I am a brand new vegetarian and I need help with finding things cheap. I know I will need to spend a little more than usual but I would love some suggestions and I love learning, so I am here to chat it up and talk veggie!! So be my friend and we can exchange ideas, recipes, and such!
The cheapest way to start out is find your local farmer's market or co-op. You'll be really surprised at how much less you'll spend on produce than trying to buy from the grocery store. Next, make sure you're on a good multi-vitamin because if you're a brand new vegetarian you will have a little bit of a learning curve on getting all your necessary nutrients. Meal planning and keeping it as simple as possible will keep the budget down until you feel confident enough to go further. I bought a little cookbook called "Vegan on the Cheap" and it gives you recipes and an an average on how much your spending per serving, so it's a good place to start.
I am a new Veggie, too! I am about a week and a half in and I have also drastically reduced my dairy intake. I intend to cut it out completely (or almost completely, as I am pregnant) within a few weeks. I have two toddlers and a meat loving husband so it gets tough at times but I am committed to never eating meat again. I would love to swap ideas! I agree with Immurshun about local farmer's markets or co-ops. I started my journey by reading Skinny Bitch (Have also ordered Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven), The Kind Diet, Appetite for Reduction and the China Study. I think reading keeps me focused and reminds me of the reason I gave up meat in the first place!
Here's a money-saving tip: make your own seitan. It's soooo much cheaper than buying readymade. The recipe I use is from Vegan with a Vengeance but you could easily find others on the web. It freezes well, too. Make your own hummus, too.
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