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So excited to make this change! Friends want to go out for a big do on Tuesday, so I'll be eating as I normally do for that, but Saturday I'll be doing my first budget vegan shop! What should I stock up on? Not a fan of many types of beans, so keep that in mind. I do love to make my own soups though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Can't as I won't have any money until next weekend. I have to use what I have in my cupboards for the time being.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>tabbyx</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2993017"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Can't as I won't have any money until next weekend. I have to use what I have in my cupboards for the time being.</div>
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You really have zero vegan fare in your house? (not even dried lentils or something.)<br><br>
To be honest I'd go put some vegan food on a credit card and just make sure you pay it off before the next billing cycle to avoid interest charges, but that's just me. Or I' d beg a friend or family member to give or lend me some food.
 

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I started out with very simple, inexpensive foods. Mostly rice, beans, and fresh veggies. I then discovered lots of other foods that are vegan. Are there any beans that you like?<br><br>
I look for sales on stewed tomatoes for use in soups and stews or just to throw in with sauteed veggies. If you like squash, winter varieties (acorn, spaghetti, butternut) can be stored in a cool place for quite a while.<br><br>
I'm not sure what kind of specialty products (meat/cheese substitutes) are available in the UK, but keep an eye out for sales on those things if you would like to use them.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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You really have zero vegan fare in your house? (not even dried lentils or something.)<br><br>
To be honest I'd go put some vegan food on a credit card and just make sure you pay it off before the next billing cycle to avoid interest charges, but that's just me. Or I' d beg a friend or family member to give or lend me some food.</div>
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I don't have a credit card and I refuse to ask people for money. I have perfectly good food in my cupboards. No, none of it's vegan. It's all tinned food, so I'll be eating what I have. I'd rather eat what's there than waste it.<br><br>
Thanks Rockette79. Beans, I'm pretty much with baked beans and red kidney beans. I'm kinda picky with beans lol.
 

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Since you are in the UK, I don't really know what you have in your stores. But I would have some whole-grain breads and crackers, nut butters, tofu, pasta and sauces, vegetables for stock and soups, fruit, cereals and alternate milks (I like Almond milk) on hand. If your budget allows, get some vegan cheese and some dark chocolate, too. And you might want to invest in a vegan cookbook!!! Good luck!
 

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Thanks Poppy. I'm going to be trying rice milk, but I'm a little bit nervous lol. Vegan cheese is probably not going to be available to me, never even seen it.
 

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Vegan cheese is probably not going to be available to me, never even seen it.</div>
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I have heard that it is best not to try vegan cheese right away. People that haven't had cheese in years love it, but if you recently had cheese, there is a good chance you won't like it. Plus it is expensive (and if you do find it, some that say non-dairy aren't actually vegan, so read the label).
 

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Thanks Poppy. I'm going to be trying rice milk, but I'm a little bit nervous lol. Vegan cheese is probably not going to be available to me, never even seen it.</div>
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You may not want to try it straight away (vegan cheese is an acquired taste) but if you have a holland and Barrett anywhere nearby they stock vegan cheeses (toffuti and cheezly, cheddar mozzarella and Edam). The one near me also stocks vegan chocolate (plamil), vegan pastries, cheesecake, quiches, chickn, burritos, 'meat' slices, ice cream etc. All pretty expensive though, except packs of 99p 'vegetarians choice' faux sausages and burgers.<br><br>
I've also found vegan ice cream in tesco and Sainsburys (Swedish glace) and vegan Parmesan in tesco and asda.<br><br>
It's so fun when you first go vegan as usually your shopping habits completely change and you discover all kinds of new things. If you're on a budget it's best to stick to fruits, vegs, whole grains, pulses (whatever beans you like plus lentils) and maybe some soya mince etc, then see what you have left over for treats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> have fun!
 
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