For anyone vegans on a budget looking for inspiration on what to get on your grocery run, or if anyone is just curious about what a vegan buys at the grocery store, I’ve put together a list of my usual budget vegan grocery shop.
There’s a preconception that being a vegan is really expensive but I can tell you that this is really not true. I end up spending around £20 per week, which is less than what I used to spend as a meat eater!
Normally, I do a grocery shop twice a week. I could probably get away with one a week, but I just really love going to the supermarket (not even ashamed of it).
I tend to get the same things most of the time, with a few alterations based on what I’m feeling like at the time, and if I go when I’m hungry, I can guarantee I’ll come home with a load of junk food.
I’m definitely not a super healthy vegan but I do like to make sure I’m eating enough goodness as I’ve been noticing a lot recently how much my food intake affects my mood and mental wellbeing. The way it works for me is that as long as I am getting my 5 a day, I deserve a treat too. So there’s a good balance of veggies and junk food 🙂
In order to save money, a lot of the stuff that I buy is from the ‘basics’ or ‘value’ range as I personally don’t see a huge difference in quality for most things.
Furthermore, I also only buy certain items in bulk or when they are on sale, in order to save some money.
Check out my article on ‘tips for eating vegan on a budget’ for more information on eating vegan as cheap as possible.
Fruits and Vegetables
Most of the time I shop at my local supermarkets, however sometimes I like to check out local fresh fruit and vegetable market stalls to see if they have competitive prices.
This is a list of the general fresh produce I buy, however it depends on what I am planning on cooking during the week.
It’s handy to plan what you are going to cook or eat during the week, in order to save money on unnecessary foods.
- Chinese leaf
- Mangoes or Pineapples
Apart from the vegan cheese, these are the things that I either have them on a near-daily basis, or can use them in most recipes.
The vegan cheese for me, is a treat. Something I don’t need all the time.
- Firm tofu – Tofoo is my go-to
- Vegan cheese – Follow Your Heart slices are my preference, with Sheese and Violife coming in second and third
- Non-dairy butter – Vitalite is always my go to
Some of these items are things that I normally buy in bulk, to save money.
Quite often when you buy bigger bags or packets of certain things, the cheaper they are, per 100g. If it’s something I know that I will go through, before the use-by date, I normally buy in bulk.
I also look out for items that are on sale and stock up when they are.
Furthermore, I usually buy the basics range as I personally do not see a huge difference in quality.
- Bread (I freeze mine to make it last longer)
- Basmati rice
- Wholewheat pasta or spaghetti
- Black beans (canned)
- Chopped tomatoes (canned)
- Chickpeas (canned)
- Riveta crackers
- Soya milk
- Nutritional yeast
- Cashew nuts
- Herbs and spices
- Peanut butter
Frozen foods are great, if you are on a budget. You can stock up on them when they are on sale. I personally, haven’t paid the full price for my vegan sausages in a long time, as they go on sale pretty often.
- Sausages – Linda McCartney is my usual
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen chips
This is something I go through in phases. I try my hardest not to give in, but sometimes, normally if I shop whilst I’m hungry, I can’t resist.
If I am lacking my self control, these are my usual go-to treats.
- Doritos – chilli heatwave <3
- Party Rings, Oreos or Oaties
- Jam tarts – most supermarkets have ‘free-from’ ranges with a range of sweet treats
Hope you have found this helpful.
Please feel free to ask me any questions, and I’d be happy to help.
If you are also a vegan on a budget, check out my post, ‘tips for eating vegan on a tight budget’ for some helpful tips.
Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