4 guidelines for eating vegan on $4/day

It’s a common misconception that eating vegan has to be expensive, but that’s definitely not the case. Today I thought I’d give you a glimpse into how Matt and I manage to keep our food budget low (without couponing or having unlimited time for meal prep) and still eat lots of healthy, plant-based food.

While we are paying down some student debt, our budget is pretty small. Right now, we average about $4 per person per day for groceries, or just around $240 per month for the two of us (I aim for $50/week, and sometimes make a mid-week run for something we ran out of or decided we wanted). According to a 2012 Gallup poll, that means we spend less than about 75-90% of the U.S., so I think that’s pretty reasonable!

4 principles I use to eat vegan on $4 per day:

1. Shop smart.

I go to the grocery stores that are going to give me the most food for my dollar! This is probably the most obvious suggestion, but one I didn’t do for a while because of convenience. But with just 10 extra minutes, I can drive to Aldi and get most of my staples for much less than other stores. There’s really no reason to pay more when I don’t have to. I go there for things like canned goods, fresh veggies, and tortilla chips (my husband’s snack of choice). I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at their selection of vegan products like almond milk and even veggie burgers! They have a decent number of organic products, if that’s a priority for you; at this point it’s not for us.

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World Fair Trade Day 2016

Hey friends! Welcome to the weekend!

In my last post, I wrote about why I’m trying to be a more conscious consumer, whether that’s what I eat, drink, or wear. I imagine it’s a topic I’ll return to often.

It just so happens that today is World Fair Trade Day, so I wanted to take a minute to explain a bit about what Fair Trade is, why I support it, and some of my recent favorite products or companies. I’m going to keep it brief, because it’s Saturday and I have brownies to make.

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Here’s to doing better.

I became a vegetarian, and then a vegan, when I was in college, and I had no idea how it would change my life. It wasn’t just the food I ate or the clothes I wore; it marked the beginning of a transformation in my world view.
Although I was raised as an Easter-and-Christmas church attender, and had always considered myself “Christian” (like nearly everyone in my small town), it wasn’t until those same college years that I started discovering a faith of my own and seeking to follow Christ. I spent a lot of time reading the stories of Jesus’ life, and I was beginning to understand for the first time what the gospel actually meant. Continue reading