This is perhaps the most straightforward blog post I have ever written:
Thanks for reading. See you next week 😉.
But let’s for a moment assume you have a slight interest in living a long happy and healthy life. Well, that might preclude a diet that consists entirely of a single, non-nutritious form of gluten and salt.
If that is the case, but you are also working with a somewhat tight budget, allow me to offer a few suggestions that helped me through my college days.
Vegan is cheaper
Meat is expensive.
If you have ever been able to hold your nose from the smell of rotting flesh long enough in the grocery store to look at the prices in the meat section, you would have noticed steak is expensive. In fact, quite pricier than veggies and nuts.
So why is vegan considered a more expensive option? The answer is, most people are doing it wrong.
We tend to buy big loads of groceries at once, so we do not need to return to the store for several days, resulting in a lot of food waste. This relates to my first main point.
Tupperware (not specifically the brand), and I mean real high-quality Tupperware as opposed to take-away containers, is one of the best investments you can make.
Food spoilage was the most significant money drain for me. So, a combination of having the right containers to store your food and shopping in smaller batches more frequently helped me avoid this, and I’m sure it will help you, too.
To help you shop smaller, might I suggest riding a bicycle to the grocery store rather than driving. You get to save the planet, get healthier, and save money, all at once.
Now we have solved the food spoilage issue, let’s find some more ways to save money. A great solution for me lies in grains. Lentils and chickpeas are some of the healthiest, most delicious things! I love them.
A great way to save a few bucks is by making your own hummus with chickpeas, sunflower seeds, garlic, and olive oil. However, the cost of the chickpeas adds up quickly.
So how can we make gallons of hummus for cents on the dollar? By buying dried chickpeas.
Dried grains are less than half the price of the pre-prepared canned variety, and they even taste better and and more fresh.
The Healthy McDonalds
Soaking lentils overnight sounds all well and good, but what do I do when I am out with my friends, and they decide to go to for fast food?
If your friends are meat eaters, let them choose the restaurant. When it’s too late for them to change, excuse yourself, head over to the produce market and buy some lovely fresh fruits.
Re-join your friends and play it off as you being a considerate vegan not wishing to impose your dietary choices on your friends, when you’re just saving money.
Alternatively, you could use the same strategy with your packed lunch. Pack the super-fresh carrot sticks that you purchased the day before, and top it up with your homemade super-cheap hummus from your dried chickpeas in your fancy tupperware.
Never Forsake Flavor
The reason meat eaters pursue this diet is not the flavor. It’s fat. Our bodies have evolved to like the taste of fat and sugar because they have the most calories. This is considered a good thing from an evolutionary standpoint, when starvation was the primary concern.
If you are on a healthy weight and want to make something special, or you’re cooking for non-vegan friends and want to make something vegan that they will enjoy, consider using a vegetable shortening or coconut oil to add some fat and improve your cooking. Alternatively, I have found you can never have too many mushrooms or enough garlic.
Enjoy your food and fill up your money jar!