Help This Reader! How Do You Deal With Food Allergies On A Budget?

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Check out this question from Hip2Save reader, Deanna…

My son is 6 years old, and has severe food allergies – it’s actually easier to name the foods he can have than to list all the ones he is allergic to. Like most people, I am on a super fixed budget but have to buy him the special foods he needs. I love my son and would do anything for him, but it’s hard to spend $5-6 on a loaf of bread.

So my question is, could you ask the Hipster community if they have any money saving tips for people who suffer from food allergies especially foods/drinks free of the top 8 allergens. My son is allergic to peanuts/tree nuts, gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes and beans.


Do you have any frugal tips to help Deanna and other readers with allergies? Have a recipe to share? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Lisa

    I have friends get me Namaste GF flour at Costco. It’s less than $10 for 5 lbs.

    • Evan

      I use the GF flour from Costco as well, and it works very well.. it also has xanthum gum in the mixture. This is my goto flour now.

  2. Lindsey

    Aldi’s!

  3. meg

    Big Lots is my friend! I also buy GF bread mix they get in sometimes. I agree with you 6 dollars for a loaf of bread is craze. I usually just go with out because of that and it does not taste very good. Any time i’m in a grocery store for whatever i browse to see if any GF things are on sale. I am like your son i’m allergic to everything. i could name what i can eat better than what i can’t. I’m sorry you are going through this but trust me you are not the only one. It’s a struggle every day.

    • DEANNA

      Thanks Meg, I will definitely check out Big Lots!

  4. Jenn

    First, a huge thanks to Collin for shining some light on food allergies! 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy and those numbers are on the rise. 3 of my 4 kids have severe food allergies which include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, rice, sesame and sunflower along with a latex allergy so I feel your pain. After years of scouring grocery stores looking for safe processed foods to stock our pantry shelves with and always waiting & wondering if there was a chance that something might have been cross contaminated we’ve finally taken the full leap to almost exclusively eating only whole foods. While it is sometimes more time consuming to cook this way it more than makes up for it by taking away my worries. We stick to mostly fruits, veggies, meat, oats and quinoa. I use an app called flipp and stick to my budget by purchasing which items are one sale each week/in season and then plan our meals around that and it has saved us a TON of money. I also buy in bulk items that are on sale that are freezable. I hope this helps! And a big thanks to everyone out there helping to keep kids like mine safe! 😊

    • Courtney

      My son has milk and soy allergies and we stick to as many whole foods as we can as well. Pretty much all processed food has something in it that he is either allergic to or so unhealthy I have a hard time giving it to him. It is definitely more time consuming but much healthier all around. Luckily both my sons aren’t picky and can live off of fruits, veggies and meat.

    • DEANNA

      Thanks! I wish my son wasn’t such a picky eater, then he would be able to eat a lot more veggies and fruits!

      • Kathy

        My son, now 8, is/was a picky eater too, with many allergies, and my biggest worry was veggies. I sat him down, looked him in the eyes very seriously, and told him (and tell him still, over and over again!): 1) it is so unfair! that he has these allergies, and we are just as disappointed as he is that he can’t eat a lot of things, 2) but this is his burden to bear and God must think he is strong enough and grown up enough to handle it, and 3) it is his job to eat vegetables because it is the most important food for his body to grow (he loves meat, so no worries there…). I stressed that everybody has some burden to bear (gave examples) and this was one of his. I hope I don’t sound preachy; I know it is pretty elementary, but he did come around and eat what was on his plate!

        • Deanna

          Thank you Kathy this helps alot

  5. Jess

    Aldi’s is supposed to be great for GF items. Plus, they have a ton of organic items, which is great to eliminate cross contamination

    • Cee Lee

      I’m genuinely curious… how does organic eliminate cross contamination?

      • K

        I like organic, but I agree that doesn’t really make sense.

      • Valerie

        Organic has zero affect on cross contamination. Don’t tell people that it does. Each product organic or not has to be checked for possibility of cross contamination. My son has celiac and we have to check everything.

