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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. Christina

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Great concept! Looks like a great company.

  2. Deborah Marie Foti

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Budget is always a issue for us , it’s so much cheaper to eat unhealthy go figure right. Thank you for the chance to win a amazing giveaway

  3. Amardys

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing it!

  4. Lindley

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Making healthy food affordable and accessible is a wonderful mission, I wish more companies/organizations had this goal in mind. So excited to explore thrive 🙂

  5. Nayna

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    The fact that Thrive gifts a membership to a low-income family, schoolteacher, veteran or student is AMAZING!!! That’s love. And it’s a company I can Rawk with ❤


    June 4th, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I would love to enter sweepstakes so I can be able to eat healthier and feel better.

  7. Michelle

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Trying to support myself and be healthy, has been really rough. This would be a dream come true!

  8. Amanda

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I bought most my dry ingredients I needed for the 21 day fresh start cleanse off thrive. When I compared prices, I saved a lot!!!! Plus I got 30% off since I ordered on memorial day!

  9. Gigi

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Healthy and affordable!

  10. Elena

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I love the fact that the company gives back. I have been known to use the phrase ‘eating healthy is expensive’ but having all these amazing food choices, being able to shop at home, have it delivered AND for cheaper?! Just awesome!

  11. Alosa

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    It makes me so happy that signing up means helping someone in need AND having access to affordable food. As someone on the disability pension, who is passionate about eating healthily and holistic treatments for my illnesses, I find it hard to afford food. I, too, have to be creative. I’m so excited about Thrive!

  12. Alisa

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I entered my name wrong somehow 🙁

  13. Tracey

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Supports a healthy lifestyle

  14. Renee

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Healthy and affordable!

  15. Jenny

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I love the fact that there is a healthy wholesale market, and home delivery just won my heart over!

  16. CJ Hamm

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    A healthy market?? Oh im innnnnn!

  17. Wendy

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Love we can order nutritious food and they are committed to helping others be healthy.

  18. Chelsea

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    We have tough months due to my husband’s income being fluctuating. This is a great way to still be able to get great deals on healthy foods!

  19. Ginnie Leguizamon

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Love that I can order online and have fresh fruits and vegetables delivered for a discount. Thanks for the chance.

  20. Aiesha

    June 4th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    It’s really wonderful that Thrive is looking out for all people. It shows that they truly understand the benefits of healthy accessible food.

  21. Jessica

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Healthy food at lower prices!

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