Ten Days of Gluten Free Wrap-Up

Here’s a list of all the different links to the 10 Days of Gluten Free posts! It was lots of fun participating in this blog hop, and I so appreciate Linda asking me to write about frugal tips! I really had fun writing up the posts and being introduced to lots of other great gluten-free bloggers!

I am compiling this list as an easy reference, so you can always go back and quickly find the posts you are looking for. I also added it to my Menu Bar, under “New to Gluten Free?” because I think this compilation of ideas is just perfect for anyone new to the gluten-free diet! If you know someone, point them in this direction!

Getting Started – The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Gluten Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking - Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules Gluten Free

Kids - Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunchboxes & Snacks - Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry


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Bob’s Red Mill $25 Gift Card Winner!

We have a winner of the $25 Bob’s Red Mill Gift Card! Congratulations going out to Christina C. (cartw…..@gmail.com), number 139 of 231 entries. You should receive a separate email with further instructions on claiming your prize!

Thanks so much to all who entered, and thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for providing the prize.

Hope you all enjoyed 10 Days of Gluten Free!


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 10

Welcome to the final day of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Split it with a friend! If you find a great deal on an item in bulk, but know you won’t use that much of it, consider splitting the cost and the product with a friend. If you have several gluten-free friends, you could split multiple ways, thereby each getting a lower cost, but still not having “potato starch coming out your ears”! It’s not a savings if it goes bad before you can use it, so always take your family’s needs and usage into consideration before making a big purchase.

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Use a menu plan! Preparing ahead of time is key to saving money, especially when eating a restrictive diet. This helps you know what you need to shop for, and helps you get the best deal.  I try to plan my meals a week ahead of time using what I have on hand in my freezer and pantry, and incorporating what is on sale at my local grocery store. If planning this way seems overwhelming to you, you could check out a meal planning service like eMeals, which offers a gluten-free menu plan. It is a simple plan with a once-weekly shopping list, and gives you lots of variety and nutrition.

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Consider Daily Deal websites! This tip is not for everyone, particularly if you don’t have a lot of self-control. You don’t want to be buying things you don’t even need, just because it’s “half price”. But if you are disciplined and carefully watch, you can snag some amazing deals (typically 50-80% off retail) on your favorite gluten-free items. Gluten-Free Saver, Groupon, and Living Social are just a few of the daily deal companies that offer hefty discounts on specialty food products on a regular basis, so keep your eyes open! And they even often include shipping in these deals, so you’ll save a bundle over retail price on items you’d be purchasing anyway.

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Pack it! Of course, if you’re gluten-free, you most likely are already packing, since grabbing a gluten-free lunch when you’re at work isn’t going to be very easy in most situations. But what are you packing? If you’re trying to duplicate a regular gluten-filled lunch, your lunches will still be expensive, and probably won’t taste as good.  For instance, a gluten-free sandwich doesn’t taste nearly as good if it hasn’t been toasted first, and who wants to cart a toaster around? Get creative with some of these ideas:

  • Chips or GF crackers with hummus
  • Fruits and vegetables, already cut up, with gluten-free dip
  • Hard-boiled eggs (for a protein boost!)
  • Yogurt cup
  • Any kind of salad – try adding some cold meat as a topping, such as chicken or ham

We find that being gluten-free, while it has its own expenses (of course!) actually forces us to save money in this particular area. Because of the diet, we don’t eat out much, and we can’t just do the “stop and grab something” routine. We are forced to plan ahead, and that’s a good thing! Have other good “pack it yourself” ideas? Leave a comment!

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Use coupons! The myth that coupons are only for unhealthy items is being rapidly debunked. In particular, coupons for specialty items, including gluten-free and organic items, are popping up all over the place. There are even coupons for produce available. If you collect and organize your coupons in an easy-to-use system, then wait for a sale, you may end up paying a fraction of what that favorite item typically goes for. And don’t be afraid to contact your favorite brands to see if they offer coupons. If it’s something you buy all the time, you might as well get a discount! Just look up their website and hit that “Contact Us” button. Tell them you really enjoy their product (or would like to try their product), whichever is applicable, and would they be willing to send you a few coupons. The worst that can happen is you get a “no”, but often you will get a “yes”!

