You can now forget about saving the animals or the planet, being a vegetarian is cheaper than eating meat. Studies have shown that cooking plant-based food costs less than cooking meals with meat. Contrary to popular belief, you can actually save money too while you eat a vegetarian diet.
Here are some tips to save money on healthy vegetarian food.
Do not buy every organic food.
If you are no longer buying meat, chances are you can now have more money to spend on organic vegetarian food. However, you do not have to buy every organic food that you can hold on to. You can save some money by buying the least contaminated food. Yes, there are certain products that are least contaminated by the pesticide chemicals. You can buy onions, avocado, asparagus, frozen sweet peas, pineapples, mangoes, bananas and broccoli.
A grain, a green, and a bean.
Get a large pot and cooked the grains of your choice such as quinoa and rice. Then add some greens such as kale and collard. As the greens wilt, you can then ass legumes or beans. You can dress it up with sea salt, salsa, soy sauce or vinegar. If you want, you can sauté onions and garlic before cooking the grains. Beans can either be fresh or dried.
This meal is both easy and cheap. You can save money if you choose wisely or buy in bulk. You can skip the greens from time to time if they are too costly for you.
Grow your own herbs.
You can’t tend to livestock if you do not have much area in your backyard, but you can grow your herbs even in your kitchen. This alone can save you up to hundreds of dollars per year. Basil, thyme, and sage can grow if you put them on your windowsill or porch. Do not forget to harvest as needed.
In case that you get inspired to have a vegetable garden in your backyard or a vertical garden, you can simply get a loan and save in the long run.