Let me start by saying that I
like prefer buying local. We have a local food co-op in our town of 1,300 that is amazing. But sometimes they don’t have an item or it is royally expensive, so I’ve dabbled with Amazon Subscribe & Save and other online grocery and household goods buying in the past. Last month, I got an ad on Facebook for “Thrive Market.” Now, I’m not usually one to click on this type of ad, but it sounded interesting: think Costco combined with Whole Foods Market in an online format. So, I checked it out to see what they carried, what their prices were like, and to see what people were saying about them.
Guess what sold me on trying it out…..$10.95 for a big bottle of lavender Dr. Bronner’s soap. This is pretty much the best price I can get and we use it a lot (as shower gel, to make DIY green household cleaners, etc.). Our co-op has had something similar in the past, but no longer. And Trader Joe’s sells it for $11.99, but only the peppermint one and while I like it, it can leave you…ahem….tingly. So anyways, I started to check out their site and see what else they had. Some things would be better deals at my local shop, but a lot had some pretty stellar prices and are high quality items that I like to buy. It is a membership based service ($59.95/year), but they have a 30 day free trial. They also run specials for your first order, usually 15% off and free shipping on $49+. So, I made sure to order more than $49 of items after the 15% discount, to get free shipping.
What I Bought
After looking through their offerings, I found a good number of items we use regularly or I wanted to try:
- Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Liquid Soap – Lavender
- Dang Original Toasted Coconut Chips
- Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Redmond Real Salt – fine salt
- Bon Ami Cleaning Powder
- Annie Chun’s Pad Thai Brown Rice Noodles
- Tazo English Breakfast Tea
- The Ginger People Organic Pickled Sushi Ginger
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic Medium Grind Cornmeal
- Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch/Flour
- Spectrum Naturals Organic Vegetable Shortening
- Garden of Eatin’ Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
- Once Again Organic Sesame Tahini
- Simply Organic Vegetarian Brown Gravy
- Bambu Large Tongs
- Acure Organics Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes (free gift!)
The total was $61.43, which I rounded up with a Feeding America donation.
I found some items I use regularly with stellar prices, like the Dr. Bronner’s Soap, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and Redmond Real Salt. They really do have a nice variety of items to choose from. There were also some items I haven’t tried before but were a good price and I was interested in trying out, like the Pickled Sushi Ginger and the Bambu Tongs. All of my items arrived in one shipment, including a a free gift of the Acure Organics Towelettes.
The box must have opened up during shipping as it was re-taped. As it was a HEAVY box, it seems like they need to have better tape or ship in smaller boxes. Likely due to the box issues, the gravy packet opened up during shipping and the tortilla chips were pretty crunched. Otherwise, everything arrived intact and in good shape. The glass items were really well wrapped and made it in one piece. One time I ordered tortilla chips through Amazon and they arrived in good shape, but I guess I should know better than ordering tortilla chips online. The good part of the story is that I contacted Thrive Market’s customer service and they provided me with a gift code equal to the cost of the two compromised items as well as 10% off my next order. Always great when there is good customer service!
I haven’t decided 100% whether I’ll get a subscription, but I’m considering it. While some items definitely have stellar prices, I’m not sure the savings would make up for the annual subscription fee of $59.95. They do have a guarantee that you’ll save at least the cost of the membership each year, but it is calculated based on the discount off of the retail prices of items, which are sometimes pretty high. I liked what I got in the first shipment and they are quality products, so I will consider continuing. When I went to cancel the trial membership, they offered me another 30 days free, so I’ll have another month to decide whether I’ll subscribe. If I didn’t have a great local food co-op nearby, I would definitely subscribe as many of these items would be hard to get locally otherwise.
To sign-up, click here and you’ll get 15% off your first order and free shipping on $49+. They also run different specials, like right now you’ll get a free holiday cake if you spend $79+.
(Note: Some of the links in this post are my referral links. I was not paid by Thrive Market and the opinions are my own.)