For some reason, a lot of people still think that eating plant-based is expensive. This could not be further from the truth! A plant-based lifestyle is like any other diet, in that it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. At the end of the day it comes down to knowing your budget and good planning.
Here are my 6 tips of eating plant-based on a tight budget:
1.) First, know your budget for the week. I don’t care if you’re a millionaire or on a shoe-string budget, if you go into your grocery shopping without a defined cap on your spending you will overspend.
2.) Subscribe to flyers from the stores you shop at most, and have them delivered to your inbox. At the beginning of each week look at the flyers to see what’s on sale. If you’re planning your meals without first looking to see what is on sale at your grocery stores, you could be needlessly overspending.
3.) Buy in bulk. Spices, grains, and dried legumes when bought in bulk is an excellent way to make your money stretch. Items to buy in bulk include, nutritional yeast, chia seed, flaxseed, oat brain, rolled oats, pasta, dried beans, peanut butter and all flours and sugars.
4.) Skip the one large shopping trip, for a two or three smaller grocery trips. More frequent trips will ensure you are buying only what you intend to eat in the immediate future therefore resulting in less food waste.
5.) Stick to your list. Sounds obvious but too often we are seduced by items that are on sale, or BOGO, or limited time. Yes BOGO can be a good deal, but more often the items are not needed. If it truly is a deal not to pass up, try finding a way to substitute an item off your list to limit overspending.
6.) Finally, eat the leftovers! Eating leftovers saves money on meals, and most of all prevents unneeded food waste. Commit to eating your leftovers. Empty your fridge of produce before buying new produce to save mega money.
Have other budget shopping tips? Tell me about them in the comments!