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How to Buy Bread and Bakery Products at Ridiculously Low Prices

by Alonzo on February 28, 2012

I’m amazed at how people pay vastly different prices for the very same item.

One person pays $450 for a flight while the person next to her is charged only $275. One family walks into a showroom and shells out $18,900 for a new car, while another pays just $17,200 for the same vehicle.

The same thing happens with groceries. As consumers we pay vastly different prices for essentially the same food. Smart shoppers, for instance, pay up to 75% less for their bread and bakery products. Their simple secret is the bakery outlet.

OK, I know what you’re thinking. Aren’t bakery outlets the last refuge for outcasts discarded by your local supermarket?

After some research, I discovered that bakery outlets are simply not allowed to sell outdated merchandise. In fact, I found the “sell by” dates at bakery outlets comparable to those at nearby supermarkets. In many cases the bakery outlets stocked fresher merchandise.

Outlets receive products directly from the company bakery. In the Chicago area, for instance, Wonder/Hostess bakery outlets receive shipments directly from the bakery three to five times a week!

I’ll admit, I passed by many bakery outlets but never considered stopping until I heard about the great money people were saving. The first bakery outlet I visited was an Entenmann’s bakery outlet located on the north side of Chicago.

As with many outlets, this one was located in a small nondescript building in the middle of a strip mall. Particularly reassuring was the large sign on the wall that greeted you as you entered: “If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason you can return it for a full refund.”

I found that you’ll typically pay 50% to 75% less for bread and bakery goods at a bakery outlet compared to a conventional supermarket. The savings quickly add up. A loaf of bread, for example, that set me back $2.79 at the supermarket cost me only $1.50 at the outlet. A $3.29 pack of English muffins cost $1.65.

And most outlets sell much more than bread. You’ll likely find hot dog rolls, hamburger buns, bagels, English muffins, pita pockets, pizza crusts, and cereals, as well as donuts, muffins, cakes, and pies.

On my first visit, a very friendly elderly lady approached me. With a huge smile, she explained that she buys items for her whole family, including her adult children. Her secret, she readily offered, is to place the bread and other goodies in the freezer as soon as she gets home.

When she needs fresh bread or baked goods she simply turns to the freezer for a long-lasting supply of cheap food. And she was not alone. Most of the shoppers at the outlet were busy filling their shopping carts to the rim.

I’ve taken her advice to heart and have frozen English muffins, bagels, and other items for use later. I was especially surprised that the donuts held up so well and couldn’t tell the difference between my thawed donuts and those I would normally have purchase at the supermarket.

I have to admit, I was once skeptical of bakery outlets, but now it actually pains me to pay full price for my bread, English muffins, and donuts at the supermarket when I can’t make it to my local outlet.

To find an outlet near you, simply turn to the internet. Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet locations, for instance, can be found on the Entenmann’s website.

In this tough economy it’s good to know there’s some place you can still find a good deal.

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