As a mom trying to stick to a budget, I am all too familiar with the feeling of shock and disgust (though at this point it isn’t much of a shock anymore) after the cashier at the grocery store rings through my total. You can go through the express till with just a few items and nearly spend $100! But we have to spend money on food in one form or another. That’s why I choose to dedicate a portion of my monthly grocery budget to Thrive Life freeze dried food – a nutritionally superior, clean, convenient, high quality product that reduces my food waste.
This is Part 2 of a blog post explaining how I save money by ordering some of my groceries through Thrive Life. See Part 1.
“But what about the exchange and the shipping? It’s so much more expensive than grocery store food!”
The truth is that you can still keep to or even see a reduction in your overall food budget from using Thrive Life foods, even with the US dollar exchange (if you are in Canada), especially with free shipping! But there are some strategies to help it be even more cost effective.
But first, I want to point out that just because you aren’t seeing the price breakdown like you do when ordering online with Thrive, you are still paying for exchange and shipping when you buy from the grocery store. You can read examples of how food has jumped up in price in the last few years here.
And you may be wondering if there is another freeze dried option that is less expensive? From the research I have done, Thrive Life is still the best price for this kind of quality product even in Canada. Being a direct sales model business works out in your favour as there are even more ways to save. Plus, instead of having a huge advertising budget, the company puts that money back into it’s best customers – Consultants and Tasting Hosts.
And if you think you have found another freeze dried option that is less, please read the label…
Is it free of preservatives, MSG, added salt/sugar, hydrogenated oils, sulfites (everything except Please check the product labels to make sure you are comfortable with the ingredients listed. The majority of Thrive Life foods have ONE ingredient – the food item itself, nothing added!, artificial hormones, and artificial flavours and colours? Is it only sourced from regions where quality and zero lead contamination can be guaranteed? Is the produce non-GMO? Is it certified gluten-free? Is the packaging BPA-free?
*A note on sulfites: Virtually all Thrive Life food is sulfite free except for a couple items, such as potato chunks or ham dices. These ingredients will be clearly posted on the product label, never hidden.
If you scroll to the end you’ll see I’ve listed a few other “hidden” ways Thrive Life saves me money. And of course, you can always read what the company has to say about saving you money too. One of the keys is how much less food you are wasting, which is a major issue in North America. Here are some Canadian stats on food waste from the Waste Reduction Week website. Can you relate to this?
But on to my strategies. Here are my TOP FIVE WAYS to get the best value for your dollar with Thrive Life:
1.) Get Free Shipping and Wholesale Prices
Unlike other companies, there is NO membership fee, renewal fee or multi-order commitment! You get free shipping on your deliveries when you spend $100 or more, plus you get 20% off your first custom delivery order! Ideally whatever you buy from Thrive, you aren’t duplicating that purchase at your local grocery store too that month, so you are working it into your grocery budget rather than adding to it. By shopping through my affiliate link (see my disclosure), you can get free shipping when you spend $100usd, wholesale pricing and special discounts! Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more.
“Do I have to keep ordering each month?”
As per above, nope! You can skip a month or cancel at any point. If you cancel, then just start up again at a later date when you decide to order again. But, you will discover you get addicted to the convenience! Most people keep ordering just because they love it!
2.) Shop with a plan: Choose some Thrive Life recipes you would like to make and buy the ingredients for these recipes.
If you just buy Thrive food to snack on, you probably aren’t going to see much of a decrease in your monthly food budget. It’s when you start cooking with it that you really get to see the value. Thrive Life has lots of recipes to choose from on it’s website, including jar meals which are great for preparing in advance as an alternative to eating out or buying an expensive pre-prepared grocery store meal. And now Thrive Life makes it even easier by offering Newbie Packs, which provide a full tour of Thrive Life and $20 or $15 off your first order. This helps make sure you actually use your Thrive groceries and learn how to cook with them to save you time and money in your kitchen.
3.) When an item you like and use regularly goes on sale, stock up!
Most Thrive Life freeze dried foods last 10-25 years unopened and one year once opened at room temperature. So if you have the space in your home, buy extras when items go on sale! I almost exclusively buy monthly sale items at this point, unless it is something I really need for certain recipes or something that rarely goes on sale. Each month there is a Preferred Customer only deal (a 30% discount) plus other items on sale. You can join my mailing list to get the monthly sales information, and the monthly sales also show up as a category when you are filling up your Grocery Box under My Deliveries.
Our grocery line has Pantry Cans and larger Family (#10) Cans. Buy a pantry can the first time you try a product and save it. Store that in your fridge, and refill it from larger family cans you store in your basement or extra storage area.
