A clever shopper has shared her trick for picking up £30 worth of food for just £3.
Bethany Stuart, 25, from Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, snags the 90% discount on a regular basis.
The probate officer managed to get a Morrisons Magic box for £3.09 this week.
She found the discounted box on the food waste app Too Good To Go.
They usually contain around £30 of shopping which would otherwise be chucked out.
The food is perfectly fine to eat and is a great way to grab your groceries at a reduced price.
Bethany told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “I had seen a couple of Morrisons Magic Boxes advertised but I’ve had the Too Good To Go app for a long time and have never been able to get my hands on one.
“I finally got one and it was worth every penny!
“You just have to keep checking the app and keep refreshing because they sell out extremely fast.
“But, you basically find what is available to you locally and buy and pay on the app.
“Then go into the store at the designated times, usually the day after you purchase. “
She continued: “You buy a day in advance. You then show your receipt on the app to the customer services desk and they will get it for you.”
Bethany paid £3.09 and got loads of potatoes, seven large oranges, around 10 apples, 10 pears, 13 limes, a punnet of strawberries, a punnet of grapes, some corn on the cob, two bunches of spring onions, a cabbage, 12 peaches, some celery, and three cauliflowers.
She estimates that the retail price for what she received would be close to £30.
The young woman has also had another Magic Box since which was not as veg-heavy.
Bethany added: “It was filled with six eggs, a cabbage, a bag of carrots, a bag of potatoes, a coffee and walnut cake, a pack of four wholemeal buns, two loaves of bread (one Morrisons and one Hovis), 24 circle crumpets (18 Warburtons, six Morrisons), four square ‘toaster crumpets’, four large garlic and coriander naan breads.”
The savvy shopper has a number of other super-saver tricks up her sleeve.
She said: “My tips for buying food under lockdown would be not buying named brands and I buy a lot of reduced and yellow sticker items.
“I then like to batch cook bolognese, chilli, lasagne, curry and things like that because they can be frozen and last longer that way.
“Then I’m paying less but not worrying about eating it immediately.”
Buying reduced items allows her to enjoy more expensive products like 5% mince.
Bethany lives alone, so she batch cooks her meals and freezes them in portions.
She noted: “It saved me so much time because all I had to do was pull a meal out of the freezer the night before, then it took five minutes in the microwave.
“It was a lifesaver when I was working 12+ hour days and just couldn’t be bothered.
“It saved money because on those days it would’ve been easy to order takeaway if I didn’t have anything sorted.
“I think my tips would be definitely meal planning and preparation and if you’ve got something ready, even if you don’t fancy it – just eat that otherwise you mess up the rest of your week (or I do anyway!)”