2015 has been a good year for the Real Food / Paleo Movement so far! Beginning late last year, a slew of FANTASTIC cookbooks have been steadily released every few months. From Mediterranean Paleo in October, to Every Last Crumb in December, Make it Paleo 2 in February, Homegrown Paleo Cookbook in March, My Paleo Patisserie in April, and the impending release of Paleo Takeout next week (which we have, and is -incredible-). There is absolutely no shortage of great recipes out there, with no mention of the fabulous free recipes in the bloggersphere.
But what about buying ingredients?
Up until now, dear reader, you’ve really only had a few options when it comes to buying ingredients. You could head out to your local grocery store and hunt and gather your ingredients that way. If you’re lucky, you have a Whole Foods or health-minded grocery store nearby, making the job a bit easier. Some will be even luckier and shop local farmers markets for fresh ingredients, or grow their own (woot! we do that!) If you don’t have great stores nearby, you could rely on Amazon to get you ingredients.
Enter Thrive Market.
Thrive Market is the first socially conscious online store offering the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry over 2,500 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market, all delivered straight to your door at 25-50% off retail prices. Their mission is to make health living easy, affordable, and accessible for every American family.
Thrive Market has just come onto the scene and they are offering incredible prices on common Paleo ingredients. Here’s what they have to say about their mission:
“Call us radical, but we believe that the ability to live a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t depend on income level, geography, or any other arbitrary barrier. Whether you’re a corporate executive or an elementary school teacher, whether you live in on the upper westside of Manhattan or in a small town with no local health food store, we think you and your family should have access to healthy, wholesome, and non-toxic products at or below the price of their processed, artificial, and often toxic alternatives. That hasn’t been the case for a long time in this country and we wanted to do something about it.” – The Team at Thrive Market
Is Thrive REALLY worth it?
I did a quick offhanded calculation on how many different ingredients over the year it would take to justify their very-reasonable $59.95 membership (sort of like a big box club membership). Rather than making money on the membership AND the products, Thrive aims to solely make profit on the membership model, thereby passing astronomical savings to the consumer. Want to guess how many different items per year it would take to justify their membership for our household of 2? JUST ONE (coconut aminos, because we use a ton of it, and it’s on Thrive for a huge discount). But for the heck of it, I added a few others to the mix, and you can see the savings add up super fast. If you plan well, and decide to buy a few things at once, you can score FREE SHIPPING for an order of $49 or more, which extends your savings even further.
Even if we only decided to order these four items from Thrive annually, we’d be saving over $200 a year!
By my estimation, most customers can cover the cost of your membership with savings in about 2-3 orders (over $50). At average discounts of 35% to retail, with just $110 worth of purchases on Thrive Market, you will have made back your initial membership fee. That means that if you’re an average American family of four, buying just 25% of your monthly groceries at Thrive Market will pay back your membership fee in under one month. Just as importantly, your paid membership will sponsor a free annual membership for a low-income family. That’s free access for an entire year to healthy, wholesome products at prices lower than their highly-processed, unhealthy alternatives.
We love being able to browse by “Paleo Ingredients” on Thrive, which makes it totally painless to find what you’re looking for. Naturally, there are many different ways to search, but that’s one that seems to be really useful for us Paleo folk. Plus you might find some new-to-you ingredients that you might want to try.
To celebrate the launch of this awesome resource, we have teamed up with Thrive for a huge giveaway. One lucky Primal Palate reader will get a $1000 shopping spree on Thrive Market to grab a ton of goodies. Registering for Thrive is free, which allows you to have a look around and check things out before you purchase a membership. You’ll quickly see that a membership is WORTH IT. Click the image below to ENTER the giveaway!