  6. Stephanie

    I’m not sure where you live, but I lived in Atlanta and we have Kroger as one of the available grocery stores. They have a “manager’s special” area or portion of an aisle that is the “clearance” of the grocery store with prices as low as 50-70% off. We have been able to find multiple gluten-free products on sale that are still eligible to use a coupon on. We actually make sure to visit every time we shop and its become a scavenger hunt to find grocery items we would actually use on discount (as opposed to just buying items for the sake of the sale). Additionally, there are manager special sections of the meat, produce, dairy, frozen, etc. departments that allow us to save on our other grocery items. However, this is a pretty rare find as most of our other grocers don’t have a “clearance” section. As an additional tip- buying bags of rice in bulk from an any sort of large Asian-specialty market typically has saved us a ton of money since you can buy the 20 lbs as once for as cheap as the 5-lb bags at the standard grocers. We just scoop a “normal” portion into an airtight container for easy access and the rest stays at the bottom of the pantry.

  7. Jen

    To save $ its best to make it yourself. There are many bread recipes (that are also delicious) that use gluten free oats & brown rice flour … gf oats tend to be pricey I usually buy the 2lb package at big lots for 6$ it’s nice because you accumulate points and they send you a 5 off 15 purchase… at my big lots they have a lot of allergy friendly options, I get brown rice flour from bulk bin at Winco (they have a lot of bulk stuff for very good prices) I also make yummy granola bars with the gf oats, dates, nuts, (but sunflower seeds would work) honey, coconut and no-nut butter (I add chocolate chips for my kids), simple banana or pumpkin muffins with oat flour or coconut flour & applesauce & cinnamon tend to be pretty enjoyed by kids even my picky niece likes them … sorry food allergies are rough

    • Valerie

      Just an FYI, if you have a food allergy you cannot buy from the bulk bins in stores. There is an extremely high risk of cross contamination due to the bins not being cleaned thoroughly between products, for example a bin that holds GF flour today may have held a product containing gluten last week. Also, because they are open bins you cannot trust that someone didn’t use the wrong scoop or accidentally mix in some of the products in surrounding bins.

  8. krybs

    my 1 year old has gluten, soy and dairy so I completely understand your pain. I do a lot of shopping online (jet.com, vitacost.com), aldi and sprouts. I have also gotten away from what I “think” she needs ie bread etc. We focus a lot on a protein, fruit and vegetable. I then plant a garden with my kids in the summer so that they get involved and it helps save on the costs of produce. I freeze whatever I can (not usually much with the way they eat). I try to stock up when things are on sale and get special treats when they are reasonably priced. Meal planning has helped me as well. Our entire family has changed to eating the same way our 1 year old does. Instead of Milks we do OJ with calcium, then play lots outside to get the vitamin D. I make my menu based upon what’s on sell for the week. I always keep a big bag of quinoa or rice around as our starch. I hope this helps!

  9. Sammy

    I found gluten free flour 5 lbs at Sam’s for $4.41. Maybe see if you have a friend or neighbor who has a Sam’s card. Aldi is great for gluten free items. Target cartwheel frequently has discounts on gluten free items and stacked with coupons make for awesome deals.

  10. Fawn

    Make it yourself. Buy me he flours he can have and make your own blend. Invest in a good bread machine. Shop sales and stock up when you can. Do not buy into the hype of the grocery premise stuff. Keep a couple on hand for when time is short and a special treat. Remember Whole Foods are your friends (not the store actual Whole Foods) focus on what he can have. Cook only on meal and make modifications there for others in the family. I use ibotta and checkout when I can and also know that in January is the best deals on “health food” buy in bulk when possible. Amazon is my friend.

  11. Hollie

    We stick to fruit veggies and meat mostly. We just don’t eat bread rather than spending a lot of gluten free brands. We try to buy fruits and veggies in season to save money. Also, I freeze extras to use for recipes later if they are on sale

  12. Amy

    Once money saving option, is to call/write/email the companies you use often. My son will only eat one brand of chicken nuggets. They are $4 for a small box. I wrote them, and they sent me 5 coupons for free box of nuggets and lots of $1 off coupons.

