Photo taken from @makeupfoo’s Instagram!
Who else knew that E.L.F. Cosmetics’ Moisturizing lipsticks had secret pot of lipstick on the bottom of the tube?! And to think it couldn’t get any better than being a $3 lipstick. ;)
always buy food in bulk, because it’s cheaper + you don’t have to go grocery shopping as often
if you can’t get ahold of the packaging label, just don’t eat it. instead, you can bring your own food/snacks everywhere
make a shopping list and go grocery shopping as needed
read the ingredients. all the time. especially if you’re eating out/buying food/eating someone else’s food
get a rice cooker!!! i swear it’s so easy + fast to make rice and this way u can be super lazy and cook fast and delicious meals (like me)
only buy the staples, then make fancier meals out of them. don’t go crazy buying fancy vegan foods, because you will spend a lot of money.
for body products/makeup/etc., you could spend more money and buy from the explicitly vegan brands, or you can buy from everyday drugstore brands and just check the labels super thoroughly. it just depends on your budget.
frozen fruits and vegetables!!! they’re cheaper + they last longer
almond milk is AH-mazing and every vegan should try it. heck, you should try it even if you’re not vegan almond milk is LIFe
trader joe’s has a lot of great vegan foods and it’s wayyyy cheaper than whole foods
fruits and vegetables are great for meals/snacks
it’s okay if you can’t afford to go completely vegan. (as in, you can’t buy only vegan clothes/makeup/body products) baby steps. you’ll get there.
don’t beat yourself up if you accidentally eat something non-vegan! we’ve all done it, and it’s okay. just be more careful next time!
good luck with your vegan journey! it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, and I encourage you all to try it! ~mel
I just got my free vegan Conscious Box in the mail! All I had to pay for was the $7.95 price of shipping! I am so excited to try out all of the samples that I got in this month’s box! The packaging is great and the products inside are even better. (:
All of the products in any box are free of GMO’s and all of the products in the box I received are vegan!
Use the coupon code ONEFREE at checkout to get your first Conscious Box for free! You can order a box that is regular, gluten-free, or vegan!
So i’m starting a new series called vegan on a budget! This is my intro video where I explain to you some basic tips I have if you’re on a tight budget and also introduce this new series!
It will be a 10 part video series full of cheap, healthy and affordable vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. There are many videos to come, each video featuring a new, cheap and healthy vegan recipe. I will also put the cost of the entire meal together and compare it to a normal meat based dish so you guys can see for yourselves that veganism is affordable!
I hope you guys enjoy it and find it helpful! I will try to get 2 videos per week up for this series, if not more :)
I tried being vegan for a few months last year and it left me feeling so lethargic… I also lost a lot of weight which I do NOT want. If anything I want to gain weight (muscles and otherwise).
I’m planning on going vegetarian fairly soon because I can do that pretty easily as a starting point (and because I cant afford to be vegan right now/I live with family) my question is this:
How can I get enough calories to function normally?
What foods am I missing here?
I lift weights and my metabolism is medium-fast. I already felt like I was eating so much food but I just could not function and dropped like 20lbs. I’m also not the best cook….at all.
I’d like to be vegan, or at least as vegan as I can be health wise, because of my love for animals.
A coworker of mine has decided to try out veganism💚💚💚 (yay!) and asked me for a list of some cheap staple food ideas to buy at the grocery store. So I thought this might help out anyone wanting to transition and not really knowing what to buy!
Bags of potatoes
Sweet potatoes/ yams (whichever is cheaper atm)
Any veggies that are on sale (I tend to go for broccoli, kale/spinach, bell peppers etc)
Lots of bananas (smoothies/nice cream/oatmeal/baking/snacking )
Any fruit that is on sale (also check your stores reduced price produce shelf- there are almost always lots of perfectly ripe bananas, avocados, and lots of other goodies that are “too ripe” to sell at full price aka perfect.)
