Discovering you have a food intolerance doesn’t mean the cost of groceries has to dramatically increase
Finding out you have a food allergy or food intolerance can be hard. Suddenly cutting out lots of foods can take time to adjust to. It can also impact finances with the need to buy pricey ‘free from’ foods. But changes in diet don’t need to be costly. Here I share my tips for getting allergy and intolerance friendly foods for less.
Look for reduced Bakery Items
Gluten free bread can be super expensive but is one of those things people just hate cutting out of their diet. Try going later in the day to see if you can spot any GF loaves in with the normal reduced items. I have also managed to pick up reduced bagels and croissants doing this as well. Bread can easily be frozen so no need to worry about the short date, especially if you are the only one eating it.
Look out for value range products
While it might be tempting to only look at the specialist ‘free from’ section when you have a food intolerance, it’s worth getting to know the supermarkets own brand and value ranges as well. Often there are hidden gems they may be offering elsewhere in the store that are suitable for those with allergies or a food intolerance. For example, value range garlic bread in most supermarkets is dairy free because they use oil instead of butter because it’s cheaper to produce. Some of the mid range garlic bread is suitable too. Tescos everyday value tomato pasta sauce and Carbonara sauce, for example, are Gluten Free. Ingredients do change from time to time though so always best to double check.
Approves foods is online retailer that specializes in out of date (or short dated) produce at massively discounted pricea. While their range isn’t huge it could be a money saver if you need to stock up on particular items. Their gluten free range includes oatcakes, biscuits and bread mixes at the time of writing.
Holland & Barrett
Holland & Barrett hold a buy one get one for a penny sales throughout the year. If there are Dairy or Gluten Free specific foods you love this could be an excellent time to stock up on them. While it was’t easy for me to compare prices because many of the foods they offer aren’t available in supermarkets I did find a few good examples, inluding Dairy and Gluten free Chocolate coming in at 2 for 1 compared to the price at Sainsbury’s.
Final few tips
- Costa Coffee are one of the few coffee chains that don’t charge extra for Soya Milk – allowing you to enjoy a coffee treat for less.
- Many cheap recipes can be adapted – Amanda got in touch on twitter to say she’d tried this recipe from Thrifty Lesley and simply switched the normal flour for GF flour.
- Try checking out Amazon – they do stock various gluten free and dairy free products
- Find Gluten free meals the whole family will love to help avoid the need to cook different meals – for example make bolognaise and don’t mention the pasta your using is gluten free. (This may not be the cheapest option, but it’s probably the least stressful)