4.) Share Your Referral Link
When you order through my shop, you will get to join our referral program. This way you can pass the 20% discount on to your friends, and you’ll get 10% back in free food credit from their orders! Sweet deal! Here’s how it works:
5.) Host a Tasting Event
When you sign up to host a tasting through me, the party can be online (a Facebook event), in person or a combination of the two. Of course, in-person parties let people experience the food, but online is a great option too if you want to invite out of town friends and family, or just aren’t able at this time to invite guests to your home. As a host, you get 10% back in free food from your total party sales, plus more food at 50% off. And your total party sales add up really quickly when your guests place Delivery orders, because their first order is multiplied by two and counted towards your total sales. And if you have already ordered, your previous order counts towards your total party sales too! Using these methods, the average in-person tasting event makes $1,000 in sales, which equals $100 in free food for the host and more half-off food!
Here is what Cheryl, one of my tasting hosts, had to say about her experience (her free and half-priced food is pictured below):
“What a surprise to receive this free and half-off food for putting on a Thrive Life party! Thank you Thrive and Kayleigh for the help in getting more efficient in faster meal prep, long-term food storage and less waste. I especially like the freeze dried chopped onions – ease of use and no tears!”
And finally, your best option…
6.) BONUS: Buy a Starter Kit
Do what I do! When you buy one of our awesome starter kits, it’s like purchasing a membership to get extra perks (except you are just spending money on yummy food). You get to be your own customer and get cash back on your own orders plus you can share it with others to earn commission and free food credit from their orders! All the Starter Kits are gluten free, and there is a vegetarian option too. Along with the food you’ll get some sharing materials and the Thrive Guide, to help you learn how to use the food. I reccomend this option to everyone who will purchase from Thrive Life fairly regularly! With Independent Consultant status, you still get all the Preferred Customer perks, plus 5% back on your recurring deliveries for anything over $50, and then 10% back on the full cost of any one-time orders your make outside your regular deliveries. And to keep it, all you have to do is do a delivery order at least once every six months.
There are NO sales targets you are required to me, and NO hidden catches. If you do decide to work the business side, you can get $270+ in additional free food by meeting Fast Track goals in your first 100 days after buying the starter kit. Simple ideas for how to share the food include:
- Incorporate it into a blog
- Share through a Facebook live video
- Have friends or family over for a meal and get them curious about the food
I wish I had signed up as a consultant right away! I could have gotten that extra money back back right from the get go! And the other great part is you still get the host benefits on top of your cash commission when you host your own tasting. Take for example the amazing stash of free and half-off food I got for hosting a tasting in my first full month as a consultant (and this was separate from the other free food I received for earning my Fast Track). Not to mention that, for us Canadians, when you are getting paid commission in US dollars, the exchange doesn’t seem so bad!
If you decide to purchase a starter kit through me, you’ll get the extra bonus of being part of my exclusive team members only Facebook group, and I’ll send you am extra thank you gift in the mail! It’s totally up to you what you do with your kit, but I’m here for you! Thrive Life has a great online training course, plus we’d be in regular communication to help you meet your personal goals.
Other Cost Savings to Consider When Purchasing Thrive Life
There are a few not as obvious ways Thrive Life food has helped save me money too:
- By ordering food online through the Deliveries system where you pick your food and the date you want it to process, I make fewer trips to the grocery store and make fewer impulse buys.
- I am saving money on eating out by cooking with Thrive Life prechopped food, by making fast soups, casseroles and stir fries in 30 minutes or less, or prepping jar meals in advance.
- I am saving TIME by going to the grocery store less and spending less time preparing meals. (Putting together freezer meals in advance is economical, but it requires time grocery shopping, chopping, pre-cooking, etc, while putting together a selection of jar meals for the week takes me about 20 minutes). Stop slaving away in the kitchen and spend your time on hobbies, entrepreneurial ventures, friends and family!
- With Thrive foods, EVERYTHING in the can is usable! Think about it. With meat, you are paying for it in weight, which includes the packaging and the fat you are cutting off. When you pay for grocery store produce by weight, that includes cores, pits, peels, stems etc. What percentage of those items you pay for from the grocery store are just getting thrown away? It all adds up!
- And one of my biggest cost savings: I am not forgetting about food in my fridge and having it go bad as often now. Most Thrive Life food stays stable at room temperature in the can for one year once opened. I have seen a significant decrease in my food waste since Thrive Life has become my choice for “good to have on hand” food while perishables I buy from the grocery store are for specific purposes and get used promptly.
Taste and See the Thriving Life!
Thrive Life foods are one of my favourite mom hacks and sanity savers! Plus this online grocery store is super flexible. You can join their deliveries to get all the perks but skip or cancel at any time. Read more Thrive Life blog posts or check out these links:
- COUPON: Get 20% off your first custom order.
- NEWBIE PACKS: Get $20 or $15 off and free shipping on everything. Fellow Canadian? Go here.
- FOODIES PRIVATE GROUP: Tune in to my private facebook group for giveaways, recipe ideas, latest product news and more