Gluten Free on a Budget

5 Apr

Gluten Free on a Budget

It’s easy to look at the cost of gluten free bread and instantly assume that you can’t afford to eat gluten free. Many individuals with Celiac Disease and allergies take unneeded risks instead of starting with a good gluten free budget.

 

The most important part of food budgeting is to follow the 3 P’s: Plan, Purchase & Prepare Food.

 

Plan: 

 

Sit down once a week  (schedule in a specific day) & make a meal plan. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Don’t forget snacks.

 

Use sales ads, what you already have in the fridge, freezers and cupboards and complement what you have with additions. Using up what you have keeps food fresh & spoilage low.

 

Purchasing:

 

Invest in appliances that save money, but only ones you will use:

  • popcorn popper (cheap snack)
  • crockpot (pre cook meals to heat up later)
  • bread maker (sometimes cheaper then buying bread)
  • blender (freeze close to date yogurt or ripe fruit and use up as smoothies)
  • hand mixer (make your own desserts and pastries)
  • toaster oven (crisp up close to date chips, crackers, pretzels and bread)

 

Stock up on sales items but don’t over do it

 

Buy in bulk

 

Buy seasonal produce and utilize smart fruit and veggie shopping:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet9SmartShopping.pdf

 

Use coupons (but don’t buy items you wouldn’t usually buy)

 

Don’t shop on an empty stomach

 

Use a shopping list

 

Operate on a Budget – Bring cash if you need to & what you save is what you’ve earned. Earnings can be put into savings or used to purchase special things, food or otherwise.

 

Prepare:

 

Cook from scratch & use leftovers to pack lunches & snacks for home or travel

Buy day olds and products close to dates and toast them up

Trade cooking days with family and friends

Put leftover days into meal plan

Use leftovers make fun leftover events with kids (potpourri burritos or silly pizza)

Pack lunches

Eat before you go out to eat

Use a shopping list

Budget budget budget

 

Reward yourself

 

Be sure to give yourself credit when you save money. It doesn’t have to cost money: a walk, bath, time for a walk…

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