- Check the in-store bakery rack for $1 off stickers.
- Stop by a Pepperidge Farm outlet for day-old bread.
- Watch for a grocery sale and freeze for the future.
- Make my own using breadmaker dough. (Momadvice's tutorial.)
I'll be honest: for 50-cents a bag, I'm much more likely to buy Pepperidge Farm than switch on the breadmaker.
But wait! Why would you buy stale bread? Is it moldy?
I can almost always buy bread marked a couple of days before its sell-by date. A few hours earlier, it was sitting on the shelves at Publix.
Check the tags to find the freshest bread. If you won't be using the bread within a few days, or if the bread is beyond its peak freshness, stick it in the freezer to prevent spoilage.
How do you find a bakery thrift store?
It depends on where you live. Pepperidge Farm, Sarah Lee, Flowers and other companies operate outlet stores in some areas. Ask around. You can also search the yellow pages under Thrift, Bakery.
When distributors refill the grocery shelves, the older bread goes somewhere; if not to an outlet, then to a clearance shelf or another store. My Big Lots sells Arnold HFCS-free bread, for instance.
I simply asked the man restocking the bread aisle if he knew of any day-old options nearby.
How do I know if the bakery thrift store will have enough buns for my cookout?
You'll have to plan ahead. Find out when new deliveries arrive. When you see the bread you like, buy a few bags extra for the freezer.
Retail grocers are sneaky. When the ground beef is on sale, you'll spot full-price buns attractively stacked nearby, and vice versa.
Stock up at the price YOU want to pay, and you'll never be bound by the sales cycle again.
Would you share your bakery thrift stories in the comments below? Where did you find your outlet, how much do you pay, and how much do you purchase ahead?