We never buy bread at the grocery store. If I have the time and the inclination, I make it, which is the most frugal way of all. With lots of littles, though, I am often short on both time and inclination. Thankfully, we have a Mrs. Baird's Thrift Store in our small town and a freezer in our garage. Those two are a match made in heaven.
We can get a great variety of loaves, 4 for $3.00. Blueberry bagels, cinnamon raisin bread, whole wheat, Texas toast, and seven grain are some of our favorites. For every $5 spent, up to $20, we get a free loaf.
Since we have a freezer, we can load up on what we like and check back often for new selections.