Living Gluten-Free Affordably
Gluten-free products are more expensive than foods that contain gluten among their ingredients. Here are some tips to help you eat gluten-free without breaking the budget:
Don’t shop when you’re hungry because you’re more likely to make impulse buys.
Make a list before you go shopping and stick to it. Having a list will keep you focused on what you need and help you avoid impulse buys.
Don’t take your kids shopping if you can avoid it. You’re much more likely to make impulse buys if you have children in tow.
Check catalogues and keep an eye out for specials. Buy a few packets when items are on special.
Scale back on commercial foods such as ready-made gluten-free bread, pizzas, biscuits and cakes. Find some quick and easy recipes and do your own baking — it tastes much better and is cheaper. Bake a double batch and freeze some for later (but hide them well!)
If you do a lot of baking, buy your ingredients in bulk and store in large plastic tubs.
If you don’t have time to make your own gluten-free goodies from scratch, use gluten-free mixes. They can be expensive, but are still cheaper than buying ready-made baked goods.
Compare goods by weight and percentage. Some items are a much better deal than others, especially canned goods.
Buy generic goods. Many generic items are gluten-free.
Brush up on your label reading skills so you can confidently purchase products that are gluten-free by ingredient.
Save money by buying naturally gluten-free and package-free foods, such as fruit and vegetables, unprocessed meats, milk and eggs. These foods are what your diet should be based on anyway.