Beans- black + garbanzos are my fav ( canned are a little pricier but nice for convenience)
Bread + tortillas ( also check to see if your store has a discounted bakery area for stuff about to go stale - I always find herb focaccia, raisin bread, and artisan baguettes for under $2 each so I stock up and store in freezer until ready to use)
Cold cereal/granola (buying in bulk is the way to go for this if you don’t want to make your own)
Canned tomatoes (easily turns into sauce, or add to curries, pastas, Mexican style dishes etc)
Non dairy milk ( look for what’s on sale or deals on bigger sizes / multipacks + you can find smaller sizes in the dry goods area too if you don’t plan to use this much)
Non dairy butter ( I’ll buy this on sale only + in the largest size tub so I won’t need it again for a long time)
Optional: Tofu (firm - to make tofu scramble+ silken/soft - to make “sour cream”)
All in all I always keep my eye peeled for sales and bulk deals and know when to pass on something that week. Going into the store with a general plan for meals is always a good idea too so that you don’t overbuy or fill your basket with a bunch of random stuff that you have no idea what to do with once you’re home. I did not include “luxury” items like faux meat/cheese/yogurt/ ice cream etc because they aren’t necessary even if some of them are very tasty. I personally don’t eat them often and you may buy them at your own discretion. The only faux meat I always have on hand is tvp (aka textured vegetable protein, a dry and unflavored meat substitute that is made from soy that you rehydrate with veggie broth or water and seasonings that can replace any kind of ground meat or even bacon bits when prepared properly that can either be found in bulk at a natural foods store or the natural foods baking/flour area in your regular grocery store for fairly inexpensive ). I also didn’t include some basic stuff like flour, coffee/tea, sugar, cooking oil etc but I buy all these things in bulk and avoid most brands of white sugar and choose to buy my raw sugar in the bulk area of my local natural foods store where I am sure that it isn’t processed with bone char, I also tend to use coconut oil to cook with but this is totally a personal preference. Condiments are completely up to you but some stuff I use include veganaise, corn syrup-free ketchup, stone ground mustard, liquid aminos (soy sauce substitute), worstishire sauce ( look for one without anchovies), sriracha, cholula, chipotle tabasco, (I’m a hot sauce queen), fruit jam, balsamic and apple cider vinegar . Herbs and spices are also up to you but by far my most used ones are basic salt+pepper, garlic powder, Italian herbs seasoning, curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutritional yeast(even if that’s not technically a herb/spice and I buy it in the dry goods bulk area of my local natural foods store), and fresh cilantro. If you have a local Asian market I also highly recommend checking it out- they usually have inexpensive produce including lots of cheap fresh herbs (hello basil I’m looking at you), they also have lots of affordable accidentally vegan ramen/ instant noodle soup packs, and tons of rice noodles in all shapes and sizes in bulk for cheap, I also prefer to buy my rice here in bulk. One last thing I do to save a little money is keep a large bowl or bag in my freezer and fill it with veggie scraps like onion peels, pepper stems, carrot tops etc that I will use to make my own veggie broth after it is extremely full- simply put it all in a large pot, cover with water and simmer for an entire day, add salt to taste and use immediately or store for up to one week in the fridge or up to a few months in the freezer.
I hope this post helps you out and shows you that being vegan can indeed be very cheap if you know how to shop, and gives you some ideas for next time you’re at the grocery store. If you have any questions I’m always ready to help! 💁🏻
i'm really struggling to find quick, simple, healthy, and affordable vegan meals for all times of the day do you think you can help?
I have a big list of cheap vegan recipes here, and a cheap ingredient list attached to that post. You can do a lot with just those few ingredients. When I’m going for quick and cheap, I tend to go for things like hummus with veggies/pita, chickpeas and rice, lentils and rice, quinoa, veggie burgers, basic noodle dishes, stir fries, baked potatoes with beans and salad, that sort of thing. It helps to make things in bulk and freeze/refrigerate them if you can. I very rarely cook for just one meal, I usually make at least twice as much as I need so I can keep the rest for another day, it usually works out much cheaper that way and far less time consuming.
