Saturday, 31 August 2013

Do you want to save more and waste less?

Who doesn't want to save money on their grocery shopping? I am not (too) ashamed to admit that I love the TLC show Extreme Couponing and rarely miss an episode. My youngest is almost as addicted as me and we furtively watch it together, fast forwarding to the bit where you find out how much they saved on their 15 trolleys of kitchen towel, soap, and bottled water. The love of a bargain speaks to the soul of most people so I am happy to share with you my latest find: Approved Food. Just so you know, this is not a sponsored post in any way, shape or form. I am just spreading the frugal love!

Approved Food ( is an website where you can buy super cheap products that are near to, or just past, their recommended best before date. I have absolutely no qualms about using something past the date printed on the box. I am sensible enough to be able to tell if food has turned and the lure of being able to stock up on things at super low prices (hello? 80% or more off, anyone!) was too good to pass by.

You don't have to worry that I will become a hoarder or even create a stockpile as I simply don't have the space, but Approved Food is fab in that you can buy a single item if that is all you need. I wish I had taken a photo of my delivery before I put it away but here is a list of what I bought: 

Kelloggs Coco Pops Jumbos 375g
Best Before: 31st Aug 2013
You saved
£4.80 ( 62% )
Kelloggs Mini Max Original 560g
Best Before: 29th Jul 2013
You saved
£3.60 ( 45% )
Kelloggs Rice Krispies 510g
Best Before: 14th Apr 2014
You saved
£0.80 ( 29% )
Kelloggs Rice Krispies Squares Totally Chocolatey 36g
Best Before: 9th Aug 2013
You saved
£3.50 ( 64% )
Best Mex 8 Flour Tortillas 320g
Best Before: 4th Jan 2014
You saved
£2.38 ( 60% )
Birkel Penne Pasta 500g
Best Before: 5th Jul 2015
You saved
£1.98 ( 66% )
Batchelors Golden Super Rice 120g
Best Before: 30th Jun 2015
You saved
£1.00 ( 50% )
Vanish Oxi Action Fabric Stain Remover Powder 500g £2.991£2.99
You saved
£1.61 ( 35% )
Sun Dishwasher Cleaner 1 Dose 40g £0.256£1.50
You saved
£4.44 ( 75% )
Battleship The Chocolate Combat Game
Best Before: 31st Dec 2013
You saved
£3.00 ( 60% )
Typhoo One Cup 100 Round Teabags
Best Before: 29th Feb 2016
You saved
£0.70 ( 32% )
Allinson Wholemeal Self Raising Flour 1kg
Best Before: 30th Sep 2013
You saved
£0.81 ( 54% )
Canderel Granular Low Calorie Sweetener 75g
Best Before: 31st Dec 2015
You saved
£3.50 ( 78% )
Swish 4 in 1 Lemon Dishwasher Tablets 20 Pack £1.491£1.49
You saved
£1.50 ( 50% )
Dr Scholl Party Feet
Best Before: 30th Apr 2013
You saved
£6.98 ( 87% )
Keep It Handy Dehumidifier 2 in 1 £0.992£1.98
You saved
£0.02 ( 1% )
Cadbury Crunchie Biscuits 130g
Best Before: 17th Aug 2013
You saved
£0.90 ( 50% )
Keepers Choice Jaffa Cakes 400g
Best Before: 5th Jan 2014
You saved
£1.00 ( 50% )
SPECIAL OFFER Beechams Ultra All In One Hot Lemon Menthol 5 Doses
Best Before: 31st Aug 2013
You saved
£13.95 ( 93% )

Basket Price


Sub Total£37.29


Total Discounts-£0.89

You Pay£36.40

I saved £56.47 on the RRP of these items, which is around 63%. Delivery was by courier and cost £5.25 - so about the same as a peak time grocery delivery - and arrived in less than 48 hours. You can see that most of these items are well within date and the ones that aren't, like the cereal, are still perfectly fine. I know it's a bit of a random shopping list but I wanted a range of products to test it for the first time.

It's time to organise my kitchen cupboards because doing a big shop at Approved Foods every month could work out to be a great money saver for me based on my normal shopping habits. 

Have you tried Approved Foods or a similar site? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below.