IS THRIVE MARKET WORTH IT?

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Is Thrive Market worth the subscription cost? Plus, a price comparison between Thrive Market and Amazon Prime

Is Thrive Market Worth It?  A Peek into My Last Thrive Order and How It Price Compares To Amazon!

As grocery stores increasingly stock gluten-free items, is a subscription to Thrive Market worth it?  For my family, YES!  And here’s why:

First, a Little Introduction to Thrive Market:

Thrive Market is an online store full of amazing organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, allergen-friendly (you get the idea) products.  There is a yearly cost of $59.95 to use it (similar to how you pay for Amazon Prime).

Click here to try Thrive Market completely free for 30 days and save 25% off your first order.  

Since Thrive cuts out the “middle man,” you save a decent amount of money on each product you purchase.  Plus, they stock many products that I haven’t seen elsewhere and add more all the time.

I know many of you already order specialty food from other online retailers.  Is Thrive Market worth it then?  I’m an avid Amazon Primer.  I often find great deals on gluten-free products there.

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But Thrive Market offers many products that either: aren’t available on Prime at all (hard to believe, I know!) or it’s cheaper!  Check out my most recent order below (with mini-product reviews) and you’ll see how it compared to local stores and Amazon.com.

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The 3 Main Reasons Why I Joined Thrive Market

1. The variety of products.

I joined Thrive Market last September when I first realized I needed to be dairy-free.  This meant that we began to transition from just being a gluten-free household {learn more about my why we eat gluten-free here} to needing family meals that were both gluten-free and dairy free.  Finding products locally that met both of those requirements was much more challenging.  Once I joined, I discovered so many of our favorite brands were on Thrive Market—and at great prices!  Horray!  They also sell way more than just food.  They have beauty and personal care products, nutrition products, baby products, pet supplies, and more!

Note: they recently started selling meat and sustainable seafood!  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll review it and let you know how it is!

2. Ease of use.

Before joining Thrive Market, I was often running to 3 grocery stores a week to grab this brand cereal, and this baking mix, and this kind of salad dressing.  And I was dragging toddlers with me.  It was exhausting!  Now I just do an order on Thrive Market once or twice a month while watching TV after my kids go to sleep.

Plus, it is so easy to use!  At the grocery store, many products we purchase were in the “gluten-free aisle,” but our favorite salad dressing was in the regular salad dressing aisle, and our favorite tortilla chips in the chips aisle, and Chex is with the normal cereal.  With Thrive Market, you can shop by value—just click the “gluten-free” value and it will only show gluten-free items in each category!  Easy peasy.  😉

note: if you find a product you’re interested in ordering, please still check the label for appropriate gluten-free labeling.  Learn more about gluten-free labeling here.

3. Constant special offers (including freebies!)

The other thing I discovered about Thrive Market (after I joined) is that they frequently give away free items with orders.  As I think of items to order, I just add them to my cart and let them sit there as I wait for an email from Thrive with a special offer.  I usually get a couple emails each week.  More information on that later, but yeah, that part’s awesome.

Thrive Market Box arriving in the mail
Bonus: Getting packages in the mail is super exciting!

So, we’re back to our original question—is buying a subscription to Thrive Market worth it?  Here’s my Thrive order from June 2018.  As I do more orders, I’ll add them here too.  This way you can learn more about other great products you can find on Thrive (and my honest review of them too).

My Thrive Market Order: June 2018

Ok, so here’s where I’m going to break it down for you.  This is everything I ordered from Thrive Market last week, a short review of the product, and how it price compares to other retailers.  The caveat is, prices on both Amazon and Thrive Market change.  To see current Amazon pricing, click the Amazon links.  This way, you can answer “Is Thrive Market worth it?” for yourself.

