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Eating healthy on a budget: How to thrive when money is tight

Eating healthy on a budget can be a challenge. We all know healthy food can cost some serious green…and I’m not talking kale.

After all, I’ve been there myself.  In 2011, 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.

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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. #truestory

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 eating healthy on a budget 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 in a few days.

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!! Right now,

I’d love for you to get in on this money-saving, healthy goodness. That’s why I want to let you know that for a limited time, Thrive is offering an extra 25% off your first order + free shipping! Stock up on all your staples while doing good for the world, and save some serious green in the process.

Eating healthy on a budget IS possible—it just takes a little creativity!

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  1. Debra

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you for bringing this opportunity to your followers.

  2. jamie baum

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I can’t wait to save money while doing something good for my body!

  3. Stephanie

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Eating healthier and discovering healthy food products!

  4. Megan

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    It looks amazing. Gripe water for my baby is so much cheaper on Thrive than in any store I’ve seen. I could get addicted to shopping on Thrive, although, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing!

  5. Mara

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    So excited that this is an option!

  6. Jenny

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I’m excited to have a resource helping me find new healthy options!

  7. Gwyn L

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I’m excited to see fresh produce at reduced prices!!

  8. Stacie

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Saving money and eating well! What a wonderful idea. Thrive is on to something.

  9. Sondra

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m excited for healthy food options that are delivered at great prices!!!

  10. Laura Jean

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I’m most excited about natural sunscreen for my little girl! 🙂 But in general, we are about to make some changes in our family that will result in a drop in income, and I’d love it if we could save money with this site and still eat well. In addition to stuff for my daughter, I’d also get my vitamins and those other “extras” that add up to so much in the grocery store.

  11. Casey

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    awesome that we’re getting to try it out! being a single parent with a full time job, it’s difficult to orchestrate healthy shopping into my schedule. i’ve been wanting to try some sort of shop from home, but was a bit disappointed by my choices. didnt know this place existed and now i cannot wait to try it out!

  12. Maggie

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    My time and my budget are both pretty tight these days, but my family is committed to a whole foods, Rawkstar lifestyle. The less time and money I’m spending at the supermarket (and we’re talking suburbia-style grocery shopping…no Whole Foods or Trader Joes to be found around here), the more quality time I’m spending with my family. Sign me up for THAT!

  13. Kelli Racca

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Living on Kauai makes it so hard to find healthy products that are affordable. 90% of the time I choose what I can afford instead of what I know would be beneficial to my kids bodies. I’m most excited about finally have healthy products available to us that we can actually afford, peace of mind is priceless! Excited to Thrive!

  14. Austyn

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Eating healthy is so important to me! I can tell the difference in my preference and I don’t have time in my day to be snuggish. I’m excited for this opportunity for thrive! Having just finished my masters degree. Money is tight now that I have to start paying back my student loans. This is definitely a time when I don’t want to lose the opportunity to eat healthy do to prices and I think thrive can help me through this!

  15. brenda

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I like seeing different food, I make a green smoothie and pretty well know what I like but I like the pictures of other foods.

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