6 Cheap On-the-Go Breakfasts

Good on-the-go breakfasts don’t have to break the bank, and, most importantly, they should be quick and easy so you can, you know, go. We’ve rounded up a few budget options that allow you to merge the mobility of canned wine with the deliciousness of breakfast (sans alcohol, of course). These are some of our favorite cheap on-the-go breakfasts.

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Tennessee Pride Sausage & Buttermilk Biscuits

Excuse me, a sausage biscuit breakfast that’s fast, easy, and cheap? Sign me up. When Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling set out to find the best frozen breakfast sandwiches, she was “delighted” by these simple sandwiches. “It’s just a biscuit and sausage,” she wrote, “but the breakfast sausage is so incredibly good—like the best diner sausage patty.” You get two little sandwiches per pack and a box of six packs only costs around $6—if you need help with the math, that means we’re looking at 50 cents a sammy. That’s a hearty, filling breakfast for pocket change!

Kellogg’s Froot Loops Insta-Bowls

Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart and senior writer Jordan Myrick both tried Kellogg’s Insta-Bowls when they first came out last year. In their Kellogg’s Froot Loops Insta-Bowls review, they gave this new spin on an old breakfast classic a pretty high score––9/10 sporks! Gwynedd remarked that, because these are made with dehydrated milk which you add water to, they’re great for travel purposes. “You can send your kid to school with these, take them camping, or (if you live on the West Coast) stock your earthquake kit with a few,” she wrote. The fact that you can mix these up with water makes the perfect to grab and go because you may not always have milk at the ready. But bring a bottle of water with you (or, hey, stop at a water fountain), and you’ll be good to go.

Sprouts Organic Buttermilk Waffles

It’s time we start giving waffles the praise they deserve for being a perfect on-the-go breakfast. As long as you butter one of these babies when it’s hot out of the toaster, and you’ll be A-okay to rush out the door, waffle in hand. In Justine’s best frozen waffle ranking, she named Sprouts’ Organic Buttermilk Waffles “best buttermilk waffle,” and for $2.99 a box, they make for a great, cheap breakfast option. “Topped with a pat of butter and some maple syrup, this would be an extremely satisfying weekday breakfast,” Justine wrote. But they’re equally good for rushed weekday mornings.

Just Crack an Egg

Just Crack an Egg is the scrambled eggs breakfast kit that allows you to “just crack an egg” into the container (as the name suggests), stir, and microwave for two minutes to have a hot breakfast that you can enjoy at your desk with a side of spreadsheets. It’s a neat concept for scrambled egg lovers like myself, and the container says you can make your scramble with one egg, two, or just egg whites, so you do have a bit more control protein- and calorie-wise. Their ultimate scramble kit comes with pork sausage, mild cheddar cheese, potatoes, onions, and green and red peppers. It’s a simple and quick breakfast, provided you have an egg and a microwave. And they’re only around two bucks each.

Kroger Low Fat Yogurt Tubes

We’ve all had Go-Gurt. Or we’re all aware of Go-Gurt, at the very least. And now grocery stores are finally giving the people what they want: cheaper Go-Gurt alternatives. I wanted to love Go-Gurt so badly as a child, but I think I disliked that they were so much sweeter and the flavors were so much more pronounced than regular yogurt. Kroger’s Low Fat Yogurt Tubes, however, taste a lot more like regular ol’ yogurt and are just as portable. They cost around $3 for a box of eight, which means you could have an on-the-go yogurt breakfast for eight whole business days, and save money while you’re at it. I recommend the strawberry and vanilla variety pack.

Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwiches

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a great breakfast—if you have the time to make one. If you don’t, Smucker’s Uncrustables should be in your freezer in a pinch. I recommend the peanut butter and strawberry jam version, but there are several variations, including peanut butter and grape jam, peanut butter and honey, and hazelnut butter. These little white bread sandwich pockets are meant to be thawed before you eat them, but I have to admit that I personally like them a little bit frozen. Either way, they’re individually wrapped, cost about a buck a sandwich, and are easy to grab on your way out the door.

About the Author

Naajia Shukri

Naajia Shukri is the legit biggest fan of candy corn. She is interested in all things food, art, and beauty. After living in Korea for the past two years, she has gotten back to her L.A. roots, frequenting thrift stores and art museums.

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