  13. Bonnie

    I don’t suffer from allergies, but simply don’t care much for bread, so I make “sandwiches” using lettuce instead. Aldi has been named one of the best groceries for organics, we used to shop there when we lived in Germany, and it was great then too.

  14. Becky

    Go for a simple diet.. we are whole food plant based on a budget and had my son on a special diet for a while. Skip the bread and just do whole grains.. quinoa and rice are gf… those were our staples for a while along with green smoothies. I’m not sure about beans and nuts though bc we use those a lot.

  15. RZ

    These days people tend to eat out a lot, but the easiest, cheapest, and healthiest thing to do is to cook everything yourself (esp. when food allergies are a concern). Eat whole foods (instead of processed stuff, which is neither cheap nor free from allergens/contaminants), and for things like bread- you can buy a bread maker on sale and make your own easily (freeze some for later too). Manufacturer’s coupons are also great for special items that you really enjoy.

  16. beverlyguywriter

    If you have Ollie’s Bargain Outlets or Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in your area, they can be good places to find allergen-free products, though the selection is hit or miss. I’ve also found great deals at several locally owned grocery outlets.

  17. Nicole

    My son has 15+ allergies (corn, soy, gluten, oats, many grains, all nuts, tomatoes, chicken, etc). We went to a real foods diet as well. We buy things like organic rice, organic quinoa in bulk at Costco. We also buy large bags of other organic staples from Azure standard organic coop. We grocery shop a lot and hit up weekly sales at Sprouts, Grocery Outlet and go to 2-3 farmers markets a week. We save money by never eating out since it’s almost impossible to find restaurants that don’t use corn & soy.

    The kids get dinner leftovers (usually meat & veggies) in a thermos for lunch. We buy Nicks’ sticks, Epic bars or wild planet sardines for emergency/on the go/traveling food. We’ve don’t do sandwiches anymore and pretty much have given up bread. But sometimes the .99 only store has Udi’s bread. It’s cheaper to make your own bread and especially if you grind your own flour with a vitamix dry container. We do make muffins but not use any grains and use: pumpkin or sunflower seeds, carrots, apple, banana, cinnamon, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, little stevia, etc. I know it doesn’t sound very good but my son appreciates them.

  18. Mbohn613

    My daughter is has significant allergies, about 30 food items, from peanuts and sunflower seeds to beans and peas. I don’t really have a solution but feel your pain. On top of the cost, how do you make it heathy? She can eat all the hotdogs she wants but is that what I really want to give her?

    • SmartShopper

      All beef hotdogs with no nitrates would be your best option. Keep an eye out for coupons.

  19. jos419

    Shop at Aldi as much as you can and cook and bake from scratch. Scratch is usually way cheaper than premade. You can also make a ton and freeze or store

  20. jos419

    There is a good recipe on Pinterest for homemade goldfish crackers you can adjust for allergies!

  21. sebrugger

    I read your post and comments from others. And I’m shocked to hear that I’m not alone with the kid who has too many food allergies to list. Like others, we have found some acceptable gluten free products at Aldi but we only buy them in a pinch. But like many have suggested, most of the time I cook from scratch. We order through Amazon subscribe and save to make our own flour blend. The pasta brand we like best is Tinkyada/Pasta Joy. They sell this at Walmart (and my local grocery stores). Every so often it goes on clearance and I’ll stock up! We generally don’t buy bread products, but when I do it’s Canyon Bakehouse which is sold at Target. It often has a cartwheel discount and there are also manufacturer coupons that you can get from the company. The second most tasty bread is the LiveFree from Aldi. We also go to the gluten free expo near us every year. We not only get to taste various allergy friendly products that are clearly labeled, we go home with tons of samples and coupons. The biggest way we save is twofold. First we buy fresh foods (and meats) when they are in season and on sale. Second by shopping the clearance aisles, Target and Walmart being the two national chains, and often find tons of boxed gluten free products on substantial markdowns.

