As you know, my son experienced a surprise (to us) allergic reaction to pumpkin on Halloween.
Ironically, I was asked to appear on the 11 o’clock show on NBC-CT this past Monday to discuss money-saving food allergy tips. As it turns out, one in thirteen children have a food allergy.
The economic impact of this is more than 25 billion dollars annually, with most of that as out-of-pocket expenses. Of course, a lot of money is spent on food!
Here are some of the tips I shared on TV!
Money Saving Tips at Home
Eat at home
There is nothing safer or more frugal than eating at home with a food allergy!
Focus on fresh, frozen or canned safe foods.
Use meal planning templates, apps such as Evernote, Springpad or go to PlantoEat. Stick to the meal plan, even plan your dining out experiences, and you’ll spend less money than if you are making decisions on the fly.
Everyone can get bored with the same old meals–check out Living Without magazine for new recipes and inspiration.
Save Money at the Grocery Store
Collect the weekly circular
Clip the coupons and plan your meals around what is on sale during the week. Many grocers will double coupons up to $1.
Join the discount membership program
There’s no limit to how many you can join. Even consider getting the grocer’s emails to stay on top of bargains.
Stock up when you can
Ten for ten? Yes! Especially shelf-stable canned and dry goods, and frozen foods.
How to Save Money Online
Use specialty food company websites
Print their coupons, and take advantage of bulk discounts.
Deal of the Day websites
How do you save money with food allergies?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: November 6, 2013
Updated on: May 9, 2019