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6 Tips to Eat Vegan on a Budget

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5. Grow Your Own

Not only is growing your own food gratifying, it can help take the strain off of your grocery budget. Even if all that you can manage is a few herb plants, growing food instead of buying it will save you money! Think you don’t have the space? Try going vertical! Vertical gardens are a great way for apartment dwellers or folks who don’t have a lot of land to maximize food output.

6. Shop the Farmers Market and Buy in Bulk

You might think that farmers markets are expensive, but that’s not always true. A recent study showed that it’s actually cheaper to shop at the farmers market!

Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to save money at the grocery store. Instead of buying canned beans or pre-packaged (and often over-packaged) grains, hit your store’s bulk bins for some real savings! You can get as much or as little as you want, and bulk items are cheaper because you’re paying for the food, not the packaging.

I’d love to hear from the vegans out there! Do you have any tips for sticking with a vegan diet while on a tight budget?

Image Credit: Photo by Becky Striepe

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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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