Which Supermarket Has The Cheapest Weekly Vegan Shop?

With growing concerns for climate change and natural resources, veganism is becoming more popular yearly. In this article, I examine which popular supermarket has the most value for money for vegans using the average weekly grocery budget.

A supermarket isle with a sign saying meat free
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According to the Office of National Statistics and NimbleFins, the average single person's grocery spend is £34 per week. Using the £34 as a guideline, I filled baskets with everyday vegan products and necessities at some of the most popular supermarkets. All products here were listed on supermarket shelves and websites in the Vegan sections but always check the label. Prices can also vary depending on promotions. 

 It should also be noted that the prices below are without multibuy savings and brand sales because shoppers may not encounter the same deals.

The basket I created consisted of the following ‘everyday’ items: 

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Everyday Item Shopping List
Dairy substitutes (Vegan milk, Yoghurt, Cheese, Butter)
Sugar
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits
Pasta
Pasta Sauce
Cornflakes (own brand)
Vegan frozen meat options (burgers, sausages, mince, nuggets)
Frozen Chips
Tinned goods (beans, soups, tomatoes, sweetcorn)
Cooking oil
Vegetables (Potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes)

Which Brands to Buy

Tesco: Tesco has a broad range of vegan products under its belt. The range is called Tesco Plant Chef and is affordable compared to specialist brands.

ASDA: ASDA’s brand of vegan products is known as “Asda Plant Based”, which offers many different affordable vegan options

Sainsbury’s: Sainsbury’s has a great line called “Plant Pioneers”, which is pricier than the equivalent at Tesco or Asda. However, the food is excellent quality, and there are often competitive offers.

Morrisons: Morrisons has a range of vegan products under the name V Taste which is competitively priced and often on offer. 

Morrisons

Morrison’s continues to impress with their affordable plant-based V-Taste range, which offers a variety of ready meals and meat alternatives without compromising on taste or nutrition. They also have a good selection of budget foods. Among their standout products is the ‘Savers’ line, which offers items like tinned beans, lentils and a range of frozen vegetables at low prices.

The total basket value I arrived at with the list of everyday items at Morrisons was £34.00 

The total breakdown is below:

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Dairy Substitutes£4.24
Silver Spoon Sugar£1.09
Morrisons medium white bread0.89p
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits£3.32
Whole-wheat fusilli pasta0.95p
Morrisons Tomato & Vegetable pasta sauce£1.09
Morrisons corn flakes£1.29
Frozen Foods£9.66
Tinned goods£4.36
Vegetable oil£1.99
Vegetables£6.66

Tesco

Tesco’s value vegan line ‘Plant Chef’ offers a myriad of low-cost, high-quality vegan products. From basic pantry staples like legumes and beans to affordable produce and convenience foods such as frozen vegan burgers, ready meals and even vegan sausage rolls, prices are competitive without compromising flavour.

The total basket value I arrived at with the list of everyday items at Tesco was £32.88 

The total breakdown is below:

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Dairy Substitutes£4.90
H.W Nevill’s white bread0.39p
Silver Spoon sugar 1kg£1.09
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits £2.28
Tesco wholewheat fusilli pasta0.95p
Tesco Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce0.95p
Tesco Cornflakes Cereal0.70p
Frozen Foods£9.80
Tinned goods£3.97
Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil 1L£1.99
Vegetables£5.86

ASDA

Asda’s ‘Smart Price’ range is a well-known and commendable range of low-cost, vegan-friendly items ranging from pantry essentials like tinned food to pasta and fresh produce. The supermarket also has the ‘Plant Based’ line, which offers a variety of low-cost ready meals, dairy alternatives and meat-free options.

The total basket value I arrived at with the list of everyday items at ASDA was £34.02 

The total breakdown is below:

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Dairy Substitutes£3.80
Just essentials white bread0.45p
Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar£1.09
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits£2.59
ASDA whole-wheat fusilli pasta0.95p
ASDA Tomato & Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce£1
ASDA Corn Flakes0.85p
Frozen Foods£10.10
Tinned goods£4.65
ASDA vegetable oil 1L£2
Vegetables£6.54

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s ‘basics’ line offers everyday essentials like fruit, vegetables and grains at competitive prices. They also offer a vegan line called Plant Pioneers which offers a broad range of inexpensive but tasty options. The Plant Pioneers range offers everything from vegan meat substitutes to dairy alternatives and ready meals.

The total basket value I arrived at with the list of everyday items at Sainsbury's was £39.47. They also had no tinned tomatoes that had vegan-friendly labels when I was shopping.

The total breakdown is below:

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Dairy Substitutes£5.95
Sainsbury's Soft Medium Sliced White Bread0.75p
Sainsbury's White Granulated Sugar 1kg£1.05
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits£3.94
Sainsbury's whole-wheat Fusilli £1.65
Sainsbury's Stir In Chargrilled Vegetable Pasta Sauce 150g £1.15
Sainsbury's Corn Flakes Cereal0.85p
Frozen Foods £11.10
Tinned goods£3.85
Sainsbury's Vegetable Oil 1L£1.99
Vegetables£7.19

Aldi

Aldi doesn't have a big home-brand vegan line. Instead, they use 'named' brands that are similar but cheaper than their more famous competitors. They have an everyday essentials range and a vegan range called Plant Menu, but compared to competitors, it was inconsistent. Despite not having a well-known home brand, everything was very competitively priced.

The total basket value I arrived at with the list of everyday items at Aldi was £27.19. However, they had no vegan nuggets when I was shopping.

The total breakdown is below:

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Dairy Substitutes £3.75
Aldi Everyday Essentials bread 0.39p
The Pantry Granulated Sugar 1kg£1.09
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits £3.53
Cucina whole wheat fusilli 0.79p
Cucina Chunky Mushroom Tomato Pasta Sauce0.89p
Harvest Morn Corn Flakes0.69p
Frozen Foods£6.42
Tinned goods£1.22
Solesta Vegetable Oil 1L£1.99
Vegetables£6.44

The Results

So there we have it. Aldi is the cheapest weekly vegan shop at £27.19 for those who stay within the £34 average. However, it didn’t have a vegan nugget equivalent when writing. It’s also good to note that Tesco has an Aldi price match, so if your closest store is a Tesco, it’s likely cheaper to shop there. Granted, not everyone's weekly grocery shopping list looks the same as ours, but hopefully, this list serves as a helpful indicator of food prices at the time of writing and which stores to visit to get the cheapest shop. 

For more helpful tips and tricks regarding grocery shopping, check out our article that explains how much shopping in the reduced section saves you, and for advice on how to maximise your value with supermarket reward schemes, visit our supermarket reward schemes article 

Nathan Walters
Editor

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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