Going vegan used to be about health and animal cruelty. Apparently, people are now going vegan for another reason; their finances. Hey, whatever get’s people healthier is great in my book. My friend just went vegan and loved her new grocery bill. Check out these savings.
Goodbye Meat: If you eat meat just half of the week for dinner, you probably spend at least $40 dollars or more. That’s a savings of $160 dollars per month, by cutting one thing out of your diet. That’s a good chunk of change; you could spend that on a vacation or save for retirement. There are a lot of other healthy sources of protein to be had and veggie dishes are tastier than ever. If they taste bad, it’s your own fault; you’re the cook!
Milk and Eggs: Milk is at an all time high, costing between $3 and $4 dollars per gallon, or around $6 for hormone free milk. I buy at least two gallons per week because I have children who love cereal. That’s another $30 dollars per month in your pocket. Yes, you need calcium in your diet but it doesn’t have to come from hormone laden milk. I’m not giving up eggs because I rarely eat meat and use them for my daily protein, but you’ll save roughly ten dollars per month by giving up the eggs. I get free eggs from free range chickens, so it costs nothing for me.
The Cost of Veggie Based Dinners: When you sit down and compare the cost of a vegetable lasagna and salad, with homemade bread versus a Rib eye steak, with the same sides for a family of four, you’ll notice a savings of at least $20 dollars if you’re buying decent steaks. There are so many examples of this. Vegetable based foods and dinners are not as expensive as meat based dinners. What if you use cheap meats like ground beef and tuna? Well, I still think you’ll save money but the savings won’t be as pronounced.
Consider What You Are Eating: Also, consider where those meats are coming from and what else is in them. If you knew, I promise you, you would be repulsed. Around 80 percent of the fish eaten in the U.S. is imported and the FDA only inspects about one percent of it. The one percent that is inspected is usually full of insects, dirt, and bacteria. Makes you think twice, doesn’t it? If you don’t worry about your beef because it comes from somewhere in the U.S. like Texas, drive through the panhandle on the interstate. Around Amarillo, you’ll pass a cattle stockyard with the cows crammed together so tightly they can barely move. They are standing in their own waste, some are sick, and the smell will make you want to throw up. You can smell it miles away. Yummy, huh?
Small Changes: Don’t go in the kitchen and throw away everything that isn’t plant based. Instead, each week when you go shopping, change one or two items and replace it with a healthier plant based choice. You will notice big savings over the course of a month or so.
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