People give many excuses as to why they can’t go vegan. One reason that you may have heard is that a vegan diet is too expensive to maintain. However, this could not be further from the truth. Many staples of the vegan diet are affordable, such as beans, seeds, grains, and legumes. Many delicious vegan foods can be made without spending an arm and a leg. Believe it or not, you don’t need any fancy vegan products from a speciality health food store. Everything you need to eat vegan is readily available at your local grocery store. In this blog, we will go over tips to help you can enjoy vegan foods on a budget.
When you are shopping for produce, opt for what is in season because it will be less expensive. As an added bonus, fruits and vegetables that are in season are both more delicious and nutritious!
Compare fresh and frozen
Sometimes, frozen fruits and vegetables will be cheaper than their fresh counterparts. Frozen fruits are great for oatmeal, smoothies, and baking, and they will also last much longer than fresh produce. If you do come across a good deal on fresh produce, buy a bunch of it and freeze it for later.
Many go-to vegan foods, like oats, quinoa, nuts, spices, and flours, are sold in the bulk sections of grocery stores. Particularly if you do not need a lot of a specific ingredient, you can save a good amount of money by opting for food from the bulk section instead of packaged foods. This also gives you the opportunity to try different foods before committing to a large package.
In our next blog, we will continue to go over some ways you can save money while shopping for vegan foods. In the meantime, when you need an egg free, dairy free protein bar, try Badass Power Cookie!
Going Vegan on a Budget, Part Two
In our last blog, we started to go over ways you can eat vegan on a budget. In this blog, we will continue to provide ways in which you can eat a plant-based diet without breaking the bank.
Buy organic selectively
In general, though organic food is healthier, it is more expensive, so it can be difficult to buy organic when you are trying to save money. You may choose to buy organic only when it is on sale, or to buy only certain organic items. Prioritize buying organic when there is no peel to protect against pesticides.
They key to saving money in general is to plan ahead. Get flyers from the local grocery stores in the area, and compare their coupons to see where the best place will be to save money on groceries. Make your grocery list based on what is on sale, and plan for multiple meals using the same ingredients to prevent waste.
Make your own meat substitutes
Pre-packaged veggie burgers and vegan cheese, particularly when you are buying them regularly, can really pad your grocery bill. Instead, try making your own meat substitutes. You could make black bean burgers, lentil loafs, or tempeh bacon for a fraction of the cost of packaged stuff. Plus, that way, you know exactly what is going into your food.
There are many retailers online that sell vegan foods for a discount. Even if their original prices aren’t discounted, many online retailers regularly offer coupon codes and sales, so subscribe to a couple of their newsletters to keep informed about the best place to buy your vegan essentials.
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