sometimes, when it comes to explaining the benefits of veganism, i’m not very good at thinking on my feet while simultaneously remaining causal. i either falter and can’t think of the intelligent thing to say, or i know exactly what to say but i end up getting too fired up about it.
the other day i was talking to a lacto-ovo who is near and dear to my heart, and she is extremely vegan-leaning (especially outside of the diet issue), but not vegan. i think she’d really like to get there in theory, but she has thus far figured out lots of reasons not to. i haven’t judged her and i haven’t pushed her. but the other day, she let me know that she’d finally found a soymilk she could stand, and told me that there hadn’t been any cow’s milk in the house for several days. we chatted about that and some adjacent topics for awhile, when she suddenly said, “but i just couldn’t give up my candy.” i said, “are you kidding me? i eat candy constantly! just this afternoon i ate way more candy than i should admit,” to which she replied, “yeah, well, you guys have a lot more expendable income than we do.”
i didn’t even know what to say to that. i really don’t see veganism as expensive. am i clueless? i mean in all honesty, i eat lots and lots and lots of the exact same stuff i ate before (i.e., when i was lacto-ovo)… just without the cheese. i mean i guess vegan sour cream might cost more than dairy sour cream, but i’ve scaled back a lot on my sour cream consumption in general, so maybe i’m not noticing price hikes like i should. but i was kind of baffled and the only thing i could think of to say was, “beans and rice are pretty cheap, dude,” and that sounded cranky so instead i allowed whatever interruption had just occurred to create a change in topic.
i’d kind of like to revisit the topic with her, though. does anyone know if there good sources that talk about the money issue, and whether it’s “expensive to be vegan” or if that’s just a myth?