Five brand name bargains from Approved Food

Last week I ordered a giant box of food from Approved Food – the online discount food retailer who sell food near or slightly past their best before date. I bagged some tremendous brand name bargains, spending just £38.32 including delivery on a shop which would have cost me £93.67 in a supermarket, saving me a whopping £55.35!

Approved Food sell short dated food that brands and supermarkets won’t be able to sell in time, so their stock varies from day to day. What you find on their website today might not be available tomorrow, so it pays to be flexible about brand names and what you want to buy. 

Just to give you a flavour of some of the brilliant bargains I discovered on my last Approved Food shop, I’ve picked out five of the best bargains from my latest order (delivered on 23rd June 2017).

Five brand name bargains from Approved Food

1p Box of Maltesers

This was the bargain of the day, Approved Food usually highlight great bargains on their front page and it was impossible not to slip a 1p box of Maltesers into my shopping basket. The usual price for this box would be £2 in your local supermarket, so this was a massive saving and a nice treat for me.

10 Cans of Pepsi Light for £2

I’m a Diet Coke girl, but I do love a bargain. 10 cans of Pepsi Light for £2 was too good a price to pass up. These full sized cans would have cost me £6 anywhere else, but now they’re chilling in my fridge and I’m happy to give my usual brand a swerve to take advantage of this good price.

Seeds of Change Pasta Sauce, 2 for £1.50

I don’t normally buy jars of pasta sauce, but it’s sometimes nice to have a couple in the cupboard for a no fuss meal in a hurry. These Seeds of Change organic tomato and basil pasta sauces should have cost me £3.44, but were available for £1.50 for two. 

Knorr Vegetable Stock Cubes, 2 packs for £1

Stock cubes are a store cupboard essential for me. I cook from scratch a lot and go through packets and packets of stock cubes, so these bargain brand named stock cubes were a no brainer. Two packets for £1 when they should be £1.50 per packet make these a brilliant bargain.

Hellmanns Light Mayonnaise, 2 for £1.50

Mayonnaise is the favoured sauce in our house, so we go through quite a lot of it. We also tend to be a bit brand name fussy when it comes to mayo, so when I spotted Hellmanns Light Mayonnaise (432g) at 2 for £1.50 they went straight in my basket. Full price they would have cost me £3, so that’s a great saving for us.

Birds Instant Custard, 3 for 99p

I always like to have a few packets of instant custard in the cupboard for cake and custard emergencies (or which we have many). These Birds low fat instant custard packets would have cost £2.04 in a supermarket, but we’ve saved £1.05 and we’re stocked up ready for our next dessert emergency.

Five brand name bargains from Approved Food

Every time you shop at Approved Food you find new and different bargains including brand names and supermarket own brands. I’ve been on their website this morning and they’re got lots of new products at incredibly tempting prices. Plus they’ve got discount codes for delivery which makes it very hard to resist placing another order.

What’s the best brand name bargain you’ve had from Approved Food?

Read my review of Approved Food here.

How to slash your shopping bill with Approved Food

I often write reviews and write ups of new products and services on my blog, things we’ve never tried before, but today I want to share with you my experiences with Approved Food, a company we have been shopping with for years.

Approved Food  are a discount online company selling products that are near or just past their best before date. Everything they sell is fit to eat and is really cheap, with most of their products being sold at around 70% less than you’d find them in the shops. I discovered Approved Food several years ago on the Money Saving Expert forums and I’ve been putting in regular orders ever since.

Slashing your shopping bill with Approved Food

When we shop at Approved Food we tend to use it to stock up on store cupboard ingredients and we tend to buy in bulk, because it’s often cheaper that way. Last week they gave me £30 credit to spend in return for this blog post, so I logged into my account and went on a spree. You can get an awful lot of food for £30 at Approved Food.

Like with any shop, it’s best to have a shopping list before you start. They probably won’t have everything you want in stock, but if you have an idea of what you need then that’s a good start. My store cupboard wish list was fairly standard. Pasta, tinned tomatoes, baked beans, some things for quick puddings, kitchen towel, soups, noodles, mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce and so on. I always make sure I add a sweet treat to my basket, because I know once I’ve unpacked and everything put away I will deserve a little something with my cup of tea.

The Approved Food website is really easy to use, it’s just like any online shop really, and the food is all neatly categorised – baking, breakfast, pasta and noodles etc. Their newest products and biggest bargains are usually highlighted on their homepage. On the day I did my shop you could buy a 120g box of Maltesers for 1p, so I did.

Because Approved Food stock short dated food that brands and supermarkets won’t be able to sell in time, their stock varies from day to day. So if you’ve bought something one week and loved it, you might not be able to find it again on Approved Food for a little while. You’ll also find lots of your favourite brands and supermarket own brands in stock. You’ll see from my shopping list I’ve got Birds Custard, Branston Baked Beans, Hellmanns Mayonnaise, Knorr stock cubes, Napolina Pasta, Pepsi light, Seeds of Change organic pasta sauce, Whitworths figs and of course my bargain box of Maltesers.

Slashing your shopping bill with Approved Food

Approved Food often label supermarket own brands they stock as “Perfectly Good Golden Breadcrumbs” for example. When I unpacked the box I’ve discovered they are actually Sainsbury’s own brand breadcrumbs at half the price I paid for them in the shop. Fantastic.

Slashing your shopping bill with Approved Food

I spent £38.32 including delivery and if I’d paid full price for my products in a supermarket it would have cost me £93.67, saving me £55.35.

Delivery was £4.99. I often balk at delivery prices, but this is about what I’d pay to have a supermarket deliver my weekly shop. It is well packed, all the glass jars are wrapped in bubble-wrap and the big box contains several smaller boxes where the products are neatly packed and stacked. My Approved Food shop usually arrives in better condition than my weekly supermarket shop.

Slashing your shopping bill with Approved Food

If you want to stock up your store cupboard at a fraction of the cost of what you’d spend, even if you normally shop in a discount supermarket like Aldi, Approved Food is well worth a look. Stocking up my pantry on the cheap has got us through some tough financial times over the last seven years or so and as a result I’m very fond of Approved Food and recommend it (both on here and in real life) to anyone who likes saving money and eating well.

Visit the Approved Food website to see what bargains you can find.

I was given £30 credit to spend at Approved Food in return for this blog post. All images and opinions are my own. 

How to slash your shopping bill with Approved Food