How to Eat a Plant-Based Diet on a Budget

A plant-based diet may sound expensive, but it can actually be cheaper than the standard American diet. Learn how to eat plant-based within your budget using our seven easy tips.

Stock Up on Cheap Base Foods

The cheapest plant-based foods out there are base ingredients. That is, ingredients that are unseasoned, uncooked, and contain one or very few ingredients.

Be Mindful of Where You Shop

Even these cheap base ingredients can differ greatly in price based on where you shop, so it’s worth considering where to go before you head out to get groceries.

Avoid “Vegan Alternatives”

Whenever a traditionally meat or dairy-containing food gets a new vegan makeover, the result is almost always more expensive than the original.

Make Your Own Sauces and Toppings

Because vegan alternatives are often priced higher than they should be, it is usually way cheaper to make your own sauces and toppings.

Shop in Bulk

Fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens can be bought in bulk and frozen for later use. Other non-perishables like oil and nut butter can be bought by the gallon and last for months.

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