Every American family is trying to cut costs in this tough economy that we face. Often we look at the weekly grocery list as a means to cut costs from the family budget.

shopping for groceriesThe Nite Ranter is in the same situation as all American Families. We’re all looking for ways to squeeze every cent from the monthly budget & “The Grocery Bill” is the one we use the most. 

Every week for most families. Much of a family’s annual money is spent on a monthly basis in this area. With that in mind… what commonplace grocery item do you believe to be the most expensive for the cost?

Would you believe that “BREAD” is one of the most expensive single purchases on the family grocery list? It’s True. More expensive than Milk, Eggs, Butter & even that delicious liquid sunshine… O.J.

How many slices are in the average loaf of bread? How about 28, 32, or 25? Ever thought much about it? If you’re like The Nite Ranter, your answer is probably no. Well, maybe you should consider these interesting facts about “Our Daily Bread.”

The average loaf of bread has just 22 slices. The super large Family Size of White Bread has more but based on trends, the high grain healthier bread brands are far and away the best sellers.

The average cost of a loaf of the grain bread in the U.S. is $ 2.65 per loaf. Sounds reasonable, but consider this. At $ 2.65 per loaf, each slice costs 12 cents each. Now, if you do not eat the entire loaf in a week and you buy an additional loaf, a portion of the new loaf will cost 24 cents per slice.

Many times, in hundreds of thousands of households, the bread gets moldy before eating the entire loaf and it becomes wild bird food. The monthly cost of fresh bread will continue to compound if every slice isn’t eaten before the dreaded mold monster attacks it and so on.

Don’t you wish that your bank savings account or investments would compound at this rate? Do the math for your specific family and I believe  you will be shocked at the cost and the waste that slips through our grocery expenses each month.

Here’s some more news about bread. Ever notice the colored twist ties attached to close the loaf? Some are red, blue, green, white or even black. These colors are a code used by the bakery for its delivery personnel to sort bread on the grocery store shelf as to the freshness of the stock in the store. Interesting huh? Did you know that fact?

Sadly, The Nite Ranter has not been able to crack the color freshness code as I believe that it varies by bakery and region of the suppliers.

So, Here’s my Question: Please let The Nite Ranter and the readers know of your results in finding out what the color code of the twist ties is?


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  1. Harry Limbaugh

    Bread,Gasoline,T-Bone steak.
    Ranter, my only concern is for the price of BEER!!!

    Jun 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    • LindaLouTaboo

      Harry, as the wonderful Harry Chapin song says…”Harry, keep the change!” Just kidding…but there ain’t no change these days anywhere for almost any purchase. It’s sick what we pay for and we just keep giving all our money to deadbeat Washington politicians.

      My beer has gone up also, so…lets revolt…!!!!! It’s way past time.


      Jun 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    • TheMiserableRanter

      Before you know it, bread becomes the uneconomical choice for feeding the masses…I hope it changes to chocolate chip cookies.

      Aug 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm
  2. Hazel

    Hey Ranter, great post! Something most people don’t think about. Here’s the info I think you’re looking for.

    Monday – blue
    Tuesday – green
    Thursday – red
    Friday – white
    Saturday – yellow

    Found it at Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/breadtag.asp

    Jun 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    • The Nite Ranter

      Wow…great information “H”.
      This means that if I select a loaf of bread with a BLUE twist tie while shopping on Saturday… it could be already 4 days old sitting on the shelf?! No wonder the stuff goes bad so fast. We need to pay attention to the color of the twist ties to get the freshest bread. Good work and thanks for the follow-up information.
      I’ll post the colors on the front of my refrigerator for reference…sorry but I like fresh bread, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.
      TNR :=)

      Jun 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm