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I don’t like to spend extra money on things that I can live without, so when a friend of mine told me she bought a bread machine and was highly recommending it, I just nodded and switched the subject.

Bread machine? Why do I need one if I can buy bread at the bakery or make it using my own two hands? Plus, it is probably too complicated to use and is insanely expensive.

I forgot about it until one day I visited her house. As soon as I entered I almost fainted due to a fantastic head-spinning smell. The smell of fresh bread. It reminded me of my childhood. Our home was next to the bakery and everyday, especially when the wind was blowing in our direction, the entire neighborhood would be filled with the wonderful smell of freshly baked crisp and warm bread…

This was the minute I knew I needed to have a bread machine in my house and nothing else mattered.

To my pleasant surprise, the bread maker was pretty inexpensive. The one my friend had (and the one I bought myself) is called  the SunBeam 5891 2-lb Programmable Bread Maker. She got it off of Amazon for $55 or so. I got mine from Wal-Mart for a little under $60, just because I couldn’t wait for mine to arrive if I ordered it online.

If you want to go a little fancier and have a little more money to spend here is another great bread machine sold on Amazon:

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker.

It has many great reviews.

It comes with instructions and is very easy to use. You don’t even have to mix anything. Put the ingredients in, press a button and the machine will do the rest for you. When your bread is ready it will beep.

The best part about it is that it saves us a lot of money. We never eat Wonder bread or the like and used to buy real bread from local bakeries, which would cost us $2.50 to $4 per loaf (ouch!). You have no idea how much money we saved with our new good friend – the bread machine.

It can make wheat, rye, raisin breads or even cake. There are hundreds of recipes for bread makers online. If you prefer to use a book, here is a good one called “More Bread Machine Magic”. It has more than 140 different recipes for use in all types of bread machines.

If you are a sucker for good bread, I highly recommend you buying a bread machine.

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  1. Trish Said,

    Its amazing what you can do with a bread maker. I make dough for pizza and calzone. My kids just love it. i also have days where I make dough and kids make their own personal pizzas. You can put just about anything in the dough and the kids don’t even know and they can get their vitamins.

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