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8 Ways to be Vegan on a Budget

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By Mattie Lacey-Davidson

If you have decided to be vegan for January (or longer) than you may be struggling with the cost of food shopping.

Last year I did #veganuary, as it is commonly known, and this year I am going to try and eat green for as long into 2018 as possible.

The biggest obstacles I faced last time were what to cook every day and how expensive it can be to buy vegan produce.

Fruit and vegetables aren’t cheap, and neither are vegan alternatives to meat and dairy, but being vegan really doesn’t have to be expensive. All it takes is a little more time to shop around and put some thought into what you need before hitting the shops.

Here are my simply top tips…

Beans, chickpeas and lentils are all brilliant sources of protein and they’re much, much cheaper than meat or fish. They’re also a good source of fibre and even carbohydrate, so you don’t have to fill up on starchy foods like bread and pasta for energy.

BEANS AND LENTILS

Fill your freezer with frozen fruit and veg for cooking and for smoothies. These packs are much cheaper than fresh produce but are still packed full of nutrients – just make sure you don’t overcook them.

If you do fancy some fake meat or dairy-free cheese, buy own-brand wherever you can. Most of the major supermarkets are now doing their own free-from ranges and, in my opinion, these are better than the big brands.

International supermarkets or wholesale stores are a good place to bulk buy things like coconut milk and sauces, or bags of rice and spices. As long as you keep cooking wonderful vegan meals it will all be worth it and cheaper in the long run.

It can be hard to find vegan lunch options in supermarkets that will fill you up. Cafes and coffee shops tend to have a good offering but are more expensive. To save money, cook in bulk and divide in Tupperware to freeze so you always have something to grab in the morning.

FRUIT AND VEG

Get yourself a blender, you can find them pretty cheap these days. Use this to make soups and smoothies – add some protein powder if you exercise a lot or just want to make them more filling.

Visit the supermarket an hour or so before closing and find the reduced isle – there will almost always be cheap things you can grab like hummus, salad and fruit.

Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry! This is an important rule to stick to whether or not you’re vegan. You’ll see all the things you can’t eat and end up buying those expensive vegan alternatives and ignore all the rules above!

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