Buy cheap day-old bread from restaurant chains!
• Jimmy John’s sells day old bread for 50 cents. You can buy it any point during the day, just ask at the register. They have full white baguettes wrapped in the sandwich paper (BONUS TIP FROM ANOTHER READER: If you go just before close, they’ll often sell you fresh bread for the day-old price!)
• Bruegger’s usually has six packs of bagels from the day before for $3, which is half the normal price (freeze ‘em).
• Au Bon Pain has half-off bakery items after 7 p.m. (or at least that’s true in DC—I haven’t tried anywhere else). Awesome for post happy hour snacks. It helps me to just say no to wings and fries.