If you’ve been looking for a way to cut down on your monthly food bill and reduce waste then you’re in luck.
Laura Williams, 30, realised the secret simply lies in a food-waste fighting app.
The mum-of-one bought a “magic box” of perfectly good food reduced to just £3.09 on the Too Good To Go app, a platform designed to combat food waste.
She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “The Morrison’s Magic Box was full of fresh fruit and vegetables that I reserved on the Too Good To Go app costing £3.09.
“I was blown away by the box! It was full to the brim with breads, cakes, fruit, vegetable and even cheese.
“The fruit is all fresh, the breads can be frozen and used as and when needed and the cakes are a nice treat. Added together they total over £35! I’m amazed by how much there is for £3.09.”
Listing what was inside, Laura added: “In the box, there were three loaves of bread, two packs of bagels, crusty cobs, two packs of scones, gluten-free carrot cake, three punnets of strawberries, two tray of grapes, one tray of blueberries, four packs of nectarines, three wedges of cheese, one pack of mushrooms, two packs of broccoli and a bag of new potatoes.”
Adding: “I also got another box last week. It saved me a lot as I think that the value of the box was easily £15, maybe even £18.
“I got Mediterranean vegetable trays, three pomegranates, five bags of apples, a stir fry kit and noodles, five bunches of spring onions, two bags of cauliflower and broccoli and five punnets of tomatoes.
“I was able to create meals such as tomato soup, pasta sauce, ratatouille and Chinese stir fry.
“It wasn’t hard to get the box – I just kept an eye on the app and reserved a box. I know that some find the boxes difficult to get but I think that’s because of their growing popularity and success in saving food- win win.”
As well as food shopping on apps such as Too Good To Go, Laura also has plenty of other money-saving tips helpful to those with young families.
Laura continued: “My tips for buying under lockdown is to buy only what is needed – and that meal planning is essential for saving money.
“Going to supermarkets and shops when they begin to reduce pricing for items expiring soon is also a big help.
“I make food stretch during lockdown by batch cooking. I also freeze any leftovers or use them the next day for a different meal: for example, a roast chicken dinner can be used for fajitas the next day.
“Batch cooking saves me time as I’m able to pull a precooked meal out of the freezer when I am working from home. I know what the meals have – for example, less salt, sugar and preservatives – and I know my daughter will enjoy them.
“I’d also advise only buying what you need for that week. Sit down with your family to write out a weekly meal plan and write a shopping list accordingly.
“It’s hard not to deviate from the list but as long as you remain in budget there should be room for treats.
“I was over the moon with the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that I could use to make numerous meals and treats for my family.
“It was a huge relief that I wasn’t having to go without to buy food which has been happening during the lockdown.”
Co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, Tom Church, said: “As an avid deal hunter, I’m always on the lookout for fantastic deals, and the Morrisons Magic Boxes are top of my list for excellent supermarket reductions!
“If you love the Too Good To Go app, check out OLIO, another app dedicated to fighting food waste that means you can pick up free food in your neighbourhood that would otherwise go to waste.”
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