So I maybe lacking in my “techy” skills, but I certainly make up for it in other ways. One of the skills I have “upgraded” on is my approach to GLUTEN FREE shopping.
You see, when I first had to start a GF diet (about 2 1/2 years ago), I was so overwhelmed with what to buy and how much it cost. At that time, the GF diet wasn’t really that widely known so brands and products were still a little scarce and overpriced. Heck, when we’d go back to New Zealand (where they have an ABUNDANCE of GF products), we’d stock up and pack our suitcases full just to save some money. I am pretty sure that the customs people thought we were food hoarders. haha!
The Hubs at the Auckland airport….GF products in tow….Anyway, I finally figured out the best ways to shop Gluten Free while on a budget. And thanks to Holly’s Grocery Shopping Challenge, I learned how to budget even more. Do I get a medal now? Jk!
The Thrifty GF Shopper Style
- Sign up for GF newsletters- they will send you new product reviews and coupons on a TON of brands. Some of the ones I receive are listed below.
- Scope out weekly specials at your Health Food Store
- Make a lot of your own flours.
- If you are not a highly allergic Celiac, you can buy raw nuts, grains (millet, brown rice quinoa, etc), in the bulk section then grind them in the food processor until they are close to a flour like consistency.
- If you are highly allergic, then stick to buying packaged GF oats, Brown rice, etc. Usually the grains in plastic packaging at cheaper than boxed.
- Be a TESTER before buying-
- I usually like to email and new GF company to see if they’ll let me try out their brand before I buy it. Most of the time they are pretty compassionate and gladly send samples. This is especially true for cereal, granolas, bars, etc.
- Also, Whole Foods will let you try it on the spot before you buy it. And they have a 100% refund policy if you are unsatisfied with it. This is true for most stores I think. Just have to ask.
- Make friends with your GF Café/Bakery/Farmers Market booths
- There are a couple GF bakeries around our area and lots of times I will go in and chat with the baker/owner. Get to know their story and why they live a GF lifestyle. Ask if they have any new products and what they might recommend. Usually they are thrilled at your interest and want you to come back so often they will give you a heads up on any specials, deals, etc.
- And lastly, EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES! Yes yes, the best way to get stay gluten free is to eat your fruits and veggies. Why? Because they are naturally gluten free and can help your gut stay healthy.
My Gluten Free Jalapeno Burger
Total Cost- $2.00
with lots of VEGGIES!!!
I give it a thumbs up!
Do you shop Gluten Free? Any other questions, tips, etc?