Get ready to keep more of your paycheck! According to new research from Oxford University, choosing vegan whole foods could cut your food bill by one-third.
Published in The Lancet Planetary Health, the study shows that a whole-food vegan eating pattern is the most affordable option in high-income countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and throughout Western Europe.
Researchers compared standard diets with seven that are associated with greater health and sustainability, including flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan. While choosing vegan whole foods resulted in the most savings, vegetarian and flexitarian eating patterns were also more affordable than those heavy with animal products. Oxford Martin School researcher Dr. Marco Springmann stated:
When scientists like me advocate for healthy and environmentally-friendly eating it’s often said that we’re sitting in our ivory towers promoting something that is financially out of reach for most people. This study shows that it’s quite the opposite. These diets could be better for your bank balance as well as your health and the health of the planet.
More Ways to Save
Looking for more ways to save with plant-based eating? We’ve got your back! Here are four vegan-friendly money-saving tricks:
1. Shop at Discount Grocers
Plenty of grocery stores offer food at more reasonable prices. Save A Lot, Dollar Tree, Food 4 Less, and other budget grocers sell tons of vegan staples like pasta, dry beans, frozen veggies, and even almond milk at affordable prices.
2. Plan Ahead
Make a list (and check it twice) to be sure you’re really buying things you need! Before you head to the grocer, plan out a few meals and buy only what is necessary. This way, you will avoid filling your cart with additional items or purchasing things that will go to waste.
3. Cook in Batches
Consider making a big pot of soup or chili on Sunday and eating the leftovers for lunch or dinner that week. Cooking in bulk reduces costs and saves you time (and time is money!).
4. Think Frozen
Buying frozen fruits and veggies is a great way to ensure you waste less food (since they take so much longer to spoil). They also tend to be cheaper than their fresh counterparts.
Now that we know plant-based eating is better for animals, the environment, and our wallets, there’s no reason not to give it a try! Download our FREE veg starter guide today.