A mum-of-four has revealed how she took home a haul of supermarket groceries worth £93 for just £10.
Sarah Whitfield, 31, told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk that the trick is to use a free food waste app.
Too Good To Go notifies users when local cafes, shops and supermarkets are about to throw away unsold groceries and offers them up at a discounted price inside a “mystery box”.
Sarah, an emergency services worker from Warrington, paid £10 for a mystery box of groceries at The Bridge Hub and received 36 items in return, reports BirminghamLive.
She said: “I try to pick up these boxes twice a month as they really help to feed my family on a budget.
“You never know what you are going to get, and that’s what makes it exciting. We usually find that at least most of the groceries are suitable for us to use over the course of the week.
“I pick up these boxes between 11 and 12 on either a Tuesday or a Thursday, and with my most recent one, I was impressed to find that the items were originally worth £93.70 in total.
“This means I saved £83.70 by using the mystery box service, which will make a big difference! I got 36 items in total, so I worked out that means I got each item for an average of about 27 pence.
“Considering that some of the items are things like venison Bolognese, mince and cheese, this is incredible value for money!”
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Included in the mystery box were:
- Four bags of potatoes (valued at £3.60)
- A bag of cabbage (£1)
- Two spring onion bunches (£1.50)
- A bag of tangerines (89p)
- Three boxes of Be Kind bars (£9)
- Pack of Jack’s apple pies (£1.10)
- Brownie mix (£1.99)
- Loaf of Hovis white bread (£1.09)
- Old El Paso Kit and two wraps (£6.60)
- Pack of cheese strings (£1)
- Mozzarella sticks (£2)
- Eat Lean cheese (£2.50)
- Cheddar cheese (£1.50)
- A carton of Oatly milk (£1.80)
- 2kg of venison bolognese (£20)
- 1.25kg of Dr Wills BBQ sauce (£16)
- Mince (£3.50)
- Three packs of Blakeman’s sausages (£5.97)
- Tub of pate (45p)
- Grapefruit juice (£1.63)
- Kelloggs cereal (£3)
- Oppo ice cream (£3)
Sarah added: “It’s really good for bargains and discounts. You have to check it numerous times a day to find different deals.
“The enchilada kit meant I could whip up a quick meal which everyone loved, and my son loved mixing together the brownie mix to make a batch of treats!
“I also made several pasta dishes using the meat I got in the mystery box, and I made some snack plates for the kids using the fruit and vegetables.
“We are a family of six so it all goes quite quickly. Anything we don’t use straight away gets frozen or anything we won’t eat gets given to family and friends.”
Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, Tom Church, said: “Sarah has made a truly impressive saving with this mystery box haul.
“Making the most of apps such as Too Good To Go is a great way to try out new products you wouldn’t usually buy at a fraction of the price, while also helping to combat food waste.
“More and more members of our community are sharing their zero waste recipes and meal hacks on our cheap supermarket cooking group on Facebook, so hopefully, stories like this one will help to raise awareness of how you can both pick up bargains and save food from being thrown away.”
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