Let’s be real – sticking to eating only all organic, non-GMO foods is freaking expensive.
However, that doesn’t mean committing to a plant-based diet is entirely impossible. Here are some tips on how you can stick to a plant-based eating habit while on a tight budget:
1. Shop in bulk
Shopping in bulk is so much cheaper than buying smaller packs. Head over to your local grocery store’s bulk section and stock up on dried beans, whole grains, flours, dried beans, dried fruits, and nuts or seeds.
2. Shop around for best prices
This one will take some trial and error as you find where you can get a specific item for the best price around your area. Your local farmers market will most likely sell cheaper than your grocery shops so be sure to check them out too.
3. Base your meals around a bean or a starch
Let your creativity flow as you create meal plans for your family by just simply basing your meals on a type of bean or starch such as black beans, brown rice, potatoes, or pasta. They’re not only cheap but also satisfying.
4. Make large dinners so you have leftovers for lunch the next day
Just keep them refrigerated and reheat them once you’re ready to eat them the following day.
5. Go grocery shopping only once a week
Create a meal plan for the week, stock up and ration it until your next grocery trip. Midweek grocery shopping almost always leads up to overspending.
6. Don’t worry about going exclusively all-organic
Set realistic boundaries for what your family can afford to eat regularly, and sometimes we just can’t afford an all-organic meal. Do what you can and don’t feel bad about the rest.