Vegan Grocery Shopping on Extreme Budget: 16 Great Finds at Dollar Tree
Money might not grow on trees, but Dollar Tree, yo! And, thank goodness. Whether your extreme budgeting is temporary or a way of life, you can get many vegan essentials at Dollar Tree for…well, $1 of course. While the quality of off-brands tends to be suspect — namely in the use of poor oils, fillers, preservatives, or artificial ingredients — there are many products with encouraging ingredient lists. The store also carries name brand products. These tend to be of a smaller than normal size, making them available at this $1 price point. But, based on sample research, these brand-name products are the exact same product otherwise, as what you’d find in any grocery store. As example, I’ve contact both WestSoy and General Mills (Progresso soups) to inquire whether the products were the same, and have been told that indeed they are.
While there are many more products that are naturally or accidentally vegan, I have included those (for the most part) that are healthy staples…with the occasional guilty-pleasure food thrown in for good measure.
This list is by no means exhaustive of all the vegan-friendly products available at Dollar Tree, but these represent good healthier staples and those items that are actually cheaper there than elsewhere. As I understand it, Dollar Tree also sometimes gets regularly-sized namebrand products through closeout. For this reason, a visit to the store might result in a new, pleasant value surprise.
As always: read labels, and check expiration dates, and always empty canned food into healthy (e.g., glass) storage containers after opening.
A personal note: As an environmentalist, I try to reduce my consumption of packaging and for this reason prefer to buy in bulk or make homemade products. But, sometimes life interferes with our best intentions. In that case, opting for sensibly-packaged goods (e.g., minimally packaged, recyclable, compostable) products is the best course. The environmental horror of shelf-stable (e.g, TetraPak) and gable-top cartons is heartbreaking. Buy sparingly.