A friend of mine recently told me about a site, Thrive Market, that I had to check out. She knows that I like to eat healthy and organic whenever possible and that I have a diet that I cannot accommodate at most stores. I eat vegan, but I recently found out I have to eat gluten free as well. Combing these two diets had been a struggle for me at first.

So, my friend told me about this site she found, Thrive market. I was instantly intrigued when she told me how many great products she had found and that everything is discounted 25-50%.

Thrive Market is a membership site somewhat like a Costco. You pay an annual membership fee in order to shop there and get their discounted prices. At first, I was wary of starting up yet another membership. We went on the site together and she showed me some of the stuff that she has recently purchased and it was stuff that I buy on a regular basis. What really stood out to me was just how much money I could save by joining thrive.

The only thing holding me back was the membership fee. I didn’t want to commit before I knew for sure I would enjoy the service. Plus, I am already an Amazon Prime member.

Thrive offers a 30 day free trial period. That sold me.  I could sign up, tryout the site, and then if it was something that fit into my lifestyle, I could stick with it. If I didn’t find it convenient or useful, I could just cancel and never pay the membership fee.

Another bonus that really had me intrigued was the 25% off on my first order and that all orders over $49 ship free. They have recently added a second warehouse in Indiana on top of the one in California. This allows for faster shipping with most orders expected within two days making them much more competitive with Amazon’s ship rate.

What Is Thrive Market?

So, what exactly is Thrive Market? It is an online store that offers specialty healthy foods and natural products. You can find a wide range of products at Thrive from baking ingredients, snack foods, pantry staples, household cleaning, and beauty products. It’s my one stop shop for products I feel safe using.

Thrive Market is a membership site. After your free trial, membership is $59.95, which comes out to about $5.00 per month. I save at least $25 each shopping trip so I quickly recouped my membership fee and had added savings. Plus, every time someone signs up for a membership, they gift one to a low income family.

Thrive ships right to your door and has free shipping at orders over $49, so I never have to worry about the added expense of shipping since I stock up when shopping at Thrive and my orders are over $49 every time.

Thrive stocks over 3000 natural and organic products in brands I have known and trusted for years. Top brands include Bob’s Red Mill, Dr. Bronner’s, Mrs. Meyers, Eden Foods, Garden of Life, Natures Path, and so many more.

Why I Choose Thrive Market

1.  I love Thrive because of the ease at which it makes shopping. You can shop at Thrive Market right from your own home. I work a full time job on top of my blogging adventures. The last thing I want to do sometimes is go after work to a busy store and compromise the quality of what I want for what is available.

2.  Thrive market prices are on average 30% better than grocery store prices. I have actually price matched items I wanted to buy at Thrive, my local organic store, and the large supermarkets. I have found that Thrive is cheaper than the organic store by far, is usually better than the grocery store, the exception is if there is a special going on.

3.  I love that Thrive lets you shop by value. I can hit the vegan tile and know that everything listed is vegan. I don’t have to look on each package and search for ingredients that I need to avoid. Thrive does the hard work for me. You can also choose gluten free, paleo, raw, moms, and staples.

4.  Thrive Market gives back. For every subscription that Thrive Market receives, its gives a subscription to a family in need. I love this because it makes healthy food so much more accessible to those who can’t afford supermarket prices or those that are in food deserts and have absolutely no access to healthy food.

5.  You don’t have to buy in bulk. I have found that at Amazon, I usually have to buy a whole case of a product. This doesn’t always fit well into my budget or if I want to try a product for the first time, I don’t want to buy multiples in case I don’t like it.

6.  Thrive now has its own product line. This allows for them to offer lower prices on these items just like supermarkets do with their own store brands. I am finding some really good organic products at great prices.

 

Cost comparison of Thrive Market vs Whole Foods and Amazon

So here is the real deal behind if Thrive Market really stacks up against its competitors. I compared the cost between my recent shopping trip to Thrive Market versus the market value on the same items on Amazon and at Whole Foods when I bought my products.

Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes

  • Thrive 2.99
  • Amazon 2.99*
  • Whole Foods 3.69

Justin’s Almond Butter Classic

  • Thrive 11.99
  • Amazon 11.74*
  • Whole Foods 13.99

Late July Organic Multigrain Snack Chips

  • Thrive 2.39
  • Amazon 5.06 + shipping
  • 69

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats

  • Thrive 5.45
  • Amazon 5.09*
  • Whole Foods 7.99

Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast

  • Thrive 4.95
  • Amazon 7.76
  • Whole Foods 5.99

Madhava Organic Blonde Coconut Sugar

  • Thrive 5.25
  • Amazon 5.43*
  • Whole Foods 5.99

Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Pasta Shells

  • 49
  • Amazon 6.49
  • Whole Foods 3.69

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

  • Thrive 3.79
  • Amazon 3.48*
  • Whole Foods 4.39

Lundberg Wild Rice Blend

  • Thrive 3.45
  • Amazon 3.89
  • Whole Foods 4.19

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix

  • Thrive 2.65
  • Amazon 2.42*
  • Whole Foods 3.69

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust

  • Thrive 2.65
  • Amazon 2.63*
  • Whole Foods 4.69

Organic Sprouted Garbanzo Bean Flour

  • Thrive 4.75
  • Amazon 7.02
  • Whole Foods 5.99

Organic Balsamic Vinegar

  • Thrive 7.99
  • Amazon 11.60
  • Whole Foods 8.99

Organic Paprika

  • Thrive 2.95
  • Amazon 6.38
  • Whole Foods 6.99

Mrs. Meyer Lavender Hand Soap

  • Thrive 3.45
  • Amazon 3.24*
  • Whole Foods 4.99

Desert Essence Neem and Tea Tree Toothpaste

  • Thrive 4.25
  • Amazon 5.39
  • Whole Foods 6.99

Kiss My Face Lavender Deodorant

  • Thrive 3.49
  • Amazon 5.73
  • Whole Foods 4.99

Totals

  • Thrive 56.30
  • Amazon 96.31
  • Whole Foods 100.93

* means must purchase through prime pantry to get discounted price

How Much Money Did I Save?

Some of the Amazon prices were cheaper when you order through prime pantry as noted. Others that were not available through prime pantry were more expensive. In all I had a total savings of $40.01 at Thrive Market over Amazon. That is almost enough to pay for my membership in one order.
As you can see, I did much better at Thrive than at Amazon and Whole Foods. I was quite surprised with how much Amazon added up to be. I usually do well shopping on Amazon for electronics, books, movies, and other nonfood related products. I actually found it hard to shop for the items I wanted. Many of them were listed many times from outside sources for an unbelievable amount of money. I saw the chips for over $20 for example.

Whole foods were slightly higher priced for each item and that added up quickly to $44.63 savings at Thrive Market over Whole foods.

 

My Verdict on Thrive Market

I was pleasantly surprised by Thrive Market. The site was super easy to navigate, I could narrow down to my diet type and then into subcategories, and shipping was faster than expected. I put my order in and got confirmation right away it was received and got my package in 2 days. (I do live in Michigan, so not far from their fulfillment center in Indiana)

I am happy my friend had found this site and let me know about it. I just wish I hadn’t taken so long to pull the trigger and finally try it. I love how much I have been saving and that there is always some kind of promotion going on.

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