If you follow Celine or Tami‘s blogs, you’re probably aware that there’s a blog tour for their new book, and i’m part of it. A big complaint about vegan cookbooks is if they use any ‘weird’ or hard-to-find ingredients, so if you’re interested in getting the book and aren’t sure if you’re going to be able to find everything you need locally, read on.
When Celine sent out the email asking for participants, we were literally in the middle of moving. I wanted to participate, but being in a new town that’s small and trying to unpack all of my stuff, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get all of the stuff I needed and I didn’t really have the time to drive around looking for things like barley flour. I knew i’d be able to find some stuff at Kroger, but I decided it would just be easier to order everything off of the internet. I had some referral credits saved from Vitacost, and they were having a 15% off sale on some of the stuff I needed. I didn’t order everything one would need to make every recipe in the book, but I did get a lot of flour and sweeteners. A LOT. Two very heavy boxes worth.
Yeah, that’s a lot of flour and sweeteners and some other stuff (plus I got some hand cream and a few other things), but I was really stoked to stock up my new pantry! I waited for the book to arrive, then went through and marked a bunch of recipes to try. Then I went through and wrote down the flours I would need that I didn’t know for sure I could get. I ordered doubles of some flours, like spelt, that I knew for sure I would easily use up.
Vitacost is a neat discount site that sells lots of stuff for vegans: they have a section just for Leaping Bunny certified items, and a vegan section which is then divided into the normal store categories. If you get the Healthy Surprise Box, they carry a lot of the snacks that go into that. There’s also makeup (even Beauty Without Cruelty), vitamins, protein powders, cleaning items, and obviously, pantry items.
I will say that not everything that is vegan in the Leaping Bunny section is marked as such – if you click the ‘vegan’ link under the ‘narrow your search’ bar on the left, sometimes it omits items that I know for sure are vegan, so it helps to already know your brands (i’ve never seen anything listed as vegan that wasn’t, though). Like amazon, prices are discounted in varying amounts, but if you’re trying to score vegan items for cheap, I think Vitacost is better, mostly because of the sections mentioned above. It’s just easier to navigate. They often discount items – like their top sellers – for an extra percentage. Sometimes they even do sales on Leaping Bunny products! And right now, they have Bob’s Red Mill products marked down an extra 15% (through 5/29), so if you do want to get some stuff for WGVB, now is the time!
I mentioned referral credits above, so here’s the deal on that: they have a program where if someone uses your referral code, you both get $10 off (but only for your first purchase). I’m not really into trying to push affiliate links on people so I can get free things, but this one is two sided. I actually tried Vitacost because a vlogger I like did haul videos for them and I wanted to help her out so I used her code. This program is featured on their front page so it’s open to everyone, if you ever sign up for a Vitacost account you can get referral credits without signing your first born over to the dark prince.
So if you would like to try out Vitacost, and save $10 (or if you hate me, go to youtube and search for ‘vitacost haul’ and I guarantee you will quickly find a referral link in someone’s video): click here for the referral link, the only catch is that you have to spend $30 to use the $10 (but you get free shipping if you spend $50). If you’re already a vitacost fan, let people know what your favorite things are to order so they can get some ideas!
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