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75%   of  my  shopping  is  done  online... Small town USA....!!!!!  Plus  buying  in multiplies  can  cut  cost  of gluten-free  by  a lot......It is  always  good  to  have  a  small stash  on hand  just  in  case  of an  emergency ie: storms &  such.....

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I live in a nice sized city with multiple health food stores and regular grocery stores with good options, so almost none. Even some of what I do online is from a "local" place near where my husband works so he just picks up what I order and I don't have to pay shipping costs. I'm just a little bit spoiled. ^_^

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I've been using amazonprime but lately it seems like they jack the price way up if it's available for prime shipping so... 

 

really? because  I have never noticed that and I comparison shop all the time. Anything in particular you have noticed..so I can look out for it?

thanks!

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I live in the middle of nowhere. I have Amazon Prime and buy stuff from there all the time... pasta and Better Batter Flour. My daughter sent me a bunch of really yummy gluten-free stuff from Miami, Florida... including Against the Grain baguettes, which defrosted en route and I just refroze 'em. They were delicious... I have one left and am keeping it for something special!

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I am one who avoids processed foods as much as possible (but I am also one who cooks as much as possible), so 85% or so of my shopping is done at my local store. I focus a lot on meats, fresh veggies, that sort of thing. I hit Costco for what I consider my bulk items, including rice. For certain kinds of gluten-free foods, like a loaf of bread or pasta, I buy at my local grocery store, which has a decent gluten-free selection. When it comes to things I can't easily acquire locally, I tend to use Amazon because I'm a prime member. When I buy this way, I know I am buying in bulk.

 

I have also used glutenfreemall.com for purchases (this is because while I love Amazon, I also really, really want competition in the marketplace!).

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When I first went gluten-free with my celiac diagnosis over a year ago now, I went through that phase of trying everything, finding out what brands I prefer, etc.  So I ordered a few things from the giant A, got some gluten-free subscription boxes, and went all over to the stores in my area (I live on the outskirts of a big metro area).  After a few months of doing that, I was like... I need to centralize things.  I have two grocery stores near me, one I shop at regularly, and one on occasion, so I try to get all my products from them.  My usual store had an odd selection, and I actually talked to the grocery manager and told him what products I wanted them to carry, as there were a few select things they didn't have, and now they have them! :)  So, I find it is more economical to try and get what you can locally and at one place.  I also try to eat more things that are naturally gluten-free instead of gluten-free substitutes because muffins and cookies aren't good for the size of my behind. :)

 

Now, if your local store does not carry gluten-free stuff, or if you are feeding like 4+ people gluten-free meals, ordering in bulk online may be easier.   I cancelled my subscription boxes because all they send you is processed stuff, and a bunch of health nut type stuff that happens to be gluten-free that I would never buy normally.  I think I had three orders from the Big A, one of them was bobs red mill pizza crust mix, and I could tell they either did not handle or store the product properly because the yeast packet was completely dead.  This was in a cold weather season so not the time it was on my porch.  They refunded it but it disappointed me and made me wonder how they store things.  

 

Also, places like bobs red mill and king arthur flour have their own online stores, and KAF has good sales and shipping promotions periodically.  So the one plus to online shopping is easier price comparison.  The glutenfreemall.com has similar or lower prices than my local grocer so if I ever want to order in large quantities again, like before the next holiday season, I will probably use them.

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really? because  I have never noticed that and I comparison shop all the time. Anything in particular you have noticed..so I can look out for it?

thanks!

 

I am a huge am-junkie and lately in pretty much in all departments I've noticed a significant cost increase when I go with the prime option. Everything from toys, to electronics, to snacks and bread mixes....if you do a search for something and see the prices offered with free regular shipping and then check off "prime eligible", you'll see the price jump in some cases $10-$15 or even much much more! For a quick example, I see that Chebe cheese bread mix (8pk) is offered from a seller for $34.54 with free shipping but if I want to use prime, it's $44.95.

 

I bought the prime membership because they promoted FREE 2 day shipping but in most cases, it's cheaper to just go with the regular free shipping offer. On occasion, I still find a good deal-  Schar pasta has a good prime price right now (compared to my local grocery store) but overall the good deals seem fewer and fewer lately.

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75%   of  my  shopping  is  done  online... Small town USA....!!!!!  Plus  buying  in multiplies  can  cut  cost  of gluten-free  by  a lot......It is  always  good  to  have  a  small stash  on hand  just  in  case  of an  emergency ie: storms &  such.....

 

Do you mind sharing some of your favorite sites? I always buy in bulk when I can.

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