I have been a big fan of Earth Balance Buttery Spread for the last several years since it’s dairy, nut, and egg free. Plus, it’s low in cholesterol and actually taste delicious and has a nice flavor in baked goods. However, I have NOT been a fan of the price. I get it– manufacturers price gauge those with food allergies or special food sensitivities because they know that we HAVE TO purchase their products and have limited alternatives.
I spent about 20 minutes at our local grocery chain Meijer last week reading ingredient labels for different types of margarine. Come to find out, Smart Balance Light w/Flaxseed Oil is actually distrbuted by the same company (Boulder Brands, USA, INC) that distributes Earth Balance Buttery Spread and it’s only $2.99 for a 15oz container compared to $3.99 for a 15oz container. This may not seem like a big deal to most, but for our family it is a nice savings. Especially during the holiday season when my homemade baking increases by about 70% and I use vegan butter like it’s going out of style! Additionally, the container states on the bottom it is, Non-Dairy, Vegan, Lactose-Free, Gluten-Free, Gelatin-Free, Expeller-Pressed Oils, Non-GMO and has 0g Tans Fat. WE HAVE A NEW WINNER!
I try to find little savings everywhere because, as you most likely know, grocery shopping with multiple-food allergies on a budget is very challenging. I posted a great article last year that was based on a survey done by Northwestern University on families with food allergies. The conclusion was that $25 billion dollars is spent each year on food allergies and thus roughly $4200 on each person with food allergies. I’m sure this number has since grown and is probably closer to $10,000 for our family of 2 boys, each with multiple food allergies! This is a good reminder that families with food allergies are paying much more than the average consumer. If we can find little savings here and there it is definitely worth it in my book!