I put together a completely honest Thrive Market Review for you! Covering what Thrive Market costs, my favorite items and is Thrive Market worth it?
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After seeing tons of people talk about Thrive Market, I decided it was time to give it a try and see if it was worth the hype! If you’ve been curious about the service, I’m answering all your questions below + offering you a deal on the service!
Thrive Market Coupon:
Before we get started, if you’re intrigued and want to try Thrive Market for yourself – you can get a completely free 30 day trial and 25% off your first order with this link.
What is Thrive Market?
Thrive Market is an online marketplace that offers tons of natural/organic food, wine, household, and bath/body products. They claim that many of their products are up to 50% off retail prices, and that they offer wholesale prices.
Thrive Market does have a membership fee.
Thrive Market Cost:
A membership for Thrive Market costs $59.95 per year. They guarantee that you will make back your membership in savings each year. If you don’t, they pay you the difference in Thrive Cash when you renew!
If you are a low income family, veteran, teacher or student you can apply for a free membership.
If you’re concerned about the Thrive Market fee, they explain it in detail here.
My Initial Thoughts on Thrive Market:
Upon first shopping at Thrive Market – I tried to stick to buying their brand of products rather than ‘brand name’ products. I spent roughly $100 and got the following items:
I think that where you save the most money on Thrive Market are through the name brand products though.. especially if you order a lot of them.
The only brand name products I ordered were Chomps + this Desert Essence Toothpaste, which were cheaper than anywhere else I’ve purchased them!
Don’t get me wrong though, the Thrive Market brand products are also great! In fact, after using the service for a few months – it’s mainly what I buy!
Thrive Market Favorites:
- Grains: Brown Rice, Pastas, WonderNoodles, Brown Rice Noodles
- Spices, Honey, Seeds
- Snacks/Treats : Turkey Sticks, AlterEco Chocolate, Plantain Chips, Cashew Butter Filled Chocolate
- Canned Goods: Pumpkin, Coconut Milk, Tomato Paste
- Collagen Peptides
- Olive Oil
- Fish Sauce
- Cashew butter
After trying some of the products, here are my thoughts:
You’ll love Thrive Market if you:
- Live far away from specialty grocers / whole foods
- Buy a lot of ‘specialty’ products (specific dressings, sauces, canned goods, etc)
- Short on time
- Hate going to the grocery stores
- Want to save some $$ but aren’t willing to go crazy watching sales/going to multiple stores
There are definitely some pros/con’s to Thrive Market, but I think the pro’s far outweigh the cons. Overall, I have liked all the products I tried. The cashew butter filled dark chocolate alone is worth getting the free trial (in my opinion!)
My favorite thing from my first Thrive Market order is the collagen peptides. They were $24.99 compared to the brand I normally use, which is $43. As far as I can tell they taste identical and mix into my coffee perfectly! Here’s the link to them
Here are some of the other pro’s of Thrive Market –
Pros of Thrive Market:
- Organic – If you’re into buying all organic, they have good prices for organic sauces, etc
- Can sort by diet. – This is huge if you are new to eating paleo, keto, Whole30, etc. It is super easy to filter by diet!
- They give back – With every membership purchased they give a membership to someone in need
- Freebies/Coupons – They offer freebies once you get to a certain threshold in your cart. They also are always having huge sales which they email you about!
- Free delivery when you spend over $49 (which is pretty easy to do!)
- Variety – I like that there is everything from food to cleaning products
Honestly, I don’t have many negative things to say about Thrive…but here are the cons I could come up with.
Cons of Thrive Market:
- Membership cost – Obviously I would love if this were free, but I think the cost of membership is low enough that it’s worth doing! (And if you don’t save at least the cost of your membership they will refund it to you!)
- No produce – You still have to go to the grocery store for fresh veggies/fruit.
You all know I love a good bargain.. so I tried to do the math on comparing the costs of Thrive to other stores for you.
Thrive Market Cost Comparison vs Stores
- Thrive Market vs Lucky Vitamin– For most items, Thrive Market was usually 10-20 cents cheaper. Depending on how often you’re ordering – I’m not sure if you really are saving with Thrive because of the cost of membership. There is no membership with Lucky Vitamin, so when you add up the 10-20 cents per item, you’d have to be buying at least 600 products a year to offset the cost.
- Thrive Market vs VitaCost – People love Vita cost but I’ve never been a fan. While they have decent prices, they have very little variety. Some of my favorite brands like Chomps + Tessemae’s were not on VitaCost
- Thrive Market vs Aldi – Aldi seemed to win on most things I compared it to (chicken stock, salsa, pasta, etc). However, Aldi had a very limited selection compared to Thrive in terms of health/organic food.
- Thrive Market vs Costco – Thrive market definitely has more variety and more organic pantry options than Costco has. It was hard to do a true cost comparison to Costco because of this. However – at Costco you can get produce, which is huge for me.
Many of you were big fans of Thrive Market, and I asked what some of your favorites were. Here’s what I heard from you:
Best Things to get from Thrive Market:
- coconut flour/almond flour
- canned goods like tomatoes/tuna/etc
- coconut aminos (I’m including this but also want to tell you they’re 1/2 the price at TJ’s)
- baking ingredients
- Some name brands like Primal Kitchen, Purely Elizabeth + Simple Mills.
Overall, I recommend Thrive Market. I’m looking forward to continuing ordering from them and also trying some of their meat/wine options! There is a ton of variety on their site + the products have all been great so far.
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