Ever thought that you want to eat healthier but think it’s too expensive? This year I’ve really tried to eat more whole foods or to substitute healthier options in place of less healthy options. I’ve been inspired by the blog and ladies over at Food Gone Healthy. I recently attended their class on how to make 13 grain bread and other healthy foods. It made me want to do more to eat healthier but not spend as much as say shopping at a large natural grocer like Whole Foods costs (there’s not one close to me anyway).
Thrive Market is a new online grocer that has healthy foods and products for 25-50% less than what you’ll find in traditional retail stores—all delivered straight to your door. They brands like Weleda, Spectrum Naturals, Garden of Eatin’, Bob’s Red Mill, Nature’s Path, Eden Foods, Annie’s Homegrown, Earth’s Best, Seventh Generation, Garden of Life, Jason Naturals and many more high quality premium brands and products.
The only problem is that it’s often hard to find the ingredients or if I can I have to drive to so many different stores. For example, instead of using Pam spray they recommended a healthier option – Avocado oil spray. It’s hard to find things like this and while often superior (less chemicals), the cost can add up.
For many people, the prices at their local co-op or natural grocery store are just way too high, especially for things like non-GMO food, snacks or food for those on a special diet like paleo, gluten-Free, raw, or vegan. They also carry fair-trade certified, BPA-free food, and more.
Eating Healthy on a Budget
Thrive is like Costco but for healthy foods and other items. It helps you eat healthy on a budget (or just for convenience). Thrive Market carries brands that you’d find at a health food store, but you don’t have to drive to one. Thrive is a membership site. It’s a lot like Costco, but with some key differences.
- You order online and get these items shipped to your home. No need to bring the kids or fight to find a parking space.
- There are many organic, GMO-free, Paleo and gluten-free food items. You can get everything you need and not just food. Thrive Market carries vitamins, supplements, personal care products, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, safe and nontoxic beauty products, kitchen staples, homegoods, organic baby food, kids products and much, much more.
- Dramatic savings compared to buying Amazon. You can save big on real food from Thrive Market.
- The membership cost is $59.95 a year but you can start with a 30 Day Free Trial here. Also, when you purchase a membership, Thrive also sponsors a low-income family.
This company offers free shipping on every order over $49.
Products Come Shipped in Recycled Boxes
I really like buying online except for one thing – the packaging. A lot of times it’s excessive. I’ll get a small product that’s inside a larger box and has a ton of packaging. It seems wasteful. So I do like that all packaging, boxes and inserts are made from recycled paper and are recyclable. Thrive Market is 100% carbon neutral and certified through org. Their certification covers national shipping, packaging materials, warehouse utilities, even the commutes of their employees.
Thrive Market Reviews
I haven’t yet ordered from Thrive Market but I’ll update this post when I do.
Is Thrive Market Worth It?
The answer depends on what you buy and where you buy it. I found items that weren’t worth it to me to buy on Thrive but many more that were. Raw cashews are just over $10 and at my local grocery store’s bulk section they are $12/lb. So that’s a great savings! Bob’s Red Mill products are significantly less too.
Here’s a sample of what’s on my shopping list:
- avocado oil mayo ($7.45 for a 12 oz. jar)
- Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap ($3.45)
- Planet All Purpose spray cleaner ($3.69)
Is this a good deal for you and your family? It depends on your motivation and buying habits. Remember that these are not things that are easy to find at regular grocery stores. If you’re the type of person who likes chemicals or regular brands (not organic) and aren’t willing to pay more for them, then this might not be a good fit. However, if you already buy these brands and love them. If the earth and less chemicals (more natural) is important to you, Thrive is a great choice.
I wanted to do some price comparisons on random products to see how good Thrive’s prices are and to give you some ideas on the types of products they carry. Note that prices can change on either site, so this was when I grabbed prices. I didn’t try to pick items to stack the deck in favor of one or the other.
You have to take into account how often you buy non perishable organic, GMO-free, etc. type food (or products). Are you trying to accommodate special diets at your house? If you’re a regular buyer of the type of products that Thrive sells, they will likely save you a lot of money over the course of a year.
Laundry Detergent: The same or price or less than conventional, chemical laundry detergent
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent
Amazon price: $26.55
Thrive Market price: $11.89
Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
Nutiva Nutiva, Coconut Oil, Organic Virgin, 29 oz
$21.61 on Amazon
$16.45 on Thrive Market
Honest Co Diapers
$25 on Amazon
$12.59 on Thrive Market
Almost half the price on Thrive Market!
Jason Natural Sea Fresh Toothpaste
Thrive Market $4.25
Also get grass fed beef jerky for less than regular beef jerky or natural toothpaste, deodorant, supplements etc., for less than the regular brands that tend to be higher waste, more chemicals, etc.
If you like to eat healthy, you may want to check out my post on Zaycon for bulk natural meats.
Have you ever used Thrive? What was your experience like?