How to Eat Vegan for $1 a Day


Deliciously Ella

It's no surprise that when I first tell people I'm vegan, I tend to get a lot of questions. How do you live without cheese? is among the most common curiosities, as is, So, if you were stuck on a deserted island with nothing to eat but meat, would you do it? (Because that's so very likely.) Something people are a little cagier but no less curious about asking is the following: Isn't being vegan expensive?

It's a common misconception that plant-based eating is pricier than the standard American diet. "People sometimes assume that vegan meals are more expensive because some popular vegan foods like faux meats and cheeses can get a little pricey," explains registered dietitian Virginia Messina. "While those are fun to include in vegan diets, most vegan meals are built around foods that are part of some of the best cooking traditions in the world, which also happen to be inexpensive." Bean burritos, chili, pasta, and soups are all affordable staples for vegans, for example.

"Eating vegan, contrary to popular belief, does not have to be expensive," agrees registered dietitian Andy De Santis. "In fact, all else equal, it is much cheaper than eating meat. When you swap out animal protein for plant protein (i.e., tofu and beans) you save money."

All this being said, we understand it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea of a cheap vegan diet. So if you're considering going plant-based, or are already vegan and just looking to save a little dough, we're here to help. Keep scrolling to learn nutritionists' tips and recipes for how to eat vegan so cheaply that by the end of a couple months, your grocery total could add up to $1 a day.