Top tips for going vegan on a budget

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Jimmy Pierson, vegan lifestyle expert and organiser of the VeggieWorld London event, explains there are many great ways to try out plant-based fare as part of Veganuary without splurging your hard-earned cash.

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“If you’re worried about the potential dent in your pocket from going vegan, think again. It’s a common myth that you’ll need to spend a great deal more on your weekly shop,” he told Cover Media.

Here are some top tips for going vegan on a budget:

  • Look for alternative proteins
  • Beans, chickpeas and lentils are all brilliant sources of protein, and so much cheaper than meat and fish – usually just a fraction of the cost.
  • Also limit your vegan cheeses and mock meats, as these can still be quite expensive.
  • Whizz up your own snacks
  • Get yourself a blender, which you can find online at reduced prices. Use this to make soups and smoothies, which make for great budget meals you can make in bulk and freeze for a later date.
  • Fill your freezer
  • Stock up your freezer with frozen vegetables such as peas, green beans, cauliflower and spinach. These are often far cheaper than fresh, and are still packed full of nutrients.
  • Buy own-brand wherever you can. Most of the major supermarkets are now doing their own free-from ranges, which are just as good as branded versions.
  • Seek out bargains
  • If you have an international supermarket nearby, head there for cut-price cans of coconut milk, which is great for veggie curries, big bottles of soy and other sauces, and bargain bulk buys of spices and rice. Or visit a supermarket just before closing and head straight for the reduced isle.

“You’ll find half-price pots of hummus, salad and fruit items for a few pence and bread almost given away,” added Jimmy.

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