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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 11:04 am

    Can’t wait to check out Thrive and see how they can help my family spend our money more wisely.

  2. Melina Young

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I am excited about hearing about this because im really trying to get healthy and keep my daughter healthy im glad im starting at 22 and not waiting

  3. Amy

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:07 am

    The most exciting thing I think is everyone promoting Thrive Market. I first heard about it from Hay House. Then Jillian Michael’s is taking to the founder on her podcast. Several bloggers I follow and now you guys! Yeah!!

  4. Stephanie

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:08 am

    All non-GMO products – super exciting!! I can find all of my healthy foods in one place instead of driving for miles to the nearest health food store. Yay!

  5. Elizabeth

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Eating healthy can get expensive, and Thrive Market offers awesome discounts for the highest quality of food!

  6. Meagan

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Affordable prices for healthy food? Are you kidding me? I’m so happy!

  7. Julene

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Their pricing is amazing — but I’m even more impressed by the variety of products they offer. And they have all my favorite products! (Am I supposed to list just one thing? I can’t! There’s too many!!)

  8. Laura

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:12 am

    This is a really exciting company to have around. I think the people are looking for convenience (shopping online) + cost effectiveness when it comes to grocery shopping. What Thrive is doing for health people and lower income families is a really magical thing. I can’t wait to learn more about them. Thanks SGS for teaming up & featuring them!

  9. Niki

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I’m so excited!! I didn’t think I could afford these kind of healthy foods! I’m extremely excited about the superfoods and adding some to my green smoothies every morning!!!!!

  10. REK981

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I’d like to use Thrive for my paleo pantry staples. While I live in a great area with lots of grocery options the options stocked aren’t always optimal and Thrive does seem to be more affordable especially with free shipping!

  11. Lisa

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I love this idea! I’m definitely on a tight budget right now.

  12. Lindsay

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I am excited to see what products Thrive has to offer. Non-gmo, natural, and delivery to your door? Count me in!

  13. Vera

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:18 am

    This is something I really need for my family, we are exactly at the point where you were with the WIC and all, trying to keep my 4 little girls happy and healthy. I’m excited to see how this will change our budget and keep us all healthy.

  14. Abby

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:19 am

    This is what I’ve been waiting for! We try to be very budget conscious as I stay home with our little one and my husband is a firefighter. I don’t like to compromise on food quality so Thrive gives me the best of both worlds! 🙂

  15. Lisa

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Good deals on good food, love it. And the fact that Thrive gives back to those in need, makes it even better!

  16. Dan

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This will help us to be able to give more organic food to my autistic son, and stop feeding him more and more chemicals. Thank you for the link to the site, excited to try it.

  17. Jess Anne

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This is so awesome!! I would be most excited to just be able to eat such amazing food! As I cannot normally afford good food.

  18. Chardae

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I’m very excited about Thrive! My boyfriend and I will be living together is a month, and we recently committed to living a healthier lifestyle. I have lot of digestive issues, and we are now cooking all meals at home to control ingredients and save money. We cook almost every day, and want tonuse the best ingredients. Neither of us are rolling in dough (plus I’m going back to school), so winning would be AMAZING!

  19. Abby

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Can’t wait to try this out! We are a one income family so any chance to save on healthy food is a win!

  20. Crystal A.

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I am super excited to see what selection they have at affordable prices! Yay!

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