Mum bags £20 worth of food for just £3 using this clever trick
- Amy Barnett, 26, bagged a Morrisons “magic box” for just £3.09
- The box was full of cakes, fruit and veg and rolls
- Amy will keep some and donate the rest to a food bank
If you’ve longed for a way of reducing that ever-pricey food shop, then take a leaf out of this clever shopper’s book.
Amy Barnett, 26, from Chesterfield, managed to bag a “magic box” from Morrisons using the Too Good To Go app, which aims to cut down on food waste by offering shoppers food that would have been thrown away at knock-down prices.
Amy, a support worker and mum to a two-year-old daughter, paid just £3.09 for a huge box of goodies, including loads of fruit and veg, a Harry Potter cake and 12 party cupcakes.
Amy told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "The boxes are just £3.09 per box - it’s the equivalent of a children’s lucky bag but with food! They’re fun and they’re saving food going to waste.
"I decided to buy the box to save wasted food, to share with others and to spread the word, and because I like the unknown!”
Amy added that the box gave her an opportunity to try new foods that she might not have usually bought on a trip to the supermarket.
"The box had a variety of cakes, a celebration cake, lots of different fruits and vegetables, including some I hadn’t tried before, so it was nice to try something new,” she added.
“There was so much fruit in it which my little girl loves too and it was all fresh. My little girl and I host coffee mornings at our house each month for charity and we have one this weekend so the cakes in this particular box have a good enough date for the coffee morning.
"Some things needed using ASAP so be prepared to make a quick soup or something like that! Other items I gifted as I didn’t want to throw them away, as that defeats the object of what the boxes are for.
"I am also going to look into gifting some items to a food bank or homeless shelter but I need to check their policies on some foods being over their best before date.
"I feel the boxes were worth at least £10 and to be honest at full price probably £20 but obviously they had a short life on them.
"I felt really good not just because of the money-saving but because I’d tried new foods and stopped food going to waste. They are really difficult to get the boxes, you have to be on the app at the right time - they sell out in seconds! They sell out in a minute so you need to be on at 6.10pm refreshing like mad.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “Too Good To Go is taking over the world! This app not only fights the battle against wasting perfectly good food, but also lets money-savers get their hands on huge boxes of food for a fraction of their usual price. If you don’t get a Morrisons box the first time round, don’t be disappointed: keep refreshing your app every day around 6pm and you’ll eventually get lucky!"
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