Whenever I call a manufacturer to ask a question or complain, I always toss in this statement, “Food allergic families are very brand loyal. If you are looking for a consumer base that will buy your products whether they are on sale or not, you need to cater to food allergies. For us and millions of other families with food allergies, food safety is priceless.”
Did I say priceless?? Because lately it’s become pricey. My trips to the market have become painfully expensive. I know that we don’t have a choice. We can’t buy the generic brand of cheese that’s on sale if it’s not safe. And I also know that we are a healthier family because of food allergies - label reading has its perks. But “ouch” is all I can say after I look at my receipt.
Grocery prices are increasing. This year alone, the USDA estimated food prices to increase 5.5% to 6.5%. So what’s a food allergic family to do? This food allergic family searches the web. When in doubt? Search Google!
The first interesting thing I found was on pioneerthinking.com. Some of the money saving tips are great, like shopping for store specials. Stocking up when a store has one of our safe foods on sale is a great idea! But other ideas, like buying dented cans...err...it’s not that bad, yet...
Other ideas...Coupons! It seems like a good idea but often our safe brands aren’t in the Sunday paper. Then yesterday, while searching The Today Show site, I saw an article that may save my bank account. Jean Chatzky, wrote a piece about e-coupons. She explains where to find them , which ones are good and how to use them. Click here to read her article.
Personally, I was gung-ho about trying these coupons out yesterday. I made my list by searching on several sites, added my savings up (cha-ching!), hooked my lap top up to the printer...NO INK! So, now that I’ve bought $54.00 worth of ink cartridges I’m really ready for some savings! I’ll post how it goes!! Happy shopping!
I hate coupons, like to save money and am brand loyal. I have found may great foods that are made in peanut/nut free facilities at Meijer. I appreciate the fact that I don't have to shop online and generally save money because Meijer is a great place to shop.
I LOVE to use coupons. The only downfall to that is that many (almost all) grocery stores in my are do not accept e-coupons. I don't understand why, and honestly never thought to ask. Good luck on your venture with your coupons.
I LOVE to use coupons. The only downfall to that is that many (almost all) grocery stores in my area do not accept e-coupons. I don't understand why, and honestly never thought to ask. Good luck on your venture with your coupons.
I use a site called foodfacts.com to ensure my family/friends network see my various recipes posted, with all of the ingredients I cannot tolerate. The site offers links to all kinds of resources for every kind of ingredient allergy - so it makes it easy for all of us to find the generic versions or alternate brands. My family is always thinking of me - <3
its great, because they find foods i can eat and tag them for me without having to look anymore! Foodfacts offers a database of ingredient labels - and my little circle focuses on low sugar (Type II diabetes), Gluten Free (Celiac) and organic and unprocessed food sources. Come check me out, HOPE is my handle name. www.foodfacts.com.
food allergy would be more likely to cause vomiting than a skin allergy would. When exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with a doctor to determine what exactly is causing your allergic reaction so preventative measures can be taken.