I ran across this video today and it got me thinking about the high cost of gluten-free foods.
Here are a few tips I have found useful for cutting the cost of gluten-free foods:
- Use foods that are naturally gluten-free. Fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, nuts and seeds, meats, poultry and fish are all healthy, delicious, gluten-free foods. If you plan meals ahead of time using these foods you can avoid the cost of pre-packaged gluten-free products.
- Cook foods from scratch. Cooking foods from scratch is not only healthier, it can save you money.
- Make you own gluten-free mixes. Many of the gluten-free cookbooks, like the ones by Carol Fenster, have recipes for baking mixes. Make these ahead and have them on hand when you are ready to bake.
- Buy in bulk online. Many suppliers of gluten-free flours, like Bob’s Red Mill, have larger package sizes available that can save you money. Join forces with other families in your area that are eating gluten-free to share the cost and buy by the case.
- Join a local support organization. It’s a good way to meet people to recruit in sharing costs of bulk items. It’s also a good place to share information and recipes, and learn about products you may not have discovered yet.
- Develop a dependable gluten-free recipe file. This will not only save you money, but time and disappointment. I have a constantly growing “favorites” recipe file – my “go to” recipes that I know work and taste great.
- Use coupons. More and more companies that make gluten-free products are offering coupons. Go to the websites of your favorite gluten-free bakers and ask for coupons for their products. Many websites offer printable coupons.
- Shop the sales. Use meal planning to make your list and then shop the sales cycles to get the best deals. Stock up when the price is the best, and get enough to last you until the next sale.
- Avoid as many of the processed gluten-free products as possible. Some of the most expensive gluten-free items are the ones that come prepackaged. That box of gluten-free cookies may be tempting, but they aren’t necessarily healthy and they are more expensive than the other items in your cart.
Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to be that expensive. It just takes a little planning and research. Happy shopping!
Maizy growled at me when I woke her up last night. But I HAD to go outside to make sure that CAT was gone. She doesn’t appreciate my hard work sometimes.