Friday, 19 September 2014

How to get the best deals from Approved Foods.

Hello Dear Reader,

As I've been on a low spend with plenty of no-spend days. I've had a stock up with Approved Foods. I would give you a word of caution, not every good deal, where ever it is, is a good deal. I use Approved Food about twice a year. 

I 'shop' with Approved Food with two windows open and I check the prices with Tesco. com to make sure I'm actually getting a good deal. I also check at the end, that I still got a good deal with the £7.50 delivery fee. You can also get a 10% cashback if you buy through Quidco, but that is for new customer only (use a different email account each time) and it doesn't include a cashback on the total price including delivery, but just for the price of the goods. I spend £44.00 and will get £4.40 back. My delivery was £7.50, so I look at the cashback as offsetting the deliver charge. The full cost of these items would have been £179.40 so I saved £135.40 by shopping with Approved Food and saved a further 10% by shopping through Quidco.

Here's what I bought. Lots of it might seem frivilous, but it will all get used, either by me or someone I know. Things like apple sauce, often gets eaten for a dessert with yogurt or custard. The instant coffee is great to take on a day out with a flask of boiling water.There are some instant lunches for DB to take to work, some I can eat and some I can't. Things like olives, they are great in salads and just for a snack. 

Total

Best Before: 1st Jun 2013
£0.25
4
£1.00
You saved
£9.40 ( 90% )
Best Before: 28th Feb 2014
£0.20
15
£3.00
You saved
£26.85 ( 90% )
Best Before: 31st Dec 2013
£0.20
5
£1.00
You saved
£5.45 ( 84% )
Best Before: 31st Oct 2014
£0.50
2
£1.00
You saved
£4.98 ( 83% )
Best Before: 28th Feb 2014
£0.33
6
£1.98
You saved
£8.52 ( 81% )
Best Before: 31st Aug 2014
£0.20
10
£2.00
You saved
£8.00 ( 80% )
Best Before: 2nd Sep 2014
£0.10
20
£2.00
You saved
£10.00 ( 83% )
Best Before: 12th Sep 2014
£0.50
2
£1.00
You saved
£0.98 ( 49% )
Best Before: 19th Dec 2014
£0.99
1
£0.99
You saved
£1.01 ( 51% )
Best Before: 16th Dec 2014
£0.80
2
£1.60
You saved
£2.40 ( 60% )
Best Before: 16th Oct 2014
£0.99
1
£0.99
You saved
£1.59 ( 62% )
Best Before: 31st Oct 2015
£0.50
2
£1.00
You saved
£1.98 ( 66% )
Best Before: 31st Mar 2015
£0.50
2
£1.00
You saved
£1.00 ( 50% )
Best Before: 31st Jan 2014
£1.49
1
£1.49
You saved
£3.01 ( 67% )
Best Before: 31st Oct 2014
£0.60
6
£3.60
You saved
£6.60 ( 65% )
Best Before: 31st Dec 2014
£0.60
4
£2.40
You saved
£4.40 ( 65% )
Best Before: 19th Sep 2014
£0.25
4
£1.00
You saved
£2.40 ( 71% )
Best Before: 31st Dec 2013
£0.25
4
£1.00
You saved
£3.00 ( 75% )
Best Before: 31st Oct 2014
£0.25
4
£1.00
You saved
£2.00 ( 67% )
Best Before: 30th Nov 2014
£0.60
2
£1.20
You saved
£2.30 ( 66% )
Best Before: 28th Feb 2014
£0.33
9
£2.97
You saved
£5.94 ( 67% )
Best Before: 31st Aug 2014
£0.60
4
£2.40
You saved
£3.40 ( 59% )
Best Before: 22nd Nov 2014
£4.99
1
£4.99
You saved
£7.01 ( 58% )
Best Before: 28th Jan 2014
£0.75
2
£1.50
You saved
£3.50 ( 70% )
Best Before: 30th Nov 2014
£0.60
2
£1.20
You saved
£2.20 ( 65% )
Best Before: 31st Dec 2014
£0.33
3
£0.99
You saved
£2.31 ( 70% )
Best Before: 31st Jul 2014
£0.33
3
£0.99
You saved
£1.41 ( 59% )
Best Before: 30th Sep 2014
£0.60
2
£1.20
You saved
£0.78 ( 39% )
Best Before: 21st Aug 2014
£0.99
1
£0.99
You saved
£1.00 ( 50% )
Best Before: 26th May 2014
£0.50
2
£1.00
You saved
£1.98 ( 66% )
Basket Price
£48.48
Delivery
£7.50
Sub Total
£55.98
Discount
-£4.49
Total Discounts
-£4.49
Sorry the images didn't copy over. Here's the link for Approved Food. I don't get paid to promote them but if I think something is genuinely a bargain then I'm happy to share with you.

Our no spend, low spend is going well. I had lunch out with colleagues in the sunshine at Captain Jaspers in Plymouth's Barbican. If you are ever in Plymouth, you really must visit. I had a bacon sandwich (I know gluten and my tummy is like a beach ball!) and cup of coffee for £2.80 but it's great to get time to have a chat with the people I work with and enjoy a shared lunch. Here's the Captain Jasper's website. 

We're on track with our savings goals and 39 days from having a wood burner installed and a short break in the half term. It seems as if we're always saving for something, whether it's work on the house, holiday next year or just the usual over payment of our mortgage. It means that every month, we have to keep a check on spending and make sure we use money wisely. That includes stocking up our stock cupboards. 

I'm now off to follow the #madblogawards on the Twitter feed. Good luck to all the bloggers in London tonight. The 'stuff' has taken priority, so I'm where I need to be but I wish everyone well and I know they will have a wonderful time. Update - thanks SO much for the votes www.frugalqueen.co.uk has just won Best Food Blog for the second time.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx