There are many ways to reduce the cost of a plant-based diet. Eating compassionately does not have to be expensive.
- Don’t use vegan milks, vegetarian meats, or other foods that imitate animal products. These foods are usually expensive.
- Buy in bulk. Buy food at Costco or a grocery warehouse.
- Cook everything from scratch. If you cook from scratch, meals will take a longer time to cook. For example, some beans need to soak overnight. However, beans are still easy to cook, and you can multitask while they are cooking.
- Buy cans.
- Use coupons.
Here are vegan foods that are cheaper:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Peanut butter
Uncooked, dry foods and cans are usually very cheap. Buy these foods dry or canned:
- Beans (garbanzo beans, black beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans, etc.)
- Lentils (red lentils, green lentils, french lentils, etc.)
- Split peas
To add taste to these foods, use spices, oils and nutritional yeast. You probably have spices and oils in your home already, and you can purchase nutritional yeast at your grocery store.
Staying healthy on a budget:
To be as healthy as possible on a vegan diet, you will need non-dairy milk and a source of omega-3 fatty acids. These foods are affordable. However, if you are on a super strapped budget, then instead of eating these foods every day, eat them every other day. If you really can’t afford them at all, then don’t go completely vegan yet. Wait until you can afford those foods before going fully vegan.
If vegetarianism or veganism is really important to you, and your parents won’t or can’t buy you vegetarian or vegan food, buy your own food. To do this, you may need to get a job to have your own source of money.
If you’ve exhausted all these tips and still can’t afford to go vegetarian or vegan, see this article.