Shopping for quality food

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In the past 24 hours, I have been to 2 grocery stores and yet I still have a few things that I need but was not able to find. This is often the challenge when you’re in search of for specific, high-quality, healthy foods. Organic spelt flour anyone? Throughout the month I end up making the rounds to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco, Target and a traditional grocer. And once June rolls around, I am planning on doing much of my produce shopping at our local farm. While hitting a handful of food/beverage retail shops throughout the month isn’t a huge inconvenience, I guess I could benefit from simplifying the process a bit.

Recently, another option has come on my radar. One that I think could help simplify my trips to the grocery store. Three people in the past 2 weeks have mentioned shopping on In case this is the first you’re hearing of it, Thrive Market is an online grocery store that sells thousands of natural and organic products at 25-50% off the retail price. It’s like Costco in that it charges a membership fee ($59.95 per year) and in return members are able to purchase items way below retail pricing. I signed up for a free month trial and am going to place an order for a few items today – so far, the free shipping (on orders over $49) and discounted pricing has me intrigued. Additionally, Thrive Market offers 15% discount on the first order, so there is incentive enough for me to give it a try.

Here’s what I’m snagging up in my first order for $57.16: Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Herbal Tea (a staple in my nighttime ritual), Bob Mill’s unsweetened shredded coconut (because the unsweetened stuff is hard to find), Simply Organic black pepper (I’m all out), Alba Botanica kids sunscreen (for me and the Bodenettes), ProBar Base protein bars (my ultimate favorite bar with 20g protein), Boiron Homeopathics Oscillococcinum Flu Remedy (I swear this stuff works) and Thai Kitchen green curry paste.

What about you? Do you find yourself running all over the place to find some hard-to-find ingredients? Have you tried Thrive Market? It is worth the price of membership? 

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