So here is the first in a series of ‘grocery hacks’ or price comparisons for buying a convenience product vs. making it yourself. I’m totally not surprised at who won this ‘price comparison’ and ‘grocery hack’ competition. I’m just surprised at by how much they won! And by how it didn’t take that long to pull the DIY packets together!
I recently noticed a new “Chex Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal Packets” product on Amazon and was quite surprised at how much a box of 6 packets cost. I knew right away that I could make these packets myself for a whole.lot.less using the certified gluten free quick cooking oats from Bob’s Red Mill. Amazon sells a 4 pack for $17.11 to $24.85. (I’ve ordered these before and the price has ranged from $17 to $24…yay Amazon! ha!)
In the video, I measure out just how much you get with the new instant oatmeal packets from Chex, and then how much you would get if you made your own packets. I use a simple ‘ratio recipe’ for making your own packets.
Price Breakdown & Comparison
To give the Chex packs the benefit of the doubt, I’ll be using the lowest price available that I’ve seen, which is
Chex Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal
- 12 servings – $5.96 on Amazon
- 12 servings – $6.78 at Target
Price per serving – $.50 on Amazon; $.56 at Target
DIY Oatmeal Packets
- 96 servings – $17.11 – 24.85 on Amazon + $2 for other ingredients (at present…they were cheaper when I filmed the video last week, hence the different #s!)
- 96 servings – $31.96 at local grocery store + $2 for other ingredients
Price per serving – $.20 – .28 on Amazon; $.35 at grocery store
And now I’ve got 96 servings of GF oatmeal packets to use over the next few weeks for the boys’ breakfast! They love this stuff…and the older 2 boys can make their own on the stovetop and in the microwave. (I not-so-secretly love how they are learning to cook for themselves at a young age!)