Barney Foods Bare Smooth Almond Butter

Barney Almond Butter

Almond butter is a staple in Keto & Paleo diets.  I tried so many brands of almond butter before I tried this one.  So many of the ones I tried were kinda… gritty?  They definitely could not replace my beloved peanut butter.  But this one?  It’s totally smooth.  And I use it daily, sometimes a couple times a day.  Hence: I ordered two jars.  It comes in multiple flavors, this Bare Smooth one that I order does not contain sugar or salt.  Barney Foods are certified gluten-free as well as non-GMO verified, certified vegan, peanut free, kosher, and the can is BPA free.

Price on Thrive: $11.99 for 16oz.   Click to see the pricing for Barney Butter on Amazon.com  (note: I’ve seen this at my local WalMart and Price Chopper ranging around $9 for only 10oz.  Definitely order this online!

Thrive Market Brand Organic Raw Cashew Butter

Thrive Market Cashew Butter

Cashew butter is pretty yummy too.  It has a very mild flavor.  I rarely eat it on its own, but I use it in a couple recipes.  You may see cashew butter listed as an ingredient in Paleo or Keto baked goods.  That’s because the flavor isn’t nutty at all!  This product is gluten-free, certified organic, kocher, and the can is GPA free and recyclable.

Price on Thrive: $10.99 for 16oz.  note: since this is a Thrive Market brand, it is not sold on Amazon, but most 16oz cashew butters on Amazon cost around $18-$20.  Big savings here!

Himalania Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Himalania Fine Pink Salt

This is a staple in our house.  We love Himalayan pink salt for it’s high mineral content.  I love this one in particular because the salt is very fine (many Himalayan salts are coarse).

Price on Thrive: $6.99 for 10oz.  I can’t find the exact product on Amazon, but the same brand sells a but they sell other salt products by this brand that you can see here!

Coconut Secret Organic Coconut Aminos

Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos

Coconut aminos are an excellent gluten-free alternative to soy sauce!  Did you know many soy sauces contain gluten?  Plus, coconut aminos are soy-free and much lower in sodium.  In addition to being gluten and soy-free, this brand is non-GMO verified, certified organic, and certified kosher.

Price on Thrive: $4.99 for 8ozClick here to see this product at amazon.com.  (awesome savings!)

King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Yellow Cake MixI bought this to make for Tyler’s upcoming birthday (it’s his favorite!).  Click here for a more in-depth review of this cake mix.

Price on Thrive: $5.49.  Click here to see this product on amazon.com. (Prime Pantry)

 

Simple Mills Organic Chocolate Frosting and Vanilla Frosting

Simple Mills Frosting

We’re trying out the vanilla flavor with Tyler’s birthday cake.   The chocolate can is for my birthday!  Click here for an in-depth review of the chocolate frosting.

Price on Thrive: $4.39 each.  This frosting just came in stock on Amazon (it wasn’t 2 weeks ago when I ordered from Thrive).  However, it is only available in 3 packs. You can check it out here at amazon.com

Note: Thrive Market tries really hard to be as Green of a company as possible.  Check out this packaging the frosting cans came in!  These need to be stored at room temperature, so they came in this crazy insulated pack.  To dispose of this packaging, you cut out the insulation (which is biodegradable—recycled denim) and recycle the bag.  You then cut open the ice pack inside and dump its contents down the drain (it’s a safe, water-based solution) and recycle the bag.  I thought that was pretty cool!

Thrive Market Green Packaging

Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Almond Flour Mix

Simple Mills Vanilla Cupcake & Cake MixI haven’t tried this product yet (I will update this post when I do!), but I’m excited to bake this.  I ordered two mixes (one’s for my mom–haha).  When I eat Simple Mills products, I actually kinda feel healthy.  These cake mixes only have 6 ingredients [Almond Flour, Organic Coconut Sugar, Arrowroot Powder, Organic Coconut Flour, Baking Soda, Sea Salt].  This has no fillers or preservatives.  In addition to being certified gluten free, this mix is certified kosher, non-GMO project verified, and made in the USA!

Price on Thrive: $5.99 each.  Check out 3 packs at amazon.com.

