Congrats on going Veg!!!
I jave to second Amy's post. Being veg is not more expensive than eating meat. It only is if you eat a lot of processed/convinience foods and those aren't very good for you anyway. Meat is expensive, and cutting that out can actually save you money!
We've had tons of threads here recently about eating veg*n on the cheap.
You can try using the search function to find some and read up on peoples great ideas.
Here are a few to start you off:
The first is the tip of the day thread. Most helpful thread ever for all new veg*ns!https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=50249https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ght=cheap+foodhttps://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=58517https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ght=cheap+food
A few tips that I have picked up:
I buy pasta, rice and other grains like Quinoa from the bulk bins. It's cheaper, and more environmentally friendly if you reuse the bags.
Dried beans are also cheaper than canned, but they take planning. I have some, but I rarely use them.
You do things like making your own veggie burritos and freezing them for a fraction of the price that it would be to buy premade ones. It's fast and easy, and they are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To make sure they're healthy, use whole wheat tortilla wraps and brown rice. You can use any kind of bean, just make sure if you buy refried beans that they don't have lard in them. You can make a whole batch of 10-12 at once, then freeze them in ziplock bags and nuke them.
Making chili, soups and stews are really inexpensive, and healthy. Make sure to add legumes and beans to up the nutirion/heartiness factor.
I think the whole 'being veg on the cheap' thing just takes a little more time, but it's really easy if you do some research, buy things in season, avoid processed foods and try to hit up farmers markets and ethnic stores for cheaper produce, tofu and legumes than you will find at your local grocery store.