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So, you first get the news that you have an allergy. Ok, no problem just totally change my diet, easy. Now, step 2: go to the grocery store and try not to spend $200 on just speciality/organic foods. I was shocked the first time I went shopping for gluten free and dairy free foods. Austin and I first started going to Whole Foods because Kroger still didn’t have a great selection. Then we started going to both, and now we just go to Kroger. My friend Meghan over at Loquacious Lady just did a series on couponing that everyone should definitely check out! She went through Drug Store and Grocery Coupons and how to double them and when to use. Now, when you have an allergy the unfortunate thing is that there are usually no coupons for the foods you need and they rarely go on sale. I have recently wanted to get better at saving money and I have been trying really hard at this coupon thing! So, these are the things I do to try and save a little money on the foods that are most expensive.
1) For Udi’s Products: Sign up for Udi’s newsletter. They just included a coupon for $1.50 any product in the one they sent out yesterday. There are coupons every couple of weeks for $1.00 off an Udi’s product that you can find on Coupons.com or sign up for Southern Savers, which I talk about on #2. At Kroger sometimes they have managers special and once Udi’s was on sale for $1.50 and I had $1.00 off coupon, $0.50 Udi’s alright!! I usually buy at least 2 bread at a time and freeze one so at least you have some when you need it and you aren’t running to the store every couple of days. Stock up if you have a coupon or they are on sale, that is the time to strike!
2) Sign up for Southern Savers . You will thank me! This is the best coupon site EVER! She emails you almost daily and tells you about deals going on and gives you coupons to print out. This is where I usually find coupons for Udis.
3) Nut Thins: Southern Savers usually has a coupon for Blue Diamond products as well, usually $0.50 off an item. Kroger has them on sale alot, I usually buy 4-6 if they are on sale and Ive got coupons. In the organic section at Kroger they have kind of a discount section where they put random stuff and its like $1.00 or less. They have had NutThins in that section before and Ive got them for $1.00 or less, so watch out for that.
4) Flours/Baking: I use Bob’s Red Mill. Ive never seen a coupon for Bob’s Red Mill but every couple of weeks Kroger has my flour on sale for about a $1.00 less and I usually buy 2.
5) Blue Diamond/Silk Milks: There are coupons for these on Southern Savers as well. There are usually $0.50 off a gallon, there have been $1.00 off as well. If you shop Kroger we usually get alot of catalina coupons (Meghan can explain what these are!) for Silk and Kroger usually has the electronic ones for Blue Diamond right by the milk and I usually take as many as i can, they don’t expire for awhile usually!
6)Larabars: These are my little on the go snacks saviors! Southern Savers had a coupon for these $1.00/4 and Whole Foods usually has a coupon on their website for them too. Kroger will have them for 10/$10 and I usually stock up.
7) Chex cereals: I eat this for breakfast almost everyday! There are 4 gfree kinds so lots to choose from! Kroger almost always has the Rice Chex on sale and there are almost always coupons on Southern Savers for $1.00-$1.50-$2.00 off if you buy 2,3, or 4 boxes. I usually buy either 2 or 4 and that lasts us at least 2 weeks. If they are on sale and you have a coupon you definitely want to stock up on these also.
Here is my little plug for Kroger:
1) If you transfer a prescription to them you get $25 worth of FREE groceries! So, that’s like 5 loaves of Udi’s bread!
2) The more you spend the more gas fuel points you get. For every 100 points you get 10 cents off a gallon so 300 points=$0.30!
So, we all know its easy to spend alot on our allergy free food, but at least you are getting rewarded some way! And for every
prescription refill you get 50 fuel points!
I hope this was helpful. There are ways to eat allergy free and not feel like you are draining the wallet! Please let me know if you have any other suggestions/recommendations to add, I would love to hear them!