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How to Eat Vegan Cheaply

slaterwashere:

  1. Eat the cheap foods: Beans and rice, peanut butter and jelly, potatoes, corn, etc. Look at the diets of people who didn’t have access to cheap meat. Try to eat like those people by basing your diet on simple plant foods.
  2. Make your own food: Convenience foods are usually more expensive than whole foods. So don’t pay other people to make your food for you. Pass the frozen meals and get the whole foods.
  3. Share: Have potlucks with other vegans where you can pool your food and resources for better, bigger meals.
  4. Spread out the flavor: Instead of using the most expensive ingredients as the center of the meal, use the most expensive stuff in smaller quantities, added at the last minute on top of a dish, serving mainly as flavor.
  5. Stop buying substitutes: You don’t need meat substitutes or vegan cheese. If you like them and can afford them, by all means get them. But you don’t need them. So if money is tight, opt for lentils and rice instead of frozen fake chicken.
  6. Plan your meals: Plan your meals so that shopping trips don’t involve unnecessary, expensive items or foods that will go to waste. Make large batches of soups, chilies and other foods and freeze half for later.
  7. Shop at farmer’s markets: Farmer’s markets are often cheaper than Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or other large groceries. And farmer’s markets are often organic, but at a lower cost than at the grocery store.
  8. Look for sales: Often groceries will put produce on sale if they have an excess quantity or if it’s ripe and will over-ripe tomorrow. You can snag these items in large quantities, prep them at home, and toss them in the freezer for use later.
  9. Buy in bulk: Shop at places like Costco where you can get bulk produce and some other non-animal foods. And if you don’t have storage for bulk items or if you can’t afford the price, go in on it with a friend or neighbor.
  10. Get the generic stuff: Nuff said.
  11. Bag it yourself: Many groceries have a dry foods section with grains and beans. If you bag and label the food yourself, you’ll usually save some money at the register.
  12. Shop in season: Try to buy the foods that are in season where you live. They will often be less expensive than the imported foods.
  13. Use coupons: Most of the time coupons are only for specific brand names, but sometimes you’ll find produce coupons. So just keep an eye out for them and use them when you see them.
  14. Shop online: You can buy some vegan foods online. Depends on the product, but sometimes you can find items online at about half the cost of what the stores charge.
  15. Opt for the alternatives: You don’t have to buy always fresh, organic produce if it’s too expensive or not available. Nonorganic produce, canned, frozen, and dried vegan foods are still a better choice than animal products.
  16. Use vegan cookbooks designed for cheap living: This book, Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook, is designed for the frugal vegan. There are other vegan guides, too, like Alternative Vegan, that focuses on easy to find vegan foods.
  17. Take their advice and veganize it: You can often adapt advice about frugal living geared for omnivores to fit your vegan lifestyle because most of it is about saving money, not about consuming animal products. The advice, “don’t go to the grocery store hungry” applies to all of us.
  18. Grow your own food: Even if you only have room for a small container garden, you can still grow some herbs and cut back on that expense. If you have more room, you can grow some fruits and vegetables. And if you don’t have room, but you’re feeling adventurous, you can start a guerrilla garden.
  19. Keep your produce fresh longer so nothing goes to waste: You can also use specialty “green bags,” paper bags, the crisper in your fridge, or you can freeze the produce to make it last longer.
  20. Reuse bags or use cloth bags: Many grocery stores give a discount of 5 cents per bag. It might only save 25-50 cents per shopping trip, but that adds up. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for your pocketbook.
  21. Don’t buy junk food: Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Avoid the chips, cookies, crackers, soda, soy ice cream, etc. You don’t need it and it usually costs more than it’s nutritional worth.
  22. Save left-overs: Keep the leftovers from dining out or from large home-cooked meals. Freeze them and save for later.

(via veganstastebetter)

A church barbeque is one of the most upsetting things I’ve come across the past couple days.

They had signs shaped like pigs that said “BBQ” and one of the people advertising it had a cow costume on. Why does “thou shalt not kill” only apply to the “better” species?

