• Becoming Vegan on a insane budget?

    Profile photo of Siinew

    Over a year ago

    So I’ve lived with my mom my whole life, only being 18. She’s a very.. Ignorant person, though I love her to death. We usually don’t have food and we only have a meal a day if that from lack of food, from lack of money. My mom has dealt with debt since I can remember. She cares about living in an apartment with a pool nearby than food, so when she gets it she usually gets meat that’s on sale and that’s it. Because she thinks the Adkins diet is ideal she think one purely meat meal a day is healthy, and she usually doesn’t eat a lot.

    Now she has diagnosed Anorexia so there is no changing her mind on food. However since I was 12 I’ve dealt with Binge Eating Disorder, not Bulimia though. So from the lack of food I’ve actually gained over 100lbs in four years. I currently weigh 265lbs, which I know is terrible.

    Now time for my question.

    I usually have around $20 a month for food for myself alone that I scrap up (I don’t have a job and I am trying to get one, as soon as I do there’s no real issue), is there any way possible to be a healthy vegan OR vegetarian with that? I absolutely hate eating meat but even if I don’t eat for a while she thinks it’s fine and thinks it will help me lose weight.

    I really just need help with getting healthy food for myself while I look for jobs. If anyone can help it would be very appreciated!

    Feel free to email or text me since I don’t know how to really get around peta2 quite yet, 520-307-5600 or

    Please and thank you for any and all help! <3

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  • Profile photo of empoweredvegetarian22

    Over a year ago

    I used to live in a studio apartment and I know how you feel and I was a vegetarian during that time period. It’s actually cheaper than eating meat! I used to go to the indian stores or the more ethnic small stores on my area and buy stuff from there. It is way cheaper than buying stuff that’s vegetarian in usual stores 🙂

    Stuff like vegan stuffed eggplant in a can for 50 cents was tasty and vegan. Also naan veggie pizza for $1 or samosas (6 for $2) Is in my local indian market! Hopefully that helps. Also vegetables are way cheaper in these stores. I can easily buy 6 onions for $1.50 and tomatoes for $.25 a pound! Lentils are cheaper than dirt and beans are too!

    If there is no ethnic market around you, go to the store and always check coupons. Those are lifesavers! Frozen vegetable medleys ( generic in big packs are great) are cheap vegetable sources. Lentils in big generic packs are great and beans raw or sometimes canned beans are also super good on cheap budgets. Rice is a great grain for a low price everywhere and peanut butter, jelly, and bread are also cheap most of the time.

    For health I recommend eating less non healthy vegetables like potatoes and trying to get more things like frozen carrots or vegetable medleys. Potatoes are good but they don’t pack a lot of health benefits most of the time. Don’t go to fast food places and get fries either, those are expensive compared to making your own with a 10 cent potato and 15 cent oil!

    Sign up for food stamps in your area, because those are always great for people who need the extra boost 🙂

    There are also cheap vegan snacks at gas station convenience stores too!

    Hope this helps you in your hard times but there are always good times ahead!

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  • Profile photo of queueteapi

    Over a year ago

    Im surprised no one has said this yet…Go apply for food stamps in your city, they should also help you find a job as well!

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    I’ve been a vegan on an extremely limited budget before so it is possible but it’s definitely not the easiest thing in the world, until you get used to it and know where all the best deals are.

    Buying in bulk would often help me, things like pasta, dried soya pieces, lentils, beans etc. can be much cheaper if you buy them in big bags and you can just throw them together with anything, even just sauce, to make a meal.

    Also, if you have a freezer, then buying large bags of frozen vegetables can be cheaper than buying fresh (it depends where you live and if you have any decent local markets). And making meals for one is awkward so make lots of meals and freeze the extra, ready to eat another day.

    If you’re worried about your health whilst eating on a budget, get a cheap multi-vitamin to take every other day.

    Good luck!

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  • Profile photo of Emilyr


    Over a year ago

    Hey @siinew!

    I’m sorry to hear about all the budgeting issues. I know how difficult it can be to try and do the right thing when you don’t have the support of your parents. Don’t give up, you are doing the right thing!! It can be surprisingly cheap to eat vegan. Check out this blog on how veganism is cheap:

    Also here is a guide for broke ass vegans:

    I’m all about a deal! There are some great apps out there that offer coupons for vegan foods, such as ibotta. And of course you can always check your local paper for coupons. I really hope this helps. Let us know how it goes!!

    <3 Emily from peta2

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  • Profile photo of SaveTilikum

    Over a year ago


    I am sorry about the budget issues. My family doesn’t have loads of cash either.

    I agree with what Peppermint said below, beans give big amounts of protein as a vegan, as well as peanut butter. Check local stores such as Sprouts and Whole Foods for great deals. Larabars are also a cheap product where you can get protein, and they just came out with a new vegan line! Check it out 😀 Most Larabars are vegan, just make sure there is no honey.

    If your apartment has a deck/porch to chill on, there is another option. Buy garden boxes. They are like 2 by 4 feet boxes which contains soil. We grow jalapenos, cucumbers, broccoli, peppers, strawberries, and snap peas! This would be a great way to save money so you wouldn’t have to buy produce.

    Good luck!

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