Save Money.. Go Vegan!

Why did the tofu cross the road?…to prove he wasn’t chicken.

Happy almost hump day fellow bloggers! We don’t normally start our post this way but Ryan and I are super excited to have reached 50+ followers in our first month blogging. So we want to say thank you for supporting us, for your words of encouragement and tips to get us going. We are here to cheer you on as well!

🙏🙏 Ryan and Lana

Ok, now to get to my thoughts for Tuesday evening!


Over the last few years we’ve heard from a lot of people asking Ryan and I questions about becoming vegan. Some of the most common questions we get….


  • “Don’t you miss cheese?”
  • “What can you eat?”
  • “How do you get your protein?”
  • “You can eat shrimp can’t you?” (My mother still regularly asks me this one) Love you Mom!

These questions don’t bother me anymore, I am used to it. In fact I love sharing with curious people what they can in fact eat. But what has really baffled me lately is a few people saying to me, “I could never be vegan, I can’t afford it!” I have heard it so much I had to ask myself, What are they talking about? 

Processed Vegan Products

After looking online at some of the vegan products and at our local Whole Foods Store, I think I get where these statements are coming from. Many vegan products are expensive! Those processed products are not what Ryan and I eat most of the time, and if you do, it would be quite expensive!

Food manufacturers are capitalizing on the growing vegan trend by making tons of products that can be labeled vegan. “Vegan” is becoming just the next label on your “gluten-free,” “non-fat,” “low-carb” grocery store isle. Don’t let them fool you!

Veganism is Affordable

If you want to be vegan, regardless of your reasons, you can afford it! And the food you buy doesn’t need a vegan label. The food that Ryan and I live on is incredibly cheap. In fact, if you compare it to other popular diets, a typical western diet, the low-carb diet, or the Mediterranean diet, vegans can eat cheaper than all of them.

Only once in a while will we splurge on something processed, and it’s usually Daiya Cheese. Our vegan diet is basically a whole foods plant based diet. Here is a list of our go to products:

Grains: brown rice, quinoa, oats and barley

Produce: always trying to buy seasonal fruits and veggies, and local when possible.

Legumes: Lentils, split peas, beans, peanuts

Extra firm Tofu and on occasion tempeh.

We make a lot of soup, homemade chili, stir fry, burritos and rice bowls. The most expensive thing we buy: coffee, beer and wine!

Find Support Online

If this topic speaks to you and you want to know more, there are several Facebook Groups  for veganism. We belong to several. Here is a list of a few on Facebook; Vegansim, Trying Vegan, Vegan is Peace, Vegans United, even What Broke Vegans Eat.

Regardless of your reasoning for considering a vegan diet, don’t give up! It is just like learning anything else, once you figure it out, it’s easy!

Thanks for reading and showing interest in our family blog!

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  1. I guess it could maybe depend on where you live. It was expensive for me as I was buying maybe three times the fruit and veggies that I would normally do and items such as nuts are very expensive in the UK. Also with soft fruits and veggies I only buy organic due to the amount of pesticides and chemicals which are absorbed – also adding to the expense. Also some of the less common grains aren’t available in the supermarket and need to be bought from health food shops – again adding to the expense.

    The biggest cost for me was also buying separate foods for my family who would not go vegan! Had everyone done it, I’m sure the cost would have evened out a bit more!


    • That makes total sense! 🤔Im with you on the high costs of organic produce! And ya, we don’t eat a lot of nuts. We did at first, but we just couldn’t afford to keep it up. Some people in my neighborhood could easily do it. We have lots of cheap grains and produce here, aside from organic.
      I love hearing about being veganism 🌱 in the UK.

      • It’s a great thing to do for so many reasons. I don’t eat a lot of meat in any case, maybe a small portion 3 days a week. We do a couple of days vegetarian and I try to squeeze at least 1 vegan day in – even if only for myself!

  2. Love this and the fact that you are cheerfully advocating for veganism. I have been vegetarian for 50 years and was vegan for six years — I only started eating dairy again because I was traveling in non-Asian countries a lot. My three mainstays as a vegan: Almond butter, Hummus and avocados. These three are really high in the kinds of fats we need. Almond butter is also a good source of protein. They helped me stave off cravings for cheese and carbs (like pasta). I will go back to a non-dairy diet as soon as I am out of countries in Latin America and Europe! Go vegans!

  3. Yes! If you go Vegan the right and healthy way it can be super cheap. To be honest, we spend as much as we did before I went Vegan but it’s money better spent!

  4. I’m the only vegan thus far in my family so our grocery bill is hard to calculate to see if it’s actually cheaper. Our family loves to eat. I am however moving farther from processed food, which is what I ate mostly at the beginning stages. I can say for sure that cooking my meals from scratch is definitely cheaper than buying processed meals. Still pretty new to it but learning. One year and counting.

    • It is definitely cheaper to cook from scratch! I’ve heard how hard it can be with a split household on dietary choices… congrats to your first year!👍🏻💗

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