As I mentioned in Part One of this series Thrive, or, more accurately Thrive Life, markets their freeze dried foods as being more Convenient, Healthy, Cost Efficient, Tasty, Long Lasting, High Quality and Versatile.
To be honest, my primary interest, at least at first, was to find some long lasting additions to our food storage plans to supplement the staples of beans and rice and this is an excellent product for doing just that. It lasts a long time and is pretty tasty.
We also found value in these products from a daily perspective and use them on a daily basis. It is easy to have plenty of fruits, veggies and meats on hand that we don’t have to worry about spoiling if they are not used quickly. Re-hydrating the ingredients for a meal is quick and easy and reduces the amount of “prep time” for a home cooked meal. These products are also organic, non-GMO foods without additional additives or preservatives. By the way, did I say they were tasty?
So, what about cost…
These products are not cheap.
In fact, in some comparisons they are downright expensive.
Take chicken for example. The cost per serving of Thrive Life chicken is between $2.50 and $3.38 depending on the package size. By comparison, fresh chicken from the local grocery store is around $0.12 per serving. If you look at organic chicken from the same grocery store it comes out to about $0.56 per serving.
Note: Those prices are from a value priced grocery chain located in an area with one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the nation.
Go to a higher end market, especially in another part of the country and the differences could be a lot smaller. Factor in some food spoilage for a household like mine and it gets a little closer as well but the bottom line is that this is not a cheap option.
For us, the combination of convenience, quality and shelf life make this a reasonable choice. We can make a decent, home cooked meal using Thrive Life ingredients for around $10 or less. Grabbing takeout at McDonalds is almost double that. Your budget and consumption patterns may be different so do the math for yourself to see if it is worthwhile for you.