You Don’t Have to Go Broke to Be Vegan (Budget Friendly Grocery Haul feat. Aldi)

Vegan ON a Budget.PNG

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.

fullsizeoutput_6b6

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
Cauliflower $2.49
Cilantro $0.89
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:

Breakfast
Fruit Smoothies
Fruit Bowls
Grits

Lunch
Southwestern Quinoa Bowls
Greek Salad

Dinner
Cauliflower Wings w/ Roasted Potatoes
Veggie Burgers w/ Fries

Dessert
Carrot Souffle
Peach Icecream

Snacks
Apple Sticks
Fruit
Kale Chips

Weekend Meals
Carrot Hotdogs

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…
@myproductaddiction

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for this post! You know you really changed my outlook on healthy eating on a budget a few months ago. Thanks for sharing this list and meals for the week. Very helpful.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I remember when we had that conversation! I was so happy that you were able to get your healthy food without breaking the bank! I’m going to do another post on grocery shopping on a budget to give more tips on how to eat healthy and get cash back on your groceries!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.