When first discovering the world of food sensitivities, it can be a shock to relearn how to eat. The price tag of items that cater to food sensitivities can particularly make people lose some hair. Thankfully, there are all kinds of things you can do to make the transition more affordable. Trust me, when I discovered my food sensitivities while I was in school, I became the queen of frugal living. Here are a few ways to do food sensitivities on a budget.
Avoid pre-made foods
Products that cater to a specific dietary need can cost an arm and a leg for a few reasons. The first reason is that they can get away with it. People who are just discovering new dietary restrictions can be tempted to choose expensive products when not knowing what else to turn to. Also, because the products won’t appeal to as wide of an audience, companies need to elevate the price to see a profit. Additionally there are costs associated with being certified gluten free or organic or any other certification that these companies may have.
Slowcooker freezer bags
Buying ingredients on sale makes it easier to deal with food sensitivities on a budget. Some stores require you to buy a higher quantity of the one item to take advantage of sales. To prevent these ingredients from going bad, you can chop, bag, and freeze all the ingredients for a meal. Next time you don’t have time to cook, all you need to do is empty the contents of the bag in a slowcooker. Read more about it here.
Keep a few pantry staples on hand
By keeping your pantry stocked with a few essentials, you can make your life so much easier. I’ve managed to whip up meals out of simply what I had in my pantry in times of need. Buying ingredients in bulk and keeping them on hand prevents you from having to run allover town, using gas and precious time, to find the items when you need them.