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Best Grocery Apps For Saving Money On Gluten Free Food

This post is for the busy people. People like me who love to save money but do not have time to clip coupons. This post is also for the avid coupon clipper who just wants to save even more money on groceries. This post is for celiacs. This post is for everyone who has a food allergy or intolerance and loves to save money. This post is for, well… everyone.

Lately I have been traveling fulltime in my rv. That makes trying to keep up with which stores have the best deals tricky and makes finding and matching coupons impossible. Thankfully some amazing coupon apps have come along. I have tried many over the last three months.  A few were great and some were downright time wasters. I have compiled a list of the best ones and am happy to share them with you.

I challenge you to try a few of these apps and let me know how much you saved over the course of a month!

Ibotta

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This is my favorite grocery rebate app. It is simple to use, has great rebates on items I actually use, and has saved/made me a ton of money (95.00 so far in a little over 2 months). My favorite things about this app are the “Any Brand” rebate offers. I am able to save cash on things like veggies, fruits, meats, cereal, and bread, sauces, etc. Since I can use them on any brand I like, I save money on gluten free items that usually do not have coupons available. Ibotta has rebates on alcohol as well. The wine and liquor rebates are on popular brands and are often 3 to 6 dollars off per bottle. Ibotta has many beer rebates as well which helps me save cash on Alan’s non gluten free beers. The amount of rebates and variety of stores available is expansive. Right now at Walmart alone there are over 250 available rebates. Ibotta has a social aspect where your Facebook friends that use the app are on a “team” with you. This helps you complete extra bonuses for even more cash faster.
This app is incredibly simple to use! Just scan the barcode on the item, snap a photo of your receipt, and that’s it! Once you build up 10 dollars in savings Ibotta will transfer your cash to Paypal or you can turn that money into gift cards at tons of stores.

You automatically receive 2 dollars for signing up and redeeming your first rebate within 10 days of signing up for Ibotta.

You can download the Ibotta app here.

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Download it straight from the Google Play Store or App Store and use referral code 6ef7zq

Shrink

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Shrink combines the best of both Ibotta and Berry Cart. This app is definitely one to have in your grocery arsenal. Shrink does exactly what the title says, it helps shrink your grocery bill. There is a section titled “Shrink Exclusives” that contains “Any Brand” rebates on milk, eggs, fruit, and veggies. The best part about using Shrink along with the other apps covered here is the ability to overlap the savings. If Ibotta has 20 cents off tomatoes and Shrink has 25 cents off tomatoes you can use both apps on the same purchases. That means you have saved 45 cents on your purchase. All of these grocery apps can be overlapped and I often get free products this way.
Besides “Shrink Exclusives”, Shrink also has rebates for brands like Smart Flour, Purely Elizabeth, Dr. Praeger’s, and more.

You can download shrink here. Don’t forget to use referral code OOCHPR in the Shrink Exclusive section of the app for exclusive deals!

Savingstar

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SavingStar gives rebates on a few “Healthy Offers” a week and offers a “One or Many” style rebate that is easy and fun to use. With the “Healthy Offers” you can save even more money on fruits and veggies by stacking the offers with other apps.
The “One or Many” offers are unique. These offers are cumulative. Example: You can save 5 dollars when you purchase 30 dollars’ worth of SC Johnson Home Care Products. Most of us don’t plunk down 30 dollars on cleaning supplies at once. But with this app you don’t have to. You have a time limit, usually 30 days, to reach that goal. Anytime you purchase an SC Johnson product, you just scan your receipt. Once you have hit the 30 dollar mark the 5 dollars will be added to your account. You can cash out to Paypal when you have redeemed 5 dollars in rebates.
SavingStar also has many rebates on single items that most of us use every day.

You can download Savingstar here.

Shopmium

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Shopmium is a newer grocery rebate app. Although they do not currently have a large variety of rebates, I still save money and even get free products using this app. Shopmium often has completely free products available. I got a free Chocolate Bar just for signing up. I have also gotten free dish soap and a free bag of salad mix. Often times the Shopmium rebates are the same as ones in the other grocery apps. That means you can double your savings by using both apps on the same product!

You can sign up for Shopmiumfor Android here don’t forget to use the FREE candy bar code kcuchfmm!

Receipt Pal

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This app is very different and one I use every single day! With Receipt Pal all you need to do is snap a photo of your receipt after you buy something and you earn points towards gift cards. You only need to snap photos of 16 receipts a week to get your points. Anything after the first 16 receipts gains you entries into a weekly drawing of $250. This app is great because you can use it to make cash from your everyday shopping trips.

I have saved so much money and had a ton of fun in the process of writing this post. I hope you will try all of or at least a few of these apps to cut the cost of your gluten free grocery bill.

Are you up to the challenge? Try a few of these apps and drop a comment with how much you saved in the first month!

If you have any favorite money saving apps that are not listed here, please post them in the comments below. I would love to try them!

Thick And Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

Who doesn’t love large fluffy pancakes every once in a while? I have tried many recipes for gluten free and even grain free pancakes. I actually came across this one on complete accident.

I have never been a great pancake maker. Mine come out oddly shaped from cramming too many in a too small pan. We like to call them UFO cakes around here. I was searching out a sorghum based pancake recipe since the Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Flour I had lying around was mostly sorghum based. The recipe I found sounded perfect. The title boasted easy tasty no fail gluten free pancakes or some such wonderful sounding wording… Everything was going swell until I had finished mixing the ingredients and got to the end of the recipe. The blogger had put a “cute” little note at the bottom saying that they did not come out as expected and were tasty but crepe like. This is obviously not what I was looking for. Not wanting to waste all of those ingredients I added to and altered what was in my bowl noting my changes for later.

The pancakes turned out way beyond my expectations. I remade them the next morning to see if I could duplicate that success, and once again they worked! These pancakes Are light, thick, fluffy, and perfectly pancakey. plus they are a cinch to whip up!

I served them to Alan three times that week alone. I had trouble getting any because he liked them so much he couldn’t stop eating them. You should have seen his “I love pancakes” grin!

I served his with pure maple syrup and mine with my favorite pancake topping mashed bananas microwaved for a minute or two.

Have you ever had a similarly frustrating recipe attempt turn into something magical? I’d love to hear about it.

Thick And Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakafst
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Cafe Gluten Free Flour Blend or Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ to 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Mix together all dry ingredients.
  2. Mix eggs, coconut oil, and ¾ cup of milk.
  3. Add wet to dry ingredients.
  4. If batter is too thick add milk in one tbsp increments up to ¼ cup total extra milk. (I usually stick with the ¾ cup milk, but due to variances in measuring the flour it may need a bit more.)
  5. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. You may add more coconut oil to the pan if yours is not nonstick already.
  6. Pour pancakes into pan. These are easiest to flip in smaller sizes, but I have carefully managed some monster pancakes with this batter as well.
  7. flip when bubbles just begin to form towards middle of pancake.
  8. Eat with your favorite pancake topping.