How I Ate Healthy And Vegan For Only $25 A Week

I would go vegan but it’s too expensive.

That’s what they say as they play games on their iPad, Text on their iPhone, smoke their cigarettes and drink their 20 ounce bottle of cola.

The simple fact is you can be a vegan on a budget. Just like making the decision to go vegan seemed intimidating for most people to begin with, so does planning for a vegan budget. But you can do it!

I have debated the costs of going vegan a million times. First of all the food is mostly cheaper. Compare most fruits and vegetables to steak or pork chops. Bacon prices are insane! And then you have all of the health cost down the road for eating all of your meat products. But we all know it’s mostly excuses made by people who just want to eat their meat.

The fact is that we all make allowances for the things we consider most important in our lives. The same applies to veganism. Caring about animals, and our health, and the health of our families, are the most important things.

This article is for vegans on a budget. This article is for vegans who want to eat reasonably well but not spend a fortune doing it. I happened to stumble across The Plant Strong Vegan last year and her blog about eating on a budget.

How low of a budget?

How about $25 a week! She includes her shopping list and recipes to all of the meals she made. It’s really inspiring! You can get all of her advice, tips and tricks for saving money on a vegan diet on the next page.

how to eat vegan on a budget

Plant strong is more than just a phrase. It’s actually backed up by science. People who live on a plant based vegan diet are healthier and stronger. But it’s more than just a great slogan. It is also the name of one of my favorite vegan bloggers. Learning how to eat vegan on a budget is something everyone can learn to do but some of us just need a little help.

That is where the plant strong vegan comes in to save the day!

There are just a few things you need to learn to start saving money on vegan grocery shopping. Once you get it down you really can cut your vegan grocery bill pretty dramatically. In some ways there really isn’t anything different about saving money as a vegan grocery shopper versus are normal grocery shopper.

I think one of the main things you can do is learn what the cheap vegan staples are and then use them as much as you can in your cooking. Those would be potatoes, rice and bananas. Build your meals around those affordable vegan food staples and it will help a lot.

Vegan On A Budget: Vegan For $25 A Week

The plant strong vegan has an awesome blog of her efforts to eat on $25 a week. Here are a couple of the highlights.

  • Shop the bulk bins
  • Ask store if they have overly ripe fruit you can buy at a discount
  • Use Coupons!

Check out her entire article including a shopping list, recipes and meal plan for an entire week! You can see it by clicking the following article link: Vegan on a budget / The $25 a week meal plan

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Annette Manore via Facebook says

Nice article with some good ideas

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Zonia Moore via Facebook says

Lisa Todd

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Jennifer Duvall via Facebook says

Really wish I could find yummy recipes with no tomatoes or bananas. 🙁

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Danielle Johnson via Facebook says

If I try to pull up the meal plan…it shows up as spam.

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Audra Hall via Facebook says

Audra

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Jenny Wessels via Facebook says

I decided at the age of 4 that I wanted to live this life. I’m extremely happy that my father decided to make a vegetarian dish for me every night following.

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Monica McLaughlin via Facebook says

“Ask store if they have overly ripe fruit you can buy at a discount” ?! Ugh. I would rather not.

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Jodi Butler via Facebook says

Dinner tonight: Baked tofu marinated in Paul Newman’s Oil & Vinegar Dressing. Steamed green beans with Earth Balance “Butter.” Simple, Easy and Cheap!

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Heather Emmons via Facebook says

Ricky DeBats it can be done!

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Courtney Marie Mott via Facebook says

It’s a neat concept if you don’t have any time to cook more than once or shop around, but id go crazy eating the same ingredients over and over. My son and I spend $55 – $60 a month for the both of us on average and eat a bunch of different things as well as a few snacks.

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Shadan Salman via Facebook says

I dont see why its so expensive vegetables are way cheaper than meats, anyone who is paying more money for vegan diet is just being fooled by marketing gimmicks

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Dena Due via Facebook says

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Marisa Hodny-Johnson via Facebook says

Scott Johnson…ideas

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Aly Schorzman via Facebook says

I wish I would have found this before o went grocery shopping yesterday! What good ideas.

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Jennifer Wakem via Facebook says

This would be great if one doesn’t care about eating GMO produce. I don’t know about any of you, but $25 doesn’t go very far in CA for organic produce.

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Ashle Bush via Facebook says

99cent store BIATCH

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Joy Elle via Facebook says

This is my budget!! I was right on…lol. (sometimes I go over) but this is totally doable peoples.

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Katie Hasenbeck via Facebook says

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Janel Greenland via Facebook says

Christine Keith!!!!

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Meg Hanley via Facebook says

I’m giving it a shot.

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Kelsey Leigh Campbell via Facebook says

I have been telling people this for years. No one ever seemed to really believe me.

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Margaret Chapman via Facebook says

Thanks so much for sharing my post! <3

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Brandon Hillard via Facebook says

Slammed on the link so fast omg. In college and broke

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Elizabeth Blair via Facebook says

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Bridgid Gonzalez via Facebook says

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Marlo Mortier-Hower via Facebook says

It is amazing how many people think eating Vegan is more expensive!

