Originally Posted by smedley
i spend about $75/week for a vegan family of four--and mostly organic. you just have to buy in bulk/on sale and cook from scratch!
Smedley, I have to admit, that IS impressive!!
I would love to find out what a typical weeks menu looks like for your family?
If you wouldn't mind sharing it with us?
K3llyFr4ley, I agree, it does seem the healthier lifestyle seems to be a bit more expensive.
Obviously in the summertime, IF you have a farmer's market close by, you can find alot of your fruits and veggies for a good price.
Really, even if you don't have a FM, most things that are in season you can get them at a decent price, even at the grocery store.
But out of season, I don't think you can beat frozen veggies.
Beans, are another very cheap alternative to alot of the mock meats.
They are even more inexpensive if you cook them at home.
Rice is fairly inexpensive, depending on where you shop.
Nuts, & seeds can't be beat, buying them in bulk. You can actually freeze alot of them to keep them fresher for a longer period of time.
I will admit that we could eat a bit more of a basic menu and not spend as much.
But in the summertime, nothing beats a fresh watermelon or some ripe tomatoes from someone's garden.
Something that helps me tremendously, is whenever I do cook, make at least enough for two meals.
Eat one now, and either refridgerate or freeze the other one for later. This also helps in conserving electricity.
I know alot of people will buy their grains in bulk, if you have a decent health food, or whole foods store close by. They are almost always cheaper this way, than buying it prepackaged.
OH & if you find a great price on something you eat alot of, buy extras and put them up in the freezer (if you have the room) for later on in the year, when they go up in price.
For the most part though, I think everyone is feeling the price increases.
But trust me, I buy meat for the rest of my household and veggie and fruit prices, are just as cheap, than about any cut of meat.