Hiya, would you be able to link me somewhere where I'd be able to find affordable vegetarian/ + vegan food alternatives? It's just that I want to reduce the amount of meat in my diet before coming vegetarian to see how well I can do currently with my very low food budget. I might not be able to move away from meat completely but I want to have a solid attempt of finding alternative recipes to integrate into my diet. Soya and almond milk I feel queasy taking them so I may remove milk entirely?
Hi! Absolutely! And I’ll share it so other folks can take a look too if they want.
@acti-veg has some really stellar posts about pretty much anything and everything you’d want to know about going vegan. They even have a “vegan on a budget” tag, but here are some posts I picked out for you.
I totally get the low budget thing, and a lot of people start going vegan to save money. Rice, beans, and frozen vegetables are going to be your friend. Tofu and tempeh are a great, cheap source of protein, but nothing beats canned beans and lentils.Nutritional yeast lasts forever, has protein and vitamin B12, and you can sprinkle it on anything (it tastes like cheesy flakes). It’s pretty much a staple of vegan life (it’s a poorly kept secret that we’re all kind of hooked on it).
Vegan phone apps are also super helpful, either for finding nearby vegan food, or for looking up ingredients and recipes. (HappyCow is my personal favorite vegan food finder).
I’m not sure where you live, so I can’t say for sure what will be available in your area, but if you can’t use soy or almond milk, that’s okay! You can also use rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, hemp milk, and I think I saw quinoa and hazelnut milk once? I personally love cashew milk, it’s very thick and creamy.
I also have a vegan blog at @vegannerdgirl if you have any more questions. Sometimes I’ll get personal and talk about my medical conditions and health, and how my veganism ties in to all that.
So yeah, I hope that helped! And you can always keep in touch. Nothing makes this easier than having a community who will support you and people you can reach out to. :) Let me know how it goes!
<b>Guilty Carnist:</b> Only buys free range chicken and eggs and grass fed cows because they believe that that actually makes a difference.<p/><b>Lazy Carnist:</b> They would go vegan but, you know, BACON!!<p/><b>Respectable Carnist:</b> Says things like "I'll respect your diet and you respect mine." or "Don't judge my personal choices." Even though their "personal choices" hurt animals and the environment.<p/><b>Hypocrite Carnist:</b> Believes animal abuse is wrong and takes shorter showers because they care about the environment. Fails to realize that eating meat and animal products contributes to the worse type of animal abuse and climate change.<p/><b>Guilty Carnist:</b> Constantly on the defense when you bring up veganism. Feels like you're attacking them just by eating vegan yogurt.<p/><b>Angry Carnist:</b> Randomly starts yelling at you about how you're shoving your beliefs down their throat. Will bring up you being vegan at the most random of times. Constantly harasses you throughout the day about the food you eat. Will commonly say that you going vegan isn't making a difference.<p/><b>Dr. Carnist:</b> Pretends to be concerned about your health by constantly inquiring about your protein intake. Will tell you being vegan is not sustainable and that you'll suffer from malnutrition. Considers raising your kids vegan to be child abuse. Tells you that the hormones in soy are bad for you, all while failing to realize that their meat, eggs, and milk are pumped with way more hormones that soy is. Says being vegan is unhealthy but ignores the fact that heart disease and diabetes are America's number one killers and they are both atributed to meat and dairy consumption.<p/><b>Activist Carnist:</b> Will try and argue that being vegan is a privilege. Will claim that the vegan diet is more expensive and not affordable for everyone, even though they have never bothered to research affordable vegan options. Also will erase vegans of color by suggesting that only white people are vegan and say that we are attacking other people's cultures. All this while not realizing that many poc are vegan.<p/><b>Immature Carnist:</b> Will resort to dumb jokes about vegans eating rabbit food. When animal suffering is brought up they will still say things like "mmmm" or "animal suffering taste great" or "I don't care". They will commonly say that vegan food is gross, even though they themselves eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.<p/><b>Curious Carnist:</b> What most vegans are before they become vegan. A meat eater who is interested in learning more about veganism and is genuinely concerned about their harmful impact on the animals and the environment. Will most likely end up being either vegan or vegetarian.<p/><b></b> Inspired by "Different Varieties of Vegans" by @vegan-confessions<p/></p>
finally have a more reliable hourly wage and have been able to afford being vegan again these past few months, this time seems more fun cuz i’ve been working around food for a couple years and got to learn a lot abt cooking and balancing a meal and now i can afford trying out my food ideas at home. but the point of this was feel free to share ur fave recipes or go-to media for inspo
WARNING: IF YOU MAKE THIS PUPPY CHOW YOU WILL BECOME ADDICTED
Sooo I guess I should start off by saying I am not a late night snacker. After about 8pm, my belly is full and I am done for the day. And when I eat, I’ve been told I eat, “like a bird,” only nitpicking at my meals and snacks. However, after making this puppy chow, I found myself at 3am pouring a big bowl of this stuff; yes, the addiction to puppy chow is crazy.
