One of the hardest parts of our current relocation from the mid-west to the east coast, is the sticker shock. Luckily we started searching online before we actually went apartment hunting because our response was something like “OMG!! Are these people for real? They want how much for a 1-bedroom apartment?!”. It took us a few days to come to terms with the new price point. After that I spent the next few days reworking the family budget with the idea that if apartments cost twice as much as they did in our old home, everything will cost twice as much in our new one.
With that sticker shock in mind I have set out to make my family’s silly simple life that much more frugal. Do not get me wrong, leading a silly simple life is a great way to save money and really appreciate the things you have. I am talking now about FRUGAL, as in count the pennies before you leave the counter frugal.
One of the things that I have noticed recently is that bread in my local grocery store is expensive, and getting more expensive by the day. Is it inflation? Is it the location? Or maybe it is just a weird paranoia. To combat the rise in cost and to make sure that we are still getting delicious, healthy bread, I have been investigating alternative sources.
Option 1: Buy it Frozen
I have been experimenting with this tactic first. For me, the cost is ~$1.00 pfor a regular-sized wheat loaf when bought in frozen packages of 3-5 (or 0.75 each for white bread). The prep time is a little bit long (you have to allow the bread to thaw in the fridge for about 10 hours, then let it rise on the counter top for another 3-4 hours before baking).
Pros: Bread at about a 50-70% savings over the commercial brands of similar quality and density (is it just me or does density signal quality in bread?)
Cons: You need to start planning at least a full day before you need the bread as it needs to thaw, rise AND bake. Plus you don’t have control over the ingredients.
Option 2: Make your Own
This is the next step into the bread production world for me. It is going to need to wait until we get all settled and relocated into our new abode. I can’t wait to try this recipe, which while not 100% whole wheat, does promise to be “dense”, and also doesn’t require a decade of prep work, or wrists the size of 2×4’s just to get the kneeding done.