One With Nature Dead Sea Mineral Soap, Lavender Scent by One With Nature

In addition to food, Thrive Market is a great place to find personal care products.  I also order cleaning products and some baby products!  This soap is cruelty-free, sustainably farmed & sourced, gluten-free, and vegan.  Plus, it smells ah-mazing!  I am a huge fan of this product (and will probably order an unscented bar for Tyler on my next order).

Price on Thrive: $3.19 for a 7oz bar (the bar’s huge!).  Amazon itself doesn’t sell this bar individually, but you can buy a these in 3 packs on amazon.com.  Way cheaper on Thrive Market!

Dead Sea Spa Soap and Thrive Market Lip Balm

Thrive Market Organic Vanilla Mint Lip Balm, 4 pack

I ordered these kinda on a whim.  It’s difficult to find gluten-free chapstick, and I was totally enticed by the vanilla-mint scent.  O.M.G. these are wonderful.  So smooth, and the scent is heavenly.  It even feels kinda minty on your lips.  I think I’ll give some away as gifts, no joke.  In addition to gluten-free, these lip balms are also cruelty free, certified organic, non-toxic, sustainably farmed, paraben-free, and made in the USA.

Price on Thrive: $6.99 for the 4pk (less than $2 per lip balm).  Since this is Thrive brand, Amazon does not have the same product.  But I did a quick search for organic 4pk lip balm and discovered they range from $8-$15.  However, I’m not sure which ones (if any) are gluten-free.

Thrive Market Organic Ghee & Virgin Coconut Oil

Thrive Market Brand Organic Ghee & Coconut OilRemember when I said I’d get back to the free product with purchase thing?  Well, this was my free product for placing a $59 order.  I honestly just fill up my Thrive cart and wait for an email about a free product with that day’s purchase and order away!  I’ve gotten free products with each order ranging in values from $8-$25!  In my first few orders I made back my subscription cost in free bonus products alone.

Price on Thrive: $10.99 for a 13.5oz jarClick here to see similar products at amazon.com.

It’s hard to see how much I really saved shopping on Thrive (since many products on Amazon only came in 3 or 6 pks instead of individually), but I’m estimating I saved around $15 not including the free product I received worth $10.99.  Two orders like this would recoup the subscription cost.  Plus, I didn’t have to drive anywhere or push two toddlers demanding fruit snacks through the store.  Is Thrive Market worth the subscription?  YES!

Update: Watch me opening my most recent order here:

Thrive Market Order: August 2018

Thrive Market Unboxing August 2018

Have you seen the ads for Thrive Market and wondered if it actually lives up to the hype? I do about 1 order a month from Thrive Market to stock up on essentials and try fun new products! Thrive is one of the tools that helps us live gluten-free STRESS-FREE! If you’re curious, use my referal code to get 1 free month of Thrive Market and 25% off your first order: http://thrv.me/thehelpfulgf

Do you use Thrive Market? Tell us your favorite products in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this video with your friends. 🙂

Wanna know more about Thrive Market? Read my in-depth review here: https://thehelpfulgf.com/is-thrive-market-worth-it/
Want to learn mroe about gluten-free certification and what it means? Click here: https://thehelpfulgf.com/gluten-free-certification-and-labeling-unraveling-gluten-free-shopping-in-the-united-states/

Posted by The Helpful GF on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ok, so you’ve learned about Thrive Market and peeked at my orders to see how much I’ve saved using Thrive, we’re back to our original question.  Is buying a subscription to Thrive Market worth it?  While not every product is cheaper than Amazon, Thrive is definitely competitive.  Plus, I personally find the ease of use makes Thrive Market worth $5 a month.  Take the plunge and try it now, for free plus take an additional 25% off your first order!  You have nothing to lose—except, maybe, driving to 3 different grocery stores each week trying to find all your gluten-free essentials.

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Are you a current Thrive Market user?  Do you find your subscription to Thrive Market worth it?  If so, comment below with your favorites from Thrive!

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