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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. Amy

    June 11th, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    We will be moving into the country which is a bit of distance from a major town. Having my items delivered to me is going to be a lifesaver. I won’t have to pack up the kids, drive a distance and deal with busy, over packed weekend shoppers anymore. This is going to be great!

  2. Amanda

    June 11th, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    What a great concept. I’m most looking forward to the savings!

  3. Alex

    June 11th, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Excited about the give away and this company ! I’m most excited they offer healthy products that are safe to consume or use without unnecessary/ unhealthy additives and especially non GMO! It’s great to promote what you believe in and only sell products to your standards

  4. Deb

    June 11th, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Love that I can thoughtfully chose options from home and mailed directly to me!

  5. Rebecca A

    June 11th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Definitely looking forward to being healthy while saving money!

  6. Christine

    June 11th, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I’m excited to save money on some staples.

  7. Carmelita

    June 11th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I excited about buying healthy food and having it delivered to me.

  8. Laura

    June 11th, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Healthy affordable food I’m in!!

  9. Maggie

    June 11th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I am so happy I found this website. I am looking forward to shopping here. Food is so expensive, but I try my best to feed my family and myself healthy wholesome meals. I have a lot of respect for clean, natural (the way nature intended)food. Food that God made not man/machine made.

  10. Veronica

    June 11th, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I’m just starting to change eating habits for me and my family. I’m excited to look into this process.

  11. Alex

    June 11th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing what I can do to Thrive.

  12. Remi Odunlami

    June 11th, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I’m excited about thrive market because it stocks healthy produce, home goods and personal hygienic products that are affordable and accessible. I’m also pleased that thrive has an initiative which affords families with low income a free membership. That’s a very kind gesture.Good looking out guys.

  13. Carla

    June 11th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I’m excited about finding ways to make healthy living more affordable!

  14. Viviana

    June 11th, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I would live this!!!!! So many things I need to buy!!! Such a great idea how exciting 🙂

  15. Andrea

    June 12th, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I’m excited about providing better food for six kids!

  16. Amy

    June 12th, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Saving $$!! Feeding my gluten free daughter!

  17. Kristen

    June 12th, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I have Celiac’s disease, and shopping to eat clean can be expensive in my area (particularly if I want to splurge on GF products). I’m really excited to try Thrive! Thank you so much!

  18. Manuela

    June 12th, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I’m on a tight student budget and this is a great opportunity to be healthy while saving money. Such a great concept 🙂

  19. Alisa

    June 12th, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I am constantly trying to make healthy choices without breaking the bank. This would give me and my family the opportunity to do exactly that!

  20. jessi

    June 12th, 2015 at 11:33 am

    oh, this is amazing!! we are all about clean eating, but are a family of six on a single income salary. last fall two family members had to take their clean eating even further with the GAPS diet because of some deep rooted health issues. this would be a life saver!!!!

    i am totally going to investigate *thrive* right now!! thank you!!

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