Shopping for healthy, eco-friendly foods and products can seem like an unattainable experience for those of us who reside outside major cities. At small-town and locally-owned grocery stores, items like nutritional yeast or Dr. Bronner’s soaps (two of my personal staples/essentials) are typically hard to come by. Living off the grid or in an otherwise rural area sometimes makes it necessary to shop at Costco or Walmart…oft-crowded terrain wherein natural foods/specialty products are rarely found (and when they are, it’s difficult to predict the specific brand or product type that big-box/non-specialty stores will have in stock). Moreover, shopping at Walmart and Costco has never been a favorite pastime of mine; I tolerate it with the feigned justification that the experience will have anthropological value. But sometimes…a trip to a store like that can only involve a begrudging push of will and typically ends with dissatisfaction. Nobody asks if I “found what I was looking for”—and with the prevalence of self-checkout, interaction with an associate (employee) might not happen at all.
The concept of self-checkout at corporate grocery chains brings me to this: if non face-to-face interaction is the cornerstone of shopping in 2017…where are our reasons for physically “going to the store”? Exercise still has its merits, as does “getting out” in general–which constitutes another justification I use when shopping in-person or making the reluctant trek to Walmart–that said, there are many other more enjoyable ways to excercise and get out of the house. Why not shop online, and then choose other more enjoyable activities and outings away from home?
Honestly, ordering everything I need from Thrive Market feels more personal than shopping in-person at most chain grocery stores. Customer support responses, albeit received through email, seem more like the “real thing” in terms of a genuine customer service interaction. Communication is not only pleasant but also in most cases astronomically more efficient than the outcome of a situation in which one might approach a Walmart employee in the grocery department and ask for help in locating the whereabouts of cold-pressed coconut oil (some stores carry it, FYI, but it’s often a needle-in-a-haystack endeavor.
What’s with the Costco comparison?
Paid memberships allow for the savings aka deep discounts offered upon sign up that extend through your free trial and for the duration of membership. Thrive Market’s merchandising team works directly with brands to purchase natural foods and products at wholesale prices. These prices are typically set to 25-50% below retail value.
How is Thrive Market similar to Whole Foods?
Thrive Market carries very similar inventory to Whole Foods and its competitors. Not only is their carbon footprint neutral—they also donate memberships to families in need:
“Our mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. That’s why when you buy a Thrive Market membership, you’re also donating one to a low-income family, teacher, veteran, or student. We also provide educational content and grocery stipends to our Gives members. That way, we can all Thrive together. If you or someone you know needs a Thrive Gives membership, apply now.”
For more information on the Thrive Market Giving program, click here.
Why Choose Thrive Market?
1.) Do all of your ordering from home, or wherever you are (provided that you have an internet connection).
2.) Get a 30-day trial with your first order.
2.) Your annual membership fee of $59.99 will be matched by Thrive, sponsoring a family in need.
3.) You’ll have access top-notch industry-standard vegan, paleo, gluten-free items at wholesale pricing (ranging from 25-50% below retail).
4.) You’ll have no obligation to purchase items in bulk, but you can if you like.
To receive a free gift upon sign up with a purchase of $29 or more, click here.
*Disclosure: I am a Thrive Market affiliate. If you purchase a membership through my link, I will get a commission, which will help to support this blog. Thank you if you do!