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Approved Food logoExtra 10% off 'past best-befores' discounts*Code for cheap but safe expired or close-to-expiry goods


If you go online to discount retailer Approved Food* and enter the MSE Blagged code APFOODTEN you can get an extra 10% off everything until 5pm on Sat 3 Oct. Delivery's from £5.99, but varies depending on the weight of your order - see 'more info' below for details. There's also a £17.50 minimum spend, so it's MoneySaving but only if you're going to bulk-buy.

You’ll find the discount code box on the right side of the screen after you’ve added your address.

What is Approved Food?

Approved Food is a company selling mostly out-of-date or close-to-expiry (but safe-to-eat) groceries at a fraction of their normal price. Last year, Approved Food sold 9.4 million items and estimates it's saved UK households about £7 million on their groceries.

Branded examples we found on Tue 29 Sep include five Coca-Cola cans for £1 (works out as 18p each once the code's applied, best-before 15 Sep 2015), six bags of Walker's crisps for £1 (15p each with the code, best-before 26 Sep 2015) and four WKD alcopops for £1 (23p each with the code, best-before 5 Aug 2015). Of course, due to the 'clearance' nature of the site, item availability and prices change frequently.

IMPORTANT: 'best before' vs 'use by'. While 'use by' dates are an important health warning, 'best befores' are just the manufacturer's guidance of quality. It's perfectly legal to sell goods beyond a best-before date. However, as there's no hard-and-fast rule on how far beyond a best-before it's still safe to eat products, you need to make the decision yourself. Look and smell are often the best indicators.

What MoneySavers say...

Most of the feedback on Approved Food is excellent, but some have reported delays with delivery while others have suggested the postage costs make it difficult to save much money. See the MSE Forum for more feedback (good and bad), but do bear in mind that bad news usually travels faster and further.

Forum user Lilbert commented: "I've ordered from them for many years. They are fab. If anything goes wrong, or if an order turns up damaged, email them and they will refund you. But I've only had about 3 problems in 5 years and all were sorted."

Haras_Nosirrah, said: "Been using them for about a year, do one order a month. Nothing bad to say."

More info in the MSE full guide to Cheap Supermarket Shopping.

More info

How delivery works...

1. £5.99 per 25kg box

2. £8.50 per additional 50kg

3. £4.50 per additional 25kg thereafter

See Approved Food's website for a full breakdown of delivery charges

Expired Deals

Approved Food logo10% off 'beyond best befores' super discounts*MSE Blagged code for cheap goods. Min spend £15, P&P £5.25


Enter the code X4AF online at Approved Food* by 11.59pm on Thu 23 Oct to get an extra 10% off all items. Bargains we found using the code on Tue 21 Oct include 24 packs of Walkers crisps for 89p (RRP £4.99), 10 Capri Sun juice drinks for 44p (RRP £2.98) and 24 Snickers chocolate bars for £4.50 (RRP £14.99).

What is Approved Food?
Approved Food sells clearance, short-dated, and out-of-date but safe-to-eat stock at a fraction of the price. Delivery is £5.25 and there's a £15 minimum spend, so it's best to bulk-buy.

IMPORTANT: 'Best before' vs 'use by': It's important to understand while 'use bys' are an important health warning, with the exception of eggs (which are unsafe to eat once the 'use by' date has passed), 'best befores' are just the manufacturer's guidance of quality. It's perfectly legal to sell goods beyond a best-before date.

But as there aren't any finite rules on how far beyond a best-before date it's still safe to eat products, you need to make the decision yourself. Look and smell are often good indicators.

One of our forumites, Stsarina, said of Approved Foods, "Had our first delivery from Approved Food this week, really pleased with them - one item out of stock, but refund was sent straight after dispatch, everything else was correct and well packed."

More info in the MSE full guide to Cheap Supermarket Shopping.

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There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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