There is a myth going around that it is too expensive to be on a plant-based diet. Well, it is time to get that myth busted! There are ways to have plentiful, filling and fulfilling meals, that won’t empty your wallet. You just have to be a bit more organized and sometimes restrain yourself when in the supermarket.
Here are some tips on how to be a vegan on a budget!
Do it yourself
Most of the things we buy are extremely easy to make. Making your own nut butters, plant milks (like almond milk), kale chips and vegetable spreads are just a few examples. Not only you will get a bit cheaper milk, but it is a lot healthier than store-bought. And you get to use the leftover ground almonds in whatever you like (muffins, oatmeal, cookies…).
Plan your meals ahead
I found that planning my meals for a couple of days ahead makes me more organized. It makes easier to plan my meals according to my budget and keep an eye on it. In this way, I also don’t have to go to the store very often and be tempted each time to buy something I don’t really need!
Grow your own vegetables
If you have a yard, then use it and grow some veggies you like. Not only will you have your own veggies, but you will also enjoy their taste better. If you don’t have a yard, you might want to try indoor gardening.
Buy seasonal vegetables and fruits
They are cheaper and tastier than the veggies that are out of season. Also, be sure to buy them at your local farmer’s market where you can also get a chance for a discount.
Buy food in bulks
Whole grains and beans are cheaper if you buy them in bulk because you are paying for the food and not the packaging. Besides that, you can get as much as you want. I often take small amounts of different beans and grains. In that way, I don’t get myself in a situation where I eat the same thing every day!
Cook in bulk
Cook extra quantity and use the leftover as lunch for the next day. There are also a lot of freezer-friendly vegan meals that can save your day!
Frozen vegetables and fruits are really affordable and they won’t go bad before you use them!
Don’t fall for brands
There are lots of brand products that are nothing special compared to the non-famous ones, except for the price.
Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry
If you have been in this situation, then you know what I mean. If you go in with empty stomach, you risk going out with an empty wallet! It is easier to resist all those vegan snacks around you when your stomach is full.