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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. Eleanor

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve worked at a healthfood store for the past year and it looks like Thrive’s got the best prices around!

  2. Kelly Crawford

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    The prospect of eating healthy on a budget is very exciting.

  3. Hannah

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Im one of the only people in my family that is mostly Paleo. I’m 14 and my mom cant always afford to get everything with three more mouths to feed and I have yet to apply for a job this summer. Ounce I do Ill be able to order a few things offline ounce a week but its still expensive to but good whole foods without any processed ingredients. Also the nearest Whole Foods is almost an hour away so we shop at our local Market Basket. I do like to share my love for wholesome nutrition with my family as much as I possibly can, so this would be amazing! Good luck to everyone!

  4. dawn

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    excited to find healthy choices at affordable prices. I live in an area with a very high cost of living and not a lot access to affordable options for the type of healthy whole foods that I’m interested in feeding family and myself.

  5. Rebecca

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I’m really excited to try Thrive because the closest Trader Joes is 2 hours away and there are no good organic stores nearby. The 1 grocery store with any selection is very pricey…

  6. Gina

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    With Simple Green Smoothies and now Thrive solidly in my food arsenal, I think I’m well on my way to a healthier lifestyle for me and my family. Thank you for your dedication to helping us improve our diets and bodies without breaking the bank!

  7. Sheri

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    A great way to save and I’m so excited to get started!

  8. Melissa R

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I’m so excited to what products they have.

  9. Shina

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    This is awesome!!
    A recent job switch for both myself and my fiancé has me quite stressed about maintaining the wholesome foods I eat. This is awesome regardless is f I win or not!

  10. Dulice

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m so excited to have healthy options at a greater discount than that of any other store nearby.

  11. Gloria

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I love they the reach out to those in need!

  12. Ashley Suehiro

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I am excited to try thrive because eating healthy can be expensive and when you are feedin two adults and 5 kids ranging 11-5 in age ( with three growing boys) it can be really expensive.

  13. Jess

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, so much greatness! Excited for seeds, nuts, and oils! Everyday staples 🙂

  14. Tamika

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Sometimes it’s so hard to make it to the health food stores with kids, and only one vehicle, and when we do make it, we are breaking the bank! I look forward to AFFORDABLE, healthful options at my fingertips.

  15. Sheena

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I’m excited to tryThrive. We live in a rural area where the Trader Joe’s are an hour and half away. As a single parent, the delivery is very convenient. Looking forward to teaching my girls a better way to eat.

  16. Michelle Lozano

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    As a veteran myself, I am always willing to help out a company that chooses to help other veterans.

  17. Melanie

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    With 2 kids and the rising cost of groceries, I’d love to give Thrive a try!

  18. LaQuosha

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I’m excited to continue my healthy without breaking the bank and that Thrive is helping those in need.

  19. Angela

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I can’t wait to have a simplified shopping process! I live in a big city, so it’s easy for me to get to tons of stores with plenty of products, but there still doesn’t seem to be a one-stop shop. I can’t wait to get started with Thrive!

  20. Bev

    June 4th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Wholesome foods at affordable prices delivered my door. Winning combination!

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