YOUR Gluten-Free Money Saving Tips

For more ideas on how to save money on a gluten-free diet, you can check out the article I wrote for Simply Frugal.

You guys gave so many great tips on how to save money on a gluten-free diet, I’ve decided to include them in this post, so you can all read them. So, without further ado, here are YOUR Gluten-Free Money Saving Tips:

elude411 said…Thanks Baking Beauties, I have tried some of the recipes you posted & it has turned out great. I have saved money by emailing the companies of products I use for coupons & most of sent it to me plus I am always on the look out for sales!

Heather Brandt said…
I save by making things from scratch instead of buying gluten free mixes or convenience foods.

Sara Workman said…
I save money by purchasing things that are on sale or purchasing items that have coupons. I also eat a lot that is naturally gluten free! :)

Sarah DJ said…
I save by mostly sticking to naturally gluten-free products, and focus on filling up with whole foods instead of baked goods. But for those occasional rolls and cakes I get a hankering for, I have many of the various flours on hand to use.

Barbara said…
I go “red dot” shopping at my local health food store. They mark items being clearanced at 50% off with a red dot that really stands out on the packaging. Except for a few “gotta-have” items, I don’t buy any processed gluten-free foods unless they are on sale. Also I have found that every store I shop in has a table or display of items that are damaged or being clearanced for one reason or another (near expiration, change in packaging, etc.) If I have a coupon for an on-sale item, bonus!

Johnna said…
I save money eating gluten-free by baking at home (pre-made products are SO expensive!) and eating naturally gluten-free foods.

Anonymous said…
I save money by buying whole gluten free grains and using my grain mill. I also make my own gluten free flour mixes.
Loyda
Texas

As Good As Gluten said…
I cook from scratch and try to eat foods that are naturally gluten-free. I also love finding and preparing flourless recipes for foods that normally require flour.

Donna said…
I do my own baking and mix my own flour blend. I shop at the asian market for most of my flours, much cheaper than regular store.

sherri said…
I look for sale prices in my supermarket flyers and then try to match up coupons with those offers. I also buy in bulk when I see a really good price and stock my pantry or freezer. I follow a gluten, dairy and sugar-free diet and I prepare all of my meals at home. I have saved a lot of money searching for sales, using coupons and eating at home. I find bargain hunting fun, especially when it fits my dietary needs!

JudyR…
I save money by cooking/baking from scratch. Pre-packaged gluten free is so expensive.

Beaner said…
I’ve asked a lot of questions and talked to a lot of people who’ve been gluten free for a while and with their advice I try to use naturally gluten free foods that are found in the common grocery store. And lots more baking from scratch!

Tress said…
Thanks for you honest review of the cookbook. I so appreciate the honesty. :)
I save money by making everything from scratch, buying from wholesale co-ops and buying bulk.

Michael said…
I buy my gf baking supplies in bulk! And everything is made from scratch.

Anonymous said…
I try to save money while eating gf by looking for coupons. Many of the blogs have links for coupons.

Sarah said…
I eat as much produce as possible and shop often so I get good sales!

Julie Hoffman said…
I plan my meals around foods that are naturally gluten free, rice, veggies, lean meats, etc. I do buy some GF products like pasta and bread but don’t have them as frequently.

Denise said…
We are a house of 5 adults, 4 are gluten free. We buy in bulk at United Grocers Cash and Carry ( the produce is consistently very fresh) , we buy lots of coconut milk, vegetables, spices and white rice noodles at the Asian markets. But the biggest savings is doing home canning from produce we pick ourselves in the summer and fall.
Last year I canned about 250 jars in all and this year we hope to add canned meats. We get jars at thrift stores and yard sales and buy lids on sale and watch mark down bins in the winter.

Theresa P. said…
I use almond flour a lot in my baking. so, i buy whole raw almonds and grind them up myself. and do the same if using millet and/or quinoa etc. it helps. I buy all of these items in bulk at the natural foods store near me. Thanks for the opportunity. Theresa P.

Anonymous said…
I just found your site and I love it! My favorite place for recipes is the internet, but cookbooks are great, too. I have lots of different flours in my pantry and like to try new recipes. I save money by making my own mixes.

Smith Family said…
Great giveaway! I save money buy buying flours like cornstarch, tapioca starch, rice flour, etc. at Asian markets. I can usually get a bag of tapioca starch for 80 cents!

