How to save on your weekly food shop: Approved Food review

As a mum who works part time, I am always looking for ways that I can save money. Especially as I had my hours cut late last year at work and now I’m also on Maternity leave. Every saving helps. A big spender for most families is the weekly food shop. I have recently switch supermarkets which saves us a hefty amount each month. However, I was still keen to see if there were ways I could save further.

This is how I came across Approved Food – an online retailer where you save up to 70% on the RRP of selected items. Approved food specialise in food that is past its best before date (but not past their use by date) and surplus stock.

As a nation, we throw away food on a daily basis, simply because it is past its best before date, some of which may only be 1 day over. Most people presume that once a food has passed its best before date, it’s out of date and unsafe to eat. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Best before dates are about quality, not safety. After this date food may begin to slowly loose flavour and texture (see NHS guidelines)….that’s it! So there really are some bargains to be had and great opportunities to save money buying these goods.

Our latest order

I have recently started shopping with Approved Food and I wanted to share with you some of the fantastic savings I have made. I still do my main shop at our local supermarket for our fresh goods, but I stock up on store cupboard essential, pet foods and treats from Approved Food. Due to the nature of the retailer, you can’t guarantee what’s in stock. However, I have never been disappointed with what’s on offer. A recent favourite bargain was 160 Yorkshire teabags for 50p!

Nairns Gluten Free Cheese Oatcakes 135 g £0.50 2 £1.00
Santa Maria Pulled Pork Dinner Kit 405g £0.99 2 £1.98
School Of Wok Jeremy Pangs 15 Minute Singamore Noodle Kit £0.99 2 £1.98
Rowntrees Minis 20 Pack 300g £1.49 1 £1.49
Synergy Health Synergy Health Assure Antibacterial Hand Mousse 50ml £0.17 3 £0.51
Sharwoods Chow Mein Stir Fry Sauce 195g £0.50 2 £1.00
Bonners Finest Kung Po Chilli Stir Fry Sauce 200g £0.50 2 £1.00
Bonners Finest Massaman Curry Paste 200g £0.39 1 £0.39
Vets Kitchen Salmon Cat Food 110g £0.50 4 £2.00
Old El Paso Mexican Street Market Soft Taco Kit Smoky Chicken Tinga 395g £0.99 2 £1.98
Old El Paso Sizzling Fajita Kit Smoky BBQ 500g £1.49 1 £1.49
Nature Valley Protein Peanut and Chocolate 40g £0.33 6 £1.98
Santa Maria Santa Maria Enchilada Kit 460g £0.99 1 £0.99
Kinder Chocolate 21g £0.13 8 £1.04
Coca Cola 330ml £0.17 12 £2.04
MEGA DEAL Ferrero Raffaello 40g £0.10 2 £0.20
Don Mario Penne 500g £0.50 2 £1.00
Napolina Whole Wheat Linguine 500g £0.50 2 £1.00
Kelloggs Coco Pops 550g £1.99 1 £1.99
Kelloggs Corn Flakes Honey and Nuts 375g £0.89 1 £0.89
Kelloggs All Bran Original 750g £0.99 1 £0.99
Ribena Winter Spice 850ml £0.99 1 £0.99
Applaws Chicken Topped With Tomato In Jelly 12 x 70g £3.99 1 £3.99
Gourmet Fishermans Delights With White Fish 85g £0.33 3 £0.99
Sub Total
£32.82
Shipping £5.99
TOTAL £38.81

 

The full RRP this shop would have cost me £89.50 but I paid only £32.82 at Approved Food, that’s a 63% Saving!

With this order I did find a slight error, I had orginally ordered 3 anti bacterial hand gels, but only 2 arrived. This seemed silly to compain about as the offer was 3 for 50p. I then found I had 2 fajhita kits when I only ordered 1, so swings and round abouts! This has never happened before so I will put it down to a one off. I have actually heard great things about their customer service, but is something I can’t comment on personally.

Delivery is £5.99 for one 25kg box or £8.50 for two 25kg boxes. This can push the amount your spending up, and you have to have a minimum basket value of £20.00. However, there are often delivery code coupons floating about. I have secured both free and half price delivery (Currently at the time of print code APFDHALF will get you half price delivery on orders over £40). I find my order usually arrives promptly a few days after placing it. However, you can easily track your package and you are kept up to date with its progress through emails.

I love that with Approved Food I can stock up my storecupboard with a range of items at such discount prices. Items are updated every day, throughout the day.  You can even grab yourself some Mega Deals (items placed on a special offer for a limited time). You can even grab some bargain items for as little as 1p. I love Shopping at Approved Food and I hope you will too!

What are you waiting for? Head over to Approved food and start saving money on your weekly shop today!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. I found approved Food while I was researching how to cut cost and supplement my income. Approved Food was in no way involved with this post. All views are solely from my own personal shopping experience with them.

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