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Convenience stores, daily bread, and profit margins

January 19th, 2008 at 06:27 pm

Does the price of bread irk anyone else? And if so, what have you done about it? I always try to buy it in the grocery store for around $2 (store brand or sale), but since I seldom do grocery shopping, too often I have to buy it at the convenience store for $3+. We have a bread machine that has never been opened since it was new about 20 years ago (yes, I know, stupid), that I really should at least try, that is if I can find it!

So on the way out with my $3.19 bread, I noticed the blue water (windshield washer fluid) was $3.79!!!! And I felt bad for buying it for $.88 a while ago since it can easily be made with probably about $.20 worth of alcohol in water.

7 Responses to “Convenience stores, daily bread, and profit margins”

  1. denisentexas Says:

    We eat only whole wheat bread and around here a name brand loaf is about $2.50. All the store brands have white flour in them so we suck it up and buy the expensive stuff. We have a bread machine and use it now and then, too. I really should use it more but the problem is that the bread is so good we eat it very quickly and with both of us being diabetic, we don't need to do that! Anyway, yes the price of bread irks me. So do the prices for milk, cheese, fresh produce, meat, etc. It all irks me. Wink

  2. Aleta Says:

    I search out the grocery ads for various grocers in my area and there is usually one of them that have bread on sale on have the buy one get one free deal. I freeze the 2nd loaf and it keeps very well. You can also double bag it and that's even better.

    There have been times that when we leave on short or longer vacations that I have some bread left over. I have recently started putting the left over bread in the freezer and freezing. It is great to have when you get home and don't want to go out to the store.

  3. nance Says:

    A 20 year old bread machine probably makes a much smaller loaf than the newer two-pound machines. I have seen two brand new machines at Goodwill recently. One was $15.00 and one was $25.00, but they were in original boxes, new, and had the recipe book, and all of the paperwork. I read a blog where a woman found a $200.00 machine at Goodwill for eight dollars. I've seen them at garage sales for five. I use mine regularly, and save a lot doing so. The bread tastes better, and I know what is in it.

  4. mom-from-missouri Says:

    Thats why I bake my own bread. We can go thru 5 loaves (easy) a week. I bake 6 loaves for under $3. To buy 6 loaves for $3.50 each (at our local store for the cheapest they have) thats $21.00 a week. So I am saving us $18 a week (or more if we eat more), or $936 a year.

    I do all my weeks baking at once, and combine some meals with it, so oven energy is not a factor. I can get all 6 loaves in the oven on the top rack, and several pans of muffins and cupcakes on the middle rack at the same time.

    I do my bread by scratch and rarely use the bread machine unless I am making a single loaf of something such as banana bread. Mostly our bread machine gets used in the RV while camping. The RV oven is small and the bread machine bakes more uniform loaves. Plus its electric so its using someone elses electric (camp grounds) and not our propane, and it can be left alone to do its job while we are out and about.

  5. fern Says:

    Conveience stores always charge top dolla! Why do you keep shopping there?

    Isn't there a grocery store on your way home from work?

  6. boomeyers Says:

    Do you have an ALDI any where near you? Well worth the stock up price. Buy cheap in bulk and load them puppies into the freezer! The bread store outlet is worth a drive by too if you have one. Even buying two loaves at Costco is cheaper!! There are ways, you just have to buy in bulk to make it cheaper and conveinent for you. The bread make does'nt make big enough loaves for our family, but some love it.

  7. Ralph Says:

    Wow, thanks for all the great ideas, y'all! MFM, your math sure was enlightening, showing how small things really can add up - a pretty improtant principle! Of course we consume much less bread than that, but it still is pretty significant.

    I've always wanted to try baking some bread but just haven't gotten over the hump. I can see my daughter objecting to the rough cuts of home made, so I wonder if the electric knife would help that? Anyway, I'll sure eat it if she doesn't.

    Oh, and fern, I'll start trying to break the convenience store habit, but usually grocery stores offer no benefit in this area except the store brand, which I don't mind but my family objects to.

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