This is what I like for breakfast when we're not having eggs and toast.
Forget about over-priced cold cereals (either sugar-filled, or organic) and go with old fashioned porridge in the morning.  Buy the rolled oats for a little more nutrition than the instant (they only take a few more minutes to cook.) Throw some brown sugar and milk or cream in, or even a handful of raisins and you have breakfast that costs pennies.  Don't forget a pinch of salt.
You could also use cornmeal (I like whole grain, but you have to keep it refrigerated) and mix in some flax seed or other more expensive ten grain cereal (like Bob's Red Mill) to stretch it out.  My kids love this with a pat of butter and brown sugar.  Some people buy whole grains and mill their own- that requires a bit of an investment in a high quality mill.  I don't have a mill, but I do make my own baby cereal with a coffee grinder I have just for the purpose.  The coffee grinder isn't practical for large quantities, but it is good if you just want to add some flax or sesame to your cereal.
The left overs can be saved for the next day's breakfast, or mixed in with homemade bread.
If you really want cold cereal, then you can make your own granola- a little more expensive depending on what you put in it.  This isn't a good choice with lots of little ones though- it is too hard for them to chew.
Granola is very easy and there is no one right way to do it.  It depends on what you like or what you have on hand.  The staple is rolled oats.  Here's my recipe for granola that I never follow exactly, and always make in a double batch for my family of 7:
makes 9 cups
in three stages:
#1 Mix together,
4 c oats (instant or rolled)
1 c wheat germ
1/2 c bran flakes
1 c coconut (natural, or the sweetened kind, if you like)
1/4 sesame seeds (or I sometimes use flax meal)
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
2 T oil
#2 warm (doesn't need to be hot, just warm enough to get it to blend) together in a separate bowl,
1/2 c honey
1/2 c apple juice
1/2 c brown sugar
2 t vanilla
#3 Chop and set aside,
2 c dried fruit (raisins, apricots, cranberries, etc.)
1 c nuts (pecans, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
Stir #1 and #2 together and spread evenly on a jelly roll pan or some other kind of baking sheet with sides.  Bake in 300 F oven for about 25-30 minutes. 
Stir in #3 when you take it out of the oven, and set aside to cool.  Store in a container in the fridge.  It always goes fast in my house, so I just store it in the pantry.

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Recipes - by AdoramusTeChriste - 11-18-2005, 01:36 PM
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Recipes - by StAthanasius - 11-18-2005, 03:19 PM
Recipes - by miss_fluffy - 11-21-2005, 12:44 PM
Recipes - by Historian - 11-21-2005, 04:35 PM
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Recipes - by AdoramusTeChriste - 12-05-2005, 10:46 AM
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