With all the budget talk in the news right now you might have the high cost of gluten-free eating and shopping even more on the brain. Newbies to the cost of eating gluten-free might be shocked at the prices of their old favorites, such as pasta, bread, cookies or crackers as they stand in the gluten-free section of their local store.
According to the NCBI, "Overall, every gluten-free product was more expensive than their wheat-based counterpart. Bread and pasta was twice as expensive as their wheat-based counterparts. Cost was affected more by shopping venue than geographic location."
So what’s someone on a budget, and who aren’t these days, supposed to do? A great tip, try to have a variety of gluten-free flour mixes on hand at home so that you can make mixtures ahead of time so that when you want your favorite breads, cookies, pancakes, or pizza crust you’ll be good to go. It’s not only cost-effective, but also much more convenient.
Buying in bulk will help you to always have what you want without breaking the bank. Amazon.com has a lot of different brands in bulk such as Bob’s Red Mill flours among others. For families especially, making pie crusts or pizza ahead of time is not only economical, but a real time saver for ever busy moms and dads, and is much easier than you’d imagine.
This seems obvious, but use coupons as much as possible. BeFreeForMe.com is a website that has both samples and coupons available. You can also look for them on the home sites of your favorite manufacturers.
Udi’s Gluten Free is one that almost always has coupons available. So always check before going out shopping, using these tips together will help you and your families eat what you want without going broke.