Budget tips on a gluten free lifestyle

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Once you've been on a gluten free diet for a while you'll realise you don't have to eat everything from the free from range in the dedicated aisles of the supermarkets. Not only are they quite expensive options but they aren't always the healthiest of choices.

Baking - for example make your own pancakes, gluten free pancakes are so easy to make and if you make a batch they can last a few days.

Making snacks at home: Instead of buying expensive gluten-free snacks, make your own. Prepare items like gluten-free granola bars, trail mix, and popcorn at home to save money.

Using naturally gluten-free foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, potatoes, rice, and legumes. These are often cheaper and healthier than processed gluten-free alternatives. Plan meals including fresh meat/veg first, then if you need a quick and easy option look in the frozen free from section. The main thing I get from it is gluten free chicken goujons & pizza.

I incorporate quite a few vegetarian meals into my diet as my stomach doesn't seem to agree with too much meat.  Not only is this a good option for my stomach but it's also a money saving tip. I make kidney bean burgers all the time and they cost roughly £1 which makes 4-6 depending on the size.

Buy in Bulk when you can. Purchase gluten-free staples like rice, quinoa, beans, nuts, and gluten-free oats in bulk. These items are often cheaper per unit when bought in larger quantities.

Eating leftovers for lunch is a big thing I do maybe 2 - 3 times a week. This reduces food waste and saves money by stretching meals further. Cheese and gf crackers is my go to lunch if I'm in a rush. 

Having groceries in the house for the weekend can help reduce the costs of all the meals and snacks at the weekend. 

Invest in a milk frother, cappuccino & lattes at home are brilliant! It helps stop buying all the gluten free snacks in coffee shops.

Overall it means you can enjoy a gluten-free diet without straining your budget. Planning, cooking at home, and making smart shopping choices are key to managing costs effectively.
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