A lot of people who think of going vegan immediately assume that they can’t do it just by reading online the foods that they’re supposed to totally let go.
Other people instantly think it’s too much effort and that it’s too costly to sustain.
But being vegan is not as hard and expensive as you think.
Contrary to expectations, veganism is actually a very flexible and sustainable lifestyle.
It can be easily modified to match your lifestyle and your budget.
As a matter of fact, diets that are vegan are proved to be far more accommodating to budget than regular diets.
Staple foods in a vegan diet mostly consist of whole grains, seeds, beans, and leafy vegetables – all of which are affordable and easy to source.
There are plenty of online recipes to choose from that can help you produce vegan meals, even when you’re on a budget.
You can go for veggie salads, green smoothies, vegan pasta, veggie curries, broth soups, and many more!
A vegan diet has a lot of health benefits, including youthful looking skin and added energy.
But veganism isn’t just about cutting meat and other animal products from your diet.
By switching to a vegan diet, you may slowly observe yourself switching to an overall healthy lifestyle.
A lifestyle free of animal cruelty and exploitation.
In this article, we will provide you a guide on how you can save money when grocery shopping foods for your vegan diet.
Conduct Price Comparisons
Grocery stores typically display the prices of each item per unit, but in some cases, prices are displayed per weight.
This may be a ploy to trick shoppers into thinking that the pricier items are the “cheaper” options.
For example, items priced per weight may be more expensive than buying units equivalent to the overall weight of the former or vice versa.
It is ideal to always bring a calculator when going grocery shopping so as to come down to an accurate comparison.
Another way to compare prices is by checking out multiple brands of the same item.
Sometimes, there are less popular brands that are far cheaper than prominent brands with pretty much the same content.
Organic Produce vs Non-Organic Produce
It’s always up to you whether or not you’re willing to invest a few more coins and purchase organic foods over non-organic.
Oftentimes, people on a budget go for non-organic produce due to the fact that it’s cheaper than organic produce by default.
If you are one of those people, always check out the items in the organic produce section nevertheless.
The organic produce section frequently goes on sale, you may end up buying them for a bargain.
Branded Items vs Generic Items
As previously mentioned, there are less popular brands that are far cheaper than prominent brands.
Buying generic brands is probably the best option in order to save money.
Some of the items that you can commonly buy in generic labels are the following:
- Dried fruits; and
Frozen Produce vs Fresh Produce
Fruits can be quite pricey.
If you’re the kind of person who often makes smoothies, smoothie bowls, or is just into incorporating fruits with different recipes, you may opt to buy frozen fruits.
More often than not, frozen fruits are cheaper than fresh ones.
If that is the case in your local grocery store, then it’s probably best to go for frozen than fresh.
However, some stores sell frozen and fresh fruits at almost the same price, sometimes with fresh fruits being cheaper.
If your local grocery store falls under this category, then it’s ideal to buy fresh over frozen fruits and simply stock them up in your own freezer.
One important thing to note is that frozen fruits contain higher nutrients than fresh ones.
Despite what you may have heard, freezing doesn’t rip off nutrients from a fruit.
It simply just freezes the nutrients.
Remember to be careful when comparing fresh and frozen fruits.
Don’t just compare the price, compare the quality, too.
If the frozen option looks somewhat stale, just invest a little bit more on fresh fruits or vice versa.
Packaged Items vs Bulk Items
Buying in bulk will save you a lot of money.
If you’re willing to stock up a vast amount of product, and if you have the budget for it, then we suggest you buy in bulk.
The usual products that can be commonly bought in bulk are the following:
- Grains (rice, in particular)
- Herbs and spices
- Flours; and
Become a Member of Wholesalers
Signing up and paying for membership in wholesale retailers can help save you a lot of money.
If you have a close friend or relative that is also a member, ask them first about the benefits and if it’s really worth it.
Membership usually costs $50 or more.
There are a lot of vegan options available at wholesale retailers, including vegan snacks like vegan chips, vegan protein bars, etc.
Conduct Grocery Store Comparisons
If you live in an area that has multiple stores nearby, and if you have the time, try to jump from one grocery store to another.
This can consume a lot of your time, but it will definitely be worth it.
Grocery stores offer different services and discounts.
Sometimes, specific stores conduct an “appreciation day” at least once a month where they offer at least 10% discounts on specific items.
The only way you’ll find out about these is if you frequently visit multiple stores.
Look For Cheaper Alternatives
Celebrities and other famous personalities heavily influence the minds of a general civilian.
This causes a general civilian to think that whatever these people buy (mostly fancy, high-end food brands) are the best products on the market.
However, high-end food brands aren’t always the best options.
Give the less popular brands a chance, too.
They can be just as good as the expensive brands that celebrities endorse.
Online retailers offer sales, coupons, and other great deals from time to time.
Take advantage of these as much as you can, you’ll never know when’s the next time it happens.
Supermarket and Grocery Markdowns
If you happen to stumble upon a grocery store that has an ongoing markdown on products, take advantage of it.
Markdowns usually range from 20% to 70%.
Markdowns can be quite chaotic so make sure to be there before the store even opens.