|A bountiful little haul from Sprouts for $10
The answer is: it depends upon how you define a vegan diet. I personally eat tons of fresh vegetables and fruits, and although I try to go all organic whenever possible, I do buy some things that aren't in order to save a ton of money on those particular items (some good examples here are broccoli, cauliflower, avocados, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Yes, I realize some of those items are on the "Dirty Dozen" list...but I try to wash everything really well with veggie cleansers, and I pray a lot. Ha.)
I've been working hard to reduce my living expenses over the summer so that I can afford more travel as well as invest some extra money for retirement. Thus, I've been keeping track of every expenditure, scoping out where all the very best bargains are for things I buy, and finding out that I can actually eat really, really well on less than $300 a month--and that includes purchasing mega bulk vegetables for juicing (boatloads of carrots, spinach, cucumbers, and celery.)
|A ton of awesome veganness from Costco for $71
|Here is what $16 can get you at Trader Joe's.
So for approximately two weeks' worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks, desserts, and daily veggie juices, I spent a grand total of $97. I may be stopping at the Sprouts on the way home from work to pick up a miscellaneous item or two, so let's add maybe another $30 to that for the two weeks = $127, or $63.50 per week. That leaves me $46 for "specialty" expensive items like miso paste, yacon syrup, monkfruit sweetener, veggie bouillon, flaxseed oil, and the occasional vegan frozen pizza or carton of sugar free vegan ice cream. I don't have to buy all of these expensive items all the time (the last package of Gen Mai miso I bought lasted me a year,) but you get the idea of how I can stay under a $300 grocery budget per month and eat an awesome vegan diet.
|I also buy lemons in bulk at Costco because I put lemon juice on everything.