s cocktail Friday but that will come this afternoon. This morning I want to make a post about one of my pet hates. It may just be me but I bet this will resonate with some of you too. So today I am going to share with you my tip for saving money on chocolate and cereal bars.
One thing that really annoys me is all the crumbs you get in the bottom of your cereal bag when you are coming to the end of it. Now if cereal was cheap it wouldn’t be such a problem but my daughter insists on eating Special K. Special K has to be the most expensive cereal on the market at nearly £3 a packet. Another thing that annoys me is the size of the box compared to the size of the contents – they seriously do not match. It, therefore, makes it worse when you realise that almost a quarter to a third of the cereal is just crumbs and small broken bits at the bottom. My daughter refuses to eat these bits and to be fair so do I. There is nothing worse because they just go instantly soggy in the milk and I seriously do not like that. So I guess like everyone else I throw this shitty bit away which must be at least £1 worth at least.
Now my daughter doesn’t like the chocolate that I make but only due to the fact I like lots of nuts and seeds in it. She does, however, like the cereal bars you can buy. Now again Special K does a cereal bar that she likes that is £1 a bar; can you believe that for a start? £1 for a bar that’s as big as your thumb; I’m seriously in the wrong business. It’s just ridiculous and having one of those a week soon adds up. Might not sound like much one a day but at that price, you can end up paying £30 for a months supply and when you look at it like that it’s a lot.
Not Just For Breakfast
Another thing that happens in my house is that cereal gets used as a snack or supper, not by me I add but you know where I’m going with this right? Yep one box of Special K doesn’t even last a week. So you have two boxes a week at £3 which is near enough £6 and this is four times a month so you’re roughly talking £24 a month on cereal and £30 a month on the bars. So I am spending approximately £55 a month on Special K and chucking a third of that away. To make it sink in a bit more that works out to £2860 a year on Special K. Hope you were sitting down when you read that because I nearly fell off the sofa; calculator in hand! This seriously can not carry on- not in my house at least.
Tip For Saving Money On Chocolate And Cereal Bars
So voila! my tip for saving money on chocolate and cereal bars. As you know I’ve been making my own healthier chocolate bars with lots of nuts, seeds, and goji berries etc. Unfortunately, as I have already mentioned these are too nut and seed heavy for my daughter. I was just about to throw out the cereal box when I stopped and thought to myself enough is enough. I went to the local supermarket and bought the shop brand chocolate bars, 2 large ones for less than £2. Took it home, melted it and mixed into it all the bits at the bottom of the cereal bag. Gave it a good stir and spread it out in a tray and put it into the fridge to set.
Yes! result my daughter loved it. I was so effing chuffed with myself; yes I know I don’t get out much. But this is the way forward now. I will still buy the cereal bars but only when there isn’t any homemade stuff left in the fridge. Now you can do this with all your cereal leftovers, cornflakes is another one, chuck some home brand muesli in, the options are endless and believe me you will save so much money… wonga… dosh… you should have enough left to buy yourself a new pair of shoes every month or a bottle of your favourite perfume every two months; maybe not but I can dream. But you can see what I mean.
At this point you could also sprinkle with coconut, melt another bar of white chocolate and drizzle over the top, or melt some more chocolate and pour over the top once this has set, you could even add some caramel first. The choices are endless.
So it might sound like a pain in the ass and if you can afford to throw money away then just keep doing what you are doing. But I promise making this stuff takes less than ten minutes so what do you have to lose. So come on guys have a go with my tip for saving money on chocolate and cereal bars and send me your own favourite mixtures; along with photographs.
Who doesn’t like to save a bit of money… I shall catch you later with my cocktail Friday recipe ready for this weeks bank holiday weekend.
Catch you later