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Val Murphy via Facebook says

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Hanmari Unihipili via Facebook says

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Dania Nelsen via Facebook says

Darby Crash this is a great site for grocery lists!!!

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Lura K Siglin via Facebook says

I buy organic but I can eat on $25 a week or less

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Alex Gonzalez via Facebook says

Your stupid website has bad links to viruses. I’m unliking. Idiots.

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James Blair via Facebook says

Thats stupid just grow it and can it I spend an extra $100 on water for 2 months and im set with a digital water timer for $40 and raised beds from a free deck removal on CL im well below 25 a week

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Ashley Allen via Facebook says

This is quite true. Veganism can be very inexpensive

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Kimberly Lynn Ford via Facebook says

I eat cheap

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Luisa Fernanda Madrid Estremadoyro via Facebook says

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John Whitaker via Facebook says

I like steak with my salad though

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Sandra Kirstein via Facebook says

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Jaime Birchenough via Facebook says

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Matty Ramone via Facebook says

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Camille Gerhardt via Facebook says

Both of the links are spam……..

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Camille Gerhardt via Facebook says

I tried clicking the shopping list and the meal plan.

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Jo Vitela Castillo via Facebook says

You have to go to the next page Camille Gerhardt. Then hit meal plan

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Stefaney Heim via Facebook says

Dylan Sarver see I find stuff like this all the time, it may help. 🙂

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Rasta Queen via Facebook says

I have three kids, but I manage to stay on a budget.

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Heather Emmons via Facebook says

Sean Erwin

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Felita Morales via Facebook says

Where do u get almond milk for1:99 I live in NJ and I pay 3:99

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Zach Bucci via Facebook says

I just made this 5 min ago. Hail to the dark vegan gods for tofu scramble

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Audra Hall via Facebook says

Audra

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Julie Black Lichlyter via Facebook says

It absolutely is!

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Wendy Ann Menard via Facebook says

I don’t buy it. It sounds great but that list (that I cannot open) may have been made when the cost of food was cheaper?

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Claire Christine via Facebook says

I can’t open the links either, but I buy most of my produce from farmers markets and when I can’t, I buy from Aldi. I can’t always afford organic, but I can afford vegan!

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Becca Polard via Facebook says

After the initial switch, it can be very cost effective. I did have to go out and buy some essentials in the beginning (coconut oil, ground flax seed, almond meal, chickpea flour, chia seeds, vegan protein powder, agave nectar, etc.) and it was a pretty big bill to start. However, now it’s pretty inexpensive. We do A LOT of bean meals (which are all fab, btw) and beans are mega cheap. Bulk whole grains are inexpensive, too. We love it!

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Elizabeth Raver via Facebook says

Thank you for this! Just the jump start I needed to change my eating habits!!

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Margaret Chapman via Facebook says

If you keep promoting this article of mine, could you please be sure to link to my original post? I see my name is included but not the link. I appreciate you sharing something I worked very hard on <3

http://theplantstrongvegan.com/plant-based-on-a-budget-challenge-25-week-meal-plan/

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Misty Lee via Facebook says

I became vegetarian a year ago and now i’m working towards vegan and i’m really struggling financially with it. I need as much advice as i can get.

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Kailee Brohman via Facebook says

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Heather Marie Henderson via Facebook says

I followed this plan this week

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Sabrena PeaceMaker via Facebook says

Thank you so much for posting this!

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Nicci Camp via Facebook says

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Victoria Antoinette Beck via Facebook says

They need one for gluten free on a budget, that stuffs expensive

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Ashley Reese via Facebook says

It’s like the same food everyday. No thanks.

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Stephanie Marion via Facebook says

I thought this article was a good one. I personally love reading anything frugal (we are a 1 income household) so tips and basic meal plans are always super helpful!

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Tatiana Sibonéy via Facebook says

I’m vegan and for over a year I only had $50 per paycheck for food and I was always full and had really yummy good meals. My fav meal is a rice bowl with mixed veggies and sweet potatoes and salsa sometimes I’d even have baked seasoned tofu too ??????

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Viviana Fuller via Facebook says

It’s a lot more expensive in Alaska for food unfortunately ?

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Sadies Ariel via Facebook says

Can anyone recommend some good vegan pasta brands? (Aren’t regular pastas made with milk and eggs?) [bonus points if they’re the flavored kind like the tri colored ones] it’s easier for me to go on a brands website and search for stores that sell them instead of running all over town looking and hoping a store has a “vegan” option for products. Thanks!

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Kat Cn via Facebook says

Unless you have an omnivore bf who loves your vegan cooking so much, that you’re spending $100/week on groceries :/ plus it’s La Jolla in San Diego, and we normally buy organic/non GMO/vegan-friendly, etc. foods!

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sweetstace7 says

So misleading

if you go in to the recipes you actually need more then what you’ve added to the shopping list

for example the tomato soup
bean balls
muffins

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