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Today I want to share with you where you can find gluten-free coupons, deals and discounts. I have found a lot of ways to save money, eat gluten-free on a budget, and even make money in the process (I’m referring to a cool app that pays ME to shop! If you download the app, use my referral code, gbkoahc, to qualify for a $10 sign-on bonus!).
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 subsidizing the wrong foods and making it more tempting and affordable to eat foods that are making our nation fat and sick.
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 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.
10 Places to Find Gluten-Free Coupons and Deals
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 deals, gluten-free rebates and more!
1. Ibotta: I’m completely and utterly addicted to Ibotta. You can get rebates on many of the products you are already buying and you’re basically getting paid to shop when you use Ibotta.
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 had already earned $14 cash back on my purchases.
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 (not just groceries).
2. LOZO: LOZO is an online service that helps you find grocery coupons 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:
- You can browse all the coupons available and add the ones to your grocery list that you want to print.
- You can 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 gluten-free brands I use 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 (LOZO directed me to visit the Enjoy Life website to snag those coupons). Sign up for LOZO here.
3. Amazon Prime: If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get your groceries delivered to you for FREE (when you order $35 or more of groceries). You also get access to many coupons that require no printing, clipping or remembering to bring to the store with you when you shop. In fact, Amazon 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 on the day I wrote this post – score!
5. 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 company websites (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
- Van’s: Sign up for the newsletter and Van’s will send you a printable coupon
- Udi’s: Get a $1 off coupon just by requesting one!
- Annie’s: Several $1 off coupons here – check it out!
- Schar: Get a $2 off coupon just by requesting one.
- Crunchmaster: Get the company’s current coupon here.
Don’t forget to sign up for newsletters from your favorite gluten-free brands. Coupons are often featured in email blasts too.
6. 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 coupon for $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!
The mailers will also alert you to strategic sales. For example, Sprouts offers 25 percent off all its vitamins, supplements and body care products during its quarterly Vitamin Extravaganza sale. The mailers will alert you to these great sales opportunities (and so will Sprouts newsletters – to subscribe to the Sprouts newsletter, you must create an account here).
Also watch for Sprouts’ semi-annual HUGE gluten-free sale when gluten-free products are 40 percent off – a great time to stop up on baking mixes, flours and gluten-free crackers, cookies and more! I know the sale is typically in January, and I believe again in the Fall, but don’t quote me on that.
7. 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!
8. 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. When you do that, you start earning 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 personally use my Sprouts app often. I check for mobile coupons before I shop and check out and almost always save anywhere from $2-$10 – no kidding.
9. Attend Gluten-Free Events: Every year I attend the Nourished Festival and am bombarded with awesome coupons from gluten-free vendors. Attend these kinds of events when they come to your city, and grab a handful of coupons to your favorite brands like Enjoy Life, Canyon Bakehouse and more!
10. Shop Walmart, Aldis and Trader Joe’s: These supermarkets always have everyday low prices that are hard to beat. While I don’t personally love the produce at Walmart, I have found that I can get Glutino cookies and Bob’s Red Mill flours at a low price.
In Denver, we don’t have Aldis, but I have shopped at one before and find their prices unbeatable. Same with Trader Joe’s. I always walk out of Trader Joe’s with a haul and without spending a lot of money. Trader Joe’s has an awesome selection of gluten-free labeled products too, including gluten-free cauliflower gnocchi, baking mixes, frozen pizza, pancake mixes, pasta and more.
I’ve also used my Nima Sensor to test many Trader Joe’s products. Here’s how they fared when put to the Nima test. I’m also addicted to Trader Joe’s cold pressed green juices, which help keep me healthy and save me money because I’m rarely sick.
How Do You Save?
There you have it. I have figured out how to save money, clip coupons and maximize my savings at the grocery store.
I save money in other ways and hope you’ll read my article, 10 Ways to Eat Gluten-Free on a Budget as I learned that saving money doesn’t just come from clipping coupons, but it comes from changing the way I live. For example, I spend much more money on groceries, but less eating out, doctor’s visits and prescription drugs.
Happy [gluten-free] bargain shopping!
PS: I almost forgot to mention a FREE app called the Fig Food Scanner & Discovery app. This app will save you a ton of time at the grocery store by helping you quickly identify foods that you can safely eat. Simple scan the barcode of any grocery store item and Fig will give you a full report on whether or not it’s safe for you. The app is free, and time is money, so downloading Fig is the way to go. (Read my review of the Fig app.)