We bought a bread machine a little over a year ago and I must say, I think it's pretty great. Well, except that the pan pops out during kneading so we have to rig it so it will stay put and then remember to un-rig it so it will rise properly. Other than that, it's great.
Now that we have it, we rarely ever buy bread or bread products. This basically means that our bread consumption has greatly decreased. We actually use the machine mostly for making pizza dough. We love our pizza. I also use it to make dough for rolls. So handy not having to knead stuff myself. We don't make bread as much now as when we first got it, I will admit. We used to make all sorts, now it's mostly pumpernickel with occasionally wheat or wheat-oat.
The only bread products we now buy are from the "Oops, we baked too much!" section at Kroger and it's usually things like hoagie and hamburger rolls or French bread. They are super cheap and we freeze them until we need them. It's great.