There are many “health foods” such as green juice powders, superfoods, exotic fruits, supplements, and trendy specialty items that give healthy eating an expensive name. However, a well-balanced, nutritious plant-based diet can be cost effective. Staple-foods such as oats, brown rice, (dry) beans, lentils, and other grains and legumes are very cheap when considering price per serving ($0.29/ serving Rolled Oats and $0.21/ serving Brown Rice from Amazon). These items are even cheaper when you buy them in bulk, and because they stay fresh and store well in your pantry, you can keep them for months on hand. Fresh produce, such as fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens, will cost slightly more per serving. Try to buy your produce in season, and locally or from a farmer’s market when possible, to reduce costs. Plan your meals accordingly and use produce when it is fresh, because minimizing food waste will also save you money. Frozen fruits and vegetables may be cheaper, especially in the off-season, so stock your freezer with these convenient and healthy options (check for no added salt or sugar). A study conducted by Miriam Hospital and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank found a plant-based diet “showed annual savings of nearly $750 per person” compared to “the most economical recommendations for healthy eating from the USDA”. The plant-based diet also provided “significantly more serving of vegetables, fruits and whole grains”. Similarly, Dr. McDougall recommends eating lots of starchy foods – potatoes, grains, and legumes, as they are “inherently inexpensive.” Check out McDougall’s newsletter for more cost saving tips, such as buying in bulk, shopping at warehouse supermarkets, make food at home instead of eating out, and more! To minimize your weekly grocery budget, here is a great guide on how to spend $50 dollars a week on healthy plant-based foods from all sections of the grocery store. Check out this article for tips on how to eat a plant-based diet on as little as $5/ day.