An ode to Thrive Market

Recently, I got an email offering me a free 30 day trial membership to a site called Thrive Market. The email also offered a free jar of coconut oil, so I thought, why not? You can never really have too much coconut oil, and this site looked pretty cool. It claimed to offer savings of 25-50% on all of these natural, healthy, and organic food and other products. Sounds like a pretty big claim, right?

As I browsed through their offerings, I saw items that I already have sitting in my pantry and fridge, and items that I also just used up and had on my shopping list. And the prices? I work at a grocery store, so one day on my break I walked up and down the aisles and price checked them. Even with my employee discount, Thrive was cheaper.

It all just sounded too good to be true. All this food, which is really great quality, for these lower prices, and you don’t even have to leave the house? Yeah, I was curious, and had to try it.

After a lot of opening of tabs and reading of reviews, of putting things in my cart and taking them out, I settled on my first order. It was a weird conglomeration of things I knew I needed and things that I wanted to try, as most of my shopping trips consist of. Here’s a little peek at some items that I purchased:


mesaNature’s Path Organic Mesa Sunrise Flakes Cereal 

My mom used to get this cereal all the time when I was living at home, and it was always a tasty snack and quick morning breakfast. So when I saw the big bag of this listed online, I added it immediately. It goes particularly well with…


Pacific Foods Oat Milk 

oatI’ve been wanting to follow more of a vegan/plant-based diet lately, and needed to find an alternative to dairy milk. Almond is alright, I’m trying to avoid too much soy, and coconut weirds me out. A coworker recommended oat milk to me, and at first I thought she was a little crazy, but this stuff is AWESOME. It’s naturally sweet, free of too many additives like carrageenan and flavoring. I’ve been loving it with the Mesa Sunrise cereal, on its own, and in cold brew coffee.

parchmentIf You Care Unbleached Parchment Baking Paper

I use this ALL the time when baking and roasting veggies in the oven. It’s only guaranteed up to 428 degrees F (or something weirdly specific like that) but it makes for easy cleanup and food doesn’t stick to it. This parchment paper is a kitchen staple for me!choc

Alter Eco Dark Mint Organic Chocolate Bar

I mean, the name of the product says it all. It’s just so so good. And vegan!


So I did end up having a bit of trouble with the shipping – when I placed my order, the website said that it would be shipped within 24-48 hours, and after four days, I hadn’t received any type of notification of shipment. Not a huge deal, but a little worrisome since it wasn’t a small amount of money. I contacted their customer service, and they responded in less than 24 hours, and shipped it that evening – they had a little trouble getting out orders on time during the holidays I guess. I got a coupon code for my next order, which I put to good use, and my order ended up arriving almost overnight! Their shipping is fast and prompt, and the next few orders I placed had no issues whatsoever. All orders over $49 ship free, which is pretty easy to reach if you’re doing a monthly re-stock.

You also might be thinking that it’s a dumb idea to order things like a heavy jar of pasta sauce and a bag of cereal at the same time. It’s like a disaster waiting to happen, right? Thrive Market apparently employs packing wizards, however, as every single one of my items has arrived completely undamaged, even the fragile items like chips or cereal.

All in all, I think that Thrive Market is a great way to supplement your grocery shopping – they don’t sell produce or anything like that, but stock so many great natural products. And it’s not just food – they sell cleaning products, toiletries, housewares, and even pet supplies! Their offerings can vary, and popular products do sometimes sell out fairly quickly. I’ve had multiple great shopping experiences with Thrive Market and will definitely re-up my membership whenever it expires next year. You can get a free 30-day trial, and after that, it’s an annual fee of $59.95 to shop online for the year. Your savings add up pretty quickly and it’s not hard to “make” that fee back in savings. In addition to ALL of that, with every paid membership, they donate one free membership to a low-income family. I’m loving Thrive and I think more people should give it a try! It makes adulting and being healthy just a little bit easier.

If you use my referral link, I’ll get Thrive Cash to use in the store. And you can invite your friends and receive the same deal!

Thanks for reading! ~Margaret