  22. K

    After having to go gluten free I find myself just not eating things I used to. Instead of bread for hamburger let’s say, I will just use lettuce. I understand the want to substitute bread and other items but the thing is; I learned I really don’t need to eat those things at all it’s just the normal to everybody else. That is how we’ve grown up and that’s how Society has told us to eat . Honestly you’re better off just eating non-processed food all together. I understand feeling left out, I still get bummed out once in a while at work when everybody else can eat “normal” and I can’t . You have to deal with all the parties and the cake and the donuts , but it does get easier over time. If you have the opportunity to shop local farmer’s markets and then can food it may be worth looking into too.

  23. Sue

    Food allergies are tough on the whole family. I get 20 lb royal basmati rice from Asian grocery stores and make different kinds of fried rice and pack it in a thermos for lunch to school. These stores also have rice noodles – Wai brand- that comes from Thailand. The Indian section also carries huge bags of puffed rice to use as cereal. The Simple truth gluten free flour from Kroger works well for pancakes. I substitute apple sauce instead of eggs.
    This is a great post on hip2save and I appreciate all the ideas put forth…. thanks guys ……u r the best!

  24. Another Michelle

    I suggest talking to your local food pantry about your situation and asking if they can help set aside items which may be donated and appropriate for your son.

    • E

      Yes! I was sorting food at our local food pantry today and we saved out GF items for one of our volunteers who has celiacs. We get in many GF and allergen free things, it always amazes me. I know we have income requirements, but I’m not sure what they are, I just sort food.

      • Another Michelle

        Yes, our pantries get organic foods and GF foods all the time. People should really take advantage of these resources.

    • Deanna

      Good idea

  25. Annie

    Publix also has a clearance stand rgat gets gluten free and “health food” items. I also use rebate apps like ibotta, BerryCart and Checkout51.

  26. SmartShopper

    I understand your pain of paying high prices for allergy friendly food. I shop Costco and Trader Joe’s. I have an allergy to all grain (including rice and corn, which are naturally gluten free) and an allergy to dairy. Yes, I’m grain free and dairy free. It can be tough. This is what I eat on a typical day: Breakfast is an organic extra large egg (hard boiled) with a Kind nut bar and herbal hot tea. Lunch is a salad (EVOO and vinegar as a dressing) along with a few slices of Applegate Farms lunch meat (rolled up), as I don’t eat bread. Then I’ll have cut up veggies such as broccoli, carrots and celery sticks and dip them into spicy guacamole. Yum! The spicy guacamole is great at giving you a punch of flavor. Snacks are Paleo crackers with sardines or turkey summer sausage sliced (no nitrates) along with black olives. I then drink one bottle of GT’s Kombucha (raw and organic fermented tea with beneficial probiotics) and one 8 oz glass of home made chicken bone broth (to help heal my leaky gut). Dinner is what ever meat is on sale (today is dry rubbed chicken drum sticks) with mashed potatoes (in my Instant Pot) made with Cashew milk and organic Earth’s Best butter alternative (dairy free). Dessert is Kirkland’s organic fruity snacks, jello, banana slices covered in dark chocolate or vanilla meringue cookies. What ever we are in the mood for.
    The best prices for what I eat: Trader Joe’s for the x-large organic eggs (they are HUGE) and for the Applegate Farms lunchmeat. Costco for a 6 pk of GT’s Kombucha. I buy my meat and veggies wherever it is on sale. My favorite Paleo food blogger is Danielle Walker from @againstallgrain Her “real deal chocolate chip cookies” are so close to regular cookies. Also her breakfast waffles (made from raw cashews) are the best. My hubby, who is a picky eater and loves fast food, will even eat these two Paleo items. I am in the Chicago, IL suburban area so my prices many be higher than other states. Good luck to all who have allergies. I know your pain.

