The general consensus I have gotten from my family and vegan friends is that being vegan is rather pricey. However, most feel it is worth the cost.
Personally, I don’t think being vegan is expensive at all. It helps to follow a few guidelines for keeping vegan eating affordable…
Buying in bulk whenever possible is a great money-saving trick. You can find very affordable food if you head straight for the bulk bins at your local health food or grocery store. You may also find it more affordable to join a co-op or CSA.
Taking your lunch break at a local restaurant can be a great way to unwind during a hard day of work, but this can get pricey if you do it too often. You can save a LOT of money by always preparing food ahead of time and packing your vegan lunches.
Make things from scratch whenever possible. Prepackaged foods, be they vegan or not, usually tend to be more expensive than basic ingredients. Raw ingredients, even high-quality ones, are much less expensive than already prepared or partially prepared foods. Plus, you’ll have more control over what goes into your body.
So then the next issue is time. How much time do you have to prepare food?
If you don’t have much time, then you may have to stick with the pricier prepackaged options. But if you’re feeling like Mick Jagger and time is on your side, go for the basics and cook from scratch. You’ll enjoy some delicious, fresh vegan food and save some money in the process!
Do you think being vegan is expensive?