Living Gluten-Free Affordably - dummies

By Margaret Clough, Danna Korn

Part of Living Gluten-Free For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

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.