Grocery shopping today was a treat. Between Walmart, Sprouts and an Amazon order I just placed, I was able to get all of the groceries that I needed for the week.
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Our Top Gluten Free Grocery Store Picks
Sprouts consistently delivers with good prices on their products and a wide variety of foods. Their products fit a variety of different food allergies including gluten free. We can often find products from the largest gluten free manufacturers like Enjoy Life, Schar, and more! We also find that Sprouts will have newer products out on the market to purchase. We love that they often have: great stock up sales on products, an app that offers digital coupons, and other great ways to save including student discounts and more depending on the store and location. There are locations in 22 states and you can even get your groceries delivered via Instacart.
Walmart is my go to when I'm traveling or am needing to find the basics. The variety of gluten free products is usually decent and I can always find products I can eat. Often the gluten free groceries are in a dedicated spot of the store. I know if I'm staying in the middle of nowhere Idaho or a large metropolitan area that I'll find something to eat. The prices are usually consistent and affordable. I might say that the gluten free options they have would be country dependent as last year when we traveled to Mexico the Walmart there did not have a gluten free section. It didn't have dedicated gluten free products available in the area we traveled to either.
Our Least Favorite Gluten Free Grocery Stores
Whole Foods has KILLED me! The selection has gotten worse--especially gluten free products through the years. I rarely stop in a Whole Foods anymore and when I do I'm left disappointed. The other day I stopped in for some dairy free heavy whipping cream and was SHOCKED to find they didn't have it. Of all places, Whole Foods would have it, right?! Their selection of gluten free ready made products has also dwindled. While they occasionally might have a few unique products I can't find at other stores, I could easily order it somewhere else for a comparable price. I HATE saying this about Whole Foods because they used to be one of my FAVORITE stores to go to. I really enjoyed that they would carry fun seasonal gluten free and other food allergy friendly finds. I can't find those much anymore.
I really, really love Thrive, the products they offer and how I could do ALL of my shopping in one spot if I really wanted to. But I struggle a little. I am the only one that eats gluten free and dairy free in my immediate family. $5 a month for a Thrive membership sounds doable. But it's the shipping that Thrive charges that always kills me! Amazon has almost all of the same products for about the same prices. My husband and I order stuff for work and other events to offset our yearly Amazon prime price, so it ends up being a lot cheaper to just order from Amazon since Amazon offers us free Prime shipping. Everytime I try to order in Thrive, my shipping ranges from $9-13+ on top of the $5/month membership. We've added it up, and if only 1-2 people are using Thrive, it may not make financial sense to purchase a membership. Which is a bummer. I check out the store occasionally to see what memberships they offer but it still hasn't been financially possible to justify the cost.
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