Case Study: Does Homemade Gluten-Free Bread Save You Money?
I’m always looking for ways to cut costs and one of the ways I’ve been interested in researching for a while now is homemade gluten-free bread instead of store-bought gluten-free bread. Our oldest kiddo is on a gluten-free only diet to help some stomach issues he’s had and his diet consists of 99% peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I’m not joking, that’s all this kid will eat.
We typically purchase about 3 gluten-free loaves of bread per week for him. Each loaf costs about $5 (can sometimes get it cheaper at Aldi but they’re rarely in stock). So, $5 times 3 (loaves per week) times 52 (weeks in a year) comes out to $780 per year.
I did a search on Google and came across this homemade gluten-free bread recipe. The recipe looked easy enough for me to attempt, plus it only needed a few ingredients we didn’t already have. So, we decided to go to Kroger and buy the ingredients and whip up some homemade gluten-free bread. I didn’t do any calculations ahead of time, though. I was just convinced it would save us money.
I came home and started working on my baking skills.
The total prep time was about 30 minutes and an additional 40 minutes or so of cooking. Overall, for my first attempt, the bread came out pretty tasty.
But anyways, back to the actual question. Does homemade gluten-free bread save you money? I spent about an hour looking up each item and calculating out the per loaf cost.
There are probably cheaper items available than what we purchased. This list is from a mixture of items purchased at Kroger and Wal-Mart, which Kroger tends to be a bit more expensive. But overall, it gave some decent insight to the cost of making it yourself.
So, what’s the final verdict? We can typically buy a loaf of gluten-free bread for $5, and it costs $5.14 to make it yourself. We didn’t end up saving any money by going this route, and in fact, we lost money. But, on the plus side, the bread was a lot more delicious than what you get from the store.