As many of you know, this year I switched to a plant-based diet. A lot of times when veganism comes up in conversation, people always mention how expensive it must be for me to be vegan. This couldn’t be further from the truth, I actually spend less money on food being vegan than I did when I wasn’t. So, to debunk the myth I decided to share what I purchased during my latest grocery trip.
Since I’m balling on a budget, I tend to shop at more economical stores like Aldi. Occasionally when I need something specific like vegan cheese, vegan yogurt, Larabars or tahini I may stop by Trader Joes (Subsidiary of Aldi) or Whole Foods, but for the most part Aldi is my go to grocery store. If you’re a YouTube junkie like me, just look up cheap vegan hauls. Vegan YouTubers like Caitlin Shoemaker, TheChicNatural and More Salt Please frequently post videos on eating plant-based without breaking the bank.
This past Saturday I decided to do my weekly grocery shopping. Typically when I grocery shop, I only shop for enough food for the week. However, this time I made the mistake of going to the store hungry and without a grocery list, so I came out with a little more than I planned and I had to get really creative to make meals out of what I got.
Here’s what I got:
2 Bags of Carrots $2.98
Organic Kale $3.49
Quick Grits $1.29
Fresh Strawberries $1.39
Frozen Peaches $2.09
Taco Seasoning $0.49
Hot Dog Bugs $0.85
Steak Sauce $1.19
10lb Bag of Russet Potatoes $3.99
Organic Fare Trade Raw Sugar $2.89
Organic Olive Oil $3.99
Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burgers $2.49
Cinnamon Apple Straws $1.99
Rosemary & Olive Oil Quinoa $1.69
12 pk Belle Vie Seltzer Water $2.99
Onion Powder $1.19
Fresh Pineapple $0.99
Bag of Lemons $3.49
2 Cantaloupes $2.18
2 Packs of Blackberries $1.98
2 Cucumbers $1.18
Total Spent $48.19
I really feel like $48 is pretty inexpensive, but I also went overboard in the store. Usually, my grocery bill at Aldi is right around $30 a week.
I’m sure by looking at my grocery list, you may be wondering how I’m going to make meals with just the items on the list.
Here is the menu for this week:
Southwestern Quinoa Bowls
Cauliflower Wings w/ Roasted Potatoes
Veggie Burgers w/ Fries
Note: several ingredients required for my meals I already have in my home
And there you have it, one weeks worth of groceries and I didn’t break the bank. I’ll be sure to do another grocery haul when I actually stay within my budget.
Until Next Time…