Want to go vegan but think it’s too expensive? Already vegan but feel it’s breaking the bank? Well, you’re just not doing it right![I’m sorry, that wasn’t very helpful.] Well you’ll love today’s vegan quick tip with my top 10 tips for being vegan on a budget. [tweet this]
Welcome to another vegan quick tip! These vids are all about brevity, so let’s get right to it! Being vegan not only doesn’t have to be expensive but is usually cheaper than eating animal products! [tweet this] Of course every situation is different, but there are links below to some more in-depth video on that subject.
Let’s get to the top ten tips!
Tip #1: Stick to the Perimeter
When you’re in the grocery story, show the perimeter. This is usually where the whole, fresh foods are kept. Eating fresh, unprepared whole foods is not only better on your wallet but also for your health! Avoid the pre-cut produce bags and go for the source.
Tip #2: Buy In Bulk
Many groceries have a bulk section with grains, beans, cereals and more. Buying in bulk rather than pre-packaged goods is usually cheaper. You can also get friendly with the produce manager and see about getting cases of produce at a discount, which is what I do.
Tip #3: Check the UNIT price
Most groceries will have a unit price on the sticker, which says how much it is per unit. It’s an easy way to compare two products for which gives more bang for the buck
Tip #4: Buy Store Brands
If you’re shopping at a chain store grocery, chances are they have their own brand. You know the Cheerios that aren’t actually Cheerios? Store brands are always cheaper and usually just as good if not better.
Tip #5: Visit Farmers Markets
Many areas, even big cities, have farmers markets either seasonally or year round. This is where local farmers come to one location to sell their products. They usually have lower prices than stores and will often give bulk discounts as well.
Tip #6: Community Supported Agriculture
Similar to farmers markets but a little different, with CSAs you sign up with a local farm and have a share of their crops delivered or for pick up usually every week. It’s typically a little bit of everything they have.
Tip #7: Grow Your Own
Nothing’s cheaper and more fulfilling than growing your own food. I have a whole video on that for more information!
Tip #8: Shop In Season
Some fruits and vegetables are very expensive out of season. Shop with the seasons to save.
Tip #9: Plan Your Meals
You can be incredibly efficient with what you purchase if you plan your meals ahead of time, make a grocery list and stick to it! Maybe eat before shopping so you’re not driven by hunger to cram all manner of vegan junk food in your cart…and later your face.
Tip #10: Use Cash!
It may sound silly but when we use cards it’s harder to grasp the money we’re losing. Also, you can take out the exact cash for your weekly grocery budget so it’s easy not to go over your allotted amount.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tip! Do you have other budgeting tips? Share them in the comments!
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➤ My Bulk Produce Car-Free Grocery Haul
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▶︎➤Make Your Own Vegan Substitutes:
➣ Veggie Burger Recipes: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 (some on #6 may have cheese recommended, just remove or substitute with vegan cheese)
➣ Veggie Milks: Almond | Soy | Rice | Coconut | Cashew
➣ Veggie Cheese: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
➣ Veggie Butter: 1 | 2 | 3
➣ Simple Vegan Egg Substitutes
➣ Engine 2 Veggie Burger Guide (No-Oil Methods)
▶︎➤Help Finding Fresh Food & Helping Others! (please comment with any additional resources!)
➣ Ample Harvest (connecting local gardeners with food pantries in the US)
➣ Grow A Row (same concept in Canada)
➣ Learn About Food Deserts & Find Resources For Change from Food Empowerment Project
➣ A Well Fed World
➣ Brown Paper Bag Movement
➣ Philadelphia Community Gardens
➣ Detroit Area Community Gardens
➣ Chicago Community Gardens
➣ NYC Community Gardens
➣ Atlanta Community Gardens
➣ Urban Farming