Frugal vegan meals
Get Free Vegan Food -- Only if You Really Need It
Last week, we gave you some tips on how to eat vegan for cheap. Buying items like chickpeas, brown rice, and quinoa is usually very economical. Steven Garnett, of This Dish Vegetarian, has some additional, if not slightly eccentric, ways to get frugal vegan meals.
He stresses that these tips are mostly for really poor people like students or the jobless -- NOT people who just want to eat cheaply. He advises getting a job at a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, for one, so you can benefit from its meals or leftovers. Another way to get frugal vegan meals, he says, is to become friends with a couple with the same food practices and get them to invite you over for dinner. The last tip is dumpster diving -- you know, the illegal practice of sifting through grocery store and eatery dumpsters to collect the fresh leftovers they've tossed out. We don't recommend this step. Being a cheap vegan shouldn't equal jail time.
A commenter on the article offers an additional tip -- go to food pantries. It's better than a soup kitchen, which generally stocks mostly foods made from, or touched by, animal products.
What do you think of Garnett's tips? Would you use them for frugal vegan meals if you were really desperate?
"So you want to be or already are vegan? Is your budget a little tight; therefore you cannot spend as much as you would like on food? Perhaps you are student like myself and go weeks at times without any extra money? If you answered yes to at least the first question and either of the other two questions, do not worry, for today I shall share with you the secrets of eating vegan on the cheap..."