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How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#1 Postby TimeToShine » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:12 pm

I weigh 195, cutting right now so intake is 2400 cals, 2900 maintenance.
How much do you think it would cost a month? Assuming I shopped as cheap as possible?
With about 190 grams of protein a day?

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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#2 Postby LisaB » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:26 am

As long as you aren't eating a ton of fake meats it won't be that expensive. Dried beans, grains, nuts, and seeds out of the bulk bins are really cheap.

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#3 Postby adrianisgnarly » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:57 am

I was wondering the same thing. I'm currently transitioning from vegetarian to vegan.
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#4 Postby pinkdeacmd » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:20 pm

I read a book called " Eat Vegan on $4 a day" (About ten bucks on Amazon.)
It is available on Amazon, and a quick read. The author provides some good advice on transitioning to veganism, and saving money. I believe if you stick to purchasing whole foods, and stay away from the processed counterparts you will be okay. I take advantage of farmers markets for certain items, like green leafy veggies. Also, I agree that bulk bins are very important. Lastly, you may consider joining Cosco/Sams because you can get large amounts for cheap. I don't think I can pin it down to an exact number since my protein requirements are a bit less. You may have to just try it for a few weeks to get a feel for what you spend. I found once I cut out the "extras" such as starbucks and pizza, I saved money overall. Good luck!

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#5 Postby jmichael614 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:31 pm

Agreed, and if you're eating at home, you save on going out to eat! I haven't spent a dime all week on going out and I'm eating 6 meals a day.
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#6 Postby LisaB » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:40 pm

Another super cheap way to get veggies is to join a community supported agriculture program (CSA). You can find local ones at localharvest.org.

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#7 Postby ragekill15 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:09 pm

Here's a link to a list of some high protein vegan foods:

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

Make use of some of the more unprocessed grain and vegetable sources. If you try to eat Tempeh everyday you will be spending a lot of money, but you can buy quinoa and lentils in bulk for pretty cheap.
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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#8 Postby HorseSense » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:28 pm

I'm eating all kinds of veggies, fruit, nuts, fortified organic soy milk, and probably missing something else but the bulk (pun intended) of my diet consists of legumes. I eat lots and lots of legumes throughout the day for my protein and carbs and I get a whole host of everything else nutrition wise from them as well. I was doing split peas, now I'm on a lentil trip. Next gonna try black eyed peas (that's the southerner in me), then maybe pinto beans, or a combination of beans.

I mainly get what I need at walmart. In fact my soy milk is Great Value brand and I was shocked to see it was 1) USDA certified organic and 2) so cheap!

My expenses come out to a little over $4 a day (about $130/month).

This is A LOT cheaper than my previous milk/meat based diet.
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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#9 Postby Richard » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:56 pm

Can't really compare prices because I'm the UK and I think food costs are different over here... but my and my partner spend about £40 per week on food, so that works out around £160 per month for two of us - £80 each. Which is $51 per month per person. But on top of that I buy a protein powder, which is something like £25 for 2.5kg and that lasts a while...
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#10 Postby SAR » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:36 pm

Wow! For my partner and I we spend almost 1000$ a month on food just for us!
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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#11 Postby Richard » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:29 am

We couldn't afford to spend that much, and I don't think we could even eat that much per month
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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#12 Postby sosso » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:33 am

I spend about $50 each week on food for myself.

I can get 2.5 kg of protein powder for about $50 if I buy online.

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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#13 Postby Nicholas_Weir » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:36 am

sosso wrote:I spend about $50 each week on food for myself.

I can get 2.5 kg of protein powder for about $50 if I buy online.



Have you tried that soy protein isolate I get from Fitbits yet?

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Re: How much would it cost monthly to be vegan?

#14 Postby sosso » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:56 am

Not yet, but I think I will get the rice protein. What's the soy like?


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