Going Brandless

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Do you ever find yourself wanting to go rogue and eat tasty, healthy food but are balling on a budget that can only afford a dollar menu hamburger? If you automatically thought yes, then I have the perfect place for you.

I recently stumbled upon this cool website called “Brandless” and immediately fell in love. Not only was I impressed with the website design and healthy products but just to add a cherry on top, everything is $3. They started July 2017, so they are new to the scene, but they have grabbed people’s attention. Their mission is “Better stuff, fewer dollars.” When I saw this, I had to place an order.

I ordered chocolate chip cookies, jalapeno chips, mac and cheese and coconut oil. I spent $12 for all of that and no, shipping did not cost an extraneous amount. I signed up to be on the email list, so my shipping was only $1. Everything tasted great and the amount of food was spot on for each. The cookies were my favorite item out of the food I ordered because they were super chocolatey. I love sweets, so I was all about it. I even had my coworkers try them and they fell in love, as well.

One of my friends said, “I wouldn’t have known that these were not bad for you if you wouldn’t have told me.”

I always struggle to find tasty food that is not full of fat, carbs, and gluten, but Brandless solved that problem. Out of everything I ordered, the coconut oil was my favorite. I use it for my face every night and wipe it off in the morning. It is all-natural, so it smells like real coconuts, and it has done wonders for my skin. If you leave it on overnight, it will make your face super smooth. I will be ordering more. I was also highly impressed with the packaging of each item. It was simple yet cute.

So, you might be wondering, what’s the catch? To me, there isn’t one. They are basically a modern grocery store. Their items are even aesthetically pleasing. They have a sleek, modern style to their packaging. They sell food, household items, beauty products, personal care products, healthy supplements and home/office materials. Their products are mainly organic and dairy-, gluten- and GMO-free. Plus, there are many options that have no artificial preservatives, coloring, or flavoring. These attributes are very hard to find in good-tasting, cheap food. They are also hard to find in your little everyday items such as soaps, feminine items, and pencils. Moreover, every single item is only $3 and if you create an account the first time you place an order, your shipping is only $1.

Brandless is more than just their clean, affordable products. They also contribute to the world. For each order you place, they donate one meal to Feeding America.

Feeding America is a nonprofit organization that has over 200 food banks and feeds more than 46 million people a year through shelters and other community-based agencies. This makes the experience more than just purchasing items; it really hits home to people.

Another thing I noticed when I was checking out was that at the bottom of the order there was a dollar amount of how much I saved on brand tax by shopping with Brandless. What a lot of people do not know is that the name brand food they purchase is usually more expensive because of the brand charging a brand tax. Brandless cut the middle man out without the quality of the food being altered.

They stand by their vision statement, “We believe doing is what matters, so we’re committed to giving back—starting by helping people facing hunger. Partnering with Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization, a meal is donated every time you shop on Brandless. We’re also planning community events, volunteering, giving opportunities, and more. As we grow, we continue to explore the ways to leave a positive impact on our neighborhood, country, and planet through tangible acts of kindness—because to us, that’s priceless.”

If you want to learn more about Brandless, you can go to Brandless.com or follow them on social media @brandlesslife.