Often i am asked or told " Is'nt it expensive to be vegan/vegetarian" The answer is no. Its like any form of shopping if you go to the store with the highest prices then you will spend more . Shopping completely at wholefoods will kill you . Just like conventional shopping their are coupons online , just google what you are looking for or generic phrases like "Whole foods coupons" "Vegetarian printable coupons" there are tons and even on the manufactures websites sometimes. I tend to buy items like garlic , bananas , potatoes from conventional groceries as they are cheaper there . Trader joes prices are alot cheaper buy several dollars on your whole shopping trip . Below i have included some suggestions on making your life better without breaking the bank !!!
1) Dont shop entirely at whole foods , Utilize farmers markets in warm seasons as they have great deals on organic produce.
2) Its okay to buy non-organic if you are buying from the 12 least contaminated list below.
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
3) Familiarize yourself with cheap healthy meals
ex: A grain , A green , A bean.... All of these can be bought in bulk and prepared by cooking or soaking if you prefer raw.
4) Grow your own herbs , Save money on not buying expensive sodium filled gourmet seasonings . I grow wheat grass , rosemary , parsley and mint. Dont spend money on the trays they sell at landscaping stores . I buy bargain clearance trays after the holiday seasons for cents sometimes . Plastic shoe boxes work well too as they are small and can fit in the window.
5) Make everything yourself when you can , the quantity will be more . Beans and rice will cost you 4-6$ premade a bag of rice and beans can be bought for that and make several meals with the money.
6) Be creative with recipees... See what can be substituted many bakers sub applesauce for sugar . And mother can feed that same applesauce to her baby HMmmmmmm are you seeing the trend ? Versitility !! is key
Being healthy is about being smart also . I recomment Printing a vegan/vegetarian food pyramid and keeping it in your automobile , bag or wallet to make sure you cover all food groups. And as Always i am her to support the community not criticize ...Spend smart , Save money and LIVE WELL - SAFARI-BLACK
VEGETARIAN COUPON LINKS ---> LIGHTLIFE
I Could go on forever just google Vegan/Vegetarian coupons and you will see infinite choices if you put in the work remember that task will save you money to use for other things !! Peace - SAFARI-BLACK