Review: Approved Food

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We first came across Approved Food a few years ago when randomly browsing online. Approved Food sell a whole variety of products from groceries to pet food, shampoo to cleaning products at massively reduced prices. A lot of the food items that Approved Food sell are nearing their Best Before dates or past them however quite often items have a year or more on the Best Before dates – tins and jars mainly. Approved food state this about their products:

Some of the goods sold might be approaching or past their best-before date, also known as short datedBest before is an estimate of how long a product will remain at optimal quality. We do not sell products that are beyond use by dates.

We buy cat food regularly from Approved Food for a lot less than supermarket prices. Apart from cat food – which I would let my cats eat completely out of date – they’re cats, it’s cat food, in the wild they’d eat out of bins… We also buy other items every so often as they are so cheap, just to test what the quality is like after the best before date – crisps are often fine for a week or two, as are vacuum packed naan breads, poppadoms, chocolate bars…

Everyone has their own thoughts on use by and best before dates. I’m happy to try things slightly after the best before date – especially at Approved Food prices. For example, last year we purchased bags of 10 creme eggs for £1 a bag that were absolutely fine for months afterwards. We’ve also bought cases of chocolate santas in the past and often get Hershey’s and Reese’s american chocolate (4 or more bars for £1)

The one downside to Approved Food is that the postage charges are quite high as it’s calculated on the total order weight, and when you are buying in bulk the orders are quite heavy. The standard delivery is £5.25 up to 25kg and £7.50 up to 50kg. They do deliver with well reputed couriers though and we have never had any problems with them. Everything is also incredibly well packaged. There is a minimum order value of £15 per order but when paying £5.25 for delivery you probably wouldn’t want to spend less than this anyway!

Approved Food are definitely worth a browse – even if it’s just for household cleaning products!


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I use Approved Food and thought I’d tell you about them, I haven’t received anything for writing this post.

5 thoughts on “Review: Approved Food

  1. I’ve heard a lot about Approved Food but never actually placed an order. I like the idea of it, but I think it’d be like Home Bargains and B & M for me. I’d buy lots of things I didn’t need or have space for, purely because I thought I was getting a bargain.

    Cat x

  2. We love Approved Food too! The’yre excellent. I always buy within date stuff, but we’ve had some amazing bargains in the past, and when you’re paying pennies for things you try new stuff. For about 18 months I bought the world’s nicest Bhaji spice from them, then sadly the overstocks must have run out 😀
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