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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. Annie brown

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Eating healthy on a budget is a real challenge. I’m looking forward to learning more about Thrive

  2. Raïssa

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I’m a student in France and I’m always tight on money, no matter how much I try to save… I’ve never heard of this online market. And I can’t wait to try it !!
    Lot of love

  3. Jessica

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Having all the hard work of researching being taken care of!

  4. Jennifer

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I’m excited to be able to source great, non-GMO, organic supplies that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Question, though: I signed up for Thrive in February, and they don’t ship to Canada. Is this contest US only, or have they started shipping internationally?

  5. heather

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:41 am

    How exciting to have a great platform where more people can get good food and I can’t wait to check it out myself!

  6. Sarah

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I’m excited about being able to eat healthy again and for good!

  7. Jennifer

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:46 am

    If my healthy purchases can make it possible for others to make healthy purchases, I’m in.

  8. Jessica

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I’m excited about eating healthy but still maintaining my budget! 😀

  9. Darlene

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I’m excited about the opportunity for all of us to get healthy foods at such a great discount. I also struggle to afford the best ingredients to eat healthy, and Thrive may just be a huge help with that. Thank you for letting us know about Thrive!

  10. Rachel

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’m trying to eat and drink healthier, and Thrive seems like a great way to make that easier! I’m very excited to try them out.

  11. Ciara

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’m excited about possibly being able to eat a meal without worrying about if I’ll be able to financially survive throughout the next week or month.

  12. Valerie

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I’m a teacher and I’m excited to start summer off with the right menu. I’m starting the fresh start 21 cleanse in Saturday and having access to Thrive would help my husband and I to be more successful.

  13. Emily

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    To me, the best part about growing up is new adventures. I always look for ways to be involved in my community or volunteer opportunities and love that Thrive gives to those in need with each new membership! A healthy lifestyle sometimes comes with a hefty price tag in bigger cities (i.e. Chicago) so it’d be great to go about a different way of living the healthy life I want all while being able to afford it! -Em

  14. Kara T.

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:52 am

    My mom is a middle school teacher raising 5 kids on her own and I know she struggles to buy the right foods within her budget. So I can’t wait to tell her about Thrive. And as a recent college graduate, still searching for a job, I hope Thrive will help me keep my healthy eating habits without breaking the bank.

  15. Dee

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    So excited to order all the goodies from one place!!
    Wish they had a local location, would love to shop in person 🙂

  16. Frances Castelli

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for all the wonderful information you post on your site. I had never heard of the Thrive Market and after reviewing their site I can see shopping will be fun and exciting because I will be able to find all that I need on one site instead of going to many different sites. Have a family that requires special foods and special creams etc due to allergens this site seems to have it all.I look forward to my new shopping adventure. And please enter me into the free giveaway.

  17. Taryn

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I am very excited about Thrive because I am on a limited budget right now I do find it hard to try and buy healthy. I have been doing the best I can when I go to the grocery stores and Trader Joe’s but it is hard to be able to get all that I need with limited funds. So I am eager to try Thrive and be able to still eat healthy while on my budget.

  18. Shandelynn H

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I’m so excited that there is a group of people that understand the struggle of eating healthy -cost etc. – I cannot wait to view the online library of goodies!!


  19. Rebecca

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Probably helpful to mention Thrive doesn’t ship outside the U.S….

  20. Tammie

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Excited to grocery shop from the convenience of my home and with the nice selection of organic food items.

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