Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Resolutions 2013: Make My Own Bread
The first Christmas we were married, Jon gave me a bread machine. It's a Cuisinart from Bed Bath & Beyond, back when their coupons were always 25% off instead of 20% off. Thought I wouldn't notice, BBB? I noticed.
Besides all these perks, 100ish dollars seemed like a lot of money for a machine that did something I had always watched my mom do by hand. (Or you know, with a mixer and a wall oven.) I know it was a gift, but we spent our own money on it.
Since I was curious about the cost-effectiveness of a bread machine, I put a post-it note in the bread recipe book and keep a tally of each time I use the machine. In two years, I am up to 31 uses. That's not too bad considering I don't really use it in the summers, and for 8 months of 2012 it was packed up in a box. However, I think I can do better!
This year I'm resolving to bring my tally to 60, which would be approximately a two-fold increase in bread production. This would bring the per-use cost from $3.23 to about $1.66, plus the cost of ingredients. Using this calculator from Money Saving Mom, I calculated that ingredients for a 1.5 pound loaf of white bread costs $0.99. According to her post about bread machines, an average bread machine uses about 7.2 cents of electricity in one hour.
At 60 uses, my cost-per-loaf would be about $2.80 ($1.66 machine, $0.99 ingredients, $0.15 electricity).
Does this save us money? Yes! The cost of a loaf of bread that I like is around $4.29. The cost of a loaf that Jon likes was like $0.99 until he discovered potato bread, which was more like $3.50.