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Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular diet, with an estimated 542,000 people in the UK alone that have chosen to go vegan. There are a lot of good reasons to go vegan, whether it’s for your health, the health of the planet, the health of animals, or all three. However, with food prices rising, going vegan on a budget, or the same budget at least, may seem difficult, so we decided to put together a few tips for you to go vegan without breaking the bank.
Cook at home
A key aspect of going vegan on a budget is cooking at home. Eating out, for vegans and non-vegans alike, tends to be more expensive than cooking at home, even if marginally. When you’re vegan, your options for eating out are fewer and farther between. Finding good cheap vegan options at restaurants can be a struggle, but a good way to counteract that is to cook more at home.
As well, cooking at home gives you the opportunity to play around with vegan recipes and figure out which ingredients you like and which you don’t. There are plenty of vegan recipes online as well if you’re feeling a bit uninspired in the kitchen. There are also loads of recipes online for being vegan on a budget, and trying new recipes is always fun!
All this being said, don’t be afraid to eat out every once in a while. Restaurants can also be a great source of inspiration if you feel like you find yourself eating the same thing over and over again. We actually came across a pretty cool website that helps you find vegan places by location anywhere in the WORLD! How cool is that! Check it out here.
Buying baseline ingredients in bulk
If you know you love a certain ingredient, why not buy it in bulk or when it’s on sale? Knowing some good baseline ingredients for vegan dishes, such as pasta, aubergine, beans, and potatoes to name a few, can help you know what you need to buy so that when it’s discounted, you can get more for less money. Keeping track of prices at your local grocery store and online can help you buy ingredients you love at a much cheaper price.
Use your freezer
A great way to save money is to cook two portions of a dish you love, eat one, and put the other in the freezer for another day. This can be a huge save on those days when you’re just too tired to cook and tempted to grab that quick takeout! In fact some people like taking one day to cook up a few dishes and then not have to worry about meals though-out the week! A pretty good idea we’d say!
Plan your meals for the week
Meal plans can also save you a lot of money. If you prefer fresh cooked food rather than freezer stash, then try making a menu for the week so you know exactly what ingredients to get on a weekend and not have to worry every evening what you’ll make and what ingredients you’ll need to grab for the night. A key part of going vegan on a budget is to buy food at the right time and to use it all before it goes bad. So this tip is great to make sure you’ve got just enough for the week while also enjoying a fresh new dish every evening.
Give yourself time
Going vegan isn’t an easy process. It’s okay if you and your budget need time to adjust. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you some time to sort out your grocery list and your meals.
There are a lot of resources online to help you go vegan and specifically about going vegan on a budget that go more in-depth than we have here, but hopefully this article has helped you with some basics.
Are you vegan? Do you have any tips for new vegans on a budget? Comment down below!
- Author The Bamboo Team
- Posted 2 August 2019