Budget Friendly in Baltimore's Fell's Point
A few weeks ago I read a blog by Katerina Gasset entitled If You Are Struggling to Pay Your Bills You Need to Read This Post and it gave me pause for thought and I reblogged it.
Today, in between appointments, I stopped at the H & S Bakery Outlet Store located at 1616 Fleet Street in Baltimore's Fell's Point neighborhood. I shop here on a regular basis and fill my freezer and help keep my families food budget under control. I shop for a family of 5, 4 adults and 1 growing pre-teen. The store is open 6 days a week, closed on Sundays. The store is open from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm. There are parking meters in front of the store and a small parking lot to the west of the store. The earlier you get there the better the selection, but they do keep the store very well stocked. What really interests me and should be of interest to families struggling is the rack just as you enter the store where everything is priced at just 3 loaves for $1. You read that right, three loaves of bread for just a buck. Today, I got 3 loaves of high fiber bread for $1. It didn't have the outer wrapper on it that labels the brand but the bread was fresh. You can also usually get 3 loaves of Jewish Rye for $1. The selection on the 3/$1 rack is varied and changes daily depending on production.
In the store there is a full selection of breads, bagels, english muffins, hotdog and hamburger buns, cakes, cookies and occasionally pies as well as potato chips, cereals and many other items.
Today I spent just over $10. I purchased 3 loaves of high fiber bread for $1, 2 loaves of potato bread for $1.89, 2 packages of 12 english muffins for $1.99, 2 packages of 6 everything bagels for $1.85, and 2 packages of 12 potato bread sandwich rolls (or hamburger buns) for $1.75. This will last us quite a while now that school is out and my youngest son will not be taking his lunch daily. I saved almost $25 today, approximately $650 a year.
For families who do have to pack a lunch you need to shop at this store. You will save a lot over the course of the year. Potato bread is normally priced at $2.89 per loaf and the bagels are normally 2/$5. English muffins are $1.99 for a package of 6, if bought on sale. The big saving today was the high fiber bread that is regularly priced at $3.89 a loaf. The sandwich rolls will be great with the turkey burgers I have been making lately (by the way fresh ground turkey can be purchased at Walmart in Cockeysville for $1.79 a pound)!!
Saving money like this, you will be well on your way to saving money for a downpayment or keeping your household budget under control.
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