Years ago, when I made the decision to become a vegetarian, I prepared answers for all the replies I knew were coming:
We have canine teeth for a reason.
You won’t get enough protein.
I give it two months.
(That last one was from my best friend. Supportive, huh?)
I wasn’t prepared for one of the most common replies I got, though:
Wow. That’s going to be really expensive.
At the time, the way I looked at it was: If I’m no longer spending money on meat…won’t I have more money for other things…?
That turned out to be true – kind of.
The thing is, I found myself spending more money than I was saving on good stuff (fruits, veggies, lentils) and not-so-good stuff (frozen pre-packaged meals, tons of pasta, sugary crap).
Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to figure out how to shop more wisely (and still be able to pay rent).