One family's adventures of cooking gluten free on a budget

About Me

Welcome to On A Dime and Out of Time!

Living in Bismarck, North Dakota with my husband and three children, like most moms I wear many hats- cook, housekeeper, financial planner, chauffeur, and so many many more things.  Also like most moms, there aren’t enough hours in the day or dollars in the wallet. Over the years, I have learned how to get dinner to the table as quickly as I can for as inexpensively as I can. 

At age 5, my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease- an autoimmune disease of the small intestine in which the body attacks itself when anything with gluten is consumed. Gluten is a protein found in such grains as wheat, barely, rye and all of their derivatives.   A few short months later, my other two children and husband were diagnosed.  My whole world and how I thought about food was changed forever.

My family needs to be 100% gluten free as that is the only “medicine” or treatment for their disease. The only problem- being gluten free is expensive! Products can be 10 to 100 times the cost of their regular gluten filled counter parts and unfortunately, a Celiac diagnosis didn’t come with an increase in income. I had to quickly learn how to cook gluten free in a way that was healthy, fast and inexpensive.

This blog is about my real life. I am a regular mother. I drive a mini-van and I buy my clothes at Walmart. Don’t use fancy products or equipment, and live in an apartment with limited space. I use coupons, meal plan and budget. The meals I cook and the techniques I use to save money have been learned from my parents and grandparents as well as trial and error in the real world when I became a wife and mother. I am a military brat, who has lived across the world, being exposed to a wide array of cultures and foods. A daughter of a southern woman who taught me the value of a dollar and how to show love through my actions and food. My father’s daughter, adding a little spice and flare to my food, personality and all that I do. An adopted Mid-Western who has fallen in love with fall, the trees and lakes, apples and hot dishes. A mom who learned how to cook gluten free so that her kids never have to go without the basic pleasures of life like eating a warm chocolate chip cookie on a cold rainy day.

My mission is to teach how to budget, plan, shop and cook on a budget. To help both the folks new to this journey and the old pros who may need some new inspiration. 

Join me on my journey to eating gluten free on a budget!