Three Ways To Save Money While Eating Gluten and Dairy Free
I don't know about you, but I didn't learn what was in our food until I discovered that I was intolerant to gluten and dairy. I wondered how after eating Taco Bell and Burger King for 26 years I could suddenly NOT tolerate any of it anymore. And as if that wasn't enough of a slap in the face, to go from paying $2 for a loaf of bread to spending close to $6 on good gluten free bread was painful!
It's no secret that going gluten free can be more expensive, and we have made adjustments to our spending in other areas to allow for better quality food. HOWEVER, there are definitely ways to save and I'm excited to share those with you!
In our home, we have 4 people with food sensitivities, but none of them are the same which makes meal planning and grocery shopping super tricky! I absolutely HATE having to go to 5 stores to get everything that we need. I don't use the word HATE ever but this time it fits.
If I were to buy everything we needed at the grocery store, we would be spending 25% extra each month on STAPLES. FOR REAL. I don't know what you're budget is, but 25% is a lot and I'd prefer not to spend it!
Okay... so enough on that. Over the last 7 years since changing our diet, here is what we do:
1. Shop at your discount grocery store. Ours happens to be Grocery Outlet. I buy everything that I can organic (it is SO much cheaper there and I can often find lots of frozen fruit and veggies, meats etc for super cheap). I then create meal plans based on what I found on sale that week.
2. Everything else that is on my shopping list I get at Natural Grocers. This takes a little bit more time since it requires making an extra trip, so I have opted to use Instacart, which is where you pay $3 for someone to pick up all your groceries for you and deliver them straight to your door! Seems hard to believe I know, but for me that is SO worth it for the time and gas mileage I save. SERIOUSLY I dare you to try it and tell me you don't like it!
3. Every other month or so, I stock up on dry staples through Thrive Market. I LOVE Thrive Market because most of their products are anywhere from 50 cents to $5.00 cheaper than our local market. This savings adds up really quickly! When you join Thrive Market, they in turn give a membership to a family who would otherwise not be able to afford healthy food. Also, When you refer a friend, you get $25 applied to your account! We have saved about $500 in the last two years. That may not seem like much but it all adds up over time, and when you're already spending more on food, every little bit of savings counts.
Going gluten and dairy free doesn't HAVE to hit you in the pocket book... What are some ways you save money while eating healthful food?
To your wellness,