SLColman said…
Awesome giveaway :) I save money while eating gluten free by buy in bulk as much as possible. It really is more cost effective if you have the space!

Daffodilicious said…
I save by just doing without all the delicious treats most of the time and sticking with naturally gluten free foods. My local Walmart HAS begun to stock Pamela’s cookies recently though, so my belt is getting a little wider :D

kpage16 said…
To save money, I don’t buy a lot of processed foods. I stick to basics mostly–fresh meat, veggies, fruit, rice, potatoes, etc. The fridge has a few processed goodies–ketchup, hemp milk, Earth Balance soy-free spread–for extra taste. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and buying basic foods makes me feel healthy too.

Holtnotes said…
I use my coupons – bake and freeze to help save money. I also go to the local farmer’s market and farm stands to buy as much fresh produce as possible. It is so much cheaper than the grocery stores and much tastier too. I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen and really am not in need of the cookbook. Let me know if I win – but please pick another winner. I am weeding out at the moment and I am sure there is someone much more deserving out there right now.

Anonymous said…
I bake everything from scratch, except pasta, and buy flour in large bags, although that requires extra fridge or freezer space.

Marla said…
I’ve only been diagnosed celiac for about a year, but I find all the pre packaged products way too expensive for my blood.
What I do is buy mostly fruits, vetetables, and meat from the supermarket (along with other essentials: beans, rice crackers, maybe indulge in some 50% off cheese). Recently, I found out that Bulk Barn is amazing for gluten free products, so I’ve been testing out their mixes and bulk rice pasta. (I’ve gotta say, I like your recipe for pizza crust way better than their mix! But their mix still passes the taste test)
I keep all of my gluten free food in an old china cabinet separate from everything else. When I find that I’ve bought too much of one thing, I know not to buy any more of it because I can easily see everything.
Sorry I’m so long winded! I just love food and sharing ideas :)
Marla

alli said…
We save money by eating foods in their purest state- without a whole lot of processed packaged stuff. Everyone learned how to cook at an early age and learned nutrition and health basics. We eat whole grains like quinoa for breakfast and make lots of different salads that we take along for lunch with proteins greens and hearty veggies like sweet potatoes, red potatoes, or butternut squash. We make roasted seed trail mix with seeds we buy in bulk and mix with pure GF choco chips, GF cereals, and dried fruit like raisins or apricots. We also love our VIta Mix – expensive yes, but we use it like crazy for making fresh fruit “ice-creams” with just frozen fruits ( or we freeze fresh fruit that we buy on sale and chop up to freeze…) , water and a little sweetener like stevia and a drop of vanilla extract. Fantastic! We are also a family that does a lot of meatless dinner meals and we love crock pot chili, bean stews, and lentil dal that we make.
Hope our tips help.. thanks!

angie said…
We bake from scratch, and avoid prepackaged, processed food. We use lots of fruits and vegetables, brown rice, buy gluten free staples in bulk (amazon grocery for pasta!) and stick with things that are naturally gluten free. I am always looking for more tips and ideas to save money cooking gluten free for a family of six!

Anonymous said…
I would love to be included in this giveaway as I am interested in learning to save money in my grocery budget now that I am GF.
Colleen

Sooz said…
I have saved money eating gluten free by skipping most of the baked goods I previously lived on. I have used fruit and vegetables more than at any other time in my life. I would love to decode the gluten free baking process, and learn how to cook better gluten free.

laurie said… I save money by baking from scratch and trying to stick to fresh whole foods.

JustStormy said…
I save money by reading reviews of GF things and doing research. Most people are spot on and I save the hassle of purchasing something that I will only throw out because my son refuses to eat it.
Oh, I also buy a lot of GF stuff off of Amazon in the recurring purchase program. You save money by signing up for that.

Abbie said…
I save money by making as much from scratch as possible. I read a lot of recipes and reviews to try to ensure success with each new recipe. I hate throwing away food!

