Survival Tips for One-Income Households


on May 2, 2012

WOW!!!!   $3.78 for Bear Naked Granola at Walmart… This is 12 oz… NOT EVEN 2 CUPS!!!!  They have a super deal too… 6 of these packages for $37.74.  BLEH!!!   That is almost $40 for almost 12 Cups of Granola!!!!

These are the ingredients in the Bear Naked Brand…

Our Bearly Processed Ingredients: Whole Grain Oats, Honey, Canola Oil, Almonds, Raisins (Raisins, Glycerin, Sunflower Oil), Coconut, Sweetened Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Sugar, Glycerin, Sunflower Oil), Pecans, Walnuts, Maple Syrup, Oat Bran, Ground Flax Seeds, Toasted Sesame Seeds. 

I used half the ingredients and I was happy and feeling healthy and so was my son who giggled the whole time eating it… COST, $0.00.   It was everything I already had in the house…

Even if I had to go get these ingredients to make 12 Cups of granola, it would be way cheaper… (Estimating up on the prices to cover tax)
$3.75 — Aldi’s Oatmeal ($1.79 ea = 42oz=5 1/4 cups… so I would need 2 for 10 1/2 cups of oatmeal)
$3.85 — Walmart’s Great Value Honey 16oz ($3.78 ea… would only need 1 1/4 cups so less than a whole bottle)
$7.70 — Unsweetened Coconut Red Mill — THE GOOD STUFF ($3.85 at Walmart, 12oz=less than 2 cups-need 2 bags)
$7.00 — 100% Pure Coconut Oil almost $7 at Natural Living (small jar 7 fl oz)
$1.50 — Aldi’s Unsweetened Applesauce Snack Sized Cups $1.29 for 6
$3.00 — Aldi’s Fit & Active Dried Cranberries ($1.39 ea 6oz package)
Everyone always has Cinnamon on hand before it expires, lol

TOTAL  $26.80 to make approximately 12 Cups if you had to purchase all items that day!!!!  

If I spent $26.80 on the ingredients, I can guarantee I will have some left overs for other recipes!  lol

Here is what I used…


2 Cups Oatmeal quick oats (shop at Aldi’s for even cheaper oatmeal LOVE IT!!! (less than $2 for a large container)
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Coconut
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbs Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup or 1 prepacked snack sized cup Unsweetened Applesauce
3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
whatever else you want to throw in… I left it out, but I may add a few mini m & m’s when I need some chocolate!

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.  Heat Honey on low until thinned about 1 min and then add coconut oil.  Once that melts, add applesauce mix and then add the remaining ingredients.  I used my very clean hands to make sure all the oatmeal was damp.  Spray your cookie sheet with olive oil and bake for 15 min.  Baked another 20 min or so checking and stirring every 5 min.  You should see it browning a little.  It does harden more after you take it out, so no need to overdo it.  Just enough where it isn’t squishy.

THAT’S IT!!!!  Pretty easy and practically FREE!!!  Since I already eat oatmeal every morning and I like dried cranberries on my salads at lunch, this was very easy to whip up for me!!!

I am thinking I may make a double batch next time though… Family of 4 (I am the ONLY girl), this will NOT last long.  Also, throw in some fun stuff like pure maple or chocolate something… oooh the possibilities!

🙂  Have fun!  Oooooooh, you should smell my house right now!!!!  Wish I could bottle that up!



  1. OK, I am doing this FOR SURE!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. PS. How did you install the “follow me on pinterest” button in your sidebar?

  3. I love granola too. We make lots-so we buy the ingredients in bulk and keep them in big jars, easily on hand.

  4. Erica says:

    I love your sarcasm about the “super deal” LOL
    And thanks for the recipe.

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