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serve her a great breakfast for under a dollar, and start my day saving money." Parade newspaper insert, Aug 31, 2008 inside back page (our's comes a day early). Full page ad for WalMart listing 3 items for a kid's breakfast.

WalMart's idea of what a kid should eat for breakfast:

l. Minute Maid Kids Plus Orange Juice--32 cents, 8 oz (it's been ultra-fortified with vitamins A, C, D, E, B, B3, B6, folate, magnesium and calcium.

2. Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing--24 cents (ingredients, hold yer horses...enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, dextrose, wheat starch, baking powdder, dried cream cheese (cream, milk, nonfat milk, whey, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes) with tocopherels and ascorbyl palmitate added to protect flavor, salt, cinnamon, corn starch, corn syrup solids, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate (preservative), polysonbate 60, yellow 5, red 40.

3. Yoplait Kids Yogurt (they show a cup with Trix on the side)--42 cents (ingredients for the strawberry-banana bash flavor...cultured, paserized Grad A reduced fat milk, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, whey protein concentrate, nonfat milk, kosher gelatin, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate added for freshness, red #40, yellow #5, Vitamin A acetate, Vitamin D3. (note: anyone see any mention of strawberries and banana on the ingredient list? Oh, wait...they must be hidden in that natural and artificial flavor).

DH challenged me to do better. I told him I could....

1. 1/2 cup Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereal--22 cents (ingredients: Blend (Whole Grain, Hard Red Winter Wheat, Long Grain Brown Rice, Oats, Barley, Triticale, Rye, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), long grain white rice, evaporated cane juice, barley malt syrup, wheat bran, oat fiber, brown rice syrup, salt (I chose this cereal as most grocery stores carry it)

2. 1/2 banana--15 cents (on top of cereal if desired)

3. 1/4 cup raisins--10 cents (on top of cereal if desired)

4. 1/2 cup organic skim or whole milk (Stoneyfield)--23 cents

5. 1 tablespoon pecans--5 cents

6. 1/2 cup orange juice (not fortified)--19 cents

Total cost 94 cents. Healthier and a lot faster to type the ingredient list :-)

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