Saving Money on Gluten Free Products

by Marissa on September 23, 2013

Gluten is wreaking havoc on a lot of people’s diet these days.  Most people think that this is a new trendy diet, and while it’s not really a new ailment, but rather one that has been plaguing people for years. While most restaurants are starting to cater to these specific dietary restrictions, the costs of eating out can add up really quickly. And let’s face it, going to out to eat or paying a lot more to have to deal with a dietary restriction is not the answer. There are ways to save money while eatting healthy, trust me.

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What is Gluten?

Gluten  is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture. Gluten may also be found in some cosmetics, hair products, and other dermatological preparations.

As living a gluten free lifestyle becomes more common, we’re getting more options for gluten free products in grocery stores, and local markets. There are tons of recipes out there that even make eating vegetables look good.

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Saving Money on Gluten Free Products

1) Coupons

Yes, this is a given, but sometimes you have spell things out. There are tons of resources out there show coupons, making saving money on gluten free products that much easier.

2) Other food options

The great thing about having a gluten free diet is that it automatically makes you look at better food options. There are tons of food options that are naturally gluten free. Fruits, vegetables, and dairy are all safe for those with food sensitivities.

3) Newsletters

Newsletters? Yes, newsletters. Not only do these send you coupons for making saving money on gluten free products easier, but you also get recipe ideas, and practical ideas on how to deal with your gluten tolerance easily.

4) Amazon

Amazon offers the Save and Subscribe option which is perfect if you know that you’re going to be buying the same item over and over again. This also saves you from having to stockpile things if you don’t have the room ( not that stockpiling is a bad idea).

5) Meal Planning

Meal planning is one the best ways to save money. Having a set plan allows you to make buy items that are on sale (especially in bulk), or make your own bases, like gluten free flour. One of the best perks of being meal planning is being able to be creative with what you make.  I love sites like Simply Recipes for creative ideas.

 

 

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Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter September 26, 2013 at 1:12 am

I’d be prone to focusing on the things that are naturally gluten free. There is a surprising amount of gluten free food out there that isn’t made that way, by rather it’s grown that way. It’s better for your health, too. Making some yourself can be a good money saver, as well.

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EL @ MoneyWatch101 September 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Great ideas. I have used the amazon sub & save option before, it works well. Yes I have witnessed as well many gluten free menu options in many food places.

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lyle @ the Joy of Simple September 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hey Marrisa and thanks for an informative post :)

I am fortunate that I do not have any food allergies or insensitivity, but I do on occasion buy gluten free pasta when I’m looking to change things up a bit!

Also, that fist dish – is that chicken – looks so delicious :)

Take care and all the best.

Lyle

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Pretired Nick September 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

We tried going gluten-free for a few weeks this year. We actually did feel a lot better, but it was hard finding good stuff to eat. We found the amount of planning was massive. We may try it again, but we’ll be more prepared next time.

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Laurie @thefrugalfarmer October 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Gluten is an annoying problem for me; it makes me bloated and leaving me feeling lethargic and yucky! Usually though, cutting out flour helps me out tremendously. Thanks for the great tips!

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Clarrise @ Make Money Your Way October 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

After reading this post I immediately searched for foods that have gluten and one of them is oats!! Maybe I should stick with my fruits and vegetable diet.

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GetRichWithMe October 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

Here in the UK – products which are labelled as gluten free, always seem to sell at a premium to their gluten containing counterparts. Sad really that shops see peoples intolerance’s as a way to make extra money.

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Budget and the Beach October 22, 2013 at 2:39 am

I’ve been slowly trying to avoid eating gluten type products…but man it really can be expensive! I’m glad it’s more readily available now though. Maybe eventually the demand for such products will drive the cost down…hopefully not up!

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Justin October 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

It seem like everyone I know has a gluten allergy… my mother-in-law buys gluten free vodka :)

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Kevin Watts @ GraduatingFromDebt.com October 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Great idea! We tried to be gluten-free but its hard to find such food in our place.

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Grayson @ Debt Roundup November 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

My sister has had Celiac for years. She was one of the first to be diagnosed with it in the US. The selection of GF foods has blown up over the years compared to almost nothing when she had it. I would say it is due to the “diet fad” mentality of retailers. People were all about GF foods but many have needed them for years. I am glad to see that there is a good selection and hopefully the price will drop down.

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