Don't fret over breaking the bank to stay gluten-free. Although many premade meals, bread and snacks are expensive, there are lots of ways to save money and keep the folks at the dinner table happy.
Look for the sales
Make sure to check flyers, coupons and post-seasonal sales to stock up on items like beans, rice, gluten-free pasta and other canned or dried items.
Buy in bulk
As I've preached before, buying in bulk can oftentimes save you money. Buying bulk flours and other grains for baking is usually the best way to go so you are always prepared.
Make your own snacks
Pre-packaged gluten-free snacks can be pretty pricey, so making your ownsnacks, like kale chips, trail mix and even hummus, can really keep your budget on track.
Use more potatoes. These super-inexpensive little gems from the earth are way more versatile than many folks realize. They can turn into pasta, soup, bread and of course everyone's favorite, French fries.
Eat your vegetables
Cut back on your meat purchases and eat more healthy vegetables. You can stock up on frozen veggies when they are on sale or buy vegetables weekly at your grocery store or farmer's market for fresher meals.
Keep your pantry stocked
[See Gluten-free pantry 101]
Keeping things on hand keeps you from running out to the store every night looking for a gluten-free replacement, and spending more money than you'd prefer. Think ahead, and save money by having a well-stocked pantry.
Making meal plans for one or two weeks out can really help you cut down on extra costs. With a meal plan, you can buy exactly what you'll need for those meals, instead of guessing at the grocery. Unplanned grocery trips can end up becoming quite expensive.
Shop smarter, eat better, save money.
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