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Calling all gluten-free couponers! Can you help this reader?

Posted October 7, 2011

One of our readers has sent me an e-mail asking about frugal gluten-free ideas. Since we don't eat gluten-free and I don't target those deals, I am hoping some of you have some suggestions for her.

Here is her question:

"I need information on frugal gluten free meal plans, convienence foods, best place to locate gluten free foods, and any coupon information you can share."

Any ideas?


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  • katie1horton Oct 11, 2011

    I wasn't sure if you'd look here or the daily Share Your Deals spot, but here's a $2/1 Rudi's Gluten Free bread:


  • ambear00 Oct 9, 2011

    Oh, and Udi's bread and baked goods are good and you can get coupons for $1 off on their website. Bob's Red Mill brand does not do coupons but sometimes you can catch them on sale and I stock up then.

  • ambear00 Oct 9, 2011

    Kroger is probably the cheapest around for GF stuff. It is so much easier to find because it is in one section instead of having the search for each item on different aisles. When they put it on sale, it is half the price of Whole Foods! My advice to to make your own by scratch. Some people are gluten intolerant and can handle things like the non-gluten free oatmeal (oats are GF but it is how it is processed) which is way cheaper than the gluten free stuff. Make your own bread and buy a bread maker. Buy all the ingredients in bulk, most of which you can get at Grand Asia Market in Cary and measure out your dry ingredients and make your own bags of bread mix. Also, buy sweet rice flour and use it as a replacement for flour in cooking like gravy, soup, cornbread...just not a replacement for baking. My mom has been GF for over 10 years and my hubby for the last 2 and he is dairy free too so I can give you tons of tips if you need more!

  • maniacslady Oct 9, 2011

    Harris Teeter, on their website, lists of all the gluten-free items that they carry...it is printable.

  • ncmusicmom Oct 8, 2011

    The website Vitacost.com has excellent prices on organic and gluten free items.

  • mrskathy Oct 8, 2011

    look at biglots...they recently got in some good gluten free products...

  • euphy Oct 7, 2011

    If you do your own gluten-free cooking, I have to suggest the Grand Asia Market. It is off US 1 in Cary. The rice flour and tapioca flour are a fraction of the price that they are at other grocery stores. I have found that a combination of rice flour, tapioca flour and corn starch make an excellent flour mix for gluten free baking. They also have an excellent and inexpensive selection of rice noodles, all different sizes. The noodles are definitely "Asian" styles, but great for pad thai or stir fry.
    Trader Joe's has a number of GF products that are cheaper than some of the other stores.
    I rarely find coupons for GF products, but finding places that sell some of the GF products that are more inexpensive make a big difference!
    If you are new to GF cooking, my suggestion is find recipes online and try them out. You will find some treasures as well as some duds! Hope some of this helps!

  • Oxymoron02 Oct 7, 2011

    What I have heard from the few people I know who are gluten free, it is largely easier, and cheaper, to scratch cook most of your food.

    There are gluten free products, and coupons for those products. I suggest putting out a call to your friends and family (and a coupon swap group or 2 :D ) to keep their eyes out for coupons. If you notice a coupon for a GF food in the Sunday paper, hop on the yahoo group and post that there was this coupon, and you would like people to keep them for you.

    Bob's Red Mill makes quite a few GF products, but they're not cheap.

  • cmbiglow Oct 7, 2011

    I'm gluten free and coupon... My best suggestion is emailing the manufacturers! Also, when you find a good deal on your favorite gf pasta stock up. Rice is also gf and you can get that for free/cheap a lot with coupons. I also would say as tempting as the gluten free mixes are stay away... That really adds up in the end! If you have a sweet tooth bake from scratch or get m&m's. They are gluten free!!

  • LAXMom12 Oct 7, 2011

    In Whole Foods you will find a coupon booklet. They carry a lot of gluten free items and you may find a coupon in their booklet.