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is it for the most part inexpensive to be vegan compared to omnivorous

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This is my first post so I'll jump right into it. I've been thinking about becoming Vegan for a long time now and am getting ready to make the transition. I'm a college student who is going to join the military soon and then get a degree to work in criminal justice based jobs. I'm a pretty big guy and typically work out 2 to 3 days a week. I want to become vegan because it seems as though it's more inexpensive and because I love gardening and cultivating vegetables and fruits which gives me a sense of accomplishment. I also want to live healthier and longer. I've always liked eating meat but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is something I can't live without. I don't eat meat every day, however, I do sometimes eat eggs. Most of my diet is whatever I can get my hands on at that moment which means that if a banana is there then I will take it. I don't mind cooking and actually, enjoy it to a fun but mild extent. I love cheesecake which is not vegan which will be the hardest to give up. I really want tips on how I can start off on a college student living with their parents because he works a part-time job and doesn't want to take out loans amount of money. Are there any recipe websites that could give me easy recipes that could get done with ingredients adding up to less than 15 dollars a meal (I'm only cooking for myself) and also take less than 30 minutes to complete. A lot of recipes I've seen look very complicated and time-consuming. I appreciate your help in advance as I transition over to this new form of lifestyle for the good of my health. Thank you.
 

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Hi, welcome and good luck.
Here are some good resources:

https://www.amazon.com/PETAs-Vegan-College-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/1402218850

https://www.forksoverknives.com/my-1-50-a-day-challenge-eating-a-plant-based-diet-on-an-austere-budget/

http://chooseveg.com/blog/vegan-on-a-budget-17-easy-affordable-recipes-2/

https://nutriciously.com/how-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget/

https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-recipes-dont-starve-until-payday/

You can find all this out - and more by just googling "vegan meals on a budget". or something like that.

Also right on this forum many of us have answered this and similar questions. The forum has a search button too.
This thread isn't even a week old.
https://veganforum.org/threads/newly-vegan-but-poor.3275/#post-17387

If you like podcasts and cute girls check out this one
cheap lazy vegan
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjkioV3LO_OIUaSWRxFZ3A/featured

Oh and here is the recipe for vegan cheese cake.

https://minimalistbaker.com/7-ingredient-vegan-cheesecakes/
 

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Daiya makes vegan cheesecake! They even have a pumpkin spice one for the holidays.

You might want to look up No Meat Athlete, Rich Roll or Vegan Gains if you want vegan tips for bigger and more athletic people who want to bulk up. Vegan Gains is an...aquired taste. He's very passionate about animals and the environment, and he is a huge muscular man of color, but he has a serious potty mouth and an abrasive attitude. However, he also eats a lot of whole foods and could probably give you good tips if you skim through his video collection.

I think @Lou gave you a lot of great links to follow. Just know that there's lots of "accidentally vegan" foods out there too, things like Ritz crackers or Oreos if you still have things like that in your pantry or find them at your parents' house.

15 per meal is actually quite generous, I don't think you should have much of a problem feeding one person on that. There are meals out there you can find that are about 3 or 4 dollars per serving that you can save in the fridge to eat for multiple lunches or dinners, or freeze half and eat later on when you're in the mood. I do this sometimes with vegetable soups or lentil curries, things that are very affordable to prepare and make huge quantities of food.

Here's some more tips: https://www.peta2.com/vegan-life/save-money-go-vegan/

Another thing is if you live near a co-op or a store that has bulk bins, take full advantage of them. You can get things like pasta, rice, beans/lentils, granola, oatmeal and other cereals, vegan protein powders, spices, dried fruit, and nutritional yeast in portion sizes you'll actually use and depending on where you shop a lot of the bulk bin items are cheaper than buying it pre-packaged. If you have a Costco card, there are tons of vegan products there, like you could buy multiple soy milks in bulk or get Gardein freezer meals at a discounted price.
 
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Hello and welcome! Veganism doesn't have to be expensive. It depends if you eat a lot of fake meat and fake dairy. There is no harm in doing that. Just lentils, beans and vegetables are cheaper and they are also more nutritious.
 
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Daiya makes vegan cheesecake! They even have a pumpkin spice one for the holidays.
I saw this in the store yesterday. Have you tried it? I was afraid to buy it - it was sort of expensive. but if its good.....
I used to love cheesecake. but it's been decades since I have had any. It would be nice to check out. If it's good enough I can bring it to Thanksgiving dinner which is integrated.

Is it a just-around-the-holidays thing, or it available year round?
 

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I saw this in the store yesterday. Have you tried it? I was afraid to buy it - it was sort of expensive. but if its good.....
I used to love cheesecake. but it's been decades since I have had any. It would be nice to check out. If it's good enough I can bring it to Thanksgiving dinner which is integrated.

Is it a just-around-the-holidays thing, or it available year round?

I have tried the key lime flavored Daiya cheesecake. It's really good, in my opinion. I haven't tried the other flavors though. I also used to love cheesecake, and the key lime did not disappoint.
 

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I saw this in the store yesterday. Have you tried it? I was afraid to buy it - it was sort of expensive. but if its good.....
I used to love cheesecake. but it's been decades since I have had any. It would be nice to check out. If it's good enough I can bring it to Thanksgiving dinner which is integrated.

Is it a just-around-the-holidays thing, or it available year round?
The plain cheesecake is available year round. I've tried it with fruit syrup and it's good. I have not tried the pumpkin one yet.
 

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Thanks for the cheesecake advice. I'm going to go back and get the plain one. Really not a pumpkin person.
 
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