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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. Shawn Swanson

    June 4th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Basically I live in the sticks. Our local grocery store carries very little in the way of the products that thrive offers so most of my purchases are online. To have one more resource will be awesome.

  2. KC

    June 4th, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I am so excited that Thrive has such healthy and wholesome alternatives. I have definitely started to love shopping for healthy supplies online.

  3. Kalenna

    June 4th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Thrive sounds amazing! Especially with us being a military family, one income, and my son having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and celiac this past year

  4. Lynn

    June 4th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I love that Thrive makes these great products so accessible to everyone! I have a hard time getting to stores that sell a lot of organic/non-GMO products.

  5. Terra

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I am really excited for the chance to receive a membership! I am a new mom and trying to keep myself and my nursing baby as healthy as possible.

  6. amy

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I love how they’ve already picked out non GMO ingredients. It can be so hard for people to pick out healthy food when they have no idea where to get started so I think its a great idea!

  7. Nichole

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I’m new to all of this and ready to take it all in. Goals on a budget is a good look.

  8. Hana

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I LOVE that they have a huge vegan section for awesome prices!

  9. Sooz

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    thank you for the chance! Cheers!

  10. Carmelite

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I love how they’ve already done the research because going to the supermarket and figuring ingredients can be overwhelming!

  11. courtney

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Love love love y’all!!! And healthy food!!!

  12. Kemeisha

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Love to see companies that really care about our health. Thank you!!!

  13. Amy

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of Thrive Market. Excited to check it out – thank you!

  14. Claire

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    So glad there are ways to find healthy, non-GMO products without lots of searching!

  15. K

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Seems interesting…

  16. jill conyers

    June 4th, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    The variety of products in one place and the prices!

  17. Bethany

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    New company that sounds very interesting, excited to learn more!

  18. NJ

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    So excited to learn ways in which low funds can no longer be an excuse for unhealthy eating habits 🙂

  19. Nicole

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    trying new things

  20. Nikki Bilderback

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Budget has always been a barrier for us. This is so exciting!

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