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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. Mikey

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I’m excited about all the non-gmo options!

  2. Danielle

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I love that I can get quality vitamins for my daughter without getting stuck in traffic heading to whole foods!

  3. Heather McDaniel

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    So excited for the options!!!!

  4. Jen

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Great idea to get healthy food at a decent price. Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Lauren

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Trying products that I normally couldn’t afford! This is really cool!

  6. Julia

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I’m excited to learn about them! Online & delivered to our house- YAY 🙂

  7. Shelley

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    It can be difficult to find healthy options for a family. Everything about this is exciting!

  8. Margot

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I never knew such an amazing and smart concept existed! I’m excited to start browsing the website and find some of my favorite foods, hopefully without having to blow my entire paycheck.

  9. Michelle

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Love what they stand for and all the great products they offer at such a great price. #crossingmyfingers

  10. krystal martinez

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Im super excited for this thrive! Accessible, affordable, and healthy foods delivered to your door oh man this is beyond cool. All the options make me so happy.

  11. Vickie

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    So I can get healthy food delivered to my door! I’m so in.

  12. Fay

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Excited to try their products. Finding quality products that are non GMO is hard.

  13. Joanna Bautista

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    First, thank you so much for such a generous giveaway! I’m such a big fan and have been inspired to change my life for the better, one green smoothie at a time! I’m most excited about being able to provide our home quality, integrity-driven food and products without having to worry about how I’ll be affording my books for next semester! Best of luck to everyone!

  14. Angela

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Never heard of Thrive but am extremely greatful to you guys for introducing me. You have inspired me to take better care of myself and my family and I appreciate all of your dedication! I never knew what kale or green smoothies was until I met your website! Love you guys and wish I could give you a big hug!

  15. Trene

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Excited for convenient access to healthy, fresh food!

  16. melissa

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I have been eating healthier since the green smoothie challenge. I have had eczema my entire life and made the decision to change my eating habits to hopefully clear it. Thrive will definitely help with this!

  17. Alanna Bradley

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Thrive is another convenient way for me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Healthier options aren’t always easy to find and this put healthy options right at my fingertips. Thanks for introducing me to this! !

  18. Jess

    June 4th, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Can’t wait to try the products and love the convince of healthy non GMO foods 🙂

  19. Jamie

    June 4th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I am very excited to have another way to get healthy food for my family. We have been trying multiple methods to switch up our shopping and find the most affordable and convenient ways to stock our home with healthy food.

  20. Marci

    June 4th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I’m excited that Thrive carries many of the products I already buy!

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