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8 Tips for Going Vegan on a Budget

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.

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6:43PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Merci pour les trucs pour manger végétarien a bas prix pour une bonne sante!

10:54PM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Thank you!

9:13AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

ty

2:56PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Thank you
this is very helpful as healthy food tends to be expensive

8:20PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Good tips for everyone, be they vegan, vegetarian or omnivore as many others eat many of these kinds of foods as well.

Breatharians, I imagine, never worry about a food budget.

CSA's are a wonderful idea.

8:01PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

interesting .

12:54PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

All great idea! All is not that expensive when compared to meat!

6:21AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

Thanks

2:24PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

Ty

8:43AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

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