For the typical person living gluten-free, food costs are all around higher and saving money with this lifestyle is both an art as well as a science, because it involves creativity and logic. So, what can you do to save money over the long run? If you like to bake and cook at home, you’re already a step ahead. Pressures on the pocketbook can nudge you back into the kitchen, where you can make many gluten-free foods in advance and freeze them for later enjoyment. Consider the following:
• When making your flour blends for baking, invest in the gluten-free flours you need and create a large batch at once. Store the blends well in tightly sealed containers that are protected from sunlight. Refrigeration nearly always helps. And always similarly protect your leftover ingredients that didn’t make it into the blend for future use. With a large batch of your all-purpose gluten-free flour blend at the ready, you can easily make your gluten-free baked goods whenever you want. But if a pre-made flour blend is not always available, the urge to buy pre-made, gluten-free baked goods, which are naturally more expensive, can be alluring. When you figure the arithmetic for making your own gluten-free breads, muffins, and cookies etc. based on price per serving and compare them to pre-made baked goods, you’ll easily find you will save money by eating at home.
• If you purchase foods online, try to buy in bulk so you save on shipping costs.
• Organize gluten-free cooking parties using your kitchen or a friend’s kitchen (particularly if you have a friend with a very batches and divide amongst yourselves. Each person contributes one or more ingredients into the pool and then you can all enjoy baking up a storm together, having fun, and saving money all at the same time!
• Avoid impulse purchases based on hunger pangs throughout the day by always having snacks available to tide you over until the next meal. Planning ahead for snack emergencies can save big over time.
• Always watch for sales! Even though you may not need your favorite gluten-free pasta at the time you find it on sale, buy it now in bulk because you’ll use it later, and you might as well reap the price savings now rather than lose them.