A frugal friend of mine was shocked that I didn't shop at our local bread store. After much convincing I decided to check it out since it's a mile away from Little Man and Little Miss' gymnastics. I'm glad I did. It's a money saver. Here's what I purchased last week (I usually go once a month)...
7 loaves of whole wheat bread
1 package whole grain bagels
1 package whole grain English muffins
If I were to purchase this in a store it would have easily been $16, but I only paid a little over $6. The key for me is to shop on Thursdays. At my local bread store, Thursdays mean double money days. For every dollar I spend they count it as two and mark it on my card. Once my card is full, I get to pick two free items off the table (English Muffins and bagels). Then if I spend over $6, I get an additional free item from the table (1 loaf of whole wheat bread).
I'm sure many of you are wondering how we go through 7 loaves of bread before it goes bad. Well, we don't. We do go through a lot of bread, but I only keep one loaf out at a time. The others go to the freezer. When it's time for a new loaf, I pull it out to thaw (usually takes 45 minutes) and it's just as fluffy as the day I bought it. It works for us.
I've had a few questions about the bread's 'freshness'. In full truth, the bread is just as soft as it is on store shelves. It is not stale, nor day-old bread. You should really try it out if you have a bread store near you. It could save you a few extra dollars, or in my case and extra $10 a month. Hey, it all adds up!
By the way, tomorrow I'm going to reveal the gender of our baby. Here's a hint...we already have one! ;)