Let's Talk Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping for yourself and your family can be daunting these days. In America, we've allowed our grocery stores to be filled with "foods" that cause more damage than health and ironically increased the cost of the basic clean and nourishing foods our great-grandparents ate on the daily. If you're a regular Merfleur reader, I can only assume you're also a believer of "organic" foods, by which I simply mean foods that have not been genetically modified and/or treated in any fashion. This is how all foods use to be. Now, we have to be savvy shoppers to protect the health of ourselves and those we love.
That being said, shopping for health can add up quickly. I'm a passionate believer in the importance of making food one of your largest spending categories—it's in our top 3, as a family. Sadly, today, the average American spends far less than they should and has become accustomed to the drastically low prices of "food", thinking they're getting the same (or better) food their great-grandparents ate. This is far from the truth, but I'll stay on topic for today and gently refer you to my previous nourishing fare shares and the Weston A. Price Foundation for more information on truly nutritious food. Back then (and in most other countries today) up to 50% of the average income was invested in fresh, often local, food. Americans now buy "cheap" (old, packaged, processed, treated, and modified) foods and as a result only spend 5-10% of their income. They have the ability to invest in other areas, yes, but we are now seeing the heavy effects on our health as a nation.
As a young family of two living in Southern California, we most definitely have to sacrifice to prioritize our health, through our food purchases, over many other cultural-norm basics or desirable purchases. I try to buy as much of our fresh food (75% or more of our diet) from farmers markets or nearby health food stores that sell local farmer's food. Yet, there are a handful of pantry items that I cannot get locally. These items tend to be the larger ticket items because we attempt to buy as high of quality as we can. These can include cooking fats like coconut oil, organic spices, sprouted grains or flours, and others. I'm always looking for ways to lower this cost without touching the quality, which is pretty tough! Recently over the past year or two, one market has become a vital resource for my attempts at saavy pantry shopping and, today, I want to share about it!
The Organic Economical Online Grocer: Thrive Market
You may have noticed Thrive Market in my Nourishing Fare resources or seen ads around as you shop online. It's being touted as the Costco for health foods. I must admit, when it first entered the scene a few years ago, I was a bit hesitant. I'm blessed to have many well-stocked health food stores near me and Thrive's selection, in comparison, was not impressive to say the least. I was intrigued by the potential, but hardly tempted to join. Then, last year I checked back in and was surprised by the increased offerings and decided to take the plunge. I've been very impressed and grateful I joined ever since!
Thrive Market is an online store with a variety of higher quality pantry, home, and even body products. Are all the items perfect? No, of course not, but there are definitely some golden finds to be had! The main driver is the cost. The price point of most of the products is much lower than you will find anywhere else. Yes, my Prime users, many are equal if not less than Amazon!
A Glimpse Into my Favorites
I'm not including everything, but here is a little sample of my most commonly ordered products.
+ Cultures for Health Starters: I've used the Kefir grains and just got the Sourdough Starter. A great company for yogurt, water Kefir, Kombucha, etc starters.
+ Ashwagandha Root, capsules
+ Sun Potion's Ashwaganda, powder
Ordering & Shipping Experience
I order as needed, which for a family of two often results in 1x a month. Once you create an account, you have access to a "shopping list" you can personalize with favorited products, making ordering a breeze. You can also reorder previous orders or set up subscriptions if that's your preference. Shipping is free once you reach $49, so I advise waiting to order until you have $49 worth of products in your shopping list. Once ordered, my Thrive boxes come quickly, arriving within a couple of days. The products are always well-wrapped and protected. Thrive also has an eco-conscious approach to their packaging, which I appreciate. Returns appear easy, though I've never had to return anything.
How to Join?
Thrive Market offers their products through membership (similar to Costco). At $59.95 a year, it's quite a steal. They show you how much you save with each order, so you can see how quickly you cover the annual membership cost. I've saved $773.20 since becoming a member.
Joining is quick and easy. I recommend starting with the free 30 day trial period just to make sure you like the flow and feel of Thrive, prior to making an annual commitment. While on the trial, create an account, start building your favorites, add to cart, and order away!
Just to make it a little sweeter, use this discount code to get 20% off your first 3 orders with Thrive Market: FIRST3
Sign up for their emails, if you want to be notified of ongoing deals and discounts too!
Give a Free Membership
Sounds good, Jessi, but what's the catch? So far, there is none. In fact, your annual membership sponsors a free membership for a low-income family. I love this part most of all!
I hope this breakdown has been helpful. However you choose to navigate feeding yourself and your family nourishing, healthy real food, I'm proud of you for fighting the good fight!
If you have any questions feel free to reach out or visit Thrive Market's Q&A page.
Join me and enjoy shopping Thrive Market today!
À votre santé!
*This share includes a few affiliate links. All recommendations are 100% purely mine. I purchased and happily maintain my own Thrive membership. Thank you for supporting Merfleur.