It’s a common practice around Thrive Market HQ: Meet a new Thriver, introduce yourself, and compare your lifetime savings numbers. (Really—it happens.) But lately, we’ve been wondering: Who has saved the most by shopping at Thrive Market, and—more important—what’s on their shopping list?
Turns out, no one can come close to out-saving one of our O.G. Thrivers, Lindsay McGovern. She’s our Director of Lifecycle Marketing, and has been a member since September 2015. Over the course of nearly four years, she’s saved $6,519.01 by shopping at Thrive Market—and she’s also built a cult-status shopping list that has been shared around our office dozens of times. Below, she’s revealing her tried-and-true tips for shopping success, as well as—you guessed it!—the legendary “Lindsay list” that’ll make sure your cart is never empty for long.
I work on member marketing, specifically focused on email and our mobile ap. With my team, I’m responsible for the emails that our members get every day (and the exciting offers inside!). This has been my job since Day 1, and my goal has always been to give our members the best possible experience in their inbox.
The fact that members can now choose their own free gift with purchase! I love that we offer gifts all the time in our emails, but it’s also great that members have other options in case they’re not interested in that day’s special gift. There’s also no risk with a free gift; if you don’t love it, you can give it to a friend. I’m also really excited about our free sample program, because it’s another way we’re making the member experience really special.
I’ve placed 132 orders! I order once a week, so that really adds up over four years. Anytime I’m in the kitchen and running low on something, I just open the Thrive Market app and add things to my cart—so I have a cart going at all times. If there’s a free gift with purchase that I’m excited about, I’ll go through and add things from my Buy It Again list to make sure I get enough in my cart to meet the order threshold and claim the gift. I’m also a big fan of the What’s New page to see the latest additions on the site. I always find fun stuff there!
>Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers. Those are always in my cart.
Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil tastes better than any alternative. I cook with a lot of garlic and onions, and I always start those dishes with olive oil.
He loves dried chicken treats, especially the Halo Liv-a-Littles. He goes crazy for them!
I got to try our Thrive Market Goods beef sticks (coming soon!) when we had them as a sample here in the office. I’m super excited about those because my husband loves the ones from Mission Meats. I haven’t tried our lobster yet and I’m really excited about it.
Probably the Skinny Dipped Almonds I got as a gift and now order all the time …
Being a Thrive Market member—especially since the addition of our ethically sourced meat and seafood—has drastically reduced the time I need to spend shopping for food. A couple of times a month, I’ll go pick up produce (like onions and spinach) at the farmers’ market or my local natural foods store. And when I do go to the store, I don’t even go down all the aisles—only the produce and frozen sections—because everything else I get from Thrive Market.
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Olive Oil | Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar | Thrive Market Organic Balsamic
Chopped Garlic | Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Chopped Garlic
Chicken Broth | Pacific Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
Pasta Sauce | Thrive Market Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Beans | Thrive Market Organic Black Beans
Diced Tomatoes | Thrive Market Organic Diced Tomatoes
Tuna | Safe Catch Canned Wild Tuna Cajun Seasoning
Pesto | Kitchen Love Basil Pesto Sauce
Rice Pilaf | Near East Rice Pilaf Mix Original
Capers | Thrive Market Organic Capers
Enchilada Sauce | Hatch Chile Company Medium Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (also great for chilaquiles!)
Mac & Cheese | Annie’s Classic Mac & Cheese
Meat & Seafood Boxes | I’ve tried almost all of our boxes & they’re great!
Ketchup | Thrive Market Organic Ketchup
Mustard | Thrive Market Organic Yellow Mustard
Mayo | Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
Hot Sauce | Cholula Hot Sauce
Spices, Seasoning & Salt | Bay Leaves, Salt Grinder, Pepper Grinder, Garlic Powder, and more!
Snack Mix | Thrive Market Paleo Snack Mix in Savory flavor
Crackers | Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers, Thrive Market Organic Cassava Crackers
Tortilla Chips | Thrive Market Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Salsa | Thrive Market Medium Salsa
Microwave Popcorn | Sprinkle with Garlic Gold Parmesan Nuggets
Cheesy Puffs | Annie’s Organic Cheddar Cheesy Puffs
Cheese Crisps | Cello Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps
Olives | Thrive Market Organic Greek Olive Mix
Beef Jerky | Thrive Market Organic Beef Jerky Original
Cookies | Tate’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gummies | Wholesome Organic Delish Fish
Chocolate Covered Almonds | Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almonds
PB Cups | Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Flour | Thrive Market Organic All-Purpose Flour
Chocolate Chips | Thrive Market Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
Yeast | Red Star Active Dry Yeast
Milk | Organic Valley Whole Milk Single Serve
Baking Soda & Baking Powder, Vanilla Extract, Powdered Sugar, Brown Sugar
Maple Syrup | Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup
Granola | Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola
Coffee | Thrive Market Organic Breakfast Blend
Almond Milk | Pacific Foods Organic Almond Beverage 4-Pack
Hand Soap | Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Hand Soap
Bubble Bath | Alaffia Fair Trade Shea Butter Bubble Bath Lavender (I don’t have kids but this is still my favorite) or EO French Lavender (if you want to treat yourself)
Mouthwash | Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
Rosewater Spray | Heritage Stone Rosewater
Face Masks | Andalou Naturals Instant Hydration Facial Sheet Mask
Cotton Balls | Maxim Hygiene Organic Cotton Rounds
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