Have you gone to the store lately and priced a loaf of bread? It is unbelievable that this food staple comes at such a high cost. Let’s face it, when you want a good sandwich, bread is a major part of the experience. I’ll admit that I would usually just add it to my shopping cart. But one day I just refused to pay the exorbitant price.
Instead I decided to check out a local bakery outlet in nearby Independence, MO. I had often heard these places referred to as “day old bakeries”. For some reason that term conjured up a negative image in my mind. As I thought about it, I came to the realization that all bread is eventually “day old”. Why did it really matter?
I am so glad I changed my thought process. After my first visit I was sold out on this particular one. I have been shopping there for the past few years. As with any business you have some good ones and you have some bad ones. Take the time until you get one that is just the right fit for you. The one that I patronize is called Oroweat Bakery Outlet at 12203 E. 43rd St. in Independence, MO 64055-6001. Their phone number is 816-353-9494.
Just the other day I went to restock on some much needed bread items. For $12.30 I happily left their store with approximately 20 items. The majority of the products were bread and a variety of rolls. The delivery truck had just arrived. The workers were quickly replenishing some of the nearly empty shelves.
The employees are friendly and greet you with a warm welcome. They sometimes alert you to any specials they may have going on. For the consumer’s convenience, shopping carts are readily accessible.
The rows of bread and bakery products are neatly arranged and clearly marked. There are a variety of breads, rolls, hoagie buns, muffins and bagels that you can buy. They even have a rack or grocery cart filled with further discounted items. These include but are not limited to cakes, doughnuts and other dessert type items. Additionally they sell different types of chips, condiments and various gravies, jellies, crackers and soup mixes.
If you are 60 and over you will receive a 10% discount every day on your purchase. They are closed on Sunday. All shoppers are eligible to get their blue bakery outlet card at no cost to you. When you reach the $30 mark you automatically receive a free bread and a free snack cake of the manager’s choice. Even before reaching that you receive a free loaf of bread for every $5 you spend. You simply pick your choice from a special rack as you leave the store.
The bakery outlet card is useable at all Mrs. Baird’s and Oroweat Bakery Outlet locations. More information can be found by calling 1-877-224-7374. Some of their brand name products include Bimbo, Tia Rosa, Entenmann’s and Marinela.
I particularly like their hoagie buns when having Italian sausage with all the extra toppings. The buns hold up well. They also carry enough sweets that should satisfy most individuals having a severe sweet tooth.
In today’s economy, trying to save money can be a chore in itself. Bakery outlets serve as a positive way to keep some of your hard-earned money in your pockets. Fortunately with a freezer in my garage I am able to purchase an abundance of items at one time. I usually purchase enough to last for about 2 months on average.
To maintain freshness I only take out the number of slices from the loaf I’ll be using. I do the same thing for rolls, buns or any item that I may need. And you know that thing about being “day old bread”? It doesn’t concern me any more. While food prices will continue to escalate from time to time, the bakery outlet is still sure to be the more economical alternative for bread and pastry items.