One of the questions I get asked most about going vegan is probably, “What do you eat?” People generally think that eating vegan is both more expensive and more time-consuming. This lazy and cheap college student is going to prove them wrong! In honor of starting my third year in college and one year as a vegan, I’ve made a list of some of the staples I always reach for when in a pinch.
Now that you have the master list, there are still some tips and tricks I have to offer.
Here are 10 things to become the cheapest vegan you’ll ever meet:
- ALWAYS buy in season. Because no one’s about to spend $4 on 15 blueberries.
- Bananas are your friend (because they’re cheap and delicious). Use them to your advantage. Freeze ’em, eat ’em, blend ’em.
- Rule of thumb: Don’t buy produce over around $1.50/lb. Heck, I only buy the ones that are $0.99/lb.
- Buy frozen. Some of my favorite frozen veggies are corn, peas, and cauliflower.
- Get only what you need. Make a sample meal plan. A.K.A don’t go crazy and buy everything off this list and then have to throw everything away.
- Buy in bulk. Costco is my life. They sell like a year supply of rolled oats for $7 and 10 lbs of potatoes for $5.
- If you can’t buy in bulk, Aldi is a great off-brand store. Nobody needs to shop at Marsh. Or Whole Foods for that matter.
- Shop the deals. Use the coupons. Get the store member’s card thingy or use someone else’s.
- No pre-cut/pre-packaged crap. You are better than that. I believe in you.
- Create a budget. It’s all too easy to go overboard and buy a bunch of novelty vegan food products (which aren’t that great for you honestly).