The worst thing about this mix is that it is easy to make, totally affordable, gluten free, vegan AND mouth-waterlingly delicious. I may have to the throw the remaining bits of it left in the trash because I cannot stop thinking about it.
Here’s a lil up close and personal shot of the beauty:
If you plan on making this, beware of mild obsession with it. I’m serious. I’m hungry even looking at these photos of the stuff. I think I may need to go eat the rest of the bag…
FUDGE FUNFETTI PUPPY CHOW
TIME: 10 MINS
Stuff Ya Need
1 large bowl
Freezer Ziploc Bag
1 box of plain Chex Cereal
1 bag of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 box of Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Opitional: sprinkles (but without them, where’s the fun?!)
1. Start by dumping the box of Chex into a large bowl
2. Pour bag of Chocolate Chips into a bowl and coat with two tablespoons of coconut oil (you may need a little more)
3. Place Chocolate Chips coated with coconut oil into microwave for 60 seconds, taking out halfway through to stir.
4. When Chocolate Chips are melted, pour them over top the Chex. When all chocolate is poured, take a spatula and gently fold chocolate and Chex together.
5. Once the chocolate and Chex are mixed together, scoop the mixture into a large Ziploc bag. Then, pour the brownie mix into the bag (You can add the sprinkles in too).
6. Seal and shake the bag until chocolate Chex mix is throughly coated with the brownie mix. Pop the bag into the fridge and let it chill for about 15 minutes.
You know, when people try to refute veganism for the billionth time, one of their go to arguments is that “not everyone can afford to go vegan!”. First, there are so many people (including me and my family) who are vegan on extremely tight budgets. There are many poor vegans.
But, this isn’t meant to be a post about how cheap veganism is. I just want to point out how expensive meat really is. (Not to mention dairy products..) Let’s compare black beans and ground beef. Ground beef is some of the cheapest meat that people can eat, while black beans are not only cheap, but are a staple in practically any vegan diet.
Currently, the average price of black beans are currently $0.74 for a 15.5 can, and $1.47 for a 16 ounce bag of dried black beans.
The average price of ground beef? $4.238 per pound. (This was also in 2015, and prices of meat are steadily rising.)
This means ground beef is literally 5.727 times more expensive than a can of black beans.
Also, black beans have 39 grams of protein in 8 ounces. Ground beef has 32.5 grams of protein in 8 ounces.
Let’s stop pretending that you’re actually concerned about people’s welfare. Don’t pretend like you know anything about the cost of veganism, because you obviously haven’t done any research. The real issue here is that you are so in love with the taste of meat and dairy and are unwilling to give up your lifestyle, even if that means others will literally have to die to support it.
i don’t like getting into the vegan/vegatarian discourse but all i’m saying is you can enjoy your avacado toast and also not tell people in poverty that they’re murderers for not being able to afford a vegan diet