*Note: I am not sponsored by Thrive Market in any way (though hit me up, TM, if you’d like a new brand partner!), these are my honest opinions about the membership service and I am a paying member.*
It seems like everyone and their mother is an Amazon Prime member. Every time I go to Whole Foods, which isn’t as often as I used to, I’m asked if I’m an Amazon Prime member and I feel like I’m letting down the cashier-slash-being-judged-by-them when I say no. Amazon is basically taking over the universe, and I’m not sure if I’m okay with it. I think Amazon has some great deals and I order from them probably every other month or so, but I’m not a fan of how they took over Whole Foods and kinda kicked out smaller, local brands.
So needless to say, I’m not an Amazon Prime member and I’m not sure I will ever be unless I start making a lot more money and can justify frequent orders. However, I’m not opposed to all store memberships. No, I’m not a Costco or Sam’s Club member (def don’t need to buy huge rolls of paper towels or massive containers of spinach) but I am a Thrive Market member.
Never heard of it? Well, Thrive Market is an online membership-based market focused on healthy, high quality, sustainable products. Much of the store is made up of pantry goods, but they’ve expanded into cleaning products, beauty and makeup items, pet food, vitamins, frozen meat and even clean wine! They pretty much have something for every diet and lifestyle, whether you’re a vegan who mostly eats gluten free (like me), on a paleo or keto diet or just like buying eco-friendly products for your home.
If you’re wondering why it’s better than Amazon Prime, there are sooooooo many reasons. I mean, sure, you can stock up on almost any type of food from Amazon, as well as clothes, electronics, etc. But here’s why you should consider Thrive Market instead:
My most recent Thrive Market order included 3 bags of Plant Snacks cassava flour chips. Each bag cost $2.99 for a total of $8.97 (they normally retail for $3.99 each, for a savings of 25% per bag). On Amazon, 3 bags cost $14.24. That’s even more expensive than their normal retail price!
I also ordered several bags of SmartSweets vegan gummy candy, which normally costs $3.29 per bag at Whole Foods, but I scored each bag for $2.79, a 15% savings.
Basically, the products at Thrive Market are all much cheaper than what you can get in brick and mortar stores and much much cheaper than Amazon!
I typically order products from Thrive Market that I have trouble finding elsewhere. For instance, the Plant Snacks chips and SmartSweets candy I just mentioned. No stores near me sell the chips, and I haven’t been able to find the new peach rings candy at Whole Foods, the only store near-ish me that sells the SmartSweets brand.
Everything I got in my most recent order are products I can’t find in stores near me, so it’s worth it to stock up every so often because again, prices are so low and their selection is incredible. Sometimes, they do run out of products but you can sign up for emails to be alerted when they’re back in stock. And Thrive Market is constantly adding new products so you can discover your next favorite thing!
Easy to use
When you download the Thrive Market app, you’ll see just how user-friendly it is. The layout is simple and clean. It’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, by navigating to a specific section — such as Thrive Deals or What’s Trending — or using the search bar. You can keep track of your favorite items and easily reorder them, or set up autoship to have them sent to you on a regular basis.
I also love on the home page at the top that it tells you how much you’ve saved over the course of your membership. I’ve been a member since September 2017 and I’ve saved nearly $400! Considering I don’t even place orders every single month, that’s a pretty good savings.
A mission I can stand behind
I don’t know of another subscription service that gives back the way Thrive Market does. First of all, your yearly membership fee of $59.95 pays for a membership for a family in need in the community. That gives them access to healthy food they might not otherwise be able to afford.
You also have the option to donate a portion (or all!) of the savings you earned at checkout, giving back even more to people who need it most.
I love knowing that every purchase I make helps a low-income person or family, maybe even someone in my area! 🤗
If that doesn’t convince you to get a Thrive Market membership, maybe this will! For every friend you invite who becomes a paid member, you’ll earn $25 in Thrive Cash. Best of all, you get an extra 20% off the first three orders you place through Thrive Market (after which you can pay for a membership, and continue earning discounts).
You’ll also get freebies with orders! For instance, if you spend over $49 (to earn free shipping), you can pick out a gift (usually a food product they offer) and a free sample sized item.
I’ve loved so many of the products I’ve ordered from Thrive Market, but here are some of my favs:
- SmartSweets candy: The Whole Foods nearest me isn’t the best about restocking this, especially the new peach flavor. I had a friend text me when she spotted the peach rings on Thrive Market and I knew I had to place an order!
- Pan’s mushroom jerky: I’ve never seen this anywhere, but it’s the best vegan jerky I’ve ever had. The zesty Thai flavor is bomb but I also have tried the salt & pepper which is good.
- Sweetleaf sugar free blueberry stevia syrup: Again, I’ve never seen this elsewhere and I wanted to try a stevia-sweetened syrup that’s not maple flavored. This may sound weird, but I love it in cold brew coffee with unsweetened macadamia nut milk!
- Paleonola: Whole Foods sells this, but it’s at least $2 more, and they don’t have the flavor selection Thrive Market has, namely the pina colada flavor which is my favorite. 🍍
- Plant Snacks cassava chips: I thought the vegan cheddar ones were my fav, until they came out with a salt & vinegar flavor…now it’s a close second!
- Purely Pecans sweet potater pecan butter: Forget almond butter — pecan butter is so much better! But it’s not something I’ve ever seen in stores, especially not a sweet potato-flavored one. The two flavors marry well together and I love having a spoonful stuffed into a fresh fig or date.
Wanna try Thrive Market for yourself? Use the code http://thrv.me/UX5WzV to get 25% off your first order!