How Do Vegan Alternatives Impact Your Grocery Bill?

We compare some everyday meat products to see if their vegan alternative is cheaper.

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Times are tough nowadays. Food prices are skyrocketing, so changing your diet or being more environmentally friendly may be the last thing on your mind. But what if I told you that adding a few vegan alternatives to your weekly shop may save you money alongside helping the earth? Stay tuned as I explain more in this article.

Oxford University researchers have said in countries such as the UK, USA and Australia, adopting a vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian diet could slash your food bill by up to one-third. The research compared the cost of seven eco-friendly diets to the typical diet across 150 countries, using data from the World Bank’s international comparison program. For those who like a nice steak now and then, flexitarian diets with lower meat and dairy cost up to 14% less. 

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CategoryMeat OptionVegan option
BurgersTesco 8 Beef Burgers £3.50Tesco Plant Chef 8 Meat Free Burgers £2.25
SausagesRichmond 8 Thick Pork Sausages £2.60Richmond 8 Meat Free Vegan Sausages £2.15
Fish FingersBirds Eye 10 Fish Fingers £3.00 Birds Eye Green Cuisine Fishless Fingers 12 Pack £3.00
HamTesco British Pork Cooked Ham £2.15Squeaky Bean Applewood Smoked Ham Style Slices £2.50
ChickenEastman's Sliced Cooked Chicken £1.95Tesco Plant Chef Meat Free Chicken £1.85
MilkTesco Semi Skimmed Milk 1.13L/2 Pints £1.20Tesco Oat Drink 1 Litre £1.40
CheeseCreamfields Mature White Cheddar 400G £2.55Violife Plant Based Cheddarton 200G £2.75
ButterAnchor Spreadable Blend of Butter and Rapeseed Oil 400g £3.35I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Original Spread 450G £1.50
Overall Cost£20.30£17.40
Nathan Walters

I joined MyVoucherCodes as a Deal Expert, searching the web and sourcing the best deals, discount codes and sales to benefit our readers. I decided to combine these money-saving skills with my love of writing and become an Editor, sharing what I have learned to help you get the most out of your money. As a student for four years, I understand the need to budget and get more for less.  As well as providing budget-friendly advice here at MVC, I have written money-saving works for well-known publications such as The Sun and Pick Me Up!

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