Tired of forking over $4 for a loaf of bread or having to settle for the affordable white bread, when what you really want is the budget-breaking whole grain? Switch to buying your bread from a bakery outlet store, and you can leave all of that drama behind.
What is a Bakery Outlet Store?
Bakery outlet stores, sometimes referred to as bread outlet stores or bakery thrift stores, are stores run by the major bakery companies as a way to unload excess product. This typically includes bread and baked goods that are close to their sell-by date, as well as factory overruns and closeouts. It may also include foods that have been themed for a particular holiday (i.e. Christmas snack cakes).
What Types of Products Do Bakery Outlets Carry?
Aside from the loaves of bread that you'd expect, you'll also find:
- Hamburger and hot dog buns
- English muffins
- Bread crumbs
- Snack cakes
What Kind of Prices Should I Expect?
Bakery outlet prices are typically 50-75% less than grocery store prices. So, that loaf of bread that you're used to paying $4 for may only be $1.49 at an outlet store.
Is the Bread Still Good?
Absolutely. Shopping at a bakery outlet doesn't mean settling for stale or moldy bread. Products may be closer to their sell-by date than you're used to, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy them, and you can always freeze bread to enjoy later.
Just use the same scrutiny that you'd use when choosing products at the grocery store, and you shouldn't have any problems with quality.
How Do I Find a Bakery Outlet Store?
Start with this list of bakery outlet locations. If that doesn't turn up anything near you, check your phone book under "bakeries-wholesale."
What Else Do I Need to Know About Bakery Outlet Stores
- Products often sell out between shipments, and the same products may not be available each week. If you see something that you want, stock up while you have the chance
- Many bakery outlets have a punch card program, which entitles you to a free item after you spend a certain amount. Find out if your local store has a program
- Half-price vouchers for bakery outlets show up on Groupon and Living Social from time to time. Snag one, and you'll turn a sweet deal into an even sweeter deal
- Ask a store clerk about additional savings opportunities. Many stores offer double punch days, weekly sale days, senior discounts and even military discounts
- If you want first dibs on new arrivals, find out when the store receives deliveries. Then, make sure you're there soon after
- Locate the sale section in your store. In will contain items that have been further-reduced for quick sale