Has anyone used one of those 'out of date food' suppliers?

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smackapacca Fri 28-Oct-11 19:27:34

If so, what are they like?

I'm considering giving it a try as I have about £87 in PayPal account.

Is it worth it after delivery charges?



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stressedHEmum Fri 28-Oct-11 21:40:31

I use both of those sites regularly and have never had a problem. I find that AF's prices aren't as cheap as they were and you have to be careful with some things (roasted peppers, olives and the like esp.) because they aren't much cheaper, but a lot of the stuff is fab. I usually use it for things like dried pulses, crisps, snacky things and the like. Got a great buy of 12 tins of crab for £5 a couple of weeks ago and 3 tins of mackerel salad for £1.20 (DS1 and 3 love this), also 5kg of pasta for £1.29

Every now and then you get ridiculous things like boxes of cupcakes for 1p or a case of Angel Delight for £1. My 2 eldest boys use them as well to buy cans of juice and bars of chocolate for their room.

Food Bargains doesn't have as much stuff but can be cheaper and you do get the odd outrageous thing. I fed DS1 and 2's Mountain Dew addiction (roleplaying noobs) last month for a fraction of the price, They had it for 4 cans for £1, so the boys got 2 months supply as well as a month's worth of that American peanut butter and jelly stuff blush.

If you buy from AF, your basket keeps a running total of how much you are "saving" and how much your parcel weighs, so you will be able to see for yourself if it's worth the postage.

smackapacca Fri 28-Oct-11 21:44:10

That's really good to know, thank-you. I thought that dried food (pusles/pastas etc) can't go out of date really, and we're a very hardy family. I see BB dates as a challenge, not an instruction grin

I love the thought of a running tally.

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smackapacca Fri 28-Oct-11 22:28:12

Om I've done it. I've placed an order. Eek!

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stressedHEmum Fri 28-Oct-11 22:44:31

Now you have all the excitement of waiting for the parcel. My kids LOVE it and pounce on the box as soon as it arrives. It's a contest to see who can get the scissors first and cut it open grin

Ivette Tue 01-Nov-11 18:19:41

I'm using AF sometimes and I'm really happy, no problems so far smile

smackapacca Thu 03-Nov-11 17:31:25

Just got our parcel... Looks fine. Lots to show for £23 (inc delivery) I have some dairy/GF treats for DD and they'd normally cost over £4 each. Kids both love them (the non allergic one didn't notice the difference). WInner!

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MitrochondrialEve Sat 26-Nov-11 01:31:02

Stopped buying anything in glass jars from AF - every parcel arrived with cracked jars / full of broken glass. 4 broken honey jars was no fun.

CuriousCrissyRock4QueenMama Sat 26-Nov-11 01:35:23

which site did you go for op?

SenseofEntitlement Sat 26-Nov-11 01:49:09

I love love love approved food. Top buys have been cous cous, soup mix, catering packs of mixes for scones, stuffing, flapjacks, yorkshires etc (yes you can make them from scratch and they might be nicer, but having them in and just needing water and very little time has been brilliant so many times. Plus it works out massively cheaper), bread flour, cake decorating stuff, mi wadi (a cordial that is sometimes ridiculously cheap) Angel delight. All for literally pennies.

It is very variable though, and keep an eye out because sometimes things aren't all that much cheaper.

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