“I, too, planned on using Thrive for a month and then canceling! But our peanut butter consumption alone has saved us the $$$. What I do is add items to my cart on the app as we are getting low at home. I did spend the time to figure out what is always less expensive on there. And most everything we buy “packaged” is. Once I have reached the amount needed for free shipping, I watch for a day when they are giving away something fun and order on that day. That way I can still try out the fun, flashy items that I wouldn’t normally purchase with out spending the money!
I’m going to come out and say this, if you’re trying to stick to a budget and you’re someone who gets caught by shiny products at the grocery store (you know you you are!), someone who tends to off road when it comes to meal planning and sticking to the list… don’t even get on the website! You will see every shiny new fun brand and product on the market, all at ‘slashed’ prices, and while they’re basically all great products and can probably save you money, if you’re on a set budget you NEED to have the self control to manage your shopping cart, do price comparisons, and make it work for YOU! And this girl over here doesn’t want to be responsible for you overspending on a fun website and ending up with fancy pants granola bars, collagen supplements you didn’t want, and home products you didn’t need, when I was trying to help you SAVE your dollars! K?
That said, I do actually highly recommend that you see if it can save you, and then use it really really smartly if you have need for it.
Here’s my challenge, hop on and compare at 5 products you usually buy and see if it could save you $5 a month! Tell me what you think!
**I use the work budgeting not to mean just spending less. I actually often spend way more than the average person on a certain product. $6 toothpaste? $200 jeans? Yep. We spend money to live by the values we care about. (And if you’re wondering, those are ethically made organic, non GMO cotton jeans from a company that offers free repairs!) But that means we have to really work our budget to serve us and our desires well. So we’ll hugely save where we don’t have to spend, to be able to spend more in the areas we care about. So we work very carefully with every cent we earn to allocate it to be spent in a certain area, to make sure bills are covered in advance, and that we’re not overspending in any certain part of life. People have asked if I’ll do a video about life budgeting across the board, honestly I don’t feel like a pro enough to talk about it but maybe Jared and I can hop on and do something informal if people want!