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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. Brittany

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    A lifestyle change is long overdue. I’m thankful for the chance to receive a membership

  2. Erica M.

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’m excited to explore healthy food options, at the tips of my fingers, for a reasonable price. What could be better than that?

  3. Tracy

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Since I live somewhere that does not have much access to organic foods this is very exciting!

  4. Marissa

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I am really looking forward to the opportunity for a gift card to Thrive – I am all for healthy, organic food and I love the idea of using a web store to promote accessibility of this type of food to everyone.

  5. Maggie

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I’m excited to see the things I buy at the grocery store offered through Thrive at a better price. They offer things I’d like to buy, but often don’t because of the price. Thrive could really take some of the stress off of the cost of eating and feeding my family healthy food. I’m with Jen, we hit a rough financial patch in the past, and this resource could help so many people. Yay!

  6. Leah Drapkin

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I love Thrive’s products and mission – and get so excited when I see them being promoted on blogs and from other companies I love!

  7. Christine

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    The link to enter the give away doesn’t work, it takes me to EverydayFamily.com

    Please let me know when this is fixed, or if you wouldn’t mind sending me the link so I can put it into my browser that would be great!

    Thank you this is great, I have been checking out Thrive Market for a little while now and will be moving to an area that doesn’t offer many organic/non GMO foods so I will need to use this alternative.

  8. Keira

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I’m excited to find the healthy products I love from the comfort of my home and to know that I am supporting a healthy food revolution that benefits people from all kinds of backgrounds!

  9. Amy Stotzer

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Coconut aminos 🙂

  10. Kelley

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    This means a lot to me. 4 years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after learning that I’ve been suffering with it for 4 years prior. I am a young woman who worked hard, and played hard and now have bee receiving disability and public assistance. Trying to make ends meet has been really difficult. One of the things I can do is eat more organically made, non-processed foods to naturally treat my disorder, but it is really expensive to do so. This website may be able to help me do that.

  11. Marisha

    June 4th, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Besides the idea of eating good and healthy I am most excited about the opportunity to win money to shop at Thrive. Where I live its a pretty penny to eat really well. I wouldn’t have to sacrifice one goodie for another i’d be able to “purchase’ it all. I can be prepared even more than I am with this opportunity and I won’t be able to make any excuses about NOT having what I need to stay on track.

  12. Caitlin

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    As a grad student, money and time are always tight… I’d be most excited to get some healthy goodies delivered free to my door!

  13. Angelique

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Wow! Healthy food for a teacher’s salary!!! So excited to try this out!

  14. Laura

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Eating well AND saving money??? Yes, please!

  15. Caroline

    June 4th, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I am most excited that each membership grants another low-income family the benefits of thrive so that they can thrive as a family on good healthy foods to fuel the mind, body, and soul! Spreadin the love!

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