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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. Heather

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I’m so excited about Thrive! I have a 8-year son with a rare disease and he is doing the Gerson Therapy & this giveaway would be such a huge blessing!! Yay!!!

  2. Annie brown

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Organic food delivered to the door- and reasonably priced– I’m there!

  3. Cydney

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:42 am

    thrive is a great resource. Not only does it have affordable option for healthy food, but it makes it accessible (we are two hours from a trader joe’s!). I love our local co-op, but it’s not economically possible to do all our shopping there.

  4. Kat

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I look forward to joining the Thrive community and getting healthy foods delivered to my home!

  5. E Choi

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:45 am

    totally psyched!

  6. Lisa

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I can’t believe everything on their site is organic, gmo free and ethically sourced! It’s a dream come true for me to find a market that lines up with all my values!!!

  7. Maryann Brown

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Healthy food at an affordable price and delivered to my home, that sounds great to me

  8. Erin

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:47 am

    This plus a subscription to Door To Door organics is all a girl needs to feed herself and her family right!

  9. Shawny

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I am new to my health journey. I am 3 months in and sometimes I get a little discourage because healthy foods cost more than the junk I use to eat. I am excited to learn more about Thrive Market and the option to buy healthy foods on a budget!

  10. Lindsey

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I’m eager to see if the cost and time savings will make the difference our family needs!

  11. Shae W.

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I am so excited to learn about Thrive! I can’t wait to check out their products.

  12. Shanea

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Eating healthy is always a struggle when you aren’t final well off and sometimes you have to settle. I want to do more than settle and survive I want to thrive. Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes run in my family so I want to practice healthy eating now and what better than to get it from the best.

  13. Andrea negron

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I’m excited to see what kind of savings they have!

  14. Heather

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I’m excited thrive gives some memberships away to low income families… we are on a super tight budget right now and I am NOT willing to sacrifice healthy eating… I am going to look into it and see if our family can do that.

  15. Arvie

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I have wanted to try Thrive for some time now, but have been unable to afford it. I try stretching the grocery budget as far as it’ll go, but sometimes getting the good, healthy things I know my kids should be eating doesn’t quite happen. What a wonderful opportunity to give Thrive a “trial” run for two months!

  16. Marivic

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Excited to try out the nice selection of healthy and organic products…at ‘realistic’ and reasonable price points….yeah!!!

  17. Jenn

    June 4th, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I want to feel better and lose weight. Working fulltime & having teenagers going in all directions finds me fixing quick packaged meals. YUCK! Looking for a way to eat healthy with limited time and budget.

  18. Annie

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:00 am

    As a mom trying to feed her family healthy on a VERY tight budget, I am super excited to hear about Thrive. Money is tight and being able to afford fresh fruits and produce has become a real struggle. Thrive is a true blessing.

  19. Wendy

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I am looking forward to learning more about Thrive! I have very limited grocery options in my area and can’t always budget the extra gas mileage and travel time to shop in larger towns.

  20. Laurie Ford

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Learning all about the new products.

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