  27. Lana

    Our 33 yr old daughter is gluten free and they often find gluten free breads for $1 at the local scratch and dent type grocery store-Deal Mart. When they find them they buy as much as they can get into their freezer which hopefully gets them through until they find it again. Aldi is helpful when I cook for her. I also freeze things just for her like I made a batch of cupcakes she can eat for Easter and then she had some on my birthday, Mother’s Day and her daughter has a birthday coming up for which I will bring some along.

    I was allergic to everything your son is plus most fruits and many other foods for 27 years. I had a limited budget too but just stayed with what I could eat that was fresh and in season and stayed away from expensive processed allergy free foods. I cooked separate meals for me so that the other 6 members of the family were not eating expensive special foods. Thankfully I can eat anything now because of alternative medicine.

    • Deanna

      Thanks Lana. I’m really hoping and praying he grows out of most of them.

      • Jamie

        Lana, Can I ask what you mean by alternative medicine? Just curious.

        • Lana

          I went to a kinesiologist who cleared my body of infections and allowed my immune system to heal. Today I am well and drug free.

  28. Sonia

    If you email the companies directly that sell the products you like, they will send you coupons every 3 months in the regular mail. For instance if you contact “Enjoy Life” and request coupons, they will send you some and allow you to submit another request in 3 months. I used to create one mass email and blind copy all of the companies that I wanted to request
    Coupons from and send out the one big email every few months requesting from dozens of companies.

    • Deanna

      That’s a great idea. Thanks!

  29. Cindy

    I noticed my local grocery store had some meat marked down first thing in the mornings (still valid expiration dates) and have seen the large fruit platters that were expiring also marked down. Had to get there when they opened but worth checking out.

    • Deanna

      Thankyou! I think our Savemart does this too.

  30. Casey R

    We have five kids and each person has unique allergies in our family, adding up to no gluten, corn, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, onions, dyes, eggs, bananas. It’s crazy to keep it all straight, but somehow i do! I shop at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. Costco has great options that are organic and tons of produce. Trader Joe’s has consistently good prices. Whole Foods has an app and in-store coupons and accepts MF coupons, so I go there for sales and a few specialty items. I also check Vitacost and other online sites for deals — Thrive Market gave me a free membership for being low income, and they have plenty of safe foods! We try to stick to meat, fruit, and veggies for meals, but I make homemade tortillas from cassava flour I get on Amazon, or we buy rice cakes in bulk at Aldi for sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. We are on a very low income but prioritize food above other things to make it work. It’s worth it!

    • Deanna

      I love the rice cake sandwich idea!

  31. Julie

    Hey Deanna! Have you ever heard of OIT, aka Oral Immunotherapy? Changed my food allergic teen’s life! Search OIT 101 for tons of info 😊

    • Julie

      I realized how spammy my comment sounds😬 I’m just talking about an allergy treatment some doctors offer.

    • Deanna

      I will look into it. Thanks!

  32. Deborah

    We deal with this. Basic whole foods was our answer. Every week I cook a big crockpot stew with either chicken or beef, along with inexpensive veggies such as carrots, celery, onion. You don’t need any sauce, and you will quickly start to like the basic taste. We have gradually found lots of different allergy-free noodles we can serve this over, and they do go on sale. We even buy some six-packs of noodles on Amazon. Oatmeal is our mainstay breakfast, and we vary the toppings. (Dairy-free chocolate chips are expensive, but you don’t need a lot for it to look like a treat to a child.). Because of how much the bread costs, we have cut way back. At first I really missed it. Cook hamburgers without anything added, cook whole chickens and then make broth with the bones, make lettuce wraps, and so on. You will start finding the sales! Look at every single store. I no longer spend more on food than I used to, and we are overall eating a much healthier diet.

    • Deanna

      Thankyou!

  33. Ann

    Our son is milk and gluten free. Target price for a loaf of gf bread is $4 or less. *Combine cartwheels and coupons at target for canyon bake house or udis bread. ** and mobisave or Ibotta
    as available
    **Target has 10 off 50$ on groceries several times a year before holidays, so stock up then on Bobs red mill gf flour, gf pasta, and gf bread and include coupons and you will save more $
    *take advantage of 30% online coupons at canyonbakehouse
    *Don’t be loyal to just one brand; follow the coupons and stack with Ibotta/MobiSave etc. rebates and you will save
    HTH!

