How I Maintain a Very Humble (Low) Budget Eating Vegan, Without Any Sacrifice


By Jonathon Engels | OneGreenPlanet

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Every time I hear someone claim that eating vegan is just too expensive, it really makes me wonder where he or she is shopping. Because I have shopped as a meat-eater, vegetarian and vegan, and without a doubt, the cheapest choice for my budget came when choosing vegan.

Now, of course, there are certain ideals of eating that must be established. Namely, buying a bunch of store-brand frozen pizzas and burritos, packs of ramen noodles, doesn’t constitute real shopping. This is the best diet that will provide anyone with the nourishment that we need. In fact, if we really get down to it, anyone who is trying to eat vegan could shop this way as well. There are — by default — vegan packs of ramen, cans of soup, chips and salsa, whatever else. But, that’s no way to live.

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Let’s assume the goal is to shop as if to cook well-balanced, nutritious meals. This, then, will only help the vegan shopper’s cause. Here’s what I do.

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  1.' Corinne Citron says:
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  3.' Diane Jones says:

    Bad link.

  4.' Saška Zrimšek says:

    If you dont live in south east Asia or Africa, vegan diet is expensive. Period.
    Nuts and seeds, coconut milk, plant based milk, starchy food like yam, cassava, taro, sweet potato, plantains … avocado, cocoa, pineapple, mango etc … these are the most expensive foods there is … and if you want to bake or make a feast … you are bankrupt .. and you can not just live of beans and carrots … what i read didn’t persuade me …sorry

    •' Shanna Esthetician says:

      Depends on how much you eat. Lol. Kidding. No it just depends on the person. I pay less for groceries as a vegetarian than i did eating meat. Rarely i will pay about the same.

    •' Saška Zrimšek says:

      I eat like elephant. I am not vegan, i eat everything … but i used to be and i know food .. and i love food … healthy food is always more expensive in the world of today, unfortunately .. if you don’t grow your own – that is always the best, no matter if you’re vegan or omnivore ?

    •' Tony Godwin Jr. says:

      You can survive on the smallest amounts. It’s the feeling of not eating enough that haunts people. Or boredom.

    •' Saška Zrimšek says:

      Survive … sure i can survive on smaller amounts .. i can probably also survive on insects ??
      But i’m a cook cmoon .. i love to feed people and myself ?
      It’s never boredom .. i lack discipline and have to try everything ?

  5.' Chandan Makhijani says:

    Been trying to view some of these articles from CONSCIOUS LIFE NEWS but it keeps giving me “Page not found”

  6.' Danielle Gispert says:

    I finally got the link to work but can’t read the whole article due to some spam offer for, like, surviving the apocalypse with bulk food buying. It says it will take you to the site in 10 seconds but doesn’t. Fail. Now off to eat some fucking bacon!

  7.' Diane McDade says:

    But not organic! More expensive.

  8.' Tony Godwin Jr. says:

    Most believe they need an abundance of food to survive as a vegan. In actuality, you can eat less because the nutritional content is just that great. This was me at the beginning of my journey. Less is more, for sure.

  9.' Tony Godwin Jr. says:

    Kale, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, some peanuts and a few bananas. Survival for a week under $10.

    •' Saška Zrimšek says:

      Not here …. and what about rice or potatoes and spices and oils … and that menu would never satisfy me … i would survive yes .. but i’d be hungry … but whatever works for you ?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jeff Bethke

  11.' Carle Hatchett says:

    Lol the cheepest diet is rice bulk packed sausages and sauce. You can live on that for years ??

  12.' Diane Stoddard says:

    page not found.

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