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6 Tips to Eat Vegan on a Budget

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6 Tips to Eat Vegan on a Budget

There’s a common misconception that a vegan diet is also an expensive one, but I don’t think that has to be the case at all! Sure, if you eat lots of fake meat products and load up your cart with out of season veggies, a vegan diet can definitely break the bank. If an omnivore ate nothing bit filet mignon and fancy cheeses, that would get pretty expensive too, right?

The keys to stocking a vegan pantry without maxing out your food budget is pretty simple: eat real food, and cook from scratch when you can. Does that seem easier said than done? Don’t fret! Here are some tips and tricks for eating a healthy, vegan diet without spending too much money or giving up too much precious free time.

1. Cook from Scratch

Cooking from scratch probably sounds time-consuming, but with a bit of planning it’s very easy to work this into your schedule. Pre-processing your food can go a long way. I don’t mean canning, though. I mean soaking beans and chopping veggies. When you get home from the store, cut up your veggies before you put them away in the fridge. If you know you want to make a bean dish, soak the beans overnight to speed up cooking time. It’s so much easier to make a meal after a long day when some of the prepwork is already done.

2. Essential Cooking Tools

The right tools can help you save a ton of time and money in the kitchen. Here are the things my kitchen would be empty without:

  • Rice cooker. Get one that includes a steamer basket. You won’t be sorry.
  • Slow cooker. Choose one that’s the right size for your family. If there are just two of you, you don’t need a giant slow cooker. For a big family, size it up so that you can cook a whole meal in there.
  • Food processor or blender. Mincing garlic and making sauces is a breeze if you have a good food processor.

>>Next: Low maintenance meals and batch cooking

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:27AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

thanks for article

1:12PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

I try to minimise preparation and energy use by choosing basic foodstuffs not requiring cooking. Simple, fast, and the lack of taste-temptation caused by recipies helps my portion control. It costs less too.

10:14AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

4:27AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

for all of you who don't have a farmers' market nearby: order your produce online and have it shipped once a week or every other week. much more cost effective and energy-friendly and driving around finding local sources that simply don't necessarily exist.

2:20AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

so glad I found these! :)

2:46AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Starting a small trading group (especially for those who do not have a green thumb) each of us having a stronger ability in growing, fermenting, pickling, or drying. We all use our strengths and it is beneficial financially and for our bodies.

6:23PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


8:05AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Excellent suggestions. As a long-time vegan on a strict budget, I also recommend buying one or two vegan cookbooks to make cooking from scratch fun! Two of my faves are "Vegan on the Cheap" and "10000 Vegan Recipes," both by Robin Robertson.

10:21PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

heh, I really need help with eating on a budget. Thanks for the article

6:23PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Being a vegan, I think there are more creative recipes using vegan ingredients than there is for using meat.

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