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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. Meg

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I love everything that thrivemarket is all about, it is absolutely one of my favorite ways to see all of my favorite health products at the lowest prices possible. It also is a great source for finding new products I wouldn’t have normally known about!

  2. Alison

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Shopping from home is much more convenient for this working mom!

  3. Max

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I’m most excited about accessible nourishment. To have delicious and nutritious food at attainable prices is an amazing combination, and I am so thankful that Thrive is striving to make that the norm!

  4. Kari

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    As a mom of 3 small children, I enjoy teaching them to care for their bodies so they remain active and healthy all the days of their life. Also with 3 children, I do not enjoy going to the store. Thrive Market will make my life so much easier by providing nutritionally sound products and delivered to me to avoid the store. That is a win all around!

  5. Nikki

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Can I get a Kale Yeah? What an interesting missing and idea.

  6. Camellia

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I’m excited about thrive because I can grocery shop from my home AND be able to eat healthy while on a budget.

  7. Melodie

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Thrive offers the opportunity to stay true to one’s healthy lifestyle when the going gets rough. Concessions must sometimes be made, but health shouldn’t be one of them!

  8. Holly T

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Im most excited to try some super foods for my daily green smoothies and natural cleaning supplies for my home.

  9. Natalie

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I am really excited about a healthy marketplace – that is SO convenient (especially when I work 70-80 hours per week – so that I can stick to my healthy eating plans. I also love that Thrive sponsors a low-income family with each membership!

  10. kelli

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I love seeing a place that helps people create a healthy living that is affordable. I have been in the situation where healthy food is hard to come by because of other expenses and I love that this is an option!

  11. Lonnie

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I’m excited about the ide of being able to afford healthy choices for my family. I love to cook, but it’s been so much cheaper buying the pre-packaged, processed, fatty garbage you can get than fresh, healthy, organic foods. I think Thrive Market offers a viable option to fix that.

  12. LindaH

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I like the variety of healthy ingredients that are available since they are difficult to find where I am.

  13. Heather

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I’m interested in trying new things that are good for me!!

  14. Julie Stoltz

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I am excited that Thrive gives away a membership to veterans with purchased memberships. I am also happy to find a place to shop for my smoothie and cleanse ingredients that saves me money and delivers to my door.

  15. Dawn R.

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I am so excited about changing mines and my families lifestyle. I am a newbie to the healthy living circuit. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it changed everything and now healthy living is no longer a choice, but so NECESSARY. I love your IG and jst discovered ur blog so i will be stalking this page for recipes! Have a beautiful day♡♡♡♡

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