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Save Money on Groceries by Buying Food Past it’s Best Before Date

All food that you buy will have either have a use by or best before date on the packaging. There is a crucial difference between these two terms and knowing this difference can save you from throwing food away when it would have been fine to eat it. A use by date is often found on chilled food such as dairy products and meat. You should not eat food that has gone past its use by date, even if it looks and smells fine.

Some food with a use by date can be frozen. As long as it is frozen by the date on the packaging, then it will be OK to eat this after the use by date. You will still need to make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging such as whether the food needs to be defrosted before cooking.

In contrast, a best before date indicates when a food is at its best. It can still be eaten after this date, there just might be a reduction in quality. However, in most cases this is something that is barely noticeable. Over time the texture and flavour of the food might change, but in most cases it will still be edible.

Is Food Past Its Best Before Date Safe To Eat?

Food that is past its best before date is absolutely safe to eat. If there were any ingredients in the food that could cause issues, then it would be marked with a use by date. The best before date is there so you know when the quality of the food will be the highest, it is nothing to do with the safety of the food.

Where Can You Buy Food Past Its Best Before Date?

There are several websites that sell food which is just past its best before date. This is often for a lower price than the RRP. Some examples of these sites can be found below.

Cheap Food…

Cheap Food has a website and a physical store which is located in Northampton. They sell food which is near to, or just past the best before date and they also have a range of health and beauty items. There is no minimum spend and if you live in the Northampton area, then delivery is available for just £2.45. Delivery is also available in all other parts of the country for £6.

https://cheapfood.co.uk/

Star Bargains…

Star Bargains have a selection of food and drink offers from Waste Not Want Not, Fultons Foods and Posh Nosh among others. They also have a Pound Shop section on their site where you are able to buy non-food bargains. There is a minimum spend of £15 and delivery is free on all orders over £40. Delivery charges for orders below this amount depend on how heavy the package is and where it has to be delivered to.

https://www.starbargains.co.uk/

Low Price Foods…

Low Price Foods specialise in offering discounts on bundles of food. Recent examples on the site include 10 packs of Belvita biscuits and 12 bars of Kit Kat Chunky’s. Delivery is £4.95 for boxes that weight up to 25kg. The price of any additional boxes will depend on destination. Click and Collect is available free of charge from the Low Price Foods shop in Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

https://lowpricefoods.com/

This was our last order from Low Price Foods… (total cost £13) 

Low Price Foods

Best B4 Foods…

Virtually all of the products that Best B4 Foods sell are past their best before date but this means that you can get some substantial discounts. The store is located in Caerphilly and there is no membership required to visit the store. Local delivery is available for £2.50 and national delivery can be arranged for £6.95 per 30kg box.

https://bestb4foods.co.uk/

Cut Price Barry’s…

Cut Price Barry’s sells short dated and items that are just past their best before date, as well as seasonal items and clearance stock. They have a warehouse in Halifax and you are also able to order online from elsewhere in the UK. Delivery is £3.99 across the UK mainland and takes 3-5 days to arrive. You can also choose next day delivery for £5.99.

www.cutpricebarrys.co.uk

Watch our video review of Cut Price Barry’s below…

Approved Food…

Approved Food is one of the biggest and best-known discount companies in the UK. There are always over 2000 lines to choose from and the products that they offer are changing all the time. If you spend over £55 then you will be eligible for free delivery. Delivery for orders below this amount costs £5.99 for boxes up to 25kg. You can order two boxes of this weight for £8.50.

https://www.approvedfood.co.uk/

Clearance XL…

Clearance XL only operates online and has categories such as books and pet supplies as well as food and drink to choose from. Delivery is free on selected items and this is clearly displayed on their website. Standard delivery will cost between 99p and £5.25 depending on the weight of the items. You should receive your items between 1-5 working days after placing your order.

https://www.clearancexl.co.uk/

Watch our video review of Clearance XL below…

Overview…

We save a lot of money by buying food that is past its best before date. Prices are usually considerably cheaper and there will be hardly any difference in the taste. Buying food that has gone past the best before date also helps to reduce food waste. It is estimated that over 7 million tonnes of food that is wasted in the UK every year. This could be reduced if food that was just past its best before was eaten instead of being thrown away.