Yesterday I drove to Lancaster, CA for the day to do some shopping. I decided to go to a Walmart Supercenter and see what their prices were on food. If you have never been to a big Walmart like this, go. Their prices are amazing and the variety of food was almost overwhelming especially when you come from a small town and the Vons doesn’t have as big of a selection of fresh produce. In size, they were about even, but the prices were half or lower than what we spend here. I’ve been trying to eat more fresh fruits and veggies to help me lose weight, but when one bell pepper costs almost $3 you don’t want to because you can’t afford it.
As I was wandering up and down the isles looking for stuff for everyone in my family, I noticed a few items that were gluten-free. Then I looked up. They had a whole gluten-free section down one isle. I wasn’t hidden either. There it was in the front, closest to one of the main isles. I expect to pay a lot more for gluten-free foods. You have to. Gluten-free is considered “specialty” items and there-for cost more. I got Gluten-Free Bisquick for $4.29 a box, here at home it’s on sale for $6.29 a box. I got pasta and bread mix by a Schar (out of Italy) that I have a hard time finding.
I called my dad and grandma and all I could tell them was that I was amazed at how cheap everything was and that they had a gluten-free section. More and more stores are providing us Celiacs with gluten-free options but to have a whole section of an isle is amazing to me. I live so far away from a Whole Foods Market and even they can be little pricey, but now I know that I have an option that is closer.