HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON A VEGAN DIET
This is going to go over various methods to save money on a vegan diet. I’m going to try to give you every single tip that I can think of, this will be a very lengthy list, but hopefully by doing so, you will get ideas that you’ve never though of before
Why can fruits and vegetables so expensive? We waste over 50% of what we grow, most of that is the supermarkets fault. The government doesn’t subsidize fruits/veggies. Fruit/veggies have a very short shelf life, making waste incredibly easy. The stores have to make up costs from the waste by bumping up the price.
COOK AT HOME TO SAVE MONEY
- Foraging for food, (Berries are everywhere) Where to look?
- Growing the food yourself! (Easy, green onion, herbs)
- Look on cregslist. You’d be surprised at the amount of people giving away fruit trees, and produce, or selling it for a very low price because they just don’t want to deal with it.
- Let the world know. We’re talking to people every day. Ask them if they know anyone who has a surplus of vegetables/fruits in their garden. Tell them you would be happy to take it off their hands.
- Community gardens
- Coupon clipping
- Weekly fliers for local stores
- Favado app – Shows the weekly fliers for your favorite shops
- Staple foods – These are more caloric foods that are cheaper per pound that will be a mainstay in your diet. You can then spend the money you save on more variety foods.
- Comparing and contrasting prices per pound
- How many calories are you getting per dollar? Focus on inexpensive calories as the bulk of your diet.
- Buy in season, freeze/dehydrate the surplus
WHERE TO SHOP?
- Buy online (7 hot dates, the date people, shields date garden)
- Buying in bulk at produce wholesalers
- Local farms, pick your own and “seconds”
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE MONEY
- Saving Food from sales.
COOK AT HOME TO SAVE MONEY ON A VEGAN DIET
Premade food is expensive. When people say a vegan diet is expensive it’s because they’re looking at the premade processed food that can be $12 for a small portion of food. But when you cook from home, you save so much money.
Here are some inexpensive vegan staples that you can make lots of different recipes from:
- Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
- Rice, millet
- Heads of lettuce (romaine, red leaf, green leaf, iceburg)
- Oats (for oatmeal or oat flour)
- rice noodles
- Trail mix
- Squashes (Pumpkin, acorn squash, spaghetti squash)
- Whole grain bread and tortillas
WHERE TO FIND FREE PRODUCE
Foraging for food
- From your neighbor: Ask around if anyone has a surplus of vegetables and fruits they’re willing to share. A large adult fruit tree can produce thousands of pounds of fruit, no one can keep up with the amount it produces, so it ends up rotting on their ground. They’d be happy to share.
- Abandoned orchards: You’d be surprised how many farmers have had difficulties and have abandoned their orchards. Look on google maps around your area if there are any places that look suspicious. Check around your area, go on an adventure with your bike.
- Mountains: Good place to find berries, mainly blueberries and wild grapes.
- Fields: Good place for blackberries and strawberries
Growing the food yourself! (Easy, green onion, herbs)
- Basically any vegetable you buy from the store that has a root, or the bottom is intact will grow again once cut. Carrots, green onions, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, red-leaf lettuce, celery, even pineapples (From the leafy part, they grow oddly).
- Fruit trees and perennial fruit shrubs/vines are the best investment anyone can make. I really want to stress this, they are the best investment anyone can make! It’s a one time spending (Seed or tree), one time digging a hole in the ground, then all you have to do is prune the tree once a year. Then in a few years (Depending what age the tree starts off) you have fruit for 30+ more years! One tree can produce hundreds of thousands of pounds of fruit in it’s lifetime.
Look on craigslist. You’d be surprised at the amount of people giving away fruit trees, herbs, and produce, or selling it for a very low price because they just don’t want to deal with it.
Let the world know. We’re talking to people every day. Ask them if they know anyone who has a surplus of vegetables/fruits in their garden. Tell them you would be happy to take it off their hands.
Get involved in a community garden and grow your own food. Maybe you’ll make some friends along the way and maybe they’ll be happy to share their bounty.
Coupon clipping + Weekly fliers for local stores
Frozen Food – Compare and contrast the prices of fresh food vs frozen food. You can save a lot of money Fresh bell peppers can go for $3 a pound sometimes, where sometimes the frozen ones can be $1 per pound!
Comparing and contrasting prices per pound – Look at the unit price for the food you’re buying. Some items have a massive difference. One item might be $3.00/lb, another one might be $7.50!
WHERE TO SHOP?
Aldi’s – On average aldi’s is 20% cheaper than walmart! This is from their low overhead costs such as no plastic bags and no customer service on the floor. They’re worth checking out. They also have a yummy selection of vegan food.
Trader Joe’s – Believe it or not, Trader Joe’s and Aldi’s are owned by the same person! Trader joe’s has a lot of great food for less expensive. Try out their brand, their products are very inexpensive but taste great.
Costco / BJs – Wholesale shops can be a great way to save money. Just be careful of falling into the trap of thinking buying a 5lb bag of something can be cheaper than a 3lb bag of something, always check the unit price!
Buying produce in bulk – Ask the guys working in the produce section for a box of bananas, sometimes you’ll get a 10 – 15% discount!
Buying extra food on sale
Freeze and dehydrate extra food you buy. Typically mangoes are $1.50 each, you find a sale for large mangoes that are on sale for $0.50 each, so you seize the opportunity and buy a few boxes of mangoes. Freeze them or dehydrate them. This is a great way to save money in the long run, since you know you most likely won’t find them that cheap again. Obviously this is an extreme example, but you understand the point.