There is no doubt that gluten-free foods are more expensive than their gluten-filled counterparts. If you’ve been gluten-free for more than a week, you are well aware of that.
How can you save money on gluten-free foods?
1. Eat Naturally Gluten-Free Foods
This may not be the answer you want to hear, but I’m putting it first because it’s the easiest, healthiest, and often most frugal way to eat gluten free.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store for things like fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat, as well as eggs, milk and cheese (if you can eat those).
Rice and beans are a classic frugal combination. I recommend rinsing dry or canned beans before eating them.
2. Shop Around
There are many stores carrying gluten-free products. My son’s favorite cereal can vary as much as $2 per box depending on the store.
My experience is that independent health food stores tend to be pricey, but they might carry items you can’t find elsewhere.
Chain health food stores such as Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Mom’s Organic Market tend to have the best prices.
Most regular chain grocery stores carry some gluten-free specialty foods, but prices can vary. They do sometimes put items on sale.
There are a variety of places where you can buy gluten-free foods online. Even with shipping, it can be cheaper than buying at a store, but you need to compare prices and always include the cost of shipping.
Amazon had good deals on gluten-free food, especially if you use Subscribe & Save where available. Remember, you can always change when the next delivery will be.
Check manufacturer web sites for coupons they may offer.
Janelle from Gluten Freely Frugal has a list of coupons available right now.
Attending gluten-free or celiac events and vendor fairs can often mean that you come home with product samples. It usually costs to get into big events, but if the cost is low and the number of vendors attending is high, then you will likely come home with more product than you paid for.
Take time to talk with the vendors and let them know you have difficulty affording gluten-free products. They need to hear from us on that issue, and they might give you extra samples or coupons.
How do you save money on gluten-free foods?