This morning, I’m baking bread once again. It definitely saves us money to bake our own bread instead of paying $6-$8 for a large loaf from the bakery. I am also finding it very rewarding, though it takes more time. Previous to our plastic-free challenge, I would buy day-old bread from the grocery store and pride myself in never paying over $2.50 for a loaf. Of course, it is more convenient to buy conventional bread, but you are left to deal with the packaging, which ends up in the trash. Conventional breads can also come with a long list of undesirable ingredients. I still love being frugal, though now I’m trying to find ways to save money while creating less waste (in this case, doing without bread bags). Today, I am making a basic whole wheat loaf. While I set the dough to rise, I calculated the costs. This recipe makes either one large loaf or two small loaves. The total cost for the ingredients (flour, yeast, salt, sugar) comes to only $1.65. Of course, this amount will vary according to what price you pay for your ingredients. Stocking up on flour when it is on sale, for example, could make the bread cost even less. I’ve found that I can get flour cheaper in the package than in bulk, though I’ve bought it both ways. Now, am I saying I’ll never buy bread again? Of course not. I will surely support local bakeries, such as The Denver Bread Company when I don’t feel like baking bread myself. They make delicious wholesome breads. I’m just illustrating a way you can save money while eliminating plastic from your grocery list.