One of the best ways to save money on bread is to make your own. Simply doing this will save you a lot of money over buying bread at a store or bakery, but there are still ways that you can save even more baking your own bread. Below you’ll find some hints and strategies that will help you save even more money while baking homemade bread.
Buy A Bread Maker
If you want to make your own bread on a regular basis rather than every once in awhile, it is worthwhile to purchase a bread maker. While there is the initial cost of the bread maker, it will save you a lot of time and over the long run, will probably pay for itself on the costs of heating the oven if you did it all by scratch. Add in the fact that you are less likely to over or under bake the bread which will happen from time to time in the oven, these will almost always pay for themselves monetarily, and definitely with the time savings involved.
Buy Recipe Books Used
When you do decide that there is a recipe book that you will use on a regular basis and it's worth purchasing, buy that recipe book used. Much like the bread makers themselves, a lot of people buy the recipe books and then never use them. This means that they are practically new, but they can be purchased for a used book price.
Buy Your Bread Maker Used
If you really want to save money, opt to buy your bread maker used rather than brand new. There are two basic types of people when it comes to these machines: those that love them and use them all the time and those that try them once or twice and never use them again. The first will use their machine until it dies while the other will either donate it to a second hand store or sell it at a garage sale. In other words, most bread makers you can find used have a used price tag, but in reality are practically brand new machines. With a little research and persistence, you should be able to find one that has hardly been used for a fraction of the price of a brand new one.
Skip Pre-Package Mixes
There are more and more pre-packaged mixes that can be used with bread makers. While these are usually less than buying bread at the store, they are more expensive than putting your own ingredients into the bread machine plus they often come with added ingredients that you may not want. Dumping your own ingredients into the machine will save you money and you will get healthier loaves by doing so.
Use The Library
There are a large number of books that are devoted to bread making recipes. Go to your library and check out the books on this topic that are available to find which recipes you like the best. This way you can "test drive" the different books out there and once you know the ones that you like the best and you will be using over and over again, you can then only purchase those books. This will save you money buying a bunch of books that you rarely use and ensure that you bread making cookbook library at home is regularly used.