One of the most common myths regarding veganism is that it is a comparatively expensive lifestyle. If not, entirely too expensive for most households to stretch to.
This is largely to do with the fact that many specialist vegan products on the market can appear overpriced in comparison to non-vegan equivalents (which is something many vegans can relate to) and there are many reasons for this. A lot of specialist vegan products are manufactured by small independent companies who do not benefit from the same economies of scale as large mainstream producers. Further to this, Government subsidies keep prices artificially low on many animal products and ingredients. And a cynic might argue that there are some producers and manufacturers - especially large mainstream companies with little or no interest in the ethics - who use the ‘vegan’ label as little more than an excuse to jack up the prices of the food they sell.
But this only applies to a select segment of the market - not the vegan product market in its entirety. In fact, there is no reason why going vegan cannot be comprehensively affordable.
It’s simply a case of shopping smarter and taking a few tips from those who know how to live a healthy and enjoyable vegan lifestyle on a budget.
1. Buy in Bulk
One of the best ways to make the most of your money is to buy in bulk. Many (if not most) of the staples you will come to rely on can be purchased in larger quantities and stored in your pantry indefinitely. Examples of which include rice, pasta, polenta, beans, oats, lentils, chickpeas and so on - all of which cost next to nothing when you buy plenty at once.
Cans, jars and bottles also become much cheaper when purchased in bulk - wholesale shopping is, therefore, the way to go where available.
2. Watch the Seasons
This is a tip for affordable shopping that applies across all dietary preferences without exception. By familiarising yourself with the products in season from one time of year to the next, you can plan both your shopping and meal preparation accordingly.