I (Cord) started using Thrive Market because I love groceries. I love making food and buying good food. I was struggling to find a grocery nearby, with lower prices, that had the natural, organic brands I enjoy using. I did the 30-day trial membership with the intention to stock up on my favorite things but cancel my membership at the end. Once I really dove into the categories I discovered the only things I couldn't get were produce, meat and random frozen food options that we indulge in from time to time. By this, I mean I can buy my body wash, coffee filters, cotton balls, yoga accessories and supplements all through Thrive Market.
WHY THRIVE MARKET?
A Thrive Market membership gives you access to the best natural and organic products from all of the brands you love at wholesale prices. Members also have access to special promotions, exciting contests and educational content. The membership costs less than $5 a month ($59.95 for the year...which would be the cost of my gas driving to the grocery store that has the products I love that are also more expensive) and most members make back that fee within the first two orders. All new members receive a 30-day free trial that begins when the first order is placed.
BUT WHAT ABOUT SHIPPING?
A huge red flag for me was that shipping isn't always free and how does one save on groceries when they are paying to ship them? Well, all orders over $49 ship for free, and let's face it, the chances of spending at least $50 a month on pantry/bathroom items is pretty good. So in the last few months I've never actually paid shipping. Orders below $49 will ship for varying rates. You can estimate your shipping cost on the cart page by entering your zip code.
I am still adapting to the best method of being efficient. Here's what I have going right now. Once a month I place an order (this is not mandatory) and we use those things throughout the month. This means I buy at least 4 bags of corn chips, and several boxes of cereal. As soon as we run out of something, I open the app and add that product to my cart. So let's say I am baking and run out of vanilla. Once I add it to the cart, I no longer have to remember to get it the next time I am at the grocery. It's saved in my cart. I do this until my next purchase, which is usually the time my cart hits free shipping. It's really so simple!
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE SIGNING UP
- Do you like the products they sell?
- Do you care about the wholesale factor?
- Do you have access to an easier/cheaper way of finding these products?
- Is $5 a month worth the ease of shopping online?
- Do you spend $50 a month on pantry/bathroom/kitchen items?
- Are you looking to use more organic, natural products?
If you answered yes to all or most of these, chances are you are going to love Thrive Market. Sign up for your trial month and spend a little time checking out all the things they sell. It's way more than just pantry needs. Put what you need in the cart and see if you have $50. If you find yourself needing those things monthly, bite the little $5-a-month bullet and sign up for a year membership. There are no requirements to purchase once you are a member unless you want free shipping. It doesn't matter how many times a year you order from them.
All the Thrive Market products arrive in cardboard boxes with recyclable packing products. My next mission is to find an easy way to recycle all the cardboard I receive, because we don't have recycling as an option at our apartment.
Get 15% off when you become a member via this link. You will automatically get a trial month. At the end of your month you can decided if you want to be a member all year. And that's it.
KEEPING IT EASY AND HONEST
Cord and I do not promote buying things, signing up for things, or doing things that don't actually fall in line with your needs and goals. If Thrive Market won't make your life easier, don't do it! Continue your shopping at your favorite local grocery store. I have access to an amazing farmer's market (you can read about that here) and natural grocery co-op within 5 miles; Cord does not. For now, it makes more sense for me to shop local. However, I am really interested in the wholesale options Thrive Market offers, and look forward to trying it soon after our little man cub arrives. It may be the best solution ever during postpartum, when venturing out with a newborn is more difficult. Ultimately, it's an option that has totally saved Cord, and is something I love having in my back pocket for when it makes sense.
Cord was disappointed to not be able to support her local economy by shopping at stores near by, so her solution is to get other products at the farmers market and local stores. Thrive is her best-of-both-worlds practice, but as with all things we are putting in practice and sharing with you, consider your own values and needs, and then decide what's best for you! Partake if it makes sense.