The Frugal Vegan Explained

Attention all you tightwads out there, in response to the many inquiries about how much I spend a month on food, I’ve decided to make this the theme of the next few posts. After all, when money is limited, the first thing to go for most people is their food budget and along with it, the fruits and veges, which seem to be dispensable items.

I would like to make a very good case for why you don’t have spend most of your paycheck stocking your fridge AND why a vegan diet can actually be cheaper than your standard American fare.

Another reason why I think this is an important issue to discuss is because I hear it all the time: “I would eat healthier, but it’s just too expensive” (another popular excuse is, I just don’t have the time).

Juice the frugal way…buy what’s on sale. All of this probably cost less an $1, and I shared it with my kids.

I’m a frugal vegan. My food budget is $550 a month for a family of five. We nearly always have a large supply of fresh produce to choose from and we tend to eat quite well. I don’t know what’s typical for other families, but I think $550 a month is fairly reasonable for a family of our size. Now you could say, sheesh, I could eat ramen, mac & cheese, hot dogs, and cold cereal (the cuisine of college students and many single men, including my husband back in the day) and only spend $150 a month and pocket the rest. I would then ask, sure that works, but at what cost to you and your family? It will only take a few years of constant rubbish in the gut to wreck havoc on your bodys systems, costing you your health and in turn, much of your happiness.

So, with this in mind, more details forthcoming on exactly HOW to make a vegan budget work without sacrificing your tastebuds (after all, the cheapest thing to live on is rice and beans, beans and rice, but we all want a little variety, right?). Stay tuned, dear reader, and in the mean time, baby steps….


  1. Vegan Mothering
    on February 13, 2009 at 4:19 am said:

    spinach and raw salad. I am not joking when I say my kids prefer raw fruits and veggies Basically they eat what I eat, except they eat more peanut butter than I do as P & J sandwiches are one of their favorites. They also love the icecreams I make (I will post some of my favorite recipes). It is true that vegan kids may be deficient in nutrients, but only because their diet consists of processed refined products (the majority of non-vegan kids aren't getting enough of the good stuff and too much of the bad stuff) such as white rice, flour, sugar, ect. All of these refined products not only do not offer much by way of nutrients, but they also deplete and rob the body of vital vitamins and minerals. So much more to say but again, it deserves it's own post. Great question, I encourage you to do your own research, starting with The China Study. That book will address most, if not all of the concerns you may have.

  2. Vegan Mothering
    on February 13, 2009 at 4:13 am said:

    Abbie, wonderful questions, I will address your concerns in an upcoming post. For now, a great place to start would be to look at the questions on the side of my blog, I will add more questions and answers regarding specific nutrient related concerns. When you say nutrients are you talking about protein (meat) and calcium (dairy)? Because those specific nutrients are abdundant in whole plant foods in the right porportions including fiber (which is essential to keep things "running" smoothly). There is absolutely no fiber in meat and dairy products, which explains that most Americans are CONSTIPATED up the wazhoo (no pun 9intended there). And as for the picky eaters, my kids love most things, except for cooked green things (although they do love

  3. Abbie
    on February 13, 2009 at 2:25 am said:

    And are your kids picky eaters?

  4. Abbie
    on February 13, 2009 at 2:24 am said:

    I'm sure you'll talk about this, but what about your little girl? What does she eat and are you ever concerned about her not getting enough nutrients? I guess when you do it correctly you would actually be consuming the right amount of nutrients but that's where I worry because I don't really know what I'm doing. Plus… I still don't know how I feel about giving up meat and dairy. I'm liking what you're saying (a lot) but still don't know about giving those things up. Oh… and can you give us that recipe for the sauce you put on the fruit? And what about those two bowls next to the raw veggies? I'm curious.