Online grocery shopping is becoming more and more popular these days as people just become busier and busier. Thrive Market is not just another online grocery store, though. They specialize in healthy and organic foods. I decided to give the service a try to see if it was worth it. And of course I wanted to share it with all of you so that you could benefit too. And guess what? You, my dear readers, get 20% your first purchase! Just use the link below.
What is Thrive Market?
I think it’s important to start with the story of Thrive Market. The main goal of this site is to help bring healthy food to all people, regardless of income or location. I love this! One of the biggest nutrition obstacles in this country is the lack of nutrition education. So many people don’t know how to eat healthy or where to get healthy food. And if they know how to eat healthy, sometimes they can’t get healthy food because of where they live or because they can’t afford it. A company that aims to change all of that is an A+ in my book. More about how all of this works later.
The products on this site are all healthy, natural, and GMO-free. Organic options are bountiful, but not everything is organic. The food options are quite impressive. You will find cooking and baking ingredients, cereals, snacks, desserts, condiments, coffee and tea, and so much more. And they don’t just have food. You can also find beauty products, health products like vitamins, baby products, items for your home, and even things for your favorite pet.
When I first started to browse, I thought I would find weird products from strange brands that I would never use. Happily, I noticed many brands I recognized immediately, like Near East and Annie’s Homegrown. Right away I could see many items that I already buy regularly at my grocery store. Thrive Market also has its own brand of products.
All of the products on the Thrive Market site cost 25-50% less than what they would cost at your regular grocery or health food store. They are able to keep their prices low in two ways. First, they buy wholesale, which reduces the middle man where prices usually get marked up. Second, the membership fees help keep the cost of the products down.
How does it work?
Thrive Market is a membership site, but you can browse the products for free, and you can even sign up for a free 30-day membership. That is a sweet deal! You have nothing to lose with the free trial, and you get all of the marked-down prices for a whole month. They do this because they know you’re going to love it so much that you will sign up for a membership.
A membership costs $59.95 for one year. They claim that you will make up your membership fee within your first two purchases. If for some reason you don’t save at least $60 in one year of shopping with them, they will give you a credit for the difference. That’s a pretty nice guarantee! Again, nothing to lose. Shipping is free on orders of $49 or more. You will most likely spend that much anyway. For those of you thinking about the environment, all of the shipping materials for your package are recyclable.
Here’s another really cool thing. When you buy a membership, Thrive Market gives a free membership to a low-income family, teacher, veteran, or student. Seriously, that is amazing. Access to healthy food can be a very political topic, but I agree that it should be available to everybody. The Thrive Gives program is helping to make that a possibility. Another bonus for you: If you refer a friend to Thrive Market and they join, you get a $25 credit. This company is extremely generous.
Will you really save money?
So let’s get to the savings test. As I said, I was happy to find products and brands that I already buy and use all the time. I was adding stuff to my cart right and left. The products I added that I usually buy at the grocery store included canned chick peas, canned black beans, farro, Near East quinoa blends, whole wheat spaghetti, lentils, and PB2 powdered peanut butter. I also wanted to check out some new products as well, so I added a pomegranate fruit spread (never seen that before!), dried apricots, and a new protein powder to try out in my smoothies.
My order total came to $64.13, but with my 20% off link I saved $12.83, bringing my total down to $51.30. The site also tells you how much money you saved by ordering these products from them rather than buying them at a store. According to them, I saved $42.31 on this order. Let the investigation begin!
I compared the prices of some of the items to the prices at my grocery store. I only wanted to compare exact items though, same size, same brand, so I couldn’t compare everything. PB2 is an item that I use all the time in my smoothies. I buy it at the store for $4.79. I got it on Thrive for $3.95. The same brand of organic whole wheat spaghetti in my grocery store is $4.19. I got it on Thrive for $2.95. The Near East quinoa blends at my grocery store are $2.49. I got them on Thrive for $2.45. So all in all, I am definitely seeing savings. I am going to have to add Thrive Market to my post about ways to save money while shopping healthy.
When you select a product on the site, you will get a lot of information right away without having to click all over. You will get the price and how much you will save by buying it on Thrive. You will get info about the brand, as well as why you will love this product. The ingredients list and nutrition information are right there for you to see, which is so important. I can do a quick scan of the calorie count, look at how much protein is in there, and check if there are any added sugars. These are all things that are important to me when buying food.
The other thing I love is what they call “values.” The ten values they promote are paleo, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, raw, healthy mom, organic, non-toxic, no added sugar, and fair trade. Each of these values has a little symbol and it will tell you which values each product meets. You can also search products by the values that are important to you. So cool!
The Thrive Notebook is their blog where they post health and wellness articles, as well as healthy recipes. There are also monthly giveaways for members too.
My final thoughts
I was impressed by the wide variety of products available, as well as the prices. Another thing I love about this is that it is going to save me so much time when I do have to go to the grocery store. Obviously, I’m not going to get everything I need on Thrive Market. But by ordering these things online, I am not only saving money, I am saving time too. Less time in the crazy busy grocery store on a Sunday morning makes me happy. It means more time for other important things. The delivery service was fast too. I ordered my box on a Monday, and my box arrived on Saturday.
All in all, I would recommend Thrive Market to people who regularly buy natural, healthy, and organic foods. At least give it a try with my 20% off link below. Let me know what YOU think about Thrive Market!
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