Approved Food: What is it?
Did you know that 1/3 of all food grown in the world goes to waste? Every year in the UK alone we throw away 7.2m tonnes of food and drink, most of which could have been eaten. There’s a lot of confusion over best before and use by dates and this results in a lot of food that is totally safe to be eaten getting thrown away. Best before dates are about quality not safety: after its best before date food typically starts to loose flavour or texture but is still OK to eat. Approved food sells food that is close to or past it’s best before date, products that have had a packaging update and surplus stock. And it’s not only food they sell – You can pick up some great bargains on things like cleaning products too!
If you’ve read my latest American Candy review you’ll know that a lot of that was from Candy Hero’s near or past date section so you know I don’t have a problem with most things past the best before date. You just have to be sensible about it. There’s some things I wouldn’t eat but things like dried foods last well past their best before date if stored properly.
A lot of the stuff is SO much cheaper than you can find anywhere else (the day after I ordered you could get a box of Maltesers for 1p) but there were a few things that you can get for the same price at the supermarket, especially if those supermarkets have deals on. Delivery starts at £5.99 which is a bit pricey so it’s good to check that the savings you make aren’t outweighed by the delivery cost but I made over £35 of savings on my £30 order. Everything was packed really well so I wouldn’t hesitate to buy fragile things. My glass bottles of soy sauce and olive oil were wrapped in bubble wrap.
I’ll be honest, I ended up with quite a bit of chocolate and sweets because we shop at Aldi so things like dried pasta and rice are cheaper there anyway because they are not branded. My big bargain was two packs of Twix bites for 20p that aren’t even out of date yet! I also got 200g of sugared almonds (my favourite!) for £1 and three 40g packs of Raffaello (another fav) for 99p.
I did try and stock up on a few things that weren’t chocolate including 2 boxes of Kelloggs Cornflakes for £1.50 and extra virgin olive oil flavoured with tabasco for 99p (saving £5.01!)
Of course we couldn’t miss the cats out of the treats! They usually have Morrisons cat food purely because Aldi don’t sell tinned cat food multipacks (although their fav food is Aldi’s single salmon tins) and our Morrisons is opposite Aldi so we don’t have to go out of our way just to get cat food. However, when they were at the cat hotel while we were on holiday they had Whiskas so I thought I’d get them a pack of 24 for £5.99. I also got them a big bag of IAMS dry food for only £1.99!
My only non food item were the 30 Ariel 3in1 pods for £3.50. I used to use these so I was pleased to find them at a lower price here.
Other items included 5 cans of Pepsi light (which I’ve been craving for weeks and could only find Pepsi max) for £1, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce for 59p each and 2 boxes of Cheez Its for £1. The only thing I bought that looking back seems a bit silly is 5 packs of Tic Tac mixers. They were £1 but I’m gonna be popping Tic Tacs for weeks.
Overall I think Approved Food is really great value especially if you like your branded food and snacks. It might be difficult to resist some of the bargains because they have really low prices but you might end up buying things you don’t really need (like my Tic Tacs). The good news is that even if you do go a bit overboard with things you don’t need, it’s really cheap anyway so you won’t spend much money! I’d definitely use Approved Food again to stock up on snacks, cat food and store cupboard staples like the olive oil and soy sauce.
I was sent a delivery from Approved Food to review but I am totally honest in my reviews and all opinions are my own.