How to thrive when money is tight + giveaway


Eating healthy can cost some serious greens…and I’m not talking kale.

After all, I’ve been there myself.

Three years ago, my family hit a rough patch. We were struggling. Healthy eating became a serious financial hurdle— and we relied on WIC checks from the government to help us afford healthy food for our kids. #truestory

With the WIC program, we’d get a $6 a week voucher for fresh produce. We’d spend it on spinach, bananas and mangos. But we wanted even more goodness for our smoothies— like chia seeds, almond butter and coconut oil, which weren’t part of the WIC program.

We’d buy these specialty items online or we’d drive 3 hours to the nearest Trader Joe’s and stock up like crazy to compensate for the gas. #anothertruestory

There’s no doubt about it— we struggled to get healthy foods on a limited budget. But it forced us to get creative, and we did the best we could for that season of our life.

We stopped eating out.
We bought “new” furniture on Craigslist.
I stopped going to Target.
We made crafts out of recyclable trash.
We ate lots of meals with friends.
We rode our bikes to save gas money.
I shopped at garage sales + thrift shops.
Family & friends sent us money.
We simplified.
We embraced the good stuff.
We made it work.

If Thrive Market been around back then, it would have been a game changer.

Thrive Market is on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Even for mom’s on WIC. Their online marketplace has over 4,000+ popular organic, GMO-free products at around 40% below traditional prices. It’s crazy… in a really good way.

I also love the fact that they’ve done the “healthy research” for you— and only carry non-GMO products that have been ethically sourced. They’ve already done the work for you. No more label reading for 20 minutes in the supermarket. Just shop, buy, and wholesome products will be shipped to your door (for free) in a few days.

A month ago, I sat down for dinner with Thrive’s founder, Gunnar Lovelace. I was dying to learn more about Thrive and what his vision for the company is. He shared it right from his heart and the message lines up so beautifully with SGS, I got the chills. Match made in heaven!

Thrive is more than a supermarket site— it’s a movement.  For every member that signs up, Thrive gifts a membership to a low-income family, schoolteacher, veteran or student. Can we get a “kale yeah!”?

Bottom line: Thrive is passionate about helping people create healthier lifestyles without driving themselves crazy with costs or confusing recipes. I couldn’t agree more with that— and it’s exactly what we’re doing with green smoothies!!!

ENTER NOW! $500 Thrive Market Giveaway

For the next week, we’re hosting a giveaway with Thrive. One lucky rawkstar will win a $500 gift card and a 1-year membership to Thrive. (Bonus: by entering the giveaway, you automatically get 2 months free + 25% off your first order to Thrive).


Drop your info into the contest page, and YOU could be hooked up with an annual membership and whole foods galore!

STEP 1: CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway.

STEP 2: Comment below and let us know what you’re most excited about with Thrive. Good luck!

583 Responses to “How to thrive when money is tight + giveaway”

  1. Andrea Johnson 9.30.2016 at 5:22 pm #

    I am a 52 yo soon to be grandmother. My husband is a year away from retirement. My boys grew up when I was at my sickest with autoimmune myasthenia gravis. I have improved from that point and they know me as a health nut now. I have loved SGS, and always look to preserve energy for activities I will enjoy, like my upcoming granddaughter! Using Thrive Market would be wonderful to get everything I need delivered to my door. Hubby’s a teacher/coach at a rural high school. Far away from a Trader Joe’s or the like.

  2. Soph 6.15.2016 at 2:13 pm #

    We’ve been working hard at kicking debt from student loans for over ten years but we aim to eat healthy. It’s a hard line to walk with good knowledge and four robust appetites! Am excited to learn about thrive and to give it a try- would be way easier to cost out online than in a grocery store and stick to our budget! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Jackie 8.11.2015 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m excited to see the benefits of a healthier lifestyle!

  4. Ashley 8.3.2015 at 7:42 am #

    I hope to find more affordable ways to keep eating healthy!

  5. Alicia 7.23.2015 at 10:39 am #

    I am most excited about having all of the product readily available and not have to go searching through the grocery store or travel to a Trader Joes!

  6. Alicia 7.23.2015 at 10:30 am #

    I find it sad that eating healthy is so expensive. I totally understand where the increase in cost comes from, but people shouldn’t have to struggle to afford healthy food for their families. We have been gradually eating more and more healthy (my husband is not a fan of the grocery shopping experience, but he amuses me 😉 ) and I just cannot get over the increase in the grocery bill. To me, it’s 100% worth it but I can see why it does not work for a lot of people in the US. I am a nurse and trying to promote a healthy lifestyle is difficult when you know that your Patients can barely afford to leave their houses. I hope someday a healthier lifestyle can suit the majority of people instead of the opposite. PS I just recently came across your website and I am in love. I finally can successfully make and drink a green smoothie! -Alicia

  7. sallythomsen 7.13.2015 at 12:57 am #

    Hi I’m a retired wife, mom & grandma, with a cat & dog. Unable to work because of back problems. I try to walk my dog a few times a week, it hurts my back, but I try. I want to exercise & stretch more to get healthy. I’m excited to get started with some learning about healthy and affordable living. We coupon, but it’s not enough to get by. when my husband and I have medical bills. I want to enjoy life with others again, and become a better helper to my husband in saving with our bills, by proving to him we can enjoy foods & life on a budget! We have a new Walmart that is very close, I could almost walk to. Thanks, I’m excited to hear from you! 🙂

  8. Lisa 6.22.2015 at 10:08 am #

    Most excited to learn more about affordable healthy living. Single family income of 4 and need help.

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