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Vegan Grocery Haul

Vegan Grocery Haul-2A 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!

Meal Planning:

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 teriyaki strips with brown rice
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Pasta with marinara sauce
  • Dinner leftovers
  • Brown rice with baked beans



  • Fresh fruit
  • Oreo cookies

Budget Shopping

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 [2] and Hazelnut [1] ($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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