Why I Stopped Buying Bread at the Grocery Store

published Apr 13, 2023
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CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA MARCH, 2016: inside Jewel-Osco store. Jewel-Osco is a supermarket chain headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
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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.

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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. 

I use the bread to make toast with eggs in the morning, paninis, and grilled cheese on the weekend, or buttered up with garlic to dip into soups and stews for dinner. As the weather begins to warm, I’ve got my heart set on a cool and crunchy chicken salad sandwich in the sunshine. 

Switching from my chain grocer to my local bakery is one of the easiest swaps I’ve ever made. I save a dollar or two each week, and I love that my money goes directly back to my community and this little bakery that I’ve grown to love. Not to mention, the bread is baked fresh each morning and the varieties and flavors baked change with the seasons. 

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