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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. Nichole

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I have seen Thrive’s website and I have to say that I don’t think it is worth the money. Vitacost has a huge selection of products, a lot more than Thrive. I have compared numerous products and many of Vitacost’s prices are cheaper. There are some that are more, but not by much. And without a fee to purchase products, you will probably come out on top!

  2. Alycia M.

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I love saving money, taking care of family and the idea that another family is getting help too. We’ve been in that place several times in our young families life, few healthy options and little income. I love knowing that we can get any of the items we need delivered too!

  3. Dina

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    What a great place to shop! I found some great items for myself, family and friends too. I look forward to getting my first order. “kale yeah!”
    You Are Amazing….
    Remember That!

  4. Ilene

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    The choices at Thrive look great. I’d love to win such amazing food and home products!

  5. Janet

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Love using hippie products that are good for you and good for the earth, but damn they can get pricey sometimes. Any bit helps, and I can definitely appreciate a company that’s trying to make this stuff more affordable for everyday folks.

  6. Molly

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I am absolutely thrilled with Thrive markets prices, selection and availability of healthy food and everyday products!

  7. Deanna

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I’m most excited about the products and the saving!!! It’s a win win!!!


    June 4th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I’m excited for healthy foods that I can afford for my family!

  9. Crystal

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    At 9 months prego with my 4th, I’m so excited at the idea of not having to drive all over to find the foods we love! We live in a small town and I have to drive to several different stores and out of town to get what we need.

  10. Ciara

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Thrive’s mission is awesome! I’m a WIC mommy receiving $8/month for fruits & veggies. I want to be a good example for my son in all aspects, especially health-wise, but it’s not easy.

  11. Shantelle

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I’m excited to find something that will allow me to eat healthy on a budget, especially with a tight budget.

  12. adriana

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I’m excited for healthy food like coconut milk and of course the prices

  13. Courtney

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Not only am I excited to support the mission of Thrive, I’m excited about making better choices with my food, products, and money. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  14. Michelle

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    What’s not to love!? A more affordable and easier way to provide wholesome goodness for our families and helps those in need!?… Sign me up!! 🙂

  15. Alexa Martino

    June 4th, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Love the selection and prices!!!

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