So, you’re going gluten free. Congrats!
It’s actually not as hard as it sounds. And contrary to popular belief, you actually can save money on gluten-free food. Here’s how:
1. Check gluten-free brand sites for exclusive coupons.
Most gluten-free brand foods are fully aware you want a price break on their products now and then, so they’ll offer high value coupons to help you out.
For example, right now you can get a coupon for $1.50/2 on the Enjoy Life site.
Here are some other great places to check for coupons on gluten-free brands:
- Udi’s: Frequently offers a $1 off one Udi’s item coupon.
- Franz: Has offered $1 off one coupons in the past for any Franz item.
- Glutino: Recently offered a coupon for $1 off one Glutino product.
- Vans: Right now Van’s will give you a $0.75 off one purchase when you sign up for their email.
- Lance: Lance offers coupons periodically in different values such as $1 off two items, or $0.75 off one.
- Enjoy Life: Currently has a $1.50 off two coupon on their website.
- Simple Mills: This month had an ibotta rebate for $1 off one product.
2. Buy Walmart’s Great Value brand and get gluten-free pretzels, cookies and more for cheaper than name brand versions.
Walmart’s Great Value line of store brand foods recently started making generic gluten-free versions of some of your favorites like pretzels, Oreos, Pop Tarts, and more.
3. Shop ALDI for gluten-free bread and baking mix.
Aldi’s gluten-free store brand, liveGfree, is a great option for low cost gluten-free foods. If you’re stocking up on gluten-free products, be sure to check out these items:
- ALDI liveGfree gluten-free whole grain bread: $0.33 per oz
- Trader Joe’s gluten-free whole grain bread: $0.37 per oz
- ALDI liveGfree gluten-free pancake mix: $0.17 per oz
- Walmart Bisquick gluten-free pancake mix: $0.28 per oz
4. Get $30 off your first order from Blue Apron, and do a happy dance when GF meals are delivered to your door.
Blue Apron is a favorite around here, and they let you specify which allergens you’d like to avoid. This means that you can have their gluten-free meals delivered right to your door. Blue Apron also offers $30 off your first box when you sign up today.
5. Save money by using coupons on name brands that offer gluten-free items.
Many name-brand foods are already gluten free (or always have been); they’re just not considered a gluten-free specific brand.
These well-known name brands also make gluten-free options:
- Bob’s Red Mill makes an entire line of gluten-free baking mixes and flours.
- Cheerios are gluten free.
- Rice and Corn Chex are gluten free.
- Annie’s Organic makes gluten-free crackers and macaroni and cheese.
- Barilla makes gluten-free pasta.
- Franz makes a delicious gluten-free bread.
- Quaker makes gluten-free oatmeal.
- Snyder’s of Hanover makes gluten-free pretzels.
- Mission makes gluten-free tortillas.
All these brands frequently offer coupons that are good for any product they make, and that includes their gluten-free variety.
6. Know which foods are naturally gluten free to avoid paying more for a “gluten-free” label.
Brands will frequently charge more for having a “gluten-free” label on their product. But don’t be fooled: there are tons of foods that are already naturally gluten free.
Rice, meat, fruits, dairy, and vegetables are naturally gluten free, and you can use coupons on these products when available. One of the easiest ways to do this is with rebate apps like ibotta, Checkout 51, all of which offer money-back discounts at least once a month on these foods.
But think outside fresh produce. Canned vegetables, beans, fruits, and frozen products are also naturally gluten free and often cheaper.
Here are some other foods that are already gluten free:
- Sodas, sparkling water, wine and hard cider
- Frozen french fries
- Rice noodles (found in the Asian foods section)
- Tomato sauce, paste, and salsa
- Oatmeal and granola
- Snickers candy bars (it’s true!)
- Cheese — just check the label, because some pre-shredded cheese is powdered with gluten to keep it from clumping
- Corn tortilla chips, potato chips
- Ice cream
There are so many more — just think outside the Wheaties box.
7. Save up to 15% on gluten-free foods when you buy on Amazon with Subscribe & Save.
Amazon has a fantastic selection of gluten-free foods, and you can save money just by signing up for regular deliveries of your favorite products.
Right now if you subscribe to regular shipments, you can order a case of Lance Gluten-free Sandwich Crackers to save an automatic 5%.
8. Save time by downloading the Gluten-Free Scanner for gluten-free shopping.
Going gluten-free can be confusing enough without trying to figure out just where and what you can eat before you take a bite.
The gluten-free scanner is your lifesaver. Simply scan the barcodes on items you want, and this app tells you if it’s gluten free and safe to eat.
9. Use Find Me Gluten Free to see where you can safely eat out.
Eating out can be a headache when you’re eating gluten free. This app makes dining out a snap. Simply enter your location into the app, wherever you are, and it’ll tell you which places near you offer gluten-free options on their menu.
10. Buy gluten-free at Trader Joe’s for the best variety of products — including alcohol.
Trader Joe’s has a fantastic selection of gluten-free products at reasonable prices. My favs include:
- Mac’n’cheese: $1.99
- Gluten-free bread: $4.49 a loaf
- Gluten-free bagels: $4.49 for a bag of six
- Brown rice tortillas: $2.99
- Wine: $2.99
RELATED: 19 Things Every Shopper Should Know About Trader Joe’s
10. Bulk up on gluten-free foods at Costco.
Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money on gluten-free foods. Costco is on it with a huge selection of gluten-free products. The best deals include:
- Franz gluten-free bread: $7.99 for two loaves
- Udi’s gluten-free bread: $6.99 for two loaves
- Gluten-free ramen noodles (these are seriously so good!): $9.99
- Crispy sea salt baked crackers: $7.99 for a 20 oz bag
- 5 lb. bag of gluten-free baking flour: $9.99