We tried 4 different brands of Rice Krispies this week:
Western Family - $2.24 (18.66 cents per ounce)
Rice Krispies - (I already had them in my pantry, but they were less than a dollar - on sale combined with a coupon)
Kroger - $1.99 (16.58 cents per ounce)
Great Value - 2.38 (13.22 cents per ounce)
Even though Great Value was more expensive, it came in an 18 oz. box compared to a 12 oz. box. We noticed that the sodium levels were different. All of them except the Rice Krispies were over 300 mg. The name brand had only 190 mg of sodium.
As for taste, 2 people preferred the Rice Krispies, one person preferred the Kroger brand, and one person couldn't tell the difference between any of them.
I am finding that it is hard for me to spend so much on store brands. I am used to shopping sales and using coupons from time to time, but I get much better deals for my name brands on sale then the store brands. If you have some time each week to shop sales, I would stock up on name brands you like and use when they go on sale. If you work outside of the home or don't like to shop sales, then shopping at Walmart would probably be your best bet. The store rice krispies we tried for this post tasted just fine. I try not to pay more than 50 cents for a box of cereal. I wouldn't pay more than a dollar unless is it a special occasion like a birthday, etc. Quaker has a great sale every fall and I stock up for the year. Kellogg's and General Mills have great sales too. Don't pay full price for cereal. It can really put a strain on your grocery budget if you do. If I can't get cold cereal for a good price, we have hot cereal or other alternatives like muffins, breakfast burritos, pancakes, hash browns etc. If you don't like getting up early to cook breakfast, make it on the weekend and freeze portions for the week. You can microwave or toast them when you are ready to eat them.
Are you curious about what I have done with all the chocolate chips and rice krispies? I made a favorite treat of ours that is quick and tastes great. Instead of using Special K, I just substituted Rice Krispies. We tested different peanut butters too and I will post the results later this week. I tested these three ingredients close together since I knew I would have to make lots of treats for high school graduation parties, etc. this past week.