Is it just me or does it feel like this month has went on forever? Payday is around the corner, but the last few weeks I have been budgeting, and budgeting some more. Additionally, trying to eat in a slimming world friendly way, it’s not been easy!

Veganism is often stated as being an expensive diet, but having eating standard omnivore diet, high protein low carb, and vegan, vegan is the cheapest, by far! I’m not sure why it gets the reputation, if you buy all pre-processed foods I suppose it is a little more expensive, but buying pre-processed foods of any type always is, and the price of meat is sky high compared to beans/grains/legumes.

I decided to put together a vegan budget shopping list, covering a weeks worth of food, for what a buy for my current meal planning list. This may help anyone stuck on planning meals, or anyone even thinking about trying out a mostly plant based vegan diet. It’s hard to say how many people this will cover, my family are fussy so most nights this covers at least three of us, however, sometimes my husband will have something else, or daughter doesn’t like chilli for example, however it can definitely be stretched to three, four more pasta, more rice etc.

The following is a list of foods I would usually buy to cover the week of meals, breakfasts and lunches, I would buy some crisps and biscuits too for the kids, and my husband would probably want some junk food in there, but for the main meals hopefully this gives an idea of how little it can cost you. The total for this is around £35. Ridiculously cheap, I buy own brand stuff as well, I don’t see much difference, maybe I’m just used to it but when I need to save money this is what I buy.

  • Pasta x 2 – £1
  • Chopped Tomatoes x 3 – £1.50
  • Onions – £0.50
  • 2 x Mixed Beans – £1.00
  • 1 x Chilli Beans – £0.80
  • 1 Bag of Basmati Rice – £1.50
  • 1 Bag of Green Lentils – £1.20
  • 1 Large bag of White Potatoes – £2.00
  • 1 Bag of Arborio Rice (will last 2 weeks) – £1.10
  • 1 Bag of Spinach – £1.50
  • 1 Red Cabbage – £1.00
  • 1 Bag of Carrots – £1.00
  • 1 Brocolli Stalk – £0.50
  • 1 tin of Chickpeas – £0.50
  • 1 Pack of Peppers – £1.20
  • Mixed Chilli’s – £1.00
  • Frozen Berries – £2.00
  • Bananas – £1.00
  • Oatly – £1.50
  • Oats – £0.75
  • Bread – £1.00
  • Tomatoes – £1.00
  • Cucumber – £1.00
  • Tangerines – £1.00
  • Mushrooms – £0.80
  • Fruit on offer in aldi/lidl – £2.00
  • Veg on offer in aldi/lidl – £2.00
  • Baked Beans x 4 – £1.00
  • Stuffing – £1.00
  • Lettuce – £0.60
  • Cous Cous – £1.00
  • Garlic – £0.30

Store cupboard

  • Spices and Herbs
  • Gravy Granules
  • Gram Flour
  • Oil/Spray Oil
  • Vitalite
  • Chilli Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Nooch
  • Tomato Puree

Meals

  • Monday – Pasta, Tomato and Basil Sauce
  • Tuesday – Spicy Beans/Rice with chips and salad
  • Wednesday – Mixed Bean Chilli with Rice and Veg
  • Thursday – Green Lentil Sheperds pie with Veg
  • Friday – Risotto with Veg
  • Saturday – Saag Aloo with Rice, Veg
  • Sunday – Roast dinner with stuffing, potatoes and veg
  • Breakfasts – Fruit Smoothies, Toast and Tomatoes/Spinach, Vegan Fry Up, Beans on Toast
  • Lunch – Vegetable Soup, Houmous Salad Sandwich, Rice/Pasta/Cous cous and Veg, Baked Potato and Beans