A couple of weeks ago I did a vegan lifestyle haul, and received a few questions about how much a week’s worth of vegan groceries costs. Contrary to popular belief, buying vegan groceries doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, it’s often cheaper than buying a “regular” week of groceries! In this post I hope to show you how I plan my shopping, how I budget, and what an average week of vegan groceries looks like. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
One of the most important parts of shopping is meal planning. One of the ways I reduce my cost is to have all of my ingredients planned out and accounted for. I usually look for vegan recipes on Pinterest, and bookmark ones I want to try. This was my meal plan for this week:
- Vegan waffles with fresh fruit and brown sugar
- Coffee with almond milk creamer
- Wake-Up French Toast
- Avocado Toast
- Smoothie Bowl
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Rice cakes with peanut butter and banana
- Vegan teriyaki strips with brown rice
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Pasta with marinara sauce
- Dinner leftovers
- Brown rice with baked beans
- Pulled BBQ Carrots
- Lasagna Soup
- Quinoa Crusted Tofu Nuggets
- Vegetable stir fry with brown rice
- Leftover night
- Pasta with marinara sauce and veggies
- Fresh fruit
- Oreo cookies
I shop at my local King Soopers, which is a grocery chain similar to Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, and others. I have a Soopers Card, which is a free card that gives me discounts on my purchases. I always look in the newspaper ad to see what sales are going on during the week, and plan out my purchases with both my meal plan and the ad.
What I Bought This Week (and What it Cost)
- Simple Life Vanilla Almond Milk ($2.79 – $.30 = $2.49)
- Fresh Blueberries x2 ($3.49 – $2.24 = $1.25 each)
- Rosemary and Garlic Triscuits x2 ($2.89 – $.89 = $2.00 each)
- Kroger Just Fruit Strawberry Jam ($2.99 – $1.20 = $1.79)
- Nutmeg and Cinnamon (10/$10, $2 total)
- Silk Almond Creamer x3 in Caramel  and Hazelnut  ($2.00 – $1.00 = $1.00 each, buy 3 save $3 sale)
- Kroger Simple Peanut Butter x2 ($2.29 – $.50 = $1.79 each)
- Bananas (bunch of 4) ($.85)
- Oat and Grain Bread [vegan] ($2.49 – $.50 = $1.99)
- Jamba Juice Smoothie mix (2/$5, $2.50 total)
- Nature’s Path Flax Waffles ($3.79 – $1.29 = $2.50)
- Gardein Chik’n Strips [vegan teriyaki chicken strips] ($4.89 – $1.00 = $3.89)
- 4 Navel Oranges ($2.36)
- Kroger Olive Oil [34 fl oz] ($9.99 – $4.00 = $5.99)
- Distilled White Vinegar ($.79)
- Barilla Farfalle Pasta 16oz ($1.49)
- Kroger Panko [vegan] ($1.49)
TOTAL: $45.15 (with $.30 bag fee and $1.67 tax)
What I’ve Learned
There are a few items that I keep on hand all of the time, and buy in bulk when they are on sale. In the past few weeks, these items were: brown rice, tofu, vegan cheese, vegetable broth, vegetable spread, frozen vegetables, oats, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and Oreo cookies.
I also go to a grocery store that offers fuel point rewards, and every month I get at least one $.10 off per gallon reward. I highly recommend these programs to anyone who commutes often!
I used to spend more money on my groceries when I bought “regular” items. Dairy is quite expensive, and I used to be an avid yogurt and cheese fan. Once I realized that going vegan was better for my health personally (I eliminated meat long before dairy), I also found that my paychecks were going further in terms of food. I felt better about what I was putting into my body, and how I was purchasing my food.
I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂
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