It’s no secret…
I’m a huge fan of:
a) Growing/raising my own veggies, meat, eggs and dairy products
b) Buying from local producers
c) Bartering with neighbors who may be growing stuff I’m not
But let’s face it… that doesn’t work for everything.
As stubborn as I am, I just can’t figure out a way to grow my own coconuts to make coconut oil here in Wyoming…
Or make my own sea salt…
Or grow my own coffee beans in our blizzard-prone climate…
So when I need those extra ingredients or natural living products, that means my options boil down to:
- Costco — The nearest Costco is 2+ hours away… (I don’t even have a membership)
- My local natural food store (45 minutes away) — I buy a few things here, but their inventory is small, and the prices are high
- Amazon — Honestly, I probably buy from Amazon more than anywhere else… It’s usually a last-resort, but when I can’t find a natural ingredient in a 300 mile radius, they are my only option.
Until now, that is.
I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about this company for a couple months now, and I can finally spill the beans.
What if I told you there was a company that combined the best attributes of Amazon, Whole Foods, and Costco, but with lower prices and a sustainable-minded mission?
Too good to be true?
Meet Thrive Market
I’ve been looking at Thrive Market for a couple months now, and I’m completely impressed. Here’s the facts—>
- Thrive Market is a brand-new online marketplace with a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. You can get everything from GMO-free food, snacks, vitamins, supplements, personal care products, cleaning supplies, beauty products, kitchen staples, pantry essentials, baby food and products and much, much more.
- You’ll get wholesale prices on more than 3,000 of the highest quality healthy foods and products from more than 400 of the best-selling brands at wholesale prices (these aren’t knock-off or generic brands– they are the same items you’d find at your local health food store).
- Thrive Market’s prices are 15 – 25% lower compared to other online retailers.
- Free national shipping on orders over $49 (WIN!)
- Every paid membership is matched with a free membership for a low-income American family.
- All packaging, boxes and inserts are made from recycled paper and are recyclable.
- Customize your shopping experience with the Gluten-Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegan, or Moms categories.
What This Homesteader is Buying from Thrive Market:
So am I ditching my garden and my milk cow and buying all my food online now? NO WAY!
But I am using Thrive Market to fill in the gaps for things I can’t grow or find locally for good prices, like:
- Natural dishwashing gel
- Grade B maple syrup
- Canned coconut milk
- Redmond Real Salt
- Grassfed gelatin
- Chia seeds
I was thrilled to notice they even have lard and tallow! I don’t need to purchase these, since I render my own, but if you don’t have access to high-quality pork or beef fat, this is a perfect option.
Now, I’ll be honest– I won’t be buying everything Thrive Market carries. I don’t buy the “organic” processed foods at my local health food store, and I won’t be buying them here, either. But they definitely have enough of the other natural pantry staples I use on a regular basis to justify my membership.
But is it really cheaper?
Up until now, I’ve been using Amazon Prime to order many of my pantry items.
Amazon Prime is $99/year.
Thrive Market is $59.95/year.
Costco memberships are $55/year (if you have a store in your area), but I know for a fact Costco doesn’t carry many of these specialized natural ingredients.
Since Thrive offers free shipping for orders over $49, I plan to make one big order each month, or split an order with a friend.
Here are some side-by-side comparisons of a few products (affiliate links):
- Great Lakes Beef Gelatin, 16 oz: $19.15 on Amazon/$13.45 on Thrive Market
- Redmond Real Salt, 26 oz pouch: $11.12 on Amazon/$5.65 on Thrive Market
- Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Gel, 42 oz jug: $6.97 on Amazon/$4.45 on Thrive Market
- Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour, 16 oz bag: $14.15 on Amazon/$8.45 on Thrive Market
Free Trial Membership
I’ve been working personally with Thrive Market for the past couple months, and they have generously agree to offer Prairie Homestead readers a free 30-day trial membership, 15% off your first order, AND a chance to win a $250 shopping spree (who wouldn’t love that?)
Giveaway ends 3/22/15 at midnight. No purchase necessary to win.
DISCLAIMER: I am an affiliate of Thrive Market. It’s rare you’ll see me devote an entire post to an affiliate relationship, but I did so here because I like the company THAT MUCH. And yes, I am personally using them on a regular basis, and would continue to do so, even without the affiliate relationship. Many of you live in rural areas, with limited food options, like I do, and that’s the reason I’m sharing Thrive with you today.