While being Vegan may seem like a cheaper option when it comes to food, buying Vegan specific foods can definitely bump up your shopping bill
When I published a blog post about how I spend just £50 per month on Groceries, a friend of mine got in touch to say she was trying to cut back on her grocery spends but was finding it difficult as she is Vegan.
Dee said that although her main meals are cheaper as she doesn’t have meat or dairy, other products are way more expensive than their non-vegan counterparts, such as vegan chocolate and vegan ice cream (which is almost £7 a tub!) so the cost of having a few nice treats was really increasing her shopping bill.
She also buys mostly organic fruit and veg and Green washing products such as the E-cover range. Dee’s shopping bill is around £70 per week for just her and her toddler son. I really wanted to come up with some ways to help her save money!
Shopping Apps & Coupons
While the majority of the foods offer on these apps wouldn’t be suitable there is still some that would be so always worth checking before you shop. Shopmium in particular seem to offer a lot of high end and health food products. So these are always worth checking. If you do a big monthly shop online don’t forget to take advantage of conditional spend vouchers such as £18 off your first £60 spend at Sainsbury’s. At the time of writing the CheckoutSmart app has a lot of offers for the e-cover range which could also save a substantial amount if you’re wanting to stock up.
Take advantage of Reduced Fruit and Veg
I love shopping the reduced section for the majority of what buy each week and this is a way Dee could save money too. While she prefers organic fruit and vegetables and has a weekly delivery box of them, I suggest that maybe she could cut this down to bi-weekly with the rest coming from the supermarket instead. While she prefers organic for foods that don’t get peeled she might be surprised at how much organic food ends up in the reduced section especially in the more upmarket supermarket’s such as Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.
Some of the cheaper supermarkets such as Aldi do also stock some organic fruit and veg so it may be worth checking these out, especially if they are included in the super six.
Look out for value range products
While it might be tempting to only look at the specialist ‘free from’ section to find treats it’s worth getting to know the supermarkets own brand and value ranges as well. Often there are hidden gems they may be offering elsewhere in the store that are suitable for vegans. For example, value range garlic bread in most supermarkets is vegan because they use oil instead of butter because it’s cheaper to produce. Some of the mid range garlic bread is suitable for Vegans too. Many of Tesco’s ‘Everyday Value’ range biscuits are also suitable for vegans and would be much cheaper than buying free from biscuits.
When stocking up on store cupboard essentials, approved foods can be a great way to save. While their vegan range isn’t huge, it might be worth it if they stock products that you use a lot of. It also might be worth getting together with a friend and ordering a job lot between you to save on the cost of delivery.
Holland & Barrett
Holland and Barrett regularly hold a buy one get one for a penny sale. If there are Vegan specific food’s you love this could be an excellent time to stock up on them. While it was hard for me to compare prices because many of the foods they offer aren’t available in normal supermarkets I did find a few good examples. You can find more in the vegan penny sale here.
Nakd Bars – would normally be 75p in Sainsburys. They are 99p in Holland & Barrett but with the the penny they would be two for £1, saving 50p per two bars bought.
Cocoa Libre Chocolate is suitable for vegans and is usually £1.99 in Holland & Barrett and £2 in Sainsbury’s. This an excellent buy in the penny sale, essentially making it 2 for 1.