Our Daily Bread

Baked in the bread machine, so very low energy costs – strong white flour 64p a bag from Lidl

Hello Dear Reader,

On average, we eat a loaf of bread every two days. If we bought a loaf of bread from the baker’s every day, we’d pay around £1, so the cost of bread is 50p a day or £182.50 a year. That’s a lot of money for a few pieces of toast and a sandwich lunch each day. We buy 8 sachets of yeast for 60p – so 7.5p a sachet and bags of flour for 69p and make four loaves from each bag. My bread costs 19p a loaf. £34.67 a year! Homemade always works out cheaper and this simple costing shows how we can feed the two of us, two dogs and a cat for £30 a week.

How much money can you save by making it yourself?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


16 thoughts on “Our Daily Bread

  1. What about the cost of fuel for baking? Do you batch bake loaves and freeze some of them?

    You are right – making from scratch saves LOADS of money. Quiches cost £1.50 or more – but you can make your own, and use up your leftover bits and pieces [one rasher of bacon, or slice of ham, a mushroom or tomato, heel of cheese…] – and that comes in MUCH cheaper.

    Off now to strip the chicken carcase [meat going into a sauce for pasta – bones into stock for soup]


  2. We bought our bread machine 2 years ago and have not bought bread since. It tastes so much better and it's cheaper, besides there's lots more you can do such as pizza dough, etc. This is one of our best purchases ever.


  3. the cost of buying from a shop doesn't include all those impulse buys that retailers try to pursuade us we need.
    Staying at home and baking a loaf means just that.I've saved loads since I purchased a breadmaker beacause I'm no longer buying 'extra' things.


  4. I've just had homemade soup made from chicken stock from the carcass and loads of veg from the market.
    Homemade bread to go withit.
    Really cheap and nutritious meal.
    The soup has made enough for my lunches every day next week.


  5. I make bread, its great, I love kneeding the dough,I add nuts and seeds and vary the recipe I make a batch and freeze the loaves . I usually have a baking day and make scones [wholemeal] pastries pies and quiches and cakes and sometimes biscuits I know what is going into the products, I use wholemeal flour and free range eggs. Its all so much cheaper and so very much nicer than shop bought, and I believe healthier too.


  6. We go through a lot of bread..two ever hungry boys and myself. I buy two pound bags of yeast at the wholesale store, freeze what I don't use and batch cook. It is cheaper, tates better and makes me feel frugal 🙂


  7. I only use part of a teaspoon of yeast for 2 loaves and so each sachet will last for about 6 loaves or more if I'm very stingy. I also start the yeast off in warm water and a teaspoon of sugar just to make sure it's working.
    Love from Mum


  8. i have'nt bought store made bread for year's,i love knowing that the bread i make is preservative free,and it taste so good,and i save heap's!i make it in the bread maker,which i was given a few year's ago,and i really give it a good work-out.


  9. Yours is the first blog I check each day! I really enjoy your approach to life and appreciate your advice on living frugally. However, I am struck over and over again by how much cheaper food is in the UK than here in Canada. Ironically, I did actually live in the UK at the beginning of the millennium when the reverse was true! For instance, I couldn't get bread flour for anything less than several dollars … and the same for yeast. At the current exchange rate that would be at least £2 (a few years ago £1.50+).

    In fact, I found it much easier to be frugal in the UK in general, probably because there is so much more competition. So, for instance, once I'd “cracked the code” (ie. knowing where to shop), I could buy kids' clothing for a fraction of the price. British car boot sales (the likes of which are unheard of in north America, although possibly more so in the US) were a fantastic resource for odd household miscellanea, etc. But, you had to appreciate the value in “used” things. And, in fact, this probably why events like Black Friday (which is increasingly spilling over to retailers up here) are so insanely popular: where the goal is to buy “new” stuff cheap.

    Thanks again!


  10. Do you use a bread-maker? This afternoon, I've just put my first lot of ingredients into a 2nd hand breadmaker I aquired for £5 and about 1/2 an hour later all my electrics tripped!!!! I have re-set it all but thing it was the maker as nothing else was on that would trip it. Gutted 😦


  11. Have you tried Doves Farm Quick Yeast? It's in an orange packet and usually costs about 99p. We use it in our bread maker, only needs about a teaspoon per loaf and lasts ages.


  12. Nice loaf, I also like the smell of fresh bread, easy in a bread-maker with a timer, warm bread for breakfast.
    I throw a handful of porridge oats into the mix as well, lighter than flour, and seems to give a nice texture.


  13. You don't necessarily need commercial yeast either if you make sourdough. It's a trade off of time vs money. Also you can vary the flours you use to make 'artisan' loaves for variety – at affordable prices.


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