How to Eat Like a Vegan Without Breaking the Bank

Simple thrifty living tips and tricks worth way more than a hill of beans

Marla Rose
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11 min readApr 24, 2020


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Although vegan diets have an unfortunate association with exclusivity and affluence, new research has proven what many of us already figured out: you can enjoy significant savings by avoiding animal flesh. According to the survey, a diet void of meat leads to a savings of $23.00 a week, which translates to nearly $1,200 a year, not counting the healthcare savings from moving away from eating animals, which is even greater for vegans.

Still, even with the savings, food can be expensive, so I wrote this for those who are wanting to really stretch that dollar, gleaned from an array of my thrifty vegan friends who know that a plant-based diet doesn’t need to be expensive. Most of these savings are most applicable to those who are willing to cook a little but you don’t have to be tethered to the kitchen if that isn’t your thing. With an eye to using staples, resourcefulness, not wasting and a little planning, you can really cut down on your expenses. Some of these tips are for people who want to take it to the next level and others are just everyday practices for stretching your food dollar, no matter how much time you have to invest in it and apply whether or not you’re fully vegan.

Before we get into the recommendations, here are some great books and additional resources for tightening the belt on a plant-based diet: Vegan on $4.00 a Day by Ellen Jaffe Jones, Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson, Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking by Annie and Dan Shannon and the website, Plant-Based on a Budget.

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