Bread prices have really gone through the roof lately. And as a home office worker, I eat at home for every meal. And as a bad cook, many of those meals are sandwiches. Furthermore, I am picky about bread, and usually buy the more expensive loaves. (My current favorite is the line of local Franz breads which do not use high fructose corn syrup.)
I decided that it was time to invest in a breadmaker. I had tried making loaves of bread by hand in the past, but these efforts were… less than successful. (See note about bad cook above.) Since breadmakers are expensive, and I was not sure if I would like the results or keep at it, I decided to hit the local thrift store first.
I scored a perfectly good breadmaker for only $7 at the Goodwill. Yay! If you go thrifting for a breadmaker, be sure that it has all its parts. It should have a removable bread dough pan, and a little paddle. Be sure that the bread pan fits in correctly, and that it isn't badly scratched.