Hi, we are currently getting some assistance with food stamps as my dh is a new teacher and I stay home with our kids. Money is VERY tight, so I do all I can to save. We eat mainly gluten-free meals, and make substitutes for my daughter when needed. I have found that making her bread and crackers and pancakes from scratch really saves us a lot. I couldn't begin to pay $5 for a loaf of bread! Not to mention that the one I did buy when she was diagnosed last winter tasted like styrafoam! The main gluten-free products we buy are rice spagetti (which we only use for her, we use the regular and watch for cross contamination, saves $) and the various flours. I also get her the Bob's Red Mill gluten-free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal. She loved oatmeal, and this really helps. Seeing how I am only feeding a 5 year old, though, it goes a ways! It was an investment in the beginning though, getting all the ingrediants and a Kitchen-Aid mixer. Our parents were wonderful and pitched in to help us with that expense. If family is unable or unwilling, perhaps one of the community service groups could. Maybe even contact your local celiac disease support group and see if anyone has any ideas. It helps to get all the info together so you will know what to do when you get the results. Good luck!