Do you find that you consume more or less bread at different times of the year and that you are changing the brands you purchase frequently depending on price?
While at the grocery store yesterday we noticed there are so many bread choices available these days and most people do what we do, stand and stare.
Almost everyone buys bread unless you don’t like it, make it at home or simply just don’t care to purchase it and will be a driving force especially if bread is on sale in the weekly grocery flyer.
Bread deals are a fierce competition amongst the different companies and coupons are just icing on the cake especially if that motivates you to buy the product.
Although we don’t purchase much in the way of bread products we do stock up when we can find pink stickers offering 50% off in the Loblaws stores or we can get a great deal using coupons.
I’m going to have to agree with many that homemade is always better but what it boils down to for many is the price and for a great majority the health benefits of the loaf of bread they plan to buy.
I find that I spend more time looking through the bread section because the list of bread products is endless. You can get everything from raisin bread to protein bread to sugar-free bread to the new gluten free bread. You can even get bakery baked fresh bread in most stores even if there is no bakery in-store as it is brought in from out of town bakeries.
It’s the consumers that are working hard to convince the manufacturers that they need this high nutrition bread so they are churning it out in hopes of making a big profit. The problem is the cost to make the bread so nutritious is high and most people frown at paying more than $2.00 per loaf of bread these days. The cost of ingredients alone for the bakery or manufacturer can be very high and those costs in most cases get passed along to the customer.
Cost of wheat
Higher wheat prices do affect Canadians as outlined in this 2010 article in The Globe and Mail “How higher wheat prices affect Canadians” although record crops were produced in 2013 in the Prairies meaning wheat prices could potentially go down because they simply have no where to stock it all and demand is trending lower. This is all to do with the basic principal of supply and demand economics.
I was watching an episode of Undercover boss the other day who went into the Mandarin restaurants and I was shocked to hear they made approx $1 per dinner buffet per person and it was the drinks that drove up the sales, so they push beverages. They subsidize the cost of the meals with the extra profits they make on the drinks.
Sometimes we automatically think that businesses are cranking in the cash and in most cases they can depending on the marketing and execution by the team but it’s not easy for them and of course for us as consumers who are watching how much money we are spending in our budget and trying to stick to a grocery list that entails all the daily essentials including bread, butter, milk, eggs etc.
What I’ve noticed is that since the price of wheat is so high the price of bread has gone up exponentially at least in the past couple of years. Just to purchase a decent loaf of bread you are looking at $3-$4 unless you can find it on sale.
This week for example if you like whole wheat bread Food Basics has the Dempsters Whole Wheat bread on sale for $1.88 which is a great price for those of you who enjoy that type of bread.
Tortillas on the other hand cost a bleedin’ fortune and it’s hard to justify spending nearly $5.00 for 10 tortillas when you can make them homemade for so much cheaper. Yes, the rounds might not be perfect and the tortillas not as thin but they work just the same and taste even better because they are homemade. So, if you want to save some cash and don’t mind a bit of elbow grease making homemade tortillas is super easy to do.
I notice the competition between bread companies is becoming more fierce with Wonder bread and Dempsters in particular although I personally fancy Dempsters bread because I enjoy the various brands they offer. I also like ACE Bakery bread but be prepared to pay for this premium homemade style bread. For a while we would buy the odd loaf until I decided to create my own homemade olive bread and went on to do an olive pita bread.
If you don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen you can save some money in your budget and enjoy that homemade taste and smell in the air when you are baking. Sure you might be able to score some great deals on sliced bread but in the end anything made with your two hands is worth a shot.
I asked my Facebook fans if they buy hotdog and hamburger buns in the winter and what their favorite breads were to purchase and this is what some of them said below.
- Cathy B: I prefer homemade at least I can pronounce all the ingredients
- Allyson T: Where I live, Safeway makes the cheapest bread. I could make my own bread, but until I am done school I will never have the time. $1.29 a loaf is not too shabby though.
- Mary C: Franz Gluten Free 7-Grain bread for me… hubby, it depends on what’s on sale.
- Della F: My favourite is whole wheat loaf that I can pick up at a local outlet for $1.00 per loaf.
- Jeanne L: I like my homemade BUT I like hillbilly bread and anything from Zingermans in Ann Arbor
- Sabrina W: Villagio whole wheat bread
- Melissa N: Make my own bread (white/whole wheat, raisin and cheese)….we use hamburger/hotdogs in the winter because we BBQ year round. Whatever brand is on sale. We use pittas once in a while
- Edna M: I love Wonder Bread..Whole wheat..But we also buy Country Harvest when it is on sale.
- Pam W: We don’t eat much bread, but homemade bread is by far my favorite. 2nd choice would be City Bread’s Rye bread. We rarely use hamburger and hot dog buns in the winter. Occasionally I make tortillas. I absolutely hate packaged breads like Wonder Bread or Ben’s, I hate the texture and the taste (or lack of it)…I refer to those breads as glue bread.
