Student Veganuary: Being Vegan On A Budget
By Rebecca Maher on January 13th, 2023
Looking to improve your health and wellbeing this year? You may even be doing Veganuary as we speak. Vegan diets are on the rise, and it comes as no surprise when there are so many amazing benefits. Here we have put together our top tips on being vegan on a budget whilst at university.
Meat free Mondays is a good routine to begin with to try veganism without committing fulltime to Veganuary.
There are so many tasty vegan meals and snacks you can enjoy and below are a few budget meal ideas that will give you an idea on what kind of the items you need from your grocery shopping trip for your plant-based diet.
You can find a wide selection of affordable vegan food items in:
Did you know there are so many popular snacks (some of our favourites too) that are vegan? Oreos, Party Rings, Jammie Dodgers, Hula Hoops, Walker’s Prawn Cocktail crisps, Fruit Pastilles, Ritz crackers and Skips, the list goes on! Snacks you won’t even have to compromise during a vegan diet shopping trip.
Visit your local markets for good quality fruit and vegetable produce and at affordable prices too. When items are close to going off, you can slice, dice and de-seed items to freeze for up to two months.
On your shopping trip, look out for frozen fruit, berries, herbs and vegetables in the frozen sections. Frozen fruit is perfect for making healthy smoothies for a productive day ahead. Looking for tasty inspiration? Take a look at The Arch, Liverpool resident Harry’s self-care routine.
Bulk-buy to get maximum savings. Look for the bigger, cheaper bags of goods. Items will keep in your cupboards, or you can freeze fresh items.
If you are looking to save money, avoid items specifically labelled ‘vegan’, especially if being vegan on a budget is new to you. Avoid ‘vegan ready meals’, ‘cheese alternatives’ and consider fresh produce instead.
By being prepared and cooking for yourself you can easily save money. Preparing your own meals also allows you to be aware of exactly what’s in your plant-based diet. For eco-friendly tips whilst in the kitchen, read more here.