On Day 38 of the Nowhere To Be Project, I celebrated my one year veganniversary. I initially switched to a plant-based diet for ethical and health reasons. People wrongly believe that you have to be rich to afford a vegan lifestyle. At the time, I did expect my grocery expenses to increase with the switch to veganism. Boy, was I wrong! The plant-based lifestyle actually made me wealthier and I’m sure that it can do the same for you.
Meat and dairy products are not cheap, but I was not aware how much they added to my grocery bill each month. Before going vegan, my typical monthly grocery expense was $1500. Now it is $500. That is literally one-third of what I used to spend! Yes, my plant-based lifestyle saved me $12,000 last year. That adds up to a lot of extra travel and fashion that I could not have afforded prior to going vegan. To illustrate one small example of how this happened, I offer you the humble potato. I usually buy a ten pound bag of organic potatoes about once a month. They cost a few bucks. With the addition of some simple pantry staples such as olive oil, salt, pepper, nut cheese, beans and fresh vegetables, I turn that ten pound bag of potatoes into no fewer than twenty delicious meals (sometimes more). Some of my personal favorites include:
*Chili cheese fries
*Stuffed baked potatoes
*Creamy mashed potatoes
*Cheesy bacon hasselback potatoes
*Cream of potato soup
*Twice baked potatoes
Is your mouth watering yet? It should be! Veganism goes way beyond potatoes and I’ve yet to get bored with all of the tasty and affordable options. How will you spend your $12,000 raise?
***I am happy to share my recipes with you. Simply make the request in the comments section.
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