If you’ve given up eating meat, a few simple money saving tips for vegetarians on a budget can make an enormous difference to your bank account!
Trying to stay on budget with food shopping has long been a struggle in our home, as we’ve had several food stipulations among our crew. My oldest used to have several serious food allergies which severely limited his diet. I purchase only organic and non-GMO food, mostly gluten-free and I don’t eat any meat. Those food bills could be astronomical if we aren’t careful. Fortunately, through the years we’ve figured out some simple money saving tips for vegetarians on a budget.
And I’m laying them out here for you now. I hope they help you too.
10 Simple Money Saving Tips for Vegetarians on a Budget
First of all, if you’ve recently decided to give up eating meat, good for you! We’re a small but growing group. Though there can be several reasons to give up eating meat, and going vegetarian or vegan will lower your carbon footprint! Here are simple money saving tips for vegetarians on a budget:
Join a CSA.
Community Supported Agriculture is a popular way to get locally grown fresh produce. Read these tips for how to get the most of your CSA share. CSA members purchase a share (or portion) of produce from a local farm, and typically pick up their share weekly or bi-weekly.
Hit up the farmer’s market.
My local farmer’s market is my happy place. If the idea of a CSA share is overwhelming, go to the local farmer’s market to get what you need. Prices are generally less at a farmer’s market than at a supermarket.
Know your limits.
Keep a record on what you spend for certain items at certain places. Make sure, for example, that the produce at the farmer’s market really is less expensive than at the supermarket. Keep track of which stores offer better coupons and which have better overall prices. Sometimes, it’s less expensive to purchase frozen items than fresh ones, so knowing the price point of items is helpful.
Grow your own.
I’m lucky to have both a fantastic CSA and a farmer’s market very close to home. If you don’t or if you want to save even more, consider growing your favorite veggies, herbs and fruits yourself! Starting a backyard vegetable garden is not as difficult as it seems! (Click here for tips.)
The average person wastes a substantial percentage of the food they buy. Meal planning is a fantastic way to eat healthier, save money, and waste less food. Know what you are planning to cook or prepare prior to heading to the market so you don’t end up with any waste.
If you don’t want to worry about fresh items spoiling before you can eat them (and ruining your budget), freeze them. Frozen fruits and vegetables tend to maintain their antioxidant levels even when frozen. My kids love grapes, but organic grapes are difficult to find in the off season. We freeze them before the price increases and have them for the months to come. Before our bananas become overripe, we cut them and freeze them, which just happens to make them perfect for smoothies!
Use your credit wisely.
Does your credit card give double cash back for supermarket purchases? If not, you may want to get one that does, asap. The folks at Wisebread recently published a review of the best credit cards for groceries.
Know your store(s) well.
Once you have developed favorite brands and items, look for them on sale. If it’s a shelf stable item, especially one that doesn’t go on sale often, don’t be afraid to buy it in bulk. Know which days of the week your stores new circulars come out. Chances are that your favorite store has an app with their deals for the week and/or month. Download the app and connect it to your in-store card for great savings for all vegetarians on a budget.
Join the club.
Bj’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club all sell a wide variety of items for vegetarians on a budget. Whether you are looking for fresh ripe bananas or enough frozen broccoli to feed a family of 40, head over to the warehouse clubs for wholesale prices!
Get it delivered.
Amazon Pantry has some fantastic “Subscribe & Save” deals, so you can always ensure that you are getting your favorite items at the best prices. You can also check online for their current and upcoming deals.
Thrive Market offers natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry high quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market, all delivered to your door at 25-50% off retail prices. After a free 30-day membership trial, you can join Thrive for just $59.95 a year and save on healthy products.
If you too are a vegetarian on a budget, a few simple money saving tips will make an enormous difference!
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