The short answer is no.
As frustrated as I can be sometimes by the fact that in most supermarkets, a head of broccoli can cost more than a Big Mac. It really is the animal products and the processed foods that are the expensive items. Provided you know how to cook, you can spend just the same amount of money (or less) on a vegan diet and be significantly healthier as a non-vegan diet.
I get the question a lot, “Isn’t it expensive to have a vegan diet?” so I wanted to share openly what a typical small family shop would look like (photographed) below. I make these ~£100 shops around 3 times a month, for myself, my partner and my son. It’s ~80% vegetables and fruit, some UHT plant based milks and some soy products like milk, yoghurt and puddings for the little man. Some small staples like pasta and pittas for example, spices and cooking ingredients.
N.B. We won’t hardly use half of one of the 1 litre bottles of unfiltered extra virgin olive oil there this month, but at over 30% off the usual price, it was worth stocking up.
I also have a standing monthly Subscribe & Save order from Amazon which provides our staples like: 3kg chickpeas, wild rice, cereals, coconut water, coffee, raw honey, raw sugar, cacao nibs, nuts and seeds. (Almost all from FairTrade Organic co-operative Suma) This order totals around £150 pcm, but varies slightly as due to the nature of bulk buying, not all items come every month. Bulk buying like this is crucial to keeping costs down in my experience and a simple example would be as follows:
Tinned organic chickpeas in the supermarket are around £0.90/400g can (240g drained weight). Making them ~£3.75/kg. Or £7.45 for 3kg of Suma’s Organic FairTrade Chickpeas ~£2.50/kg for a saving of around 33%. Granted the latter chickpeas are dried and you’d need to soak them overnight, but that’s significantly less time for the nutrients to leave the peas - compared to tinned chickpeas and it means that you are in complete control of the processing.
There are other benefits to shopping this way too, such as you’ll be helping out a FairTrade Organic Co-operative - but I’m sure that saving money yet getting a better product will be the deal maker for most anyone.
All in all, I spend about £450 per calender month on food for 2.5 people (or £6 per person, per day. If you want to look at it that way).
How much do you typically spend on your household shopping (vegan or otherwise per month? How does it compare? Was the rumoured expense of eating well putting you off investing in your health? Let me know on twitter @ei8htyei8ht I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for reading.