- Sally T-P: I usually buy the store brand or whatever is on the markdown rack. We do eat burgers in the winter (sloppy joes too), and we like Polish sausage on a hot dog roll every once in a while.
- Nicola D: Its gotta be RCSS specialty bread, but I only buy it when on sale as its expensive. Otherwise its still their own brand not sliced that’s in the four pack
- Richard B: For toast, whole wheat whatever is on sale, for everything else, homemade or ciabatta
- Jen P: My favourite is Vitality by Country Harvest. I buy the fat-free/sugar-free variety. It’s awesome. It’s $3.08 a loaf so I try to buy it when I see 50% pink stickers or I price match it a lot as well. It rarely goes on sale but I love it and it’s way lower in fat and calories then comparable breads.
- Beth A: I mostly bake my own but I’m the pits at making raisin bread so I do buy that when it’s on sale, and I buy Safeway cheese sticks for my fella because they cost about the same to buy (on sale) as they do to make. I buy bagels ’cause I don’t enjoy making them. We don’t use hot dog or burger buns as much in winter. We use tortillas, poppadums, and naan year round. “Specialty bread” = higher prices so I avoid these trendy items whenever possible. I can bake it better, and much less expensively myself. Bread for snacks mostly, bagels for the younger boy to have at breakfast and what ever whole wheat or multigrain is on sale. What is in here right now is Dempsters Whole Grain multigrain… I need to get out the bread maker again….
- Nicole J: I like little big bread , by Silver Hills sprouted bakery. It is 90% organic, high in fibre, non GMO, and tastes like a nice bread but with fewer calories/fats.
- Avis R: I buy whatever whole wheat is on sale but my favorite is Country Harvest 12 grain bread and bagels. I also love raisin bread and hot cross buns
What are your favourite breads and who make them? Do you use hot dog and hamburger buns in the winter much? or do you prefer pita, tortillas etc? Do you like specialty breads such as raisin bread, protein breads, no-sugar added, high-fibre, whole grains, gluten-free…. share your thoughts and your favourites.
November Grocery Game Challenge Posts
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.
- The grocery game challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday Baking on a Budget
- The grocery game challenge Nov 11-17, 2013 #2: International grocery store shopping
- The grocery game challenge Nov 18-24, 2013 #3: Back to Basics More for Less
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- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- Food Samples When Shopping
- Food Waste In Canada
- Go on vacation and save on groceries
- Grocery Store Activities For Kids
- Buying When There Is A Limit
Food food and more food
- Icing sugar Sale $1.88
- Brown Sugar Sale $1.88
- Eggs $2.68
- Chipits x4 various kinds Sale $2.49
- Pitted Dates $2.49
- 4 x shredded coconut Sale $0.88
- Sweet Potato $4.28
- Iceberg Lettuce Sale $0.88
- Spices $1.00
- Spices $1.00
- Pie plates $1.99
- Liberte Yogurt Coconut Sale $2.99
- Liberte Yogurt Strawberry Sale $2.99
- Roasted Peppers Sale 41.69
- Carrots $1.47
- Selection Oatmeal$2.00
- Selection Cherries Sale $2.00
- Premium bananas $2.34
- Graham cracker crumbs Sale $1.99
- Bean Sprouts $1.50
- 4 x Clean and Clear Shampoo Reg $7.99 Sale $3.99-$3.00 coupons
- Hot Italian sausages Marc Angelo sale $7.50
- Milk 4L $3.97
Total out of pocket $ 68.29
- Chicken Breast $6.78 sale $1.99lb on the bone
- Chicken Breast $7.75
- Chicken Breast $8.71
- 2 for $7.00 Johnsonville Bratwurst. sausages- $1.00 coupons
- Irresistible corn $0.89
- Clubhouse Dip Mix $1.29
- 5x Clean and Clear Shampoo reg $7.99 Sale $3.99- $3.00 coupon peelies on each
- Chicken Breast $7.44
- Chicken Breast $8.74
Total out of pocket $ 54.14
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
- Total Budget For November $235.00
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $27.00
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $20.00
- Total Spent This Week: $122.43-$20 chicken stockpile= $102.43
- Total Spent So Far for November $245.28
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (November): $10.28 (over)
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $0
- Total Coupons Used This Month: $29.00
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $10.28 spent more than the budget in November
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April) $397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 + (August) $182.35 + (September) $255.69 + (October) $196.64 + $245.28 (November) = $2422.56 (does not include stockpile budget)
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38+$17.24 =$82.62<> This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
- Weekly Overview: Well, we went over budget for the month but not by too much which is a good thing. In December we will be going away for a few days and then away for a week for the holidays so hopefully we won’t be going over budget in December and if anything will spend less than the grocery budget.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?
No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
- When does the Grocery Game close each month?
The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?
Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- What is an FPC?
An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices. Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.
You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this t of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.
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