Obviously I don't literally
mean "no-budget." Let's be honest, it's more of a catchier title, just like "no-budget filmmaking." The good news is -- just as I describe my version of "no-budget filmmaking" in the movies section -- I am talking a significantly lower amount of $$$ involved than even many other so-called "no-budget" whatevers. But let's not get into the semantics too much; let's start talking about saving some vegan dough!
There's more to saving money than just being that girl, or that dude who annoys all her or his friends by sitting out rad hangout ops due to financial woes (although that is definitely one way to go... let's just try not to make it too
much of a habit!).
To start with, don't knock stores like the 99 Cents
store till you tried 'em. More and more people are catching on to the quarts of very decent soymilk they carry - yes, a whole quart of soymilk for a buck.
If you've got a flair for baking, don't overlook the whole wheat white flour at Trader Joe's
which goes for as low as $3 in some locations and brings nutritional value to your pastries without taking a distasteful toll.
Keep fake meats/cheeses/the like at bay wherever possible. Being a comfort foods lover, I am fond of the faux stuff myself, but limit my purchases to things like Tofurky italian sausages which I can get for less than $3 at, again, Trader Joe's (at about 30g of protein per link and 4 links per package, we're looking at more than 38 grams of protein per dollar
spent here. Pretty decent deal if I do say so myself).