Trying to feed your family "healthy" on a budget can be very difficult. One thing I have been thankful for these past years is a Aldi's 5 minutes from home. One of my children's favorite breakfast foods is dry cereal - not exactly healthy but convenient on those busy mornings. My alternative has been to make granola. Since each child has personal likes and dislikes, I have learned to make a granola base with a topping bar of dried fruits and nuts so that each can personalize and all the ingredients are found at Aldi!
1 tub of old fashioned oats (= about 12 cups)
1/2 cup of oil or 1 stick of butter
1 cup of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar - I make a brown sugar syrup from a cup of brown sugar and 1/8 cup of water)
1 TBSP of cinnamon (optional)
dash of salt
Mix dry ingredients together then add liquid ingredients. Mix well. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake on a flat cookie sheet - spread flat (will need to take turns doing this) until granola starts to brown. Stir in between times. Let cool and store in air tight container.
Keep on had your favorite chopped nuts and dried fruit. Only add a TBSP or 2 / bowl. Top with milk or yogurt or just eat plain.