One of the most popular question I hear about vegan cooking are "How do you afford to eat vegan?"
I'd like to dedicate this page to help make it easy and affordable for anyone to cook and eat vegan!
So how do you afford to eat vegan?
Well, first off, I'd like to point out that I most always buy everything organic -- at least whenever it's possible for me to do so. This can get really expensive, however, here are a few tips to help save some money:
1. Coupons! Check websites and weekly store advertisements for deals and coupons.
2. Buy foods that are in season for your region. Buying foods that are out of season means they are usually shipped from other regions where they are in season, resulting in higher costs for the consumer. Also, produced shipped from other areas mean they were picked before they were ripe, resulting in a lower nutrient content as well as a lack of flavor.
4. Eat at home! Of course, with most of our busy schedules, it's almost completely unavoidable to eat everything at home. However, you can save a lot of money dedicating a little bit more time in the kitchen. Consider making your own granola bars, trail mixes and other tasty snacks. You can cook a large batch that will last you the whole week. Some foods are even able to be frozen, which increases their lifespan tremendously. Speaking of cooking for the week, I also like to do a bit of meal-prepping. For example, dedicate an extra hour or two one night a week to prep meals for that work week. I like to make a large batch of quinoa and rice, then separate it into single serving containers. Every night before bed, I'll cook up some extra veggies to add to it and take to work with me.
5. Eat more raw! Eating more raw will not only save you money, but it will save you a ton of time (Plus, it's much healthier!) Raw fruits and vegetables are a quick, easy and affordable way to get a good nutritious snack-on-the-go. Plus, if you have a Vitamix, you can make a smoothie in just seconds!