Eating vegan on a budget

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Going vegan doesn’t mean your wallet has to take a hit – you might even save money by following our handy tips:

  • Build your meals around filling staples like pasta, potatoes, rice and bread. Wholemeal is healthier, and buying in bulk – where possible – can help you to save.
  • Get cooking! It can be tempting to try out a vegan ready meal, but cooking from scratch almost always works out cheaper. You can make big batches and freeze extra portions for quick meals later down the line. Check out our recipe suggestions.
  • Instead of shopping in specialist free-from shops or aisles, look for accidentally-vegan goodies - this is a bit more of a treasure hunt, but you will likely find products which are far cheaper. Our tip is to follow vegan pages on Facebook or Instagram, which can often give you the low down on the latest accidentally vegan finds.
  • Don’t feel you have to try all the latest vegan products. Plant-based equivalents to meat and cheese can be pricey – and while they’re tasty there are other options which give you more bang for your buck.
  • Try out different shops - Asian supermarkets often have far cheaper tofu and jackfruit, for example. In a large supermarket, the World Foods section will often have cheaper nuts, coconut oil etc. than the other aisles.
  • Try to gradually build up your spice rack - learning how to make the most of herbs, spices and other condiments can liven up what starts out as quite a plain meal.
  • Fresh fruit and veg can sometimes add up – consider exploring frozen and tinned options to help keep your meals colourful and nutritious.
  • With supply chains slightly less reliable than pre-pandemic, food prices are changing too. It’s worth taking a fresh look at fruit and veg that you wouldn’t ordinarily buy and see how it compares to your standard purchases. If you’re buying from a greengrocer ask what’s a good deal this week.
  • Grow your own. This might take some time investment, but can be a low cost return for fresh veg. Community Facebook groups often have people giving away free plants, and you can get creative with old plant milk cartons as planters on a windowsill - do ensure you maintain laws on social distancing however!
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