Frugal Gluten Free Shopping

When people hear I’m gluten free they often think I am on a mission to lose weight or that I just got hooked into a new fad diet. So, before I start, let’s get one thing strait:I would never willingly give up bread. Ever. For anyone to think I would give those up for a fad diet or to lose weight are crazy! If you think you might be struggling with a gluten intolerance, check out what symptoms lead me to realize I had an intolerance Well, besides having to give up bread, the major problem people often face when going gluten free is trying to afford it! It’s true there are more gluten free options available than there were years ago, but they generally come with a price bump. I have three major tips to share that will help you stay frugal while gluten free shopping. 

Start in the Kitchen

The best way to save money and still enjoy eating gluten free is to start collecting recipes that you can trust. There are a ton of great gluten free options out there as far as cookies, donuts and cakes go but often times it’s far less expensive to just make some at home. Not to worry, I have tons of recipes to get you started!

My personal favorite gluten free mix for creating gluten free recipes at home is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. This is the best way to get yourself started when going gluten free because this mix is an easy substitute for flour. Lately I have really taken advantage of creating all my old favorite’s using this baking mix. Lucky for you, I am a firm believer in sharing!

Recipes with Bob’s Red Mill GF 1 to 1 Baking Flour

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When you are ready to get a little bit healthier and a little less processed, the most common way I create gluten free foods is using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashion Rolled Oats. Using these oats you can create tons of breakfast foods or even just blend the oats to create a simple gluten free oat flour.

Recipes with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

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Take advantage of coupons

There are a ton of speciality stores that offer gluten free products, but it’s also becoming easier and easier to find gluten free goodies at your typical, everyday stores like Target. Personally, Target is my favorite place to get my hands on gluten free treats. You can usually find discounts on Target’s Cartwheel app for things like cookies, crackers and other gluten free snacks. On top of that, I will check my Ibotta app to see if there are any additional refunds I’m able to get. For more information on Ibotta, see my full review and tutorial here: Target Hacks: How I Made Money at Target. Again, at Target, you are able to use your 5% off discount when you use your Target Debit Card.

Finding stores that have multiple ways to save is always a smart idea when trying to stick to a budget while eating gluten free (or any other diet for that matter.) To save additionally on your groceries, there are online sites like that allow you to search a wide variety of coupons and you are even able to shop online if you prefer to have everything sent right to your door.  BeFrugal works a lot like Ibotta in the sense that you are able to get cash back on our purchases including Target.

Don’t eat gluten free

This is totally confusing, I know. To avoid over-spending on gluten free products, you can create recipes at home with oats and four blends or you can just forgo the grains all together. There are so many gluten friendly recipes you can use that don’t involve using flour or oats of any kind, are still easy to make and incredibly tasty.

Completely grain free recipes

Don’t sweat it

At the end of the day, just remember, you got this. Take it steps at a time and take advantage of all the money saving items that you can!

More frugal recommendations

$5 Meal Plan – The $5 meal plan was created by a busy mother of 4 for other busy mother’s out there. Get access to healthy meal plans that take all the guess work out of what to make for your family!

BeFrugal – Be Frugal is an online resources for the best coupons around. In stores, online or in restaurants.

IBotta – IBotta is a totally free app that pays you $10 just for signing up. With this app you can get paid for the things you already plan on buying!

Love and Money – Online courses to help couples and family get finances together in order to stay together!

Paperless Home – The paperless home guides you step by step through how to start creating a home where all of your most important information can always be in one place and always at your finger tips!

Simplify + Planner – Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog has a great and inexpensive planner to help you get intentionally organized. Starting a blog can be very overwhelming and getting a little organized can go a long way.

Target Debit Card – If you shop at Target as much as me, you should definitely get in on the debit card if you haven’t already. All it does is remove money from your regular checking account like a regular debit card, but saves you 5% on your purchases every time you use it!

Don’t Forget to PIN This!

It is possible to eat gluten free on a budget and still enjoy your food! Use these tips to start shopping smart. #glutenfree #budget #glutenfreeonabudget #glutenfreeshopping

About The Author


Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.