As an anal retentive Scrooge, the vegan lifestyle often chafes the hell outta me. It's expensive! Veggie burgers cost five bucks a box. A bag of spring mix pushes three dollars. Usually I shell it out, thinking of my health.
Lately, I got no money! Anyone else? A show of hands? Who has money?
To get by, I've wracked my brain for cheap vegan alternatives. The next few posts are dedicated to our dying economy. And you. May you get by.
FIRST... WHERE TO SHOP!
The Bulk Bin
Does your grocery store have a bulk bin? If not, find one that does! The bulk bin offers grains, beans, spices, cereals and nuts - cheaper, due to the lack of packaging.
Local Farms and Markets
Many local farms and markets sell nearly expired veggies at low prices. Today, I found a huge sack of potatoes, a head of romaine lettuce, a bag of mushrooms, a head of purple cabbage, costing A DOLLAR EACH. Can't eat a sack of almost expired poe-tots that quickly? Make an enormous batch of potato soup and freeze it.
Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
If you join a CSA, you meet local farmers and they hook you up with fresh veggies for a flat rate throughout the season. Find yours here!