One of the first things I hear from people when they are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease is the shock of how expensive gluten free foods can be. A big reason is because you have to go to specialty stores to get these foods, and these types of stores have a smaller market, so they have to charge higher prices to stay in business.
I think in time specialty stores will continue to become more popular and competition in the gluten free foods market will continue to grow, which will ultimately force prices down to a more manageable level. In the meantime, I usually recommend people begin to plan ahead and do much of their gluten free shopping online. Buying online, combined with buying in bulk, will go a long way towards keeping food expenses down!
Where Do I Buy Gluten Free Foods Online?
In my experience, there are currently two great places to buy gluten free foods online. The first is shopping at Amazon. Their prices are already the best online and you can get free shipping if you purchase $25.00 or more (easy to do if buying in bulk). The other choice is shopping at the Gluten Free Mall, which I have heard several people say they’ve had good experiences with.
If you prefer having meals already made when they arrive at your door, then you’ll want to check out Gluten Free Meals. Order online and when the food arrives, throw it in the freezer. It will be ready to eat whenever you don’t feel like cooking!
Where do you buy your gluten free foods? Online? Health food store? Let us know in the comments below!