Thursday, January 24, 2008

It's a Frugalicious Friday!

A super quick frugalicious report! A trip to my bread thrift store revealed large bags of bread bundled together for $2.75. I asked the clerk what was wrong with the bread in the bags and she told me it's all the bread they didn't have room for, so they just try to sell it in bulk to get rid of it quick.

She said usually people buy it to feed birds and so on. There was no difference between it and the day old bread on the shelf. Skeptical I bought a bag and here's what it yielded!

  • 6 completely unsquashed loaves of Nature's Own loaves
  • 3 misc. loaves
  • 1 somewhat squashed loaf of Nature's Own
  • 2 bags of Cobblestone Mills Hoagie Rolls
  • 1 bag Cobblestone Mills Kaiser Rolls
  • 2 bags regular hamburger buns

That comes out to .18 a loaf!

We don't like plain white bread and hamburger buns, so I turned those into the most delicious croutons I've ever made in about 15 minutes. The squashed loaf went into bread pudding and one package of kaiser rolls was eaten with homemade chicken soup. Everything else went into the freezer. We go through about a loaf a weekday for our family of 5 voracious appetites. At $2.50 or so a loaf, we are saving about $46.40 a month on bread alone. Here's my math:

$2.50 a loaf x 20 weekdays a month = $50.00

.18 a loaf x 20 weekdays = $3.60

$46.40 savings per month!

THAT"S frugalicious!


Hilda said...

What a deal! If I don't have boatload of flour for breadmaking I might check the bread thrift store, too. I'll definitely keep them in mind.

Mom2fur said...

Wow, good for you! We invested in a small freezer this past year, and it's one of the smartest things I've ever done. Gee, now maybe I need to find a bread thrift store. There used to be one just a mile from my home, and I loved it. Alas, it is no longer there.
Bread pudding...I think I'm going to start throwing the 'ends' in my freezer until I have enough to make some. My husband loves the stuff.

Kim said...

Great deal!