Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thrive Market: Avoiding a Whole Pay Check for Clean Eating

When we first started Clean 14, my biggest complaint was that it was expensive. And it is. Eating clean, eating healthy, isn't cheap. But your health, ultimately, is priceless. Ultimately, though, I still have to pay bills. So we (and by we, I mean me since I buy the groceries) have been searching for ways to make grocery shopping for the Paleo Diet. Enter the Thrive Market.

Some of the specialty products I've bought since we did Clean 14 and started cooking Paleo are coconut oil, coconut aminos, coconut flour, almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, massive amounts of fruits and veggies, grass fed meat and cage free eggs. That stuff adds up. My grocery bill pretty much doubled.

We started buying many things at Whole Foods as there were a few things we couldn't get anywhere else. After spending on a salad bar lunch what we would spend on a good sushi dinner, my dear husband deemed that we shall never go back. It was fine, I had most of what I needed. Fast forward a few months and we're running out of all the Paleo things!

Thrive Market is a site that I had heard about from a couple of Paleo blogs that I follow. It's an online marketplace for clean, organic food. My hesitation with Thrive Market was that it seemed the best way to make it worth my while was to place a large order (free shipping over $50). It's also a $60 subscription a year. I really wasn't sure if it was going to be worth it for us to spend $60 to save money on these items.

We finally ran out of enough items that I thought it would be worth it to try out the Thrive Market. I had a 20% off my order and I got free shipping, which made the deal particularly sweet!

I order the things we were out of and added a few fun things to my order: Pamona's Pectin and Annie's macaroni and cheese. I've been wanting to try out canning with Pamona's Pectin (allows you to can with less sugar) and I thought this was the perfect time to try it out! I placed my order and waited.

The box arrived within a few days of the order, which impressed me. The packaging was great and protective and recyclable!

My entire order cost about $20 and I saved $19. I don't know that we will continue to use Thrive Market, but I did really like the service. I'm not entirely sure that our savings will be worth $60 a year, but so far I'm happy with them. I have thirty days for free and my next three orders get free shipping. They are definitely trying to keep us!

What tricks have you tried to save some money, especially if you are gluten free or Paleo?


  1. I love the concept of clean eating, but I agree that it can get expensive. I used to be an avid reader of Clean Eating Magazine because their recipes were pretty delicious, but the recipes themselves weren't always that simple and I found myself buying all of these obscure ingredients that I had no use for later on. That's what go so expensive for me, and ultimately why I decided to stop cooking those meals. Now, we just try to buy fresh produce when it's in season and stick to simple methods of cooking. We're not always successful but I feel it's better than nothing! $20 for an entire order is an awesome deal. I might have to check it out even though I'm not doing Paleo. Thanks for sharing!

    NCsquared Life

  2. This is so great. We eat clean and order from Relay Foods. They are a natural online grocery store. Plus since I am planning meals through the site I only order what we need. I actually cut my grocery bill by 1/3 ordering online.
    xo. Lee

  3. I've almost ordered from Thrive before but wasn't sure if it was going to work for us. Seems like you got a great deal! I should check them out again. I buy most of our organic product at Costco and get lots from the bulk section at our local co-op, Weaver St. Market.

  4. I can't wait for Thrive Market to be available in my area. I hear so many good things about it!

  5. I have heard SO many great things about Thrive market! I have GOT to try it out!

  6. I love Thrive Market. It is amazing place to shop.