Vegan on a budget
Lots of vegans choose to lead a minimalist lifestyle, cutting back on all the unnecessary clutter in life. Ease and convenience is often the key and keeping costs down low is important to many. Here’s our top tips if you’re a vegan on a budget.
Buy a rice cooker
Rice cookers make everything easier. You simply throw the rice and water in, turn it on and forget about it. In 20 minutes you’ll have nice, sticky rice. If you’re hitting high carb it’s easy to get HUGE portions in even some of the smallest rice cookers.
Buy in bulk
Oats, pasta, rice, beans, fruit. These might all be staples of your diet. I recommend heading to a superstore that sells in bulk. Think Lidl for huge bags of pasta, a local oriental shop for big bags of rice, and a green grocer that will sell you bananas by the crate.
In doing so, you massively cut down on costs. Not to mention all the excess packaging and plastic from individual products!
Don’t get sucked into speciality foods
While the free-from sections in shops are great, it doesn’t mean you need to spend £50 a week on it. Keep the vegan chocolate, cheese and biscuits to the minimum and your wallet will thank you for it. While these are definitely VERY tasty, they’re often highly priced as they’re a specialty item.
Only buy what you need
There’s so much food wastage at the moment. Tons of food is scraped into our bins after every meal, it goes to waste but it really doesn’t need to. Only buy as much food as you need. Alternatively, if you’re heading out to a restaurant, take a small Tupperware box and bring home the leftovers, it’ll save you paying for a meal the net day!