Short Dated & Out of Date Food
I've put together some useful links and helpful information, it's all about saving money on your weekly household shopping expenses and sourcing the cheapest food.
You won't find any information on getting the best deal on holidays, electrical items, insurance or other big ticket purchases, it's all about the small stuff here.
It may be small stuff but it's very important stuff because regular small savings on groceries count just as much as the headline grabbing one-off savings on the larger purchases.
And to start with, how about saving up to 70% on food and household items by changing where you do your shopping?
If you feel a little uncomfortable about buying out of date food or short dated food, don't be, you probably eat out of date food every day without knowing or caring. Just have a look at the jars and packets in your food cupboard. I'm sure that there is at least one item that is well past it's 'best' date and you eat it regularly with pleasure and certainly no ill effects.
There is a huge difference between USE BEFORE date food and BEST BEFORE date food, let's clarify the difference....
A 'use before' notification on a fresh food item like meat, fish and dairy is an indication from the manufacturer about how long you can keep it for before it starts to spoil. To be honest I use the date as a guideline that can be borne in mind but not set in stone. Obviously fresh food like this has a short shelf life but you'll find that by using your eyes and nose you can tell if the food is still edible after the expiry date.
It's down to common sense and remember that it wasn't many decades ago that food didn't have any date stamps so you learned to use your senses to check if it was safe to eat. Don't just read the dates and then chuck it out, before you throw the food in the bin open it up, look at it and smell it first, you might just get another day or two out of it.
On the other hand a 'best before' date is just alerting the customer to the fact that the quality of a store cupboard item may start to suffer over a period of time. Everyone has at least one item in their store cupboard that just keeps on going regardless of when the manufacturer expected it to deteriorate, have a look next time you open your kitchen cupboards. My longest survivor is a jar of Marmite that is 4 years past it's best before date, it's still going strong and is showing no signs of deterioration at all.
The dates that the manufacturers use are often over-cautious and the goods don't deteriorate at a given month on the calendar so they are perfectly edible and still tasty many months after the best before date has passed.
When you visit the 'best before' websites you might be surprised to see how many items offered are still well within their expiry dates. Items made for a special market like Christmas or Easter always crop up when the event is over. Or maybe the label was redesigned and the items with the old labels have to be removed from sale in the supermarkets so the manufacturer needs to let them go cheaply. You'll be surprised that a great many of the bargains have months to go before the best before date even comes close.
The cost of delivery is pretty much the same as all on-line grocery shopping but as the savings are so large you win both ways - you get cheap food AND it's brought to your door too without you having to carry it home. Better still if you pool your groceries with a friend so you both gain and you halve the delivery cost between you.
Introducing you to the Approved Food discount food website.
The savings that you'll make with your Approved Food order is often astounding, our orders often have savings of over £100 - per order! - and I've totalled 45 orders so far so if that isn't a good recommendation I don't know what is.
Expect the unexpected with Approved Food , it's not just discount food in tins and packets. They have fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of non-food items with huge discounts off the original price.
Don't forget that the these bargains will get snapped up very quickly so if you stop to think about it too long you'll miss out.
If you also want to have a little fun with your shopping look out for 'Lucky Boxes'. These are boxes filled with a random assortment of items for £1 or sometimes even less. You can't go wrong for £1! They are offered for sale every couple of weeks and sell out in a flash.
Approved Food isn't the only clearance food website in the UK, there is also ClearanceXL
They have a similar eclectic mix of household items and food at vastly reduced prices. They often have great offers on case prices so are well worth a daily check to see what's new.
Supermarket bosses ignore expiry dates too!
These bargain website often have food that has BBF dates way into the future so you can take advantage of these if you wanted to make donations to your local Food Bank.
The kind of items that the Food Banks are looking for are easily found such as pasta, rice, tinned meats, tea, coffee and desserts. It's far more affordable to you to do it this way than buying in your regular supermarket at full price.