Inflation is going up and going to the grocery store is getting more and more expensive. It's also getting harder to save money on gluten free foods. Today I'm talking five ways you can save money now on gluten free food!
Have you ever done a google search on how to save money on gluten free foods? The top results on the page came back with expensive delivery meal services, subscription grocery services and finally some money saving tips!
Financial Help for Gluten Free Diets
Are you finding that inflation is just taking huge hits out of your paycheck and an already tight paycheck is just stretching even thinner? Before you even start to think about saving money, first see if you qualify for financial help for a gluten free diet.
I'm notorious Ms. Independent. I understand how hard it is to need or ask for help. But I've also had times when that help has been necessary and short term and we wouldn't have been able to make it without it.
There are some helps that are available if you have colitis, Crohn's, SIBO, IBD, or IBS and are on a gluten free diet, there is some relief for you!
Gluten Intolerance Group
While financial help is mostly available if you have a diagnosis of celiac, the Gluten Intolerance Group has expanded help to anyone on a gluten free diet. The Gluten Intolerance Group or GIG Cares, "provides support and assistance to those who cannot afford the special food they need to live healthy."
GIG Cares has you fill out a short application and if you qualify you can receive a monthly care package with gluten free items. No celiac biopsy or diagnosis is required to fill out the application.
How many of you have spent money on gluten free products that end up tasting horrible?? Free gluten free samples are a great way to money on products and try them for less. In the gluten free world these are harder to find but it is possible! These samples may look like:
- Gluten free sampling programs: Getting a free product in exchange for a quick review of the product
- Gluten free sample packs: Getting free product for a nominal shipping fee
- Gluten free product coupons: Reaching out to the company directly and receiving a free coupon for a gluten free product.
- Gluten free expos: Gluten free expos are a great way to get free gluten free products!
I've compiled a list of these companies I've found (most I haven't been able to find without A LOT of digging and some I have never seen advertised!)
You can grab that full free sample list by entering your email in the box below.
You know how much your pocketbook is getting hit lately at the grocery store. (or ANY store for that matter lately!) We found some great apps that you can sign up and receive money instantly to help save on gluten free food!
One of the oldest apps out there, Ibotta offers cash back on gluten free foods. Best part, they also give you $5 when you sign up! You just scan your receipts or shop from the app and earn money! You'll receive $5 after you upload your first receipt and you have thirty days after signing up to upload your first reciept! Ibotta also has bonuses where you can earn additional money!
My youngest told me about this when she saw a shopping app with her favorite animal on it--a dog. Since then it's earned me some cash back and several Amazon cards. I like this one better than Ibotta. All I have to do is take a picture of my receipt and it will automatically scan the receipt and award points for me. When you sign up you will receive 2,000 points or $2.
This app is like a cash back app and a coupon code app rolled into one! For example, I just ordered my collagen powder from Ancient Nutrition. In addition to earning 13% cash back, I also was able to use the $10/$50 off promo code the app had listed for the store. I LOVE saving money! Once you earn $10 in cash back from the app, they will match it with an additional $10 bonus.
If you are not one to want to upload receipts all the time than allow the app to do it for you passively while you earn money! You get $5 for adding your first card. Each time you purchase you earn points and those points can be redeemed for gift cards to major retailers like Amazon. There are also fun surveys to take and other bonuses that can earn you points to save money now!
Ways to Use Your Cash Back
I'll turnover all my cash back I get from the apps and use it to buy my Amazon or club memberships for the year. After that I'll use it to purchase gluten free products from sites like Amazon or Walmart.
Lately, I've gone back to building meal plans based on what's on sale that week at stores. There are a few simple tips that I use when building meals off of sale ads.
- Build off of what is on sale that week. Honestly it's rare that I'll find gluten free products on sale unless it's a store like Sprouts or something so I really try to make up for it by buying meat or vegetables on sale and using them as a base in recipes.
- Search for recipes that utilize the on sale ingredients. You can use the search feature on our website to locate recipes that use minimal ingredients. There are also several other sites I use where I can type in whatever ingredients I have in my pantry and I can get recipe ideas based on what I have.
Yes, the good old days of coupons are back. But coupons have also gotten a makeover with digital coupons. My first suggestion is to reach out to your favorite company and see if they have any coupons they can give you. Some do and some will direct you to where they frequently post digital coupons to.
Second, utilize those digital coupons! I love using digital coupons from Kroger, Sprouts and digital coupons from Target!
I can login and add items to my digital shopping list. The site also curates different coupons based on the items I frequently purchase. Sometimes I might earn a free bag of carrots or chocolate chips. Other times I might earn extra fuel points for purchasing a certain brand. The other bonus is when I buy groceries from Kroger I also earn fuel points which makes for a pretty nice discount at the gas pumps!
Sprouts is my go to when I need my gluten free groceries. The selection is pretty good and there are some great sales on gluten free products! The app also has some nice digital coupons on it from time to time.
Oh boy, Target is my go to for way more than just groceries! But it has some good ways to save some money too. The Target RedCard earns me 5% cash back at the store every time that I use it. The Target Circle app also has some great discounts on it from time to time like $5 back on a $20 beauty purchase or 20% off a certain product. There are also digital coupons I can earn as well.
Plus a Bonus!
Now that you've got five great ways to save money on gluten free foods: financial help, samples, apps, store ads and coupons it's time for a bonus! Start off with one of our favorite meals!! The WHOLE MEAL has only five ingredients--that's main dish, side dish AND dessert! Minimal ingredient meals are another great way to save money!
Plus with college students heading back to school in the next few weeks, my five ingredient gluten free college cookbook is on SALE! And it's not just for college students! I use it all the time with my family and it's perfect for working adults too!PURCHASE HERE
Let Me Know!
Whew hopefully that's a good start for you! If you have any tips to share, please send me a dm through social media or leave a comment below so others can see too! I'll be sure to get those added!