Food shopping can cost a fortune if you’re not careful, and will still set you back a fair portion of dosh if you are.
Meal planning, batch cooking and padding out dishes with cheap lentils can save you one pennies, but this mum managed to go one step further.
Julia Young, 33, from Maidenhead, has been saving hundreds of pounds on her food shopping using one simple trick.
The stay-at-home mum of four hungry mouths was exasperated by the astronomical cost of her weekly food shop and decides to do something about it.
After googling for some solutions, the savvy mum came across the website “Best Before It’s Gone” – the page sells products which are nearing their best before dates at super-low prices.
The brand claims to save shoppers 50% off the RRP.
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Julia put together a shop including everything from snack bars and crisps to toothpaste and haircare from the website.
In total, she spent just £22.50 meaning she saved £100.
Julia told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I just typed cheap food into Google and Best Before It’s Gone popped up luckily.
"I had never heard of it until I typed that in but have since told my friends about it, and shared it on the Latest Deals Facebook group.
"I wanted to order from them because they had cheap delivery and a wide range of products that suited all of my busy household.”
She warned that the first order did take a little while to arrive because she ordered around the Christmas period, but that since then they have been prompt and efficient.
They even keep you updated on when your items are being picked, packed and shipped.
The mum snagged tasty goodies for the whole family and was thrilled with the low price.
She also enjoys that she is helping to reduce the country’s food waste.
Julia added: "I ordered Oat So Simple porridge bars for my seven-year-old, toothpaste for the whole family, and biscuits and snacks for the children’s school lunches.
“I also bought cases of organic sweetcorn rings and veggie puffs which are otherwise too expensive for the baby (16 packets for 15p) and I also ordered myself some haircare products for convenience and extreme value for money.”
The mum is a vegetarian, and made the point that usually vegetable crisps are incredibly expensive so purchasing them from the discount meant she stocked up for a bargain price.
Julia says she also bought Oreo bars as tasty after school treats for the kids.
She said: “I was ecstatic when I realised how much food I got for my money – three huge boxes full of all the extras for my children and the household goods.
“You can’t really appreciate what you've ordered until you unpack it.
“When my children got home from their respective school activities, they also could not believe what I had managed to afford for them as everything is on a budget!”
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Julia says that she will continue to order from the site every month for the “mind-blowing” savings.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “Food going to landfill is a huge environmental problem and websites like Best Before It’s Gone not only help tackle this issue, but also allow savvy shoppers like Julia to bag their shopping at 50% or more off!
“If you’re looking to buy snacks, tinned food, drinks, cleaning products and even stationery and beauty items at seriously reduced prices, I highly recommend checking it out."
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