Two months as a vegan! =)

Easy as pie. I wish I had done this sooner, being vegetarian was not enough! And today I went grocery shopping with Chris, so he knew what to buy as a new vegan. I tried to get him to buy some veggies but he says he hates them. I’m worried about his nutrition, but I’m glad that he’s at least taking steps towards healthy and cruelty-free. He’s a manager at a Little Ceaser’s, and some guy came in the other day with two hundred free tickets to the circus for him to give out and he threw them away. It actually made me want to shed a little tear, it was so cool.

And Eric made it a point not to buy meat or dairy, he’s starting to cut it out too. <3

I love influencing people so positively!

: The Informed Vegan

Check out my interview by The Informed Vegan.

“Rob Bigwood doesn’t just defy vegan stereotypes, he destroys them. This 26-year old professional arm-westler from Brooklyn, NY is moving up in the world because he focuses his boundless energy and passion on excelling at his sport and bulks up…

People are so fixated on protein, it’s so great to be able to show people stuff like this to defy misconceptions about veganism.

The farmer would point out to the vegan that even she has a “serious clash of interests” with other animals. The grain that the vegan eats is harvested with a combine that shreds field mice, while the farmer’s tractor wheel crushes woodchucks in their burrows and his pesticides drop songbirds from the sky; after harvest whatever animals that would eat our crops we exterminate. Killing animals is probably unavoidable no matter what we choose to eat.

Michael Pollan -The Omnivore’s Dilemma (via ladimcbeth)

I have to say, I don’t agree with this quote — and I’ve heard others say the same. I agree that death is part of life, but there is a certain brutality to killing animals for food, and eating them, that accidental death does not have. All things die — but it doesn’t mean we need to speed up the process unnecessarily. The raising of animals specifically for slaughter is it’s own thing entirely.

(I have not actually read Michael Pollan’s books, I’ve just seen quotes, articles, and the occasional interview with him.)

(via veganation)

This is what my manager tells me all the time, I need to bring up your point to him.

First of all, thank you to all the new followers!
Second of all, anyone who knows me knows I loooove make-up! Lately I&#8217;ve been making it a point to buy all-natural, vegan-safe, not tested on animals make-up and so far that has been going smashingly. I used to be quite obsessed with the website Lime Crime, because unique, bold, notice me make-up was their specialty and my personal favorite. I stumbled across the website again today, only to find that they&#8217;ve taken the guesswork out of buying vegan make-up.
&#8220;Dragon Scales magic dust is a complex color straight  out of a fairy tale. Terracotta-brown base is illuminated with mystical  green glitter particles! This color makes an amazing eyeliner when  applied wet! This color is vegan-safe.&#8221;
As if I needed another reason to love them. And yes, I am planning on getting some.

First of all, thank you to all the new followers!

Second of all, anyone who knows me knows I loooove make-up! Lately I’ve been making it a point to buy all-natural, vegan-safe, not tested on animals make-up and so far that has been going smashingly. I used to be quite obsessed with the website Lime Crime, because unique, bold, notice me make-up was their specialty and my personal favorite. I stumbled across the website again today, only to find that they’ve taken the guesswork out of buying vegan make-up.

Dragon Scales magic dust is a complex color straight out of a fairy tale. Terracotta-brown base is illuminated with mystical green glitter particles! This color makes an amazing eyeliner when applied wet! This color is vegan-safe.”

As if I needed another reason to love them. And yes, I am planning on getting some.

Update on Cruelty Free

yummyvegan:

@http://bunnyisvegan.tumblr.com/

In India and in Jainism eggs are considered non-vegetarian. Simply because of the fact that the eggs derived here are coming from chickens that roam freely and not de-fertilized eggs.

As in, the eggs that you’re consuming at this point have the real possibility of becoming a chicken.

So if a vegetarian eats an egg by mistake in India they know they’ve committed a huge sin because now they’ve stopped a baby chicken from coming alive.

On another level, by Cruelty Free we are not saying that you can kill animals once they’ve lived their lives in peace and freedom. That’s, in fact, even more cruel. It’s like fattening up the animals for your selfish purpose of “better tasting meat.”

Sorry if I’ve offended, just needed to clarify that CRUELTY FREE was geared towards milk and milk products such as cheese which do not carry within them a new life as “cruelty free” eggs do.

Om.

No, you’ve not offended at all. I just know that our eggs aren’t fertilized (I wouldn’t eat them if they were) and they came from our chickens, who are not abused by any stretch of the imagination. I never eat store-bought eggs or products that have eggs in them.