Cost Benefit Analysis Store Bought Bread vs Homemade
I usually find good quality 24oz whole grain and sourdough loaves of bread in the markdown section of my local grocery store for $1.99. I know that you can buy a high quality 5lb package of whole grain flour for $5. I have never made homemade bread before and was wondering if the ingredients' cost, time, effort and labor involved is more or less than buying a whole grain wheat loaf for $1.99? How about with a bread maker? Is making a loaf of bread using a bread maker pretty much effortless? Do I have to purchase special bread maker flour? Does sourdough flour exist or is there no such thing because of the live and active starter required?
I'm trying to determine what is the most cost effective way to obtain bread.