If you’ve switched to eating gluten free you’ve probably discovered that trying to eat like you did before is EXPENSIVE. Processed gluten free foods cost at least twice, if not three to five times the cost of their gluten laden counterparts. Whether you’ve got someone in your family with Celiac Disease or you’re just avoiding gluten for the sake of your health, you don’t need to spend three times the food budget to eat well! Here are my favorite tips on how to do your gluten free cooking on a budget.
Note: Some links in the post are affiliate links. That means I could earn a commission if you purchase something through that link. As always, all opinions are my own. With a child with Celiac Disease I know the burden that gluten free cooking can have on a family and I hope you’ll appreciate these tips!
You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat gluten free!
“But how”, you might ask. It’s not that complicated but it probably takes a bit more effort than you might have been putting into meal planning before.
1. Plan Ahead
- Check your local grocer’s sales fliers.
- Plan menus around the sales.
- Use up all your ingredients. If you need half an onion for Monday, find another recipe that can use the other half for Tuesday.
- Write down your meal plan and stick to it! Use a meal planner.
2. Use a Meal Planning Guide
Don’t recreate the wheel! Why spend 2 hours creating a meal plan when others have gone before you and shared their wisdom?
Erin from 5 Dollar Dinners is famous for her meal plans and amazing ability to feed a family without breaking the bank. In her ebook 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals she’s really done us a favor when it comes to saving time and money.
“It’s not that complicated and I’ll show you how to eat gluten free for the next 31 days with my ebook — all for less than half the price of a bag of gluten free flour. I’ll give you 39 recipes that are gluten-free and that I’ve managed to make for less than $5 per meal.
Total, for all the food. (For a family of 4.)
In this e-cookbook, you’ll get…
- all of my wisdom on eating gluten-free on a budget
- 39 drool-worthy recipes
- tips and advice for eating gluten free on-the-go, as well as encouragement for dealing with ‘difficult’ family members or friends who don’t understand you’re diet restrictions
- AND, I’m also going to toss in a few FREEBIES ~ a plan for a month’s worth of gluten-free meals, along with other free meal planning printables.”
And then there is this masterpiece. 21 meals from Costco for $162. For a family of 4. That’s amazing. And they look delicious. Just to be clear, it’s Costco so this is actually 11 recipes. 10 are repeated because there is so much food you need to repeat. You know, buying in bulk! Click here to view more details.
3. Avoid processed foods
Buying a box of $5 crackers will drain your food budget in no time. Shop around the outside of a grocery store. Buy those naturally healthy and gluten free fruits, vegetables and meats. Of course, there are some processed foods most people don’t want to do without. Pasta, for example. My secret is to buy under a subscription through Amazon. It’s still excruciatingly expensive but you get a bit of a discount, can buy products not always found in your local grocery store, and you get them delivered to your house. We love the Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti, in case you’re looking for a good spaghetti.