Supermarkets including Marks and Spencer as well as chains like Costa Coffee have partnered up with Too Good To Go to help customers get their hands on food that would otherwise go to waste. One savvy shopper, Paige Whysall, who is 22-years-old, recently shared how she managed to get £60 worth of food for just £9.
She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I regularly use the Too Good app to pick up bargain groceries, it can sometimes be hit and miss but I was recently lucky on two occasions with Marks and Spencer and Costa.
“I am a part time student so I’m always looking for ways to save money. I love getting mystery bags from the app before payday – they’re helpful because you can last the final few days with these meals.
“They are also much cheaper than making it yourself and much more convenient for days when you have less time for cooking.”
In Costa, the savvy student managed to get hold of 11 items in her Too Good To Go deal.
She said: “I got 11 items in total so I worked out that I essentially paid around 54p for each item. The first thing I noticed was four three cheese and caramelised onion chutney toasties, and these are usually £3.95 each but I paid £2.16, saving £13.64.
“I also picked up a vegan BBQ chicken panini and a chicken Caesar salad, so in total I had six meals for just £3.24. The panini originally cost £4 and the salad was £4.50, so instead of paying £8.50, I only shelled out £1.08, saving £7.42.
“The rest of the bag was sweet treats, and I got a Munchies muffin, a Celebrations muffin, two chocolate twists and a croissant. The muffins were £2.50 each, the chocolate twists were £2.50 each and the croissant was £2.30. In other words, the original price overall was £12.30 but I only paid £2.70, saving £9.60.”
Paige explained that Costa Too Good To Go Bags are often very popular and recommended checking well in advance.
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The app can be downloaded on mobile devices and requires an email for sign up.
She said: “For example, with this one, we checked the app at 5pm on Saturday and visited the following day at 6pm to pick it up.
“The food definitely didn’t go to waste. We used it for lunch all week, then dinner on another night and we froze two toasties so they didn’t go off – we have now eaten those too!”
The point of the app is for customers to pick up food that is nearing its best before date and the retailer can no longer sell.
Retailers will reduce the cost of the item, meaning food wastage is less and shoppers can get their hands on a bargain.
Paige then got a Too Good To Go bag from Marks and Spencer, costing the part-time student just £3.
She said: “I was impressed with this bag as I worked out it was worth around £25 overall and so I saved about £27. As with the Costa bag, there were enough items in there to cover several meals over the course of the week.
“Impressively, as there were nine items, I essentially paid just 30p for each one!”
The 22-year-old managed to pick up a large baguette, a chicken Caesar wrap and a salad pot as well as some roast turkey slices and a cooked chicken.
Paige added: “Some sweet items came next. There was a box of strawberries, two triple chocolate muffins and two pain au chocolate. The original price for this lot was £8.90, but paying just £1.50 as part of the mystery bag means I saved £7.40 with this haul.”
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “This kind of bargain haul is the stuff dreams are made of. The most exciting thing about getting mystery bags is that you never know what you’re going to get and you’re also saving huge amounts of money in the process.
“Paige has done well for herself by being able to eat high quality meals for a fraction of the price, and it’s also good to know that she – and everyone else who makes use of mystery bags – is contributing to the reduction of food waste.”
Morrisons and Pret A Manger, as well as local bakeries and restaurants are amongst those operating on the app.