We eat a lot of hot cereal for breakfast around here. It's inexpensive, filling, and healthy. Occasionally we get 7-grain from WinCo's bulk section, but usually we just eat oats, also from the bulk section.
The other day I was in the cereal aisle, which is a rare occurrence, and couldn't believe the price of oats there. So, in an attempt to help you save a buck, I'll show you some price comparisons, rounded to the nearest cent.
$.03/oz - Bulk department 25 lb bag or regular bin
$.05/oz - Generic 42 oz. container
$.07/oz - Quaker 42 oz. container
$.12/oz - Generic individual packets
$.18/oz - Quaker individual packets - average, it went from $.16-$.21 depending on flavor and size
That's a significant price difference, folks!!
Now, if you just don't like plain oats, then dress them up a little. Toppings can include milk, fresh fruit, brown sugar, butter, jam, applesauce, cinnamon sugar, or this "syrup" that I like to use. If you like cold cereal more than hot cereal, then use your oats to make granola in your crockpot. I make a double batch and store it in a large, plastic container. We generally use it for breakfast, but sometimes mix it in with yogurt and fruit.