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Gluten-Free 101: Not Going Broke

How to Eat GF On a Budget

I have been gluten-free since 2010. When I first removed gluten from my diet there weren’t that many options for GF food on the store shelves, and I lived in a small town with little to no options as it was. I was one of those people that lost a good deal of weight when I stopped eating gluten. It wasn’t because I quit eating gluten, it was because I quit eating bread and pasta. There were no options for them. I lived on meat, cheese, rice, fruits, and vegetables.

When I quit eating gluten it wasn’t to lose weight, it was so that I could quit feeling sick all the time. It worked until I started having issues with dairy a couple years ago. Nonetheless, I learned some tricks over the years on how to save some money when it comes to being on a gluten-free diet. If you’ve ever shopped for GF foods you know they aren’t cheap. You pay five-times as much for a loaf of decent GF bread than you do for a normal loaf of bread. I still eat plenty of bread, and I’m particular to the brand I’ll eat, but I find ways to save in other areas so I can still have that luxury.


Check Out The Farmer’s Market

If you really want to save money, hit up the farmer’s market every chance you get. You’ll find more than just fruits and vegetables, but you’ll also find the best prices on produce. No store can compete with the deals at the farmer’s market, especially when it comes to freshness.

Some other awesome things you can find deals on at the farmer’s market include GF bakery items, farm fresh eggs, farm fresh meat, locally-sourced honey and maple syrup, and even fresh flowers (because you want your kitchen and dining area to look beautiful too).

Shop around.

If you want to save money on GF foods, you’re going to need to go to more than one place to buy them. While there are some great health food stores out there, you can find some awesome deals at normal grocery stores and even big box stores. Keep your options open. Stroll through the stores in your area and keep in mind the GF products they sell and the prices they sell them for. Make a list if you need to.

Look in unlikely places. I was surprised when I found a good deal of GF options at excellent prices at Big Lots. You never know what you’ll find if you don’t shop around and you assume your only options are health food stores.

Eat naturally GF.

What saved me the most money when I first went gluten-free was eating naturally GF. The problem is that many GF foods have added sugars to make them taste better, and they have way more calories. That’s why people that claim a gluten-free diet will help you lose weight are a little off-base. The only way that happens is if you cut out the pasta and bread.

Eat more fruits and vegetables, fresh ones. They are naturally GF. Not all meat options are GF, but the fresher and less processed the meat is, the better your chances. If you’re buying fresh foods and not stocking up on processed GF, foods you’re already going to be saving a great deal of money.

Learn to bake from scratch.

If you’re baking from scratch, you have the ability to know what exactly is in the food you make. You have control over how much sugar is in it, how many servings it makes, and you can easily learn to bake and cook GF. There are a plethora of GF recipes for free online.

Stock your pantry with some of the staples of GF baking, like all-purpose GF flour, almond flour and almond extract (great for flavoring), Xanthan gum (for thickening), vanilla extract (for flavoring), coconut powder, rice milk, and raw cacao powder. These are just a few of the things you’ll want on hand. When you’re stocked up you spend less one alternative trips to the store. Make sure to store everything properly so it stays fresher longer.

Check out the farmer’s market.

If you really want to save money, hit up the farmer’s market every chance you get. You’ll find more than just fruits and vegetables, but you’ll also find the best prices on produce. No store can compete with the deals at the farmer’s market, especially when it comes to freshness.

Some other awesome things you can find deals on at the farmer’s market include GF bakery items, farm fresh eggs, farm fresh meat, locally-sourced honey and maple syrup, and even fresh flowers (because you want your kitchen and dining area to look beautiful, too).

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