When coins get tight or when I’m simply tired of spending money, I re-evaluate where my money is actually going. Am I buying unnecessary items?
You’re probably thinking that food is a very necessary item and you’re right! However, do I NEED to buy the $9 Beyond Meat Sausages when my coins are tight? The answer is no! The truth is, I need meals that will stretch. Here are some grocery items that will get you through a tight week!
1. A Good Ol Pot of Beans
I grew up eating beans! Sure, they were laced with hammocks, but luckily I have learned how to season my food over the 9 years of my vegan journey. Flavor is everything and one pot meals are even better. These black eyed peas are mixed with kale and rotel. Greens, protein, and vitamins? What else do you need? Rice, maybe?? Well, no matter what you need, this meal will cost no more than $11 and you will get about 5 to 6 servings from it. You do the math!
2. Grocery Staples
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Plant Butter
- Potato Chips
Do you know how many meals/snacks you can get out of this?? Use your imagination and get to work!
Here's a receipt from my grocery excursion. It was under $20. If you are on a tight budget for the week, these items will get you through!
In this tweet I break down the wonder of lentils. I'm a big fan of beans, but especially of lentils. Amazing stuff.
5 - 8. More Grocery Staples
These staples from Trader Joe's were about $15 and once again, they can get you through a frugal couple of days. The linguine was only 99 cents! As you can see, I pulled together a bomb meal! My roommate gave me the squash, but the rest of the items came from that particular grocery haul.
In conclusion, a pan of well seasoned potatoes, a pot of beans, and pasta will not only keep your belly full, but it will also keep your bank account full. Be careful of price gouging, and remember that operating with a low budget does not mean you can't go vegan or STAY vegan. Eat hearty this winter and conserve your coins!