A lot of times when I speak to someone who is considering going vegan a big concern is the price. Vegan is considered expensive but it doesn’t have to be there are many ways you can take the leap and be vegan on a budget.
Fresh or Frozen?
For example, a lot of the cost is said to come from buying a lot of fresh produce but you don’t have to buy fresh, frozen is commonly cheaper and is more nutritious as the majority of the time it is frozen when it is at its peak ripeness. No nutrients are lost during the freezing process.
Buy it in bulk
If you purchase your items in bulk it can bring your shopping bill down an astounding amount. Things you can buy in bulk include nuts, spices and dried fruits. Buying larger packets is often cheaper by weight
Shouldn’t I be buying organic?
You don’t have to buy organic! They do tend to be more expensive and in my opinion, this isn’t worth it when you are trying to be healthy on a budget sometimes sacrifices will have to be made. Though it is worth checking the organic section for sales from time to time.
Brands not required.
Don’t go straight for the brand names. Much of the time it’s the same thing in a different package so you need to shop wisely things you should consider buying shop-branded is – rice, pasta, oatmeal baking supplies, and snacks.
Clubcard (they are for everyone)
So many shops these days offer a club card offering points or benefits for being a loyal shopper. Take advantage. Tesco has a fantastic loyalty card where they will provide money off vouchers and vouchers for products they think I’ll like every quarter.
There are so many fantastic options online with great deals. Keep an eye out in your vegan groups for coupon codes and referrals for some fantastic deals.
Ditch the package
Avoid packaged foods. Cooking your own food is not only healthier but works out a lot cheaper. You can make a dinner and use the leftovers for a healthy lunch the next day. Take advantage of your freezer when you are cooking foods that can be prepared in bulk and then frozen. You can also be assured your being kinder to the environment and your garbage bill by losing all that plastic
Do I need vegan substitutes?
Vegan substitutes (Mince, Chicken, and Beef) are good when you are in the transitioning period but they can also be very expensive. If you live in a rural area you will notice that vegan products don’t have a high turnover and so end up reduced very often. Snap them when you can and freeze (if appropriate) When it comes to veggie burgers consider making your own it is much cheaper and they taste better than their store-bought counterparts.
But what kind of food can you have when on a budget?
- Pasta dishes
- Beans and Rice
- Potato bakes
- Burrito bowls
- Vegetables & hummus
- Baked potatoes
- Baked fries
- Oatmeal with a variety of toppings