How to be a low budget vegan – is it possible?
Being Vegan doesn’t mean you have to break the bank for every meal, there is this common thought that being vegan and eating healthy plant-based meals comes with a high price tag but that is definitely not the case. There are so many ways to enjoy, buy, and make delicious but cheap vegan meals. If you’re a college student, simply just trying to save some money or wanting to switch to a plant-based meal plan this is the article for you. It’s all about understanding and preparing and adapting your lifestyle.
SKIP THE RESTAURANTS
The first step for becoming a low-budget vegan is ditching the dine-ins and rather prepare and cook those meals at home. Regardless of what your diet eating out can become very expensive and should be a treat and not a regular occurrence. If you feel like you run out of time in the evening or can’t be bothered to cook up a meal, try meal prepping. Consider creating a day in your schedule where you can cook up large batches a store them in meal-sized containers in the fridge or even freeze some for emergencies, this way you don’t really have to think about what you’re going to make for dinner or give in to buying something out, you just whip it out of the fridge warm it up and you’re ready to go.
Grocery shopping is another element that is important when trying to eat vegan on a budget. My best tip is to plan, plan, plan. Know what you’re going to cook and write yourself a list with exactly what you need. Sticking to the list is crucial as we all know how easy it is to get trapped into the latest and greatest food items and that will totally destroy your budget. Now knowing what to buy can be a bit overwhelming but the key is to buy in bulk, things like pasta, rice, lentils, canned beans, potatoes, sauces, and nut butter can be brought in bulk as they don’t expire very fast and act as the base for most of your meals. Buying home brand and store brand versions is a good trick too and will defiantly save you a couple of pennies.
VEGAN FROZEN FOODS
Buying fresh produce can be a bit tricky as we only want to get just the right amount in order to not waste and have in mind to check the expiry date before purchasing any product. Buying vegan frozen meals are a good ways to store and save on money a well as your time. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often cheaper than the fresh versions and are extremely convenient. They are picked when fresh and frozen right away giving you a “ready to eat” version. Things like frozen garlic, spinach, berries, and mixed vegetables are a perfect and cheap way to ensure your getting all your vitamins and minerals, try keeping a few of these stored in your freezer, they last a lifetime and are easy to add to one of your staple pantry ingredients to achieve a balanced meal in half the time.
There are so many easy ways to be a Low-Budget Vegan and the possibilities of meals you can make are endless, its all about understanding what you’re buying, where you’re buying it from, and the most effective way to store, prepare and use your ingredients, anyone can learn how to go vegan on a budget!