In this post I will share with you my ten best tips on how to save money on a vegan diet. Let’s get into it.
1. Prepare your own food
This is by far the most important one. I rarely eat out and that is how I save a ton of money. I buy everything organic but overall I spend way less money on food than most people because I prepare 99% of my meals myself.
2. Choose whole grains
Whole grains are not only cheaper, they are also way healthier than refined grains. Definitely go for brown rice, whole oats and buckwheat grains. They are gluten free, incredibly cheap and so nutritious.
3. Buy local
This is an obvious one, yet not always so easy, I know. I love eating a huge variety of fruit too, but when you are low on money, we all know it’s better to stick to the local produce, right? And of course it is also way better for the environment this way.
4. Focus on (cheap) whole foods
Sometimes whole foods are cheaper than processed foods, but that’s unfortunately not always the case. If you however compare the nutrient density, it is always smarter to invest in whole foods than to buy anything processed.
5. Go to the farmers market
I go to the organic farmers market every single Saturday. I stopped going to the organic supermarket as the fruits and vegetables were so expensive and also I just wanted to give my money to the people that actually grow the food. And the bonus? You pay way less money for the same amount of food.
6. Shop in season
You all know this one. When you buy fruits and vegetables in season, they are much cheaper than out of season. It can certainly be tempting to buy your favorite fruit all year long, but isn’t it nice to just have it whenever it’s in season when it’s at its tastiest anyway?
7. Eat legumes
Chickpeas, lentils and beans are among the cheapest foods on the planet and they are incredibly nutritious too. They are just packed with protein. So definitely don’t hold back on those yummy legumes. They are both good for your body and your wallet.
8. Buy in bulk
Buy your dry foods in bulk at your local zero waste food shop. It’s not only cheaper than buying small packages at the supermarket every single week, it’s also way better for the environment when you buy plastic free.
9. Be creative
A rule in my house, or apartment I should say, is to never throw food away. I always try to get creative with leftover foods and mix and match in a delicious buddha bowl. This way you also get to try out new combinations all the time.
10. Grow your own food
It is so expensive to buy fresh herbs at the supermarket every single week, so my partner and I just grow our own at the balcony of our apartment. This is obviously not possible for everyone, but if you have the space, I encourage you to do it. I honestly cannot wait to grow my very own vegetable garden one day.
I hope these 10 tips gave you some helpful information on how to save money when buying food. If so, please let me know in the comments down below and I wish you a great day!