Brenda said…
We don’t do alot of baking. I cook our meals from scratch and try do avoid copying all of the “Used to’s” We make things like pancakes and granola bars, but not alot else…

Kati said…
Lets see, how have I saved money while eating gluten free? Well, going gluten free accompanied thousands of dollars of bills from naturopaths to get my health back into balance after being diagnosed with Celiac’s when I was 20. At age 22 I moved back in my parents because the cost of eating well, paying off these bills, and finishing my studies with a holistic health college were way too high for me afford. I save money by doing 99% of my own cooking and baking, mostly in large batches and freezing individual servings. I also choose to work at a restaurant that has many gluten-free options. I garden (weather permitting up here in Oregon) and shop local. If I do purchase pre-made gluten free food, i compare prices and will by a larger quantity if it saves me money in the long run. I would love to win this cookbook since I usually rent any cookbooks i use from the library or look online at blogs such as yours for inspiration and recipes. Thanks -Kati

Betsy said…
I grind my own gf flours and cook only from scratch.

Kathleen said…Veggies and fruits from farmers markets, meats from local butchers. Prepping big batches for freezing for later use.

Anonymous said…
I shop at asian markets for flours and make almost all my food from scratch

andrea said…
I would love to try this cookbook! I try to save money on gluten free by shopping at costco, i have found some great gluten free deals there, on quinoa, mary’s crackers, kozy shack rice pudding, happy planet soups, and many more. Famous Foods in Vancouver has an excellent array of flours, beans, and legumes!
Andrea

http://glutenfree-vancouver.blogspot.com

Bryn Simmons said…
To save money, I try to buy in bulk. I’m surprised at how much of a difference it makes. Plus, it’s always nice to know I have ingredients available and don’t need to run to the store every time I want to cook!

Emily Saba said…
To save money, I try and make things from scratch instead of buying packaged/processed stuff. I also use Amazon’s subscribe and save program.

Lissa (mom to 3 GF kids under 3) said…
I’ve been mixing the GF store brand “Rice Pockets” with the more expensive flavored Chex for a less-sugary, FAR cheaper breakfast cereal for my toddlers. Of course, we are only 3 weeks in (and my toddlers and husband all eat like toddlers) so any tips on saving money would be most appreciated.

Kelly said…
In the month since i was diagnosed w/celiacs, my grocery costs have ballooned to nearly double. I love to bake and cook, so making his from scratch is awesome to me, plus then i really know what’s in something i’m eating.

Beth said…
I try not to buy any GF packaged products, other than cereal and sometimes bread – that saves a lot of money! For the most part I make my own GF goods, so cookbooks like this would be great.

LindaS said…
I save money by growing my own vegetables, sale shopping, baking my own GF breads and pizzas and finding excellent recipes online! :)

kim said…
At least 2 meals a week are vegetarian AND gluten free. We make all our meals at home and pack lunches and coffee to go.

Secret said…
I always check the marked down rack first. You can get decent produce there, especially if you’re lucky and they’ve just put it out. Also, great place to find brown bananas for banana bread!!

Sandy said…
I try to save money while being gluten free by being especially careful to read and analyze recipes before trying them, so I don’t “waste” ingredients on something no-one will like. I also use coupons as much as possible.

Rachel said…
I am HUGE when it comes to coupons but I hardly ever find them for gluten free items. Our grocery budget is very tiny so I normally end up giving up and eating things that make me sick because it is cheaper.

Kristin said…
I use coupons and stock up when my favorite items go on sale!

CaryAnn said…
I’m new to gluten free, and while I know my way around the kitchen, I honestly don’t know that much about different types of flours and what is good in what kind of recipe. I’m excited to learn.
I do, however, use coupons when shopping and match them up with sales for my food storage. Hopefully I can do this with GF foods too!

I save money by eating primarily fruits, fish and vegetables. Saves on laxatives as well! Thank you, Nan S.

3 Responses to YOUR Gluten-Free Money Saving Tips

  1. Barb April 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I'm concerned about those of you buying flour at an Asian market. Gluten Free Living magazine did a big article in their winter issue that proved that those flours contained gluten. It may be cheaper but you may also be hurting your gut even if you don't have symptoms from it. I bought a good coffee grinder and plan to make my own flours from gf grains. Be sure your packages are marked gluten free when you buy grains or flours.

  2. sewa mobil April 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Nice article, thanks for the information.

  3. Kim-Cook it Allergy Free April 14, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    Wow! Jeanine, thank you for including all of these tips here!! I am getting some awesome ideas! One way I am saving money right now is growing a lot of vegetables and greens in my garden. I feel so good when I can just go get my salad fixings from the garden!!
    Great post!

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