    • Ann

      2/3 of the time I get gf bread for $3 a loaf

  34. CCR

    Try Aldi, a whole shelf of gluten free stuff and not to mention organic products too!

  35. Sarah

    I have been eating this way for over ten years. Here are a few things that work for us.

    – Eat a Whole Foods diet cutting out all processed foods.
    – Look at a meal planner like realplans.com. You can customize everything about the meals that you can eat and enjoy.
    – Try to heal your digestive system with a diet like GAPS or AIP. They are temporary diets, but are designed to actually heal so that foods can be introduced once again. This has been key for me going from less than five foods for over a year to almost fifty now.
    – Involve your child and family. It is easier on mom when everyone is on board.

    Best of luck. I know it is not easy!

  36. Lauren

    Ever hear of wildtree? It is an all natural, gmo free organic line of food. They have lots foods that cater to people with food allergies and specialize in meal planning! I have been eating it for over 3 years and I recently started selling it to earn extra money for my daughters speech therapy πŸ™‚ I’d love to help anyone with questions, email me anytime at wildtreewithlauren@yahoo dot. Com. I’d love to help you find delicious meal time solutions! Facebook.com/groups/wildtreewithlauren

  37. Janet

    My family deals with multiple food allergies (each of us has our own set lol). Some suggestions are:
    –when Target has the $$ of grocery coupons (ex:$5 of $25), use them to stock up on allergy friendly foods and ingredients
    –check clearance areas
    –Whole Foods (the store) gift cards purchased off of Raise.com
    –use regular sales to your advantage. We have Sprouts locally and they run a freezer sale. Buy by the case and they will also give case discount. They also run a gluten free sale
    –use your library. Check out free cookbooks and other books. There is a lot of good info out there. Check Amazon for free cookbooks if you have a Kindle. Think outside the box on this. Look for gluten free, vegan (no dairy) cookbooks, etc.
    –if you can score a supply of ingredients to favorite recipes (especially baked goods) make your own ‘mix.’ When I make my daughters favorite muffins, I set up a line of containers on the counter. (they can be zip lock bags, glass jars, etc.) I measure out a set of the ingredients into each container. Presto–muffin mix on hand for when I am in a hurry. Same goes for cookies, bread, etc. the mixes are then stored in the freezer or fridge–just let it set out to reach room temp. before using
    –if you have the room, have a freezer. Flours freeze and that really extends their shelf life. We got our chest freezer for a great price from Home Depot–it was a post on hip2 save πŸ™‚
    –have a freezer cache. every time I make a recipe, I stash a couple (muffin, cookie, protein bar, whatever) in a dedicated container in the freezer. When in a hurry, we can grab and thaw. Cuts down on grabbing prepackaged.

    Good luck!

    • Deanna

      Thanks Janet

  38. tracy

    My daughter has multiple food allergies as well & I write to the companies, sign up to their pages, emails, http://www.allnaturalsavings.com, & I go to the GF & AF Expo every year. All natural savings is kind of like HIP2SAVE but for the stuff that NEVER goes on sale. And the GF & AF Expo is amazing! You get to try all the foods, buy them there cheaper, get tons of coupons, talk to the companies. It’s awesome! I also recommend joining groups for food allergies on Facebook, we always alert others of great deals, etc!

    • Deanna

      Thanks

  39. KM

    Vitacost.com has a lot of foods for specialty diets, including dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, etc. The prices are generally good and they have frequent sales. This week they had 20% off a food purchase of $50 or more. Also, I go with my mother-in-law to Costco to pick up a 10 lb. bag of Lundberg organic short grain brown rice. It’s our family’s favorite because it is more tender and moist than long grain brown rice. It’s texture makes it very versatile. It is also more nutrient- and fiber-dense than white rice.

  40. Renee

    I’m so sorry y’all have to deal with so many food allergies! These comments are making my head spin and I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it! I wish I could give all of you moms a big hug for all the hard work you do to keep your kiddos safe and healthy!!

