Have you heard about ThriveMarket yet?
They’re pretty new and their site is only just launching. It’s a simple concept: you pay a yearly fee of $59.95 and you get access to your favorite paleo-friendly products at wholesale prices. It gets better, though! For every membership, Thrive sponsors a low-income family to help them have access to better quality food. If you aren’t sure about it, they offer you free membership that lasts 30 days after your first purchase. Upon signing up to this online paleo food delivery service, you will receive a 15% off coupon, and shipping is free on orders of $49.95 or more. This is a convenient and budget-friendly tool for those of us who want to do more online food shopping.
If you need further convincing, I’ve done a bit of research on my own. I placed my first order with ThriveMarket a few days ago. Out of curiosity, I went to Whole Foods to do some price comparisons. After seeing the savings, you can count me in as a lifelong Thrive customer! They offer price comparisons on their site for each product, but I found the tags at Whole Foods to be even HIGHER than their estimates. Below is my order and the total amount of money I saved overall.
I love this brand, and I almost exclusively buy my tinned seafood from Wild Planet. All of their products are wild-caught and chock full of Omega-3’s which is the way quality seafood should be. I eat about five tins of sardines per week, so these savings will go far for me.
ThriveMarket Price: $2.35/box. Whole Foods Price: $2.99/box.
I’ve never tried the Julian Bakery brand products, but I have been curious to try the wraps. I see people using them pretty often on the myPaleoPal feed, so I thought I’d order a package of them. I chose the turmeric variety because I love the taste and the health benefits! I’m excited for some easy, on-the-go lunches in the style of a wrap which I definitely miss from time to time. (Note: My local Whole Foods Market only carries Julian Bakery Paleo Bread, so I did a price comparison directly from their website).
ThriveMarket Price: $7.95/7 count package. Julian Bakery Price: $8.99/7 count package.
I got a 26 oz. package of sea salt because I’m just about out right now. It’s one of those things I don’t buy at the store because it seems like so much money on top of my grocery order itself, and I could live without it. Alas, I get some serious cravings for salty, roasted veggies! This brand gives you the real deal with no strange additives, leaving its trace mineral content in tact.
ThriveMarket Price: $5.65/26 oz. Whole Foods Price: $8.99/26 oz.
Ah, yet another spice I’ve been putting off purchasing, but missing dearly in my kitchen! I love to use fresh garlic, but I’ll admit, I can get a little lazy with the fine-chopping that needs to be done. I tend to reserve those knife skills for homemade tomato sauce where it really stands out. Garlic powder is a lifesaver for giving any meal the perfect flavor-boost. I love this brand of spices if I’m not shopping at specialty stores. I was unable to find this at Whole Foods, so I compared prices with Amazon.
ThriveMarket Price: $4.45/3.64 oz. Amazon Price: $5.29/3.64 oz.
I have never used tapioca starch before! I’m pretty excited to get this and experiment with some baking. I tend to avoid making paleo desserts because I try to limit my sugar intake overall, but I think this will be useful for more than just that. It will also work well with a few other ingredients I have in my order in case I do decide on something sweet. I’ve only worked with nut flours and coconut flour, so I’m looking forward to getting familiar a new gluten-free baking substitute.
ThriveMarket Price: $2.95/lb. Whole Foods Price: $4.19/lb.
This is my favorite brand of canned coconut milk out there, and it’s pretty clean. The only added ingredient is guar gum, which some people may be sensitive to. This is such a kitchen staple for me. I mainly use it to batch-cook curry dishes and pour it over frozen berries for a quick, sweet snack with a dose of healthy fats.
ThriveMarket Price: $2.35/13.5 fl. oz. Whole Foods Price: $2.99/13.5 fl. oz.
Since I ordered the tapioca flour, I thought I would get some other ingredients that I could potentially bake with. I’m hoping to make some sort of coconut cupcake with a coconut butter frosting. I really dig coconut. I love this affordable, versatile kitchen staple as much as I love my other coconut products. Bob’s Red Mill is my go-to brand for most baking supplies.
ThriveMarket Price: $3.25/12 oz. Whole Foods Price: $3.99/12 oz.
I figured that my planned muffin experiment could only be enhanced by chocolate! I know the debate over stevia being paleo or not is undecided, but it doesn’t personally bother me – consider this my cheat. The ingredients aren’t perfect, but they are dairy-free and feature all organic, fair-trade ingredients. This was the first time I saw this brand, so I thought I would take my chances.
ThriveMarket Price: $5.95/9 oz. Whole Foods Price: $7.49/9 oz.
I love to use pumpkin all year-round. It’s a subtle enough flavor to use as a starch in baking or a sauce for meat and vegetables. Also, pumpkin curry is very important to me. Fresh pumpkin is one of my favorite foods roasted or pureed, but these cartons make it a very accessible ingredient to use. Oh, and I almost forgot about pancakes. Now I’m just thinking of all the things this will come in handy for!
ThriveMarket Price: $4.25/32 oz. VitaCost Price: $5.18/32 oz.
And that’s all, folks! I saved a grand total of $10.02 for this paleo food delivery purchase by ordering through ThriveMarket. Since it was my first time using the service, I did receive a $10.00 discount. My order cost $43.85 plus shipping before my discount, so this was essentially a $54.00 order that I got for $40! If I placed similar orders once a month for five months, my savings would pay for my annual membership. This is a worthwhile investment for your online food shopping needs – they even have an easy-peasy “paleo” drop-down menu so you don’t have to sift through what you can and can’t eat.
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