Let me just be clear about one thing: I. Love. Meat.
Steak, chicken wings, grilled hot dogs, barbecued ribs….meat is delicious. Period.
However. Meat is also very expensive, particularly lean cuts that haven’t been treated with hormones or antibiotics. So as much as I love a piece of grilled chicken, my wallet doesn’t. Which is why I’ve been thinking about transitioning to a more vegetable-based diet in order to save some money on groceries.
The way I see it, this is basically a win-win. I save money and end up eating a healthier diet. I’m not willing to cut out meat all together, but I am willing to cut back significantly in order to save a few bucks and clean up my poor, abused arteries. Now, if I gave up meat only to start chowing down on a bunch of fake meat products (think processed veggie burgers, chicken-less patties, etc.) I probably wouldn’t save very much money. But luckily, I really like lentils, beans, and nuts. If I favor these types of meat substitutes, I think the potential for saving some serious cash is huge.
What do you think? Would you cut back on meat to save money? Are you currently a vegetarian? Why or why not?