Eating Gluten-Free On a Budget: Four Ways to Make it More Affordable

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Gluten-free diets aren’t just a fad. For some people, like those with Celiac Disease, going gluten-free is an absolute necessity. While the market offers many more options these days for people avoiding gluten, many options are overly expensive.

Those with gluten allergies should certainly place their health first, however, there are some ways to stay on budget, too. Here are some shopping tips to help you save money on a gluten-free diet.

1. Make your own food.

It sounds obvious, but eating out not only tends to be more expensive, it’s also often the less healthy option. Not sure what to make? These days, there are countless cookbooks and cooking blogs that are focused entirely on eating gluten-free. Some pre-made meal kits even offer gluten-free options, too.

2. Buy foods in bulk.

The bulk bins might just be your new BFF. It’s common to find superior deals when shopping for ingredients that aren’t pre-packaged. Many stores, including Sprouts and Whole Foods, have many foods you can purchase based on weight.

Additionally, if you find a deal on a pre-packaged, gluten-free food you like, go ahead and stock up. You should, however, be sure you can safely store your bulk buys for as long as it may be necessary. The last thing you want is food going bad before you can eat it.

3. Look for coupons.

Yes, friends, there are sometimes coupons out there for gluten-free products. Your best bet is to check your favorite manufacturers’ websites. Though with gluten-free products becoming more common, you may even find coupons available through more mainstream sources. It never hurts to check your favorite couponing apps and newspaper inserts.

4. Purchase naturally gluten-free foods.

While many processed foods may contain gluten, there are a lot of single ingredients that don’t. In other words, it doesn’t have to be difficult to avoid gluten. Often, it’s as easy as avoiding pre-packaged, processed snacks and meals.

Buying fresh produce, meat and poultry will ensure you avoid potential additives that might contain gluten.

There are many alternative flours you can bake with as well, including those made of almond, buckwheat, millet, and more. Amaranth, brown rice, coconut, and chickpea-derived flours are also available in some markets. Cornmeal and corn flour are also gluten-free options.

If you want to know what other foods are naturally gluten-free, check out the Celiac Disease Foundation website. There’s a wealth of information available when it comes to finding foods that are safe for a gluten-free diet.