4 Inspiring Ways A Family Saved Thousands By Going Vegan

Careful budgeting - and a meat-free diet - helped fund a holiday
Swapping out meat for veggies - and meals out for home cooked - saved one pair enough money to go on holiday

You have probably heard that veganism has a reputation of being expensive. Because vegan-labeled snacks and candy can sometimes be pricier than similar products that are made with animal byproducts, some people mistakenly think that it’s expensive to be vegan. 

However, it can be within reach of those who must live on a budget. In fact, it can help them stick to a budget. 

Just consider this family that saved enough money by going vegan to finance a two-week vacation to Greece! 

Inspiration

Andrée Pagès reported to CNBC that her family saved $2,800 within six months by eating vegan. It all started with a viewing of Cowspiracy, the stunning documentary that Leonardo DiCaprio helped produce for Netflix. 

Darren Aronofsky, the director of Noa and Black Swan, said that Cowspiracy is a 'documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement'. With how much it influenced Pagès and others, it’s easy to agree with Darren. 

After Pagès watched Cowspiracy and subsequently checked out the NutritionFacts.org website, she and her husband experimented with their diet by going vegan from Thanksgiving to Christmas in 2016. It didn’t end when the lights and decorations came down, though. They remain vegan to this day. 

They money Andree saved on following a vegan diet paid for a Greek holiday

Thrifty

After six months of eating vegan, they went on a two-week trip to Greece this past spring. They explored such places as Crete, Athens, and Rhodes.

So how did they do it? Well, Andrée Pagès shared that it was pretty straightforward. 

1.They spent less on food

She discovered that plant protein is cheaper than protein from animals. She primarily shopped at Costco and often bought canned food because of its convenience. However, she also shared that dried beans and lentils would have been even cheaper. 

Ultimately, she saved between $1,310 and $1,470 within six months by simply spending less on food as a vegan family.

2. They didn’t need as much medication 

Although not every vegan family is lucky enough to be able to reduce their medication, the Pagès family was able to do so. Andrée didn’t experience allergies on the vegan diet, and she also had less of a need for ibuprofen that she used to take. 

3. They went out to eat less frequently

Dining out can end up being a significant portion of any food budget if people enjoy frequent trips to restaurants. The Pagès family found that there weren’t many solely vegan restaurants in their city, and the vegan options in other eateries weren’t especially tempting. 

Also, they were able to eat well at home, so they didn’t need to dine out as frequently. This saved them at least $1,200 over six months. 

Andree chose Greece as a holiday destination to make the money go further

4. They wasted less 

Andrée used to throw out meat that went old because she miscalculated how much she would need for the family. She found that the vegan food she bought tended to last longer, and she no longer had to toss out meat, butter, and cheese that got old in the fridge. 

Over time, she wasted less as a vegan, and that resulted in a monetary savings of around $60 over six months. 

Adding up

Overall, Andrée estimated that she saved around $2,800 that was used on the family’s vacation. Since Greece is cheap, that was used for their two-week getaway. She explained what they ate on the trip in her CNBC article

Does this ring true to your own experience as a vegan? What ways have you found to cut back and save money through vegan living? 

READ MORE:

Haagen-Dazs Releases Four New Vegan Ice-Cream Flavors

5 Definitive Reasons Why You Shouldn't Eat Bacon

Fast Food Chain Taco Bell Brings Back Vegan Rice

Reuse this contentBack to top of the page
PBN Contributor:

Some of our articles are published as a team, which means the article has been produced by a collection of people rather than one author. If you have any questions regarding what is written above please contact us.

Since you're here...
...we’ve got a small favour to ask. Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week across Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure.

support our work

Join the conversation

Get updates from Plant Based News
For stories you need to read, in one handy email. Get our newsletter in your inbox every week.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

You may also like:

April 10, 2017

Butchers Blast Berlusconi For 'Damaging Meat Industry'

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has infuriated Italy's meat industry by joining a vegetarian campaign and "adopting" five lambs that would have been butchered for Easter.

May 22, 2017

Meet Genesis Butler, The 10-year Old Vegan Activist with A Vision for Healing the Planet

Supported by her family, all of whom have joined Genesis in following a vegan lifestyle, she has gone from strength to strength in her animal advocacy.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

Follow us on social media: