A mother from Yorkshire has managed to save so much money from using free food apps that she took her family on holiday to Florida.
Free food apps, Too Good To Go and OLIO, are helping families save money on food bills by connecting supermarkets and neighbours who want to get rid of their surplus supplies rather than going to waste.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “The huge benefit of these apps, as well as being budget-friendly, is that it’s much better for the environment. Less wasting food and less wasting money means everyone’s a winner.”
OLIO uses the local communities to offload food, which would otherwise be discarded, via pick ups by the person using the app for free.
It also offers non-food items, with drinking glasses, tupperware and even sofas among the things listed for free by collection.
While OLIO concentrates on nearby residents, Too Good To Go focuses on discount prices by supermarkets and food chains.
Upper Crust, BP Marks and Spencer, Costcutter, Spar and Pret are a few of the many companies involved with Too Good To Go, which uses the leftover food and drinks at the end of the day.
Most of those involved offer ‘Magic Bags’ at a lower price than what would be in store, although the contents do vary depending on what is left.
This is what Ms Colley has done over the last 20 months, saving a huge £2,460 and using that money for a family holiday to Florida with her solicitor husband Andy and six-year-old son Joseph.
She said: “The money we’ve saved is in a holiday fund. We’ve rebooked a trip to Florida that we were hoping to do before the pandemic and we’re using the money to go for longer.
“Each retailer sets the price of the bags. They’ll say how many they have at the end of the day on the app and you go and pick one up.
“You spend around £3.09 for a magic bag and it’s like a lottery because you have no idea what you’re getting.
“One of my colleagues jokes, ‘You’re an accountant from Yorkshire so you’re going to be a bit tight’, which is probably true. But I don’t like seeing food go to waste if I can either use it myself or give it to people at work.
“The money we’ve saved is in a holiday fund. We’ve rebooked a trip to Florida that we were hoping to do before the pandemic and we’re using the money to go for longer.”
Another person who has made good use of the apps is NHS worker, Alex Bak, who used OLIO for six months during the pandemic as she saved money towards buying a house.
“To know you are helping reduce waste by using food that would otherwise be thrown out, and to know you could be helping someone else who really needs it, is a great feeling,” she said.
“I wanted to see how far I could go with it. For the first six months of the pandemic, I didn’t spend any money on food. Every single thing was from the app.”
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