    • Deanna

      Thank you… It is nice to know that there are ao many other allergen free families out there. Thanks for the hugπŸ˜‰

  41. Traci

    We are in a similar situation. I have 4 kids and the allergies vary, but our first has the most, and the most severe reactions. An earlier poster mentioned Azure Standard….if you are in an area where they deliver, this has been a great resource for us! I also get a few items on Amazon Subscribe and Save. Prices can vary on both, so I’m always price checking. Kroger (Dillon’s), too, sometimes offers very good sales. Several years ago I saved up gift money and bought a grain mill. I’ve been able to order the gf grains we use in bulk (Azure), grind them myself, and mix flours as needed. We have a quick cracker recipe, a good graham cracker recipe (makes great pie crust too!), breads, etc. We limit those things, but when they need/want some we don’t spend an arm and a leg.

  42. Izzy

    My son also has allergies to many of the food you listed. We give him rice as an alternative to bread and pasta. You can find bulk 20 lb rice for less than $20. It last us around 2 months. As for calcium, he can have OJ, oatmeal and salmon, kale chips, etc.

  43. Deanna

    Thank you for everyone that commented! You guys gave me some great ideas to work with. I feel better to know I’m not alone in this. And appreciate Collin for posting! ❀❀❀

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome! πŸ˜‰

  44. Magdalena

    Due to my Hashimotos thyroid condition, I eat GF, Soy-Free and mostly Diary-Free (I can tolerate some products). Aldi is my friend and has great options for fresh, shelf-stable, and frozen foods). I also always visit clearance shelves wherever I shop (Publix, Kroger, Target, Walmart). I almost always find something I can eat. I also use my local farmer’s market where I can buy fruit and veggies, rice noodles, rice flours and rice REALLY cheap. I try to make my own bread from time to time but it’s quite a task for a full time working mom. I usually make a batch of muffins w/fruit or oatmeal muffins or fruit bars on a weekend, freeze it and use it as breakfast or snack throughout the week. I also freeze homemade batch of pancakes and waffles so I always have options for a quick meal. Since I cook 99% meals at home, my whole family eats what I eat.

  45. Isa

    A little late to the post but WinCo! And no membership fees. They carry almond flour, and all kinds of other specialties by the bulk and sell as little or as much as you want and at a good price. Imake my own yogurt to make sure it is lactose free and use it in smoothies, or make cream cheese with it. The bread and muffins I make with coconut or almond flour and use ground pepeitas for ‘breading’ chicken nuggets, and they’re delicious. It felt overwhelmig at first but you get used to avoiding all the ca ned and boxed aisles at the store and its super healthy for everyone. A worthwhile investment for your health in the long run.

  46. Pat

    I know what she is going through. My brothers don’t have allergies but they are challenged which is just as bad. One has a list of food that he will eat which is shorter than the ones he won’t (and there is no reason other than it is in his head which is what is frustrating) and the other has crohns and thinks almost all foods are aggravating his crohns. I have to make two different dinners at night. Frank will eat tomato paste or tomato sauce but will not touch any of the ragu’s or prego’s because it says tomato pieces. He will eat store bought pumpkin pie but will not eat homemade pumpkin pie (nobody understands that). He will eat Tyson chicken nuggets but no other brand. He only eats cheese pizza. He doesn’t eat any canned vegetables. the only vegetables he will eat is cauliflower, brocolli, carrots, potatoes, and radishes to name a few. No corn, no beans, no peas………. There is no use in arguing with him cause you can’t get anywhere. He will apoligize that he won’t eat it but he won’t. George is afraid that everything hurts his crohns so he is hard to please too. Now that Frank has been told he has high cholestrol and high blood pressure he is even worse. he pretty much cooks for himself now cause he is afraid to get something he isn’t supposed to eat. I used to love cooking now I totally dread it and hate it. I buy from the grocery store when it is on sale or clearance and I use coupons. Other than that I have no advice.

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