I recently read an article on Huffington Post called, “Here’s Why Black People Don’t Go Vegan” and was partly intrigued and rightfully offended by the writer’s explanation of why many African Americans aren’t vegans.
Whereas I understand some of the writer’s points, claiming that veganism is for the privileged, struck a false chord for me. Let’s see… the price of steak versus a salad or quinoa dish. The latter is obviously cheaper.
How to Be Vegan On A Budget
If you are considering a vegan lifestyle, you came to the right place. We have tons of articles and recipes including, “How to Eat Like A Vegan” that will help you along the way. In the video below, Youtube star Allie Daniel shares with us the most creative ways to be vegan on a budget. Vegan tips start at 9:00 🙂
Video Tutorial by: As Told By Allie
If you’re struggling with keeping a diet, try the 80/20 rule.
Eat healthy 80 percent of the time and limit falling off the wagon 20 percent of the time. This will help you get in the habit of eating healthy. If you keep up the 80/20 eating habit, you can get closer to eating healthy 90 and 100 percent of the time.
Start small and make your transition smooth.
If you’re on a budget, heading out to the most expensive vegan restaurant or opting for all organic groceries may not be an option. Transition into veganism by taking it one step at a time. For example if you eat all meats now, try thirty days not eating beef. Once you cut this out and begin substituting it for vegan proteins, you will get the hang of a no-meat diet. From there you can cut out chicken, fish, and other animal products.
This week try substituting cow’s milk with almond and soy milk because they are relatively cheap.
Plan your meals ahead of time.
It is easier to budget your grocery shopping when you plan your meals ahead of time. There’s nothing worse than starting a recipe and realizing you don’t have a certain ingredient to complete the meal. By being organized, you can keep track of what you have at home, preventing you from buying multiples of the same product.
Buy in Bulk.
You’ve probably heard the saying “cheaper by the dozen.” It’s true! You get a better deal when you buy in bulk. When it comes to vegan food, it’s a lot cheaper to buy in larger qualities.
Buy Frozen Fruits & Veggies.
Buy frozen veggies and fruit in addition to fresh produce. You can use them in so many recipes including smoothies! Buying frozen is great because fresh fruits and veggies can perish quicker than you consume them if you’re buying in bulk. A good tip is freezing your fresh products after you wash them. I do this with my blueberries and strawberries. This also makes it easier for me to make smoothies in the morning.
If you’re looking for a deal, shop around! You can also wait until your grocery store sends out its sales flyer to see what items are on sale each week. I find that some things are cheaper at certain stores as compared to others. Become familiar with what market has your vegan faves and create a shopping routine that helps you save money!