I've only bought one loaf of bread since September. I've been making sandwich bread when I know that we'll need it, and artisan bread for meals. It's such a wonderful treat to have a small loaf of fresh bread when we sit down to the table.
No plastic rising containers for me, though! The authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recommend a plastic container with a non-airtight lid. I thought glass was the better way to go, and found this HUGE canister that works perfectly for doubling the recipe. This feeds us for a week!