In addition, you should be using coupons for the non-food items in your life, so you can free up some of that money for your food budget, which will be a bit heftier for you than for many others.

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Be open to purchasing online! While a brick and mortar store sometimes has the best prices, this is not always the case. There are many online stores that carry specialty organic and gluten-free foods for much less than retail. For example:

Vitacost discounts their items approximately 15-70% off of retail every day. In addition, shipping is free on orders over $49. They also offer a $10 Refer-A-Friend free credit for all new customers.

Amazon can be a great place to purchase items in bulk that you use often. Amazon’s prices change often, so keeping on top of them can be a challenge. I have put together an “Amazon Gluten-Free Price List”, which I update once weekly. This allows you to quickly scroll through an alphabetical list and get a “price to compare” before heading to the grocery store. You may find that with the savings on gas and time, not to mention the lower price of the item for buying in bulk, that you save yourself a boatload of money, just by buying online.

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry

And don’t forget to enter to win the $25 gift card compliments of Bob’s Red Mill in celebration of the 10 Days of Gluten Free Blog Hop! If you’d like to enter to win, please do so by filling out the form below (on this post only). It is not necessary to leave a comment as it will not affect your entry, but of course you can if you want to!

The giveaway will end on Friday, 5/18/12 at 9 p.m. Valid for U.S. addresses only. One entry per household. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Randomizer.org and contacted via email. If winner does not respond to email within 48 hours, an alternative winner will be chosen. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

The Vitacost link in this post is my referral link. I will receive a $10 credit to Vitacost if you make a purchase through my link. My family thanks you! 


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10 Days of Gluten Free: Day 4 (and Giveaway!)

Welcome to Day 4 of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Here’s today’s frugal tip:

Check out your local Asian food store. The ethnic stores often carry alternative flours (rice, tapioca, etc.) for a fraction of the cost that would you pay at the health food stores or grocery store. Many of their flours are also labeled “gluten free”.  Our family has never had a problem with any of the flours we have purchased at our Asian food store, and we can get rice flour, sweet rice flour, and tapioca starch for $0.99/pound there.  You can also purchase rice and tapioca “wrappers” to make a variety of vegetable or spring rolls or even desserts.

As always, use your best judgment with regard to cross-contamination. Only you know your family’s sensitivities best, so if your family requires “certified gluten free” products this may not be a good option for you.

And don’t forget to check out all the other great tips today!

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry

In addition, I will be giving away a $25 gift card compliments of Bob’s Red Mill in celebration of the 10 Days of Gluten Free Blog Hop! If you’d like to enter to win, please do so by filling out the form below (on this post only). It is not necessary to leave a comment as it will not affect your entry, but of course you can if you want to!

The giveaway will end on Friday, 5/18/12 at 9 p.m. Valid for U.S. addresses only. One entry per household. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Randomizer.org and contacted via email. If winner does not respond to email within 48 hours, an alternative winner will be chosen. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.


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10 Days of Gluten Free, Day 2

Welcome back to 10 Days of Gluten Free! Here’s your tip for today:

Don’t pay for cookbooks! Amazon has gluten-free cookbooks for free almost every day. If you have a computer (and you probably do, if you’re reading this!) you can store and read these Kindle books for free. I have about 50 gluten-free cookbooks that I have downloaded from Amazon when they are free. Check my blog every day (you can sign up for daily emails here). I check Amazon each morning for the freebies and post them on my blog. You certainly don’t have to download every one, but if you see one that interests you, go for it! I have so many cookbooks at this point that I cannot justify ever spending a penny on a cookbook again. Why pay for something you can get for free?

Don’t forget to check out all the great gluten-free tips today:

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


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