Today I want to share with you where you can find gluten-free coupons, deals and discounts, but first…
It’s no secret that going gluten-free can test the limits of your grocery budget, after all, it costs more to eat healthy in a country that subsidizes wheat, corn, sugar, soy and other filler ingredients. Thank you, American government, for wasting our time by subsidizing the wrong foods and therefore making us fat and sick. (This topic deserves its own post… I’m tabling it for another day… ho hum.)
To help with some of the added costs of eating gluten-free, I’ve been searching far and wide for gluten-free coupons and deals, and I’ve been comparing prices of various gluten-free grocery “stores” on- and off-line.
At the end of the day, however, I believe you will either pay now or pay later. What this means is you can pay a bit more now to eat gluten-free and healthy so you deter disease (what I call true health-care) or you can keep eating those Pringles and fish chips and pay later in the form of pills, shots, doctor visits, and dialysis (what I call sick-care).
Unfortunately for us gluten-free eaters, most coupons are for junk food. It’s not uncommon to see weekly coupons and deals for Fruit Loops, Chips Ahoy, Coke and Totino’s Pizza Rolls. The “deals” definitely come at a cost to your health. Instead of eating fresh produce, whole grains and other good for you foods, you’ll be drowning in government subsidized filler foods that were cheap to produce and therefore easy to discount. Gluten-free coupons – and even coupons for healthy, naturally gluten-free foods like strawberries – are few and far between.
Don’t despair! Let me help you save a few dollars on your gluten-free grocery tab. Here’s what I’ve come up with in terms of saving you money with gluten-free coupons, gluten-free details and gluten-free rebates and more!
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1. LOZO: LOZO is an online service that helps you find grocery coupons made available from hundreds of brands and coupon sites on the Internet. I think of it as the Kayak for coupons – the site aggregates coupons from everywhere and presents them to you at one time. There are two ways to use LOZO. (1) You can browse all the coupons available and add the ones to your grocery list that you want to print. (2) You enter your grocery list (a list of the brand names you regularly use) and LOZO will email you links to coupons for these brands as they become available.
LOZO is the one coupon site I’m MOST impressed with because it does all the searching for you. Within seconds, I was able to identify valuable coupons for brands such as Enjoy Life, Bob’s Red Mill, San-J, Glutino, Three Baker’s Bread, Ian’s, Udi’s, Rudi’s, Van’s, Bakery on Main, and Canyon Bakehouse. In fact, my first romp with LOZO netted me over $5 in coupons that I WILL absolutely use, including a $1.50 off two Enjoy Life products (when I visited the Enjoy Life website).
2. Ibotta: I’m completely and utterly addicted to Ibotta. You can get rebates on many of the products you are already buying – you’re basically getting paid to shop. There are plenty of rebates for gluten-free products, as well as cash back opportunities when you buy things like bananas, milk and eggs too. Download the Ibotta app here. I joined Ibotta two weeks prior to writing this and have already earned $14 cash back on purchases I’ve made. (If you download Ibotta, use my referral code, gbkoahc, to qualify for a $10 sign-on bonus.) Ibotta also gives you a rebate for using Uber and other services, and offers big rebates on alcohol purchases too (if you’re into that).
3. Amazon Prime: If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you are automatically an Amazon Prime Pantry member too, which enables you to enjoy many coupons that require no printing, clipping or remembering to bring to the store with you when you shop. In fact, Amazon Prime Pantry has hundreds of coupons for you to sift through on any given day. To browse the latest Amazon coupons, visit the main coupon page and then electronically “clip” the coupons that look interesting to you. You also can search the coupons section of Amazon Prime Pantry for the keywords, “gluten-free” or “organic” and see what pops up. On the day I wrote this post, I saw coupons for a $1 off Larabars, 30% off Health Warrior Chia Seeds, 15% off Bakery on Main Granola, $.75 off Ardenne Farms gluten-free cake mixes, and so much more. You can begin searching Amazon coupons by clicking here.
4. Coupons.com: You can learn about coupons for your favorite products through Coupons.com. I found three high-value coupons for Udi’s products (if purchased at Walmart) good through 7/30/16. (If you read this post after 7/230/16, just visit Coupons.com for the latest deals as they change often.)
5. Hopster: Hopster seems to always have a lot of valuable gluten-free coupons. For example, on the day I wrote this post I noticed a coupon for a $1 off one Hilary’s Eat Well product and $1 off any Bob’s Red Mill product too. In order to unlock a coupon on Hopster, you first earn points by interacting with the platform and its partner brands. You also get lots of points once you redeem the coupon, thus giving you more points to “buy” new coupons. It’s a bit of a pain to join Hopster because you have to download its coupon printer, but once you do, you’re off and running.
6. Visit Company Sites Directly: Many companies offer coupons directly on their websites. All you have to do is find and print them. Here are a few gluten-free coupons I recently discovered available directly on a company website (also follow the brands you like on Facebook – there are often amazing coupons to be found there too!):
- Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread: $1 off printable coupon
- Enjoy Life: $1.50 off printable coupon
- Rudi’s Bakery: $1 off printable coupon
- Spectrum: $2 off any Spectrum product (I love their flax and chia seeds)
- Van’s: Sign up for the newsletter and Van’s will send you a $1.25 off printable coupon
- Ian’s: Sign up for the newsletter and Ian’s will send you a $2 off printable coupon
Don’t forget to sign up for newsletters from your favorite gluten-free brands. Coupons are often featured in email blasts too.
7. Check Those Mailers: Your natural grocery story often sends a mailer to your house each week. Look for deals and discounts on the products you enjoy most and stock up when they’re available at a discount. Those mailers even contain coupons from time to time. Just as I was putting together this blog post, I found a $5 off a $30 purchase at Sprouts (Sprouts usually offers this coupon in their Wednesday mailer during a holiday weekend). Five dollars off is a fantastic high value coupon. Score!
8. Shop Strategically: Many grocery stores have one day during the week where their week-long specials collide (the new week of deals begins on the same day the prior week of deals ends). For example, at Sprouts Farmers Markets, Wednesday is double deal day and a great day to shop! Also, Sprouts offers 25% off its vitamins, supplements and beauty care products four times per year (during its Vitamin Extravaganza), and has a huge gluten-free sale twice per year where gluten-free products are 40% off.
9. Join Loyalty Programs: Just like conventional grocery stores, natural grocery stores have loyalty programs too. If you shop regularly at your natural grocery store, be sure to join its loyalty program. You can earn dollars, coupons and other deals the more you spend. My local natural grocery store (Natural Grocers) sends me coupons after I reach specific “spend” goals. The rewards and coupons get loaded automatically in my account… no clipping required! Many grocery stores have their own apps too, where you can browse coupons and deals before you shop. I love my Sprouts app – I check for mobile coupons before I check out and usually save a few bucks on the spot just by checking the app before I checkout.
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