Does anyone know how to save money on gluten free foods?

Tamyra - posted on 06/12/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am trying my 2 year old on a gluten free diet, but the foods are so high. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

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Dora - posted on 06/14/2012

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We started the diet about a yr. and a half ago and I was in the same position as you are now. I was spending so much. I do not know where you are located but if you have an Aldi, Big Lots or Kroger in the area, that is where I do good. The Aldi and Big Lots have the biggest savings. You can go on the Kroger site or call them and they will give you a list of all the Kroger Brand that is GF!!! This helps a ton. You can also go to www.stockpilingmoms.com and they send emails and some coupons are on their site as well. There are other places that offer coupons to. Udi's has printable coupons. Good luck. Very much worth the effort. Oh yes, there are also easy recipes out there that require no flour to make. Flourless cookies, they do have peanut butter so as long as there is no peanut issue this would be fine. There is also a good recipe for a Flourless walnut cake. I made it and used pecan meal instead of walnut so it is interchangeable with other nut meals....again...as long as there is no nut allergy.

Annie - posted on 06/28/2012

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My son has been on a GF diet for 10 years now. I had never heard the tip to use the corn starch to make Bob's Red Mill stretch before. I will HAVE to try it!

Another thing that my kids like is this....take chicken strips, dip in egg, dip in crushed up corn flakes and either fry or bake.

I second the idea of going to Trader Joe's for GF bread if you have one nearby. Their bread is AWESOME and my son tells me that it tastes the closest to "normal" bread.

As far as pastas, my son says that Quinoa pasta is the closest tasting GF pasta to wheat. We don't buy it very often because it is soooo expensive!

CelloMom - posted on 06/24/2012

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Trader Joe's has GF bread and own-brand pasta (rice based) that's pretty good, and less expensive than elsewhere. My branch has occasional GF tours around the store.

Making from scratch is always cheapest. And you get total control of the other ingredients as well. In the case of bread, there is no gluten, so no kneading! you just stir the ingredients, tip in the bread pan, and off you go. Making cream of X soups is a cinch: I never get clumps with corn starch.

Also, I've found going GF is a straightforward way to cut down on the cookies and other sugar-rich stuff. We load up on fruits now, not a bad switch. (Of course, ice cream and chocolate are still on the menu, thank goodness: you got to live).

Jeanette - posted on 06/24/2012

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I would add that you should learn to cook from scratch. For example, you can coat chicken slices in corn starch and fry them in ~ 1/2 an inch of oil to make good chicken nuggets. If you want to get fancy, season the corn starch with various herbs and spices such as garlic salt. They won't be shaped like dinosaurs, but they are probably healthier and just as tasty (if not more so). Other gluten free possibilities to cook from scratch would be fudge for dessert, and breads. I use a combination of half corn starch and half Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour. The corn starch is not very nutritious, but it makes the gluten free flour last longer.

In addition, I second the suggestion to cook Asian dishes, there are plenty of good recipes out there that are easy to make.

Maegan - posted on 07/01/2012

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After learning our daughter was allergic to gluten four years ago, my husband and I were overwhelmed by the grocery store prices of trying to replace the bread/pasta/dessert/waffles with gf products. We have our staples be buy from trader joes and kroger, but we also learned to substitute alot of things with vegetables and fruits. When we cook spaghetti we use spaghetti squash for our noodles. Another thing we do is take a large zucchini and slice it for lasagna noodles or grill two large slices to use as your hamburger bun. Using vegetables really saves us money but we save even more now that we found a local farm to buy from. For example they sell us zucchinis for 50 cents. They also provide berry picking and many other veggies and fruits. The kids love to go berry picking and they are excited to learn where all this comes from, so alot more fun to go there then the grocery store and now that we pick up fruit from there, they choose that as the snack of choice, so no more trying to find gluten free things at the grocery store for them to snack on. If we are craving other things I use http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com/ for ideas and ordered the cookbook off amazon for a good price. And I just found a new website, http://www.glutenfreesaver.com/, a daily deal website for gluten free products. Hope this helps!

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Tamyra - posted on 06/24/2012

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Thank you for your suggestions. I have replaced a few items already and she has said 5 new words this week alone.

Annie - posted on 06/15/2012

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a. Look at feeding your family foods that are naturally gluten free. (Potatoes vs Pasta or Rice Chex vs Multigrain Chex.)

b. Look at stores which discount gluten free foods. An example of this is shopping at an Indian store or Chinese store. Asian stores/people tend to have rice-based or bean-based products as a main staple of their diets.

c. Look for recipes from the Asian part of the world because of b.

d. Write the manufacturers and ask for coupons. I ended up with a bunch of coupons from Lundberg foods with no expiration date by doing this.

Things are much easier today then they were 10 years ago and my son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. At least there ARE gluten free products that are mainstream now.

Tamyra - posted on 06/14/2012

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Thank you so much Dora for the Information. We do have an Aldi and a Big Lots. I will also look into the site you mentioned.

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