Purchase your bread and baked goods from a bakery outlet store, and you'll pay half what you'd pay at the grocery store (and probably even less). Use these resources to find your nearest bakery outlet store location:
Bimbo Bakery Outlet Stores (makers of Oroweat, Entemann’s, Sara Lee, Thomas’, Earth Grains, Arnold, Boboli, Ball Park (buns), Nature's Harvest, Brownberry, Freihofer’s, Marinela, Mrs. Baird’s, Bimbo, Goodbye Gluten, Eureka!, Maier's, Stroehmann, Beesteaks, D'Italiano, J.J. Nissen, Freihofer's, Heiner's, Grandma Sycamore's Homemaid Bread and Tia Rosa)
Schwebel’s Bakery Outlet Thrift Stores (makers of Sun-Maid, Cinnabon, Country Hearth, Roman Meal and‘taliano)
Franz Bakery Outlets (makers of Seattle International, Seattle Sourdough Baking Co., Bread Lover's, Montana's Sweetheart, New York Bagel Boys, Standish Farms, Alaska Grains Baking Company and Tillamook Cheese Bagel)
Wonder Bread/Hostess The company no longer maintains it's own bakery thrift store locations. In 2014, Big Lots became the official bakery thrift store for both brands. Go here to find your nearest store.
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Your local Dollar Tree locations. They get bread from Bimbo, Arnold and Flower's, so you'll find brands, like Cobblestone, Nature's Own, Wonder, Sunbeam and Thomas for just $1 each. My local stores get bread deliveries three times a week, and it sells out fast. Ask an employee when they get their bread, so you get first dibs.
A fun thing about buying your bread at the Dollar Tree: they accept coupons. Save up all your bread coupons, and you could get your bread for as little as $.50 a loaf. Sometimes there are even coupons that make it free! On several occasions, I've found $1 peelie stickers on the loaves of bread. Since Dollar Tree will accept four like coupons per day, that's four free loaves of bread just for taking a second to peel off the coupons and hand them to the cashier.
How to Make the Most of Bakery Outlet Store Deals
When you shop at a bakery outlet store, you'll find everything from loaves of bread to buns, bagels and snack cakes. But don't count on the things you see on the shelves this time to be there the next time you go. If you see something you want, it's best to stock up while you can. Bread freezes beautifully, so you don't have to worry about using everything up right away. If you think you'll use something within a month or so, just toss it in the freezer as is. If you think it'll take you longer to use something, take a minute to wrap it better, before you toss it in the freezer.