6 Tips to Make Your Gluten Free Shop Cheaper
“Gluten free on a budget” is not easy!!! Everything seems more expensive but I want show you ways around it.
I will never understand the £5 supplement I regularly see on gluten free pizzas in restaurants and don’t get me started on the £3.50 loaves of bread. But, its not changing any time soon, so I thought I’d gather together a few tips to help get the cost down.
Some of these things may sound obvious but hopefully there might be a little tip in here for you, or just bits that a good to re-hear!
(1) How to make your gluten free bread and pasta cheaper
Use cheaper bread for toast or breadcrumbs. Love this tip!! Lots of you said you buy different breads for different things to bring the price down. Genius!
Stockpile bread when its reduced and freeze it. I think it holds together better when cooked from frozen anyway!
Replace them. Gluten free bread and pasta will always be more expensive so can you swap it for a naturally gluten free, cheaper alternative e.g. potatoes or rice? Just occasionally maybe?
Buy your rice in bulk.
- 10kg of Tilda comes in at £2.30/kg whereas the small bags are £4.75/kg!!!!
- Don’t forget to check the rice in the world food aisle – Kohinoor 10kg bag comes in at £1.75/kg.
Stop buying ready-meals. Batch cook instead. An obvious one but easy to not do. Bolognese is always a good one.
Make your expensive pasta last a little longer. I like to pack mine out (mainly to get extra veggies in but it does bring the cost down too!). You could use courgetti/boodles or my current fave is to chunks of aubergine for the fibre hit – I don’t miss the extra pasta because it fills me up so much!!
Make your own bread. Brave option! Up to the challenge?
(2) How to make the rest of it cheaper
Grab yellow sticker bargains when you see them – aka price reductions when something is coming close to is best before date. Ask your supermarket if there is a common time/day they do it. Bread is always a fab one because you can just shove it in the freezer as soon as you’re home and it’ll keep for ages.
Don’t share your gf food with others in the house. Controversial one because of the cross contamination risk but I know lots of you do this. For example, we get through a lot of wraps! It would be really expensive if Charlie ate mine so he always has “normal ones”. And with something like this, there isn’t too many crumbs anyway!!
Don’t buy stuff just because its in the free from aisle. Ok, I’ve fell foul to this one. Shortly after my diagnosis, I bought a celebration cake. It wasn’t anyones birthdays, I just felt I needed it. Its something I’d never have done before my diagnosis- so why do it now!! I’ve got a whole blog post about “stuff you don’t need in the free from aisle” to help here too!
Bake your own snacks & treats where possible. Unless you’re queen/king of the baking fails (which I’m sure none of you are!!!!), making at home is almost always cheaper.
Can you change other bits in your trolley? Maybe you can’t save on the free from stuff but how about looking at the rest of your trolley and swapping away from the big brands? Channelling my inner “Eat Well for Less” here!! 4 tins of Asdas own are £1 vs Heinz £2.50.
Did you know, in some places you can get bread and flour on prescription!??! There have been a lot of changes to prescription policies for coeliacs recently but Coeliac UK has loads of info on their website. Check here. They’ve even got a map of regions that are eligible.
I’ve actually never lived in an eligible region, but you might be more lucky!!
(4) Register for Starter Boxes
Some gluten free brands offer “starter boxes” FOR FREE. By simply signing up, they will send you a box of goodies to try!
- If you’re eligible for prescriptions, you can get a starter box.
- If you’re not eligible, you can still get a free loaf of bread to try!
- Either call them or email (details on on their website here).
- Please note, their bread contains milk.
- Glutafin (sister company of Schar) – if you’re eligble for prescriptions, you can get a taster box. You can sign up via their website or call them!
Here’s pics of what you’d likely receive:
What they do: “We specialise in surplus and short-dated stock, food that is either near or just passed its ‘best before’ date – allowing us to pass on huge savings to our customers.” It safe!!!! It looks at the “best before” date (more of a taste/look type thing), not “use before” (safety).
There’s tons of gf products on there – from cereals to nut butters. I found some dairy free milk and gluten free pasta, both down from £2.99 to 0.99. Well worth checking it out!! Here’s their website.
(6) Coeliac UKs £40 meal plan
Found this little gem on Coeliac UK’s website. Its a 7 day meal plan, based on two adults, with a weekly food budget of £40 (and its nutritionally balanced).
The booklet also has a ton of tips for how to save money too. Well worth a read!
Click here to download it!
2 HELPFUL POSTS to get the cost down
Price Comparison of GF Weekly Staples (bread, pasta, cereal flour etc at various supermarkets). Written Sept 2020
Stuff you don’t need in the free from aisle – the free from aisle is expensive but there’s lots of bits you don’t actually need there. Find out what I’m on about here!
Hope this has been useful! If you’ve got any other tips I should add, please shout!!