5. Explore new places to buy your groceries:
What type of small or specialty grocery stores or markets do you have in your neighborhood? Keep your eyes open for African, Asian, Indian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and other specialty markets. Small grocers like these often have cheaper produce and great deals on bulk food items like beans, grains, legumes and spices. They also stock special spices and produce that can be fun to experiment with in your dishes.
6. Shop with Cash:
If youíre concerned about sticking to your budget, try shopping with cash. Credit cards and debit cards can create the feeling that you have an inexhaustible cash flow. But unfortunately that isnít usually the case. Shopping with cash is a good way to stick to your budget and see the true financial impact of your purchases.
7. Cook from Scratch:
If youíre not used to cooking from scratch the task can feel daunting, but it isnít. Simple steps like presoaking beans/grains (to speed cooking time) or pre-chopping veggies in the morning for that eveningís meals can save time, and (because youíre eating in) cost.
You can also use time saving devices like these to make cooking at home more convenient:
- Rice cooker
- Slow cooker
- Pressure cooker
- Food processor/blenders
- Bread machine (also cheaper than buying bread)
8. Grow your own food:
Growing your own food may be a bit ambitious to start, but having a couple of pots of kale and other greens on the back porch can go a long way towards cutting down your grocery bill in the long run. And it comes with the added joy of knowing youíre eating food you grew! Start small and add more garden space/pots as time allows. It might take a bit more time and investment to begin, but there is nothing quite like homegrown produce!
No matter how you choose to budget for your lifestyle, by living the vegan philosophy you are helping save lives, the planet and potentially your health, which seems pretty priceless to me.