The vegan lifestyle becomes more and more popular. By now, many countries have vegan sections in their supermarket and vegans have much more freedom to go vegan without struggling to find vegan-friendly food options. However, there’s one issue that seems to be still relevant before and after going vegan: Is being vegan really pricey? For the sake of clarity considering this issue, researchers made the effort to survey 2,197 British people with special dietary requirements resulting that particularly vegans seem to spend about £2,000 a year more than people who aren’t vegan. To be exact, the research study could even fix the precise amount per month they spend which was £162. Even if this should be the case for vegans in other countries of the world, it would definitely not prevent them from going vegan in the end because their choice to go vegan is in the first place ethics-related as most vegans would put it.
One of the things that puts people off going full-on vegan (other than wondering if it’s truly possible to have a delicious egg and butter free cake) is the cost.
While skipping the meat and opting for veggies instead is a budget-friendly choice, all the specialist vegan bits tend to be priced up.
Vegans may think they’re able to avoid the overpriced stuff and just go for natural, cheap food that just requires a little time and preparation, but it turns out that their dietary choices do add up.
New research from VoucherCodesPro has found that vegans typically spend £2,000 a year more than non-vegans.
The same goes for vegetarians, and anyone who has a halal or gluten-free diet. So basically, anyone who has particular dietary needs is having to shell out quite a bit of money to maintain their diets – around £162 a month, to be specific.
Researchers surveyed 2,197 British people with dietary requirements for the study, and found that they counted having to pay more than usual as a serious downside to their diets.
This is thanks to priced-up menu options, the prices of specialist vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free foods in supermarkets, and the need to buy supplements.
Which is all a bit of a bummer, really. It sucks that we have to pay more just to align our diets with our ethics-related or health requirements.
Of course, you could just stick to the non-specialist options and save a load of money. Skipping the specially made vegan options and making bulk meals out of veggies will save you a load of money – as long as you won’t miss your fix of Quorn and tofu.
But thankfully, the rising number of vegans and vegetarians means that we’re gradually getting more veggie-friendly options. Which should eventually reduce the prices of specialist products.
Here’s hoping that’ll be the case in 2017, because we could really do with an extra £2,000.