6 Ways to Eat Gluten Free on a Budget

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6 Ways to Eat Gluten Free on a Budget

6 ways to eat gluten free on a budget

If you’ve switched to a gluten free diet recently, you may think your money saving days for groceries are over. But, there are ways to cut costs while maintaining this diet. Many of the techniques used to save money on traditional groceries can be applied to gluten free eating too.

Order naturally gluten free items when eating out

Thankfully, many restaurants and cafés are aware of the needs of people with gluten allergies and are offering gluten free options. But ordering a gluten free pizza, hamburger buns, or gluten free pasta also comes with a heavy surcharge. Instead, opt for items that are naturally gluten free like grilled fish or chicken. You can request to see a list of their gluten free items to make a selection. If you have celiac disease make sure to let your server know this when ordering, even if you’re opting for a gluten-free item so that they can make sure none of the sauces or other components contain gluten.

Cook and Bake

The more you cook and bake yourself the more money you can save on food. Buying prepared, packaged convenience foods can eat into your food budget in a big way. Many items can be baked and frozen ahead of time and then thawed as needed. If you’re uncomfortable doing this, consider looking for a gluten free baking class nearby. It’s an investment that can really pay off over time – and is probably a lot cheaper than having several failed attempts at gluten free baking.

Buy online

Online shopping can save you money – big time.  Sites such as Gluten Free Saver, Amazon Grocery, Gluten Free Mall are all options to find the gluten free items you want at a discounted price. It also means you can shop from home and have the items delivered to you, so no need to run around to multiple stores looking for items. Time and money saved!

Cut Down on Breads in your diet

The best way to save money on gluten free baked items? Cut them out of your diet! The more foods you eat that are naturally gluten free, the lower your grocery bill. Buying and even making gluten free bread and baked goods make up a large part of a grocery budget. Try cutting out 1-2 items a week and think of them more as a treat than a staple.

Food Banks

Believe it or not, many food banks do end up with gluten free items. If your family eats gluten-free and is trying to reduce costs, but aren’t in need of full food assistance, contact your local food bank to see if they would consider adding you to a list to contact before the food is wasted. Many times these items are not selected and end up expiring before they are used.

Tax Deductions

Yes, believe it or not, if you have been diagnosed celiac disease and do itemized deductions on your taxes, you can take the cost of gluten-free food as a deducted medical expense. There are some guidelines you must follow, for example you can’t deduct the full cost of a loaf of gluten free bread, only the difference between the cost of a regular loaf of bread and the gluten free product. If you have to travel to a special store to buy gluten free items or have them mailed to you the transportation costs and postage can also be included as part of the deduction. The Celiac Disease Foundation has information available about how to do this, though you may also want to consult a tax professional about what types of documentation you need to keep.

Do you have other suggestions for how to save money while eating gluten-free?

 

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  • Make sure that if you order chicken at a restaurant (one of your suggestions) that it is gluten free, if it has been injected with broth, it may not be gluten free! This is true of store bought chicken also.

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  • Those are great tips. We look for not processed foods that are naturally gluten free and it saves a lot!

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  • I am going to have to look into this. My husband is thinking he has a gluten allergy and so I need to start researching more.

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  • It’s nice to have so many gluten free options now. We have many friends and family affected by gluten sensitivities

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  • Really good tips. Very helpful

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  • These are really great tips! Eating gluten free can be a challenge. It can also be expensive. These are great ways to counter both of those problems.

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  • Wow, I had no idea that you could write this off as a medical expense. I do know that you can on a mattress (random fact) sometimes. I think a whole article on unique tax deductions would be awesome!

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  • I didn’t realize the gluten-heavy products were taking such a big chunk out of my grocery bill. Maybe I really do need to explore the GF menu more.

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  • Similar to the suggestion about ordering naturally gluten-free items in restaurants, use similar products at home, too. I use corn tortillas, potatoes, rice, and other corn products rather than expensive (and usually inferior) bread and/or other bakery products. Also, try some paleo websites – they have a lot of alternatives to grains, also.

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  • Great site! And great tips…I had no idea about the tax write-off and what perfect timing :) Perhaps u and your readers might like to check out my budget savings tips

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  • Thanks for these great tips! My next step is to try preparing gluten free pizza crusts that I can freeze for doing up quick meals and mini pizza snacks… wish me luck!

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    • GREAT idea Danielle! If you find a great recipe please share!

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  • These are really great tips. I’m sure a lot of people struggle with the cost of eating a gluten free diet.

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  • I’ve heard some of this. btw thx

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  • Thanks for useful tips :)

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