I’m not the first to tell you that grocery prices are on the rise. As a price-conscious shopper, I always review my receipts post-grocery shop, and I’ve noticed the cost of bread slowly creeping up. As it’s quickly traveled from $4.99 to $5.99, to now $6.99, it’s become one of the most expensive items I purchase. So I started brainstorming alternatives.
Of course, I know making bread from scratch would be the cheapest swap here. But unfortunately I no longer have the lifestyle where I can casually bake off a sourdough boule every Sunday for the week ahead.
Why I Started Buying Bread at My Local Bakery
On a walk last fall, however, I popped into one of my local bakeries for the first time to grab a pastry, and noticed a few remaining loaves and boules in wooden bins along the wall. A small section of the menu listed a variety of bread options — seeded loaves, sourdough, pumpernickel, ciabattas, etc. — ranging from $4.00 to $8.00. Decision made!
Going on six months now, all of my bread needs are taken care of by my local bakery. I usually pick up a loaf for $5.00 to $6.00 to get me through the week. The bakery staff will even pre-slice and bag it for me.
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