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  • How to live gluten and dairy free – on a budget

    Budget Cooking Gluten Free FreeFrom

    The standing joke amongst students is leaving home and realising how expensive cheese is. Well, imagine leaving home and also finding that bread, pasta, oats, milk and butter were also going to be breaking your budget every week.

     

     

    Living free-from for choice, health or necessity comes with a price tag. When thinking of budget meals, pasta, oats, beans on toast all flood to mind. But now imagine that your loaf of bread costs £3 and is also half the size of a conventional loaf. Your pasta will never be cheaper than £1.50 and your oats will be premium too. Suddenly a lot of the budget meal ideas don’t seem quite so budget. But what can be done about it?

    1. Be inventive 
      The cheapest way to avoid spending £3 on a loaf of bread is to not eat bread. Instead of beans and toast, have a jacket potato instead. Although abstinence is not what you probably wanted to hear it is one of the best ways to keep costs down. Use it as an opportunity to try something new. Also, try using rice more in your cooking, naturally gluten free and super cheap, it’s a staple for me. One of my favourite budget recipes is sweet potato chilli – learn how to make it here.
    2. When the price is right, buy in bulk
      When almond milk is on sale for a £1 I stock up. This goes for any free-from items. One of the best deals is when they are offering 3 for 2 on all free-from products at Tesco. Be savvy and ensure that the product you’re getting free is the same price as the ones you’re buying. I use this deal to stock up on pasta and oats, as essentially it’s something  I would have bought anyway and I’m getting a packet free.
    3. Shop around
      Keep an eye on your favourite supermarkets to catch when they are offering the best deals, I’ve found that Sainsbury and Tesco seem to run their promotions at alternating times, which means I rarely have to pay full price for a product. Equally, try to never impulse buy, my local shop Budgens may stock a lot of the things I need but they rarely do deals and the products are more expensive than they are in Tesco or Sainsburys.
    4. Make full use of your loyalty card
      The more free-from products that you buy and use your Clubcard or Nectar card with the transaction the clever little computer remembers that you buy them. So next time you’re at the checkout a voucher for money off Alpro appears. The more you shop the more tailored your vouchers become.
    5. Go online
      For staples, the alternative to supermarkets is to go online. Sites such as Naturally Good Food offer many brands that aren’t stocked in store, as well as great offers on multi packs and bulk options. You might need to do some maths to make sure you’re getting the best deal, but especially if you prefer organic then online can be a great place to start.

    For budget series recipes – all gluten and dairy free, check out the Recipe section of my site. 

     

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    36 Comments

      • Sophia
        Author
        July 31, 2017 / 4:16 pm

        Thank you Kirsty! x

    1. July 31, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Good tip on buying in bulk. I once found coconut water on sale for a dollar a carton and refused to miss out on that opportunity.

      • Sophia
        Author
        July 31, 2017 / 5:33 pm

        That’s a great deal!

    2. July 31, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      I completely agree with buying in bulk! My husband honks I’m crazy when I come home with ten packs of butter, but you can totally freeze it! Lol

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

        Yes! So much is freezable nowadays! xx

    3. July 31, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      As someone who has a dairy and gluten intolerance, this was super helpful! I’ve been looking for more ways to help lower cost. Thanks!

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:03 pm

        Glad I could help Gloria!

    4. July 31, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Shopping online is a good solution when on a budget generally. I can find online offers that i could find in stores. Sometimes also searching different stores can help find super deals.

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:03 pm

        So true Helene, the internet is an amazing source for low price deals x

    5. August 1, 2017 / 12:14 am

      These are such great tips!
      This is why we are trying to have profitable blog, to pay for food haha
      Although, admittedly, food is one thing I don’t mind spending money on.

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:03 pm

        Food is one thing I spend almost all my money on haha!

    6. August 1, 2017 / 2:19 am

      These are great ideas! I have to remember to buy in bulk. Thanks for the tips!

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

        Glad you found it helpful Christine! x

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

        True! 🙂

    7. August 1, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Very good advice! Buying bulk is one of the best things you can do. We do it twice a year and then forget about it for months. It saves us a lot of money!

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

        Wow I stock up for the month but have never tried for that long before, you must have a great pantry!

    8. Mika
      August 1, 2017 / 6:53 am

      Buying in bulk is definitely a game changer! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 1, 2017 / 5:05 pm

        Thank you for reading Mika x

    9. August 2, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Good to read! I like your recipe section. 🙂

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:28 pm

        Thank you Ana! x

    10. August 2, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Great tips, I would also recommend looking around the shops in the evening, I managed to buy a few loaves of bread for 19p – 29p reduced from £1.25, ideal for the freezer. I eat the regular bread – does gluten free bread freeze well?

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:29 pm

        Great tip! I used to do this when at uni! I used to call it my reduced food round, I’d go to about 6 different shops to look at their reductions x

    11. August 2, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Buying in bulk has saved my wallet! It’s crazy how much money you can save just by doing that. Great post 🙂

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:29 pm

        So true Cheyanne! x

    12. Claire
      August 3, 2017 / 6:44 am

      I think buying in bulk is the best way to save money, and also as you mentioned, using the membership card. Sometimes these do make a difference in a long run.

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:30 pm

        Yes they do! The points definitely add up x

    13. August 3, 2017 / 7:12 am

      Nice post!

      I think I have to do more shopping around to find the best deals. That should help me to save more.

      Buying in bulk when items are at a good price is an awesome tip too!

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:30 pm

        Thank you Cory x

    14. August 3, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Really good post. My niece has a rather restrictive diet and it’s tough finding food she can eat at a reasonable price. I’ll definitely have to pass on some of these tips!

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:32 pm

        Thank you Tammy! Glad it could help x

    15. August 3, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Loved the idea! Bulk purchase can make you save a lot. To be honest I do that a lot, specially when I find great offers in store. But I learnt something new from this post, thanks for sharing with us.

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 3, 2017 / 6:33 pm

        Thank you for reading Akshay! Glad you learnt something new! xx

    16. August 4, 2017 / 7:44 am

      Definitely, a helpful article as there are so many people out there experiencing gluten and dairy intolerances.
      Thank you for sharing and helping others with the same lifestyle as you!!!

      • Sophia
        Author
        August 4, 2017 / 4:44 pm

        Thank you that means a lot!

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