SAVE MONEY, eat healthy

Santa Fe New Mexican - Healthy Living - - HEALTH NEWS - — CAROLYN PAT­TEN

The op­tions just got a lot bet­ter for lo­cals who of­ten may feel torn be­tween sav­ing money and buy­ing healthy, top-qual­ity foods and home prod­ucts.

Thrive Mar­ket, just launched this past Novem­ber, bills it­self as “the first so­cially con­scious on­line store of­fer­ing the world’s best-sell­ing nat­u­ral and or­ganic prod­ucts at whole­sale prices.”

The Los An­ge­les-based on­line gro­cery site is a new model that sells non-per­ish­able food, bath and beauty, well­ness, kids’ and house­hold sup­plies. Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, the of­fer­ings are culled and se­lected to in­clude more than “2,500 of the most popular nat­u­ral prod­ucts from the very best brands — brands that ex­ude the val­ues of health, sus­tain­abil­ity, and pre­mium qual­ity.” The site also lets shop­pers fil­ter search re­sults for items that fit into pa­leo, gluten-free, ve­gan, raw, non-GMO, kosher, fair trade and cer­ti­fied or­ganic cat­e­gories.

A quick com­par­i­son of prices for canned seafood, boxed grains and body lo­tion at Thrive and Whole Foods Mar­kets in Santa Fe shows Thrive com­ing out ahead in sav­ings — some­times as much as 40%. Over the course of a year, those sav­ings can hand­ily re­pay the $59 an­nual membership fee. Ship­ping and new mem­ber pro­mo­tions can also add to the sav­ings.

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