How to Eat Gluten Free on a Budget

by Nancy Olson on August 4, 2011


Have You Noticed an Increase in Your


Grocery Bill Since Going Gluten Free?



How do you eat gluten free on a budget?

I have heard from many people that the cost of having to be gluten free is expensive due to the cost of specialty foods. This can be true if you are buying a lot of specialty items that are in the natural/health section of the grocery store.  Every store calls this sections something different but you know what section I am talking about it is where your buy the organic, gluten free, dairy free basically anyone on a special diet shops this section. I want to share some things that can keep will save you some money.

I have 5 suggestions that could help you cut the cost of gluten free groceries down without going hungry.

1) Cut back on the carbohydrates because they are expensive and usually high in calories and fats.

2) Find coupons for gluten free foods.

3) Make use of the gluten free items in the normal section of the grocery store. I give examples in my video.

4) Make your main meal gluten free with the naturally gluten free foods for the whole family.  This will not only save you money but clean up and headaches from making 2 meals for the family.

5) Become a promoter for a gluten free company.  I have chosen a company that all products are gluten free and I use them daily. By doing so you usually get your products at a better discount and you will be using them anyway and home based businesses have awesome tax benefits.

If you like saving money as much as I do you will implement these 5 tips to save the cash.  Lets not strain the pocket book due to foods.  I enjoy eating and have become very creative in my main meals and I am sure your family wouldn’t mind a change now and then also.

I would love to see you at my Facebook page or send me a tweet!

I would LOVE to hear how you save money shopping for gluten free, please leave it in the comments!

Best to you and your gluten free shopping!


The Celiac Warrior



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As the Founder and CEO of Thriving With Celiac, Nancy Olson is on a mission to educate, support and inspire those living a gluten free lifestyle. After many years of suffering and dealing with celiac disease day by day, Nancy has learned how to do more than simply survive. Through writing, speaking and coaching in the gluten free and healthy lifestyle areas, she now teaches everyone she comes in contact with how they too can begin thrivin’ rather than just survivin’.

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Sue Seward August 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

Awesome information Nancy! There are more and more products being offered now in grocery stores and the prices are really not that bad considering how much we’d have to pay to improve our health when we’re sick!

Thanks again for all the great tips!
Sue Seward
Gluten Free Lady
Austin, Texas


Kelly September 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I have toyed with the idea of going gluten-free, but never seriously considered it – one of the reasons being the perceived higher cost. If I could find ways to cut down on it that takes away some of my resistance, so thank you for this article.


admin September 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Kelly it may cost a bit more but to what? It really comes down to what your are use to eating. If you eat a Raw diet it gets costly, eating organic cost good money too, I think any special diet is a bit more costly. I feel the way I eat with the fruits and veggies I eat less as the fiber make you feel full so do I spend more in groceries would be hard to tell, I think it is very close to the same for me. I buy very little GF specialty foods, I eat more of a natural plan. Not much of anything out of a box or can. Most of my shopping is done on the outer edge of the store which consist of fruit, veggies, meat, some dairy. I wish you luck with your choice!


Carl Mason-Liebenberg September 14, 2011 at 5:38 am

Introducing my spouse and in-laws to a gluten free nutritional strategy. Here is South Africa, it is a particularly expensive proposition but nothing compared to the cost of realted health care concerns. Great post!


admin September 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

Carl that is right nothing compare to your health and the cost on that! Good luck! Blessings~


Dr. Daisy Sutherland September 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

Thanks for sharing this post…often folks think it’s more expensive to choose healthier alternatives..however the benefits are truly worth it:)


Marie September 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

Great tips. We are not gluten free, but we do tend toward the healthier alternatives these days. I have definitely found that going back to cooking from scratch is good for the budget–and the health. I’ve got a good friend with a celiac spouse and several children. I’ll be passing your site along as an additional resource for her.


wendy September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Nice info. I am 100% gf for 5 months now. I do not buy special products. Naturally gf only. Snacks and sweets always made me ill, now I know why. Lol. Tom Thumb has lots of gf product in their store name brand. Now if only fast food were gf. Lol. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. I have three teens whom I suspect need to be gf, we will find out next week hopefully. Im gonna have to pay better attention as they do like the sweets. Oh boy. Sprouts here I come. Lol.


admin September 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

Best of luck to you! Thanks for stopping by!


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