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New App Gets You Restaurant Dishes For Under £5 Any Day

February, 01, 2017

Claire Tucker Graduate Panel member. Member since January 2017.
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If you’re on a tight budget like me and want to get cheap food from your favourite restaurants AND save the planet at the same time, then you need to know about this app I discovered…


Get quality food for cheap with this genius app!

You probably already know that worldwide there is a massive food waste problem. However you may not know that if we could recover half the food wasted across the globe, we could feed the entire planet, and save CO2 emissions equal to taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. You also may not realise the UK is no exception to this problem – studies estimate that UK restaurants throw away around 600,000 tonnes of food every year, and our government spend £19 billion a year on disposing food waste.

Shocking numbers like this always make me feel a little depressed, and if you’re like me you’ll think what on earth can we do to help tackle such a huge issue?

Well the Too Good to Go (TGTG) app seems to be a good start! Essentially this app, in its own words, help “save food, save money and save the planet by placing the lost value back into food”.

So how does it work?

Too Good to Go is a mobile app created for restaurants to advertise surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away. As a customer, you can log on and search for restaurants in your local area that have available food. Once you have chosen, you pay for your meal online and take the mobile receipt to the restaurant at the designated collection time. The best news is that everything available has been heavily discounted, meaning that you can get great quality food for less! Don’t worry, you won’t be buying someone else’s half-eaten burger or soggy chips!

What are the benefits?

As an environmental social enterprise, Too Good to Go’s primary goal is to reduce food waste and its impact on the environment. In their first six months they had foundations in six different countries and have helped to prevent around 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

But Too Good to Go is not only beneficial for the environment – it’s great for students, bargain hunters or anyone else on a budget! Prices start from £2 and you can get some amazing deals on food. The last time I used Too Good to Go, I spent £3 for a meal from Peel & Stone, an artisan bakery in Birmingham where sandwiches are usually over £5. By using Too Good to Go, my £3 got me a sandwich, a cake and a box filled with a selection of their homemade, fresh salads and grains. How awesome is that?!

Any drawbacks?

If you’re fussy, this might not be the app for you. As restaurants use it to sell food they have left over, you don’t always get a choice of what to have. Personally I think this is a great excuse to try new things. For example an egg mayonnaise, pesto and sun-dried tomato sandwich sounds like a pretty weird combination but it worked SO WELL – I’m officially converted.

Another possible disadvantage is that you are limited to the time of day you can collect your items; it’s usually around closing time. Also, being a fairly new app, this means it’s still being rolled out in cities around the UK, so there can be a limited choice outside of cities and towns like London, Brighton, Birmingham etc. But it’s growing quickly and the more people that join, the more it will encourage local businesses to sign up – so get buying!

How do I get involved?

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Simply download the app, register and you’re good to go! Who knows, maybe you’ve been unnecessarily paying full price at your favourite restaurant this whole time.

Eat well, save money and help tackle the UK’s food waste problem – warm fuzzy feeling guaranteed. #tastedontwaste


For more food tips take a look at Calire’s blog: Nosh & Breks

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  1. Neha
    February 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Food is one of the most important parts of life. And many peoples are starving. Hopefully with this app it will raise awareness of the problems with food shortages and wastage and by this we can distribute the food between the hungry people.

  2. Julia
    February 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    That’s amazing! I’ve been thinking about a similar concept, but now, as it’s a real app, I’m totally gonna use it! Great for starving students on budget 😀

  3. Annabel
    March 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I think this is such a good app for budgeting!

  4. meshozero
    February 20, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I think it’s a good APP but my problem is how it will be controlled from hygiene perspective and also to be sure it’s the same quality of the restaurant food

  5. chaimae
    August 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I think it’s a great idea

  6. Oriana
    August 14, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Love the idea of having budget options at the moment of getting food + the fact that you may try new dishes for very little money and it also help the environment! How wasn’t that created before? As a student, I understand how difficult it is to keep myself on a budget but also trying to eat healthy food. Most of the time I try doing groceries shopping in order to save money; however, sometimes I find it difficult to balance university, work and meal prep for everyday of the week, so I find this app a really interesting one I’ll be using soon, I’m sure!

  7. juhi
    July 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    its amazing to hear about this app. i definitely use it.. it is great money saving app specially for students also easy to use too.

  8. hatim iblaghen
    June 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    great app

  9. thabz
    June 6, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I think…food play a very important role in our lives

  10. Dianz
    May 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I’ts so simple and i like it

  11. Dzhuliana Nikolova
    May 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I think it’s great to have an app like this. It’s very useful and helpful!

  12. kira
    April 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I think…very helpful

  13. Daniel J Gonzales
    April 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Food is one of the most important parts of life. And many people are starving. Hopefully with this app it will raise awareness of the problems with food shortages and wastage and by this we can distribute the food between the hungry people.

  14. Liam
    April 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I feel that most restaurants are very different because you can buy the same product at two different restaurants for the same price.However it’s not always about the money it’s about the quantity and quality of your food.You also need to consider the health and safety review of a restaurant because even though a restaurants food tastes good it might not be to healthy.You also need to think about the calories, fat, sugar and salt that goes into your food because many people are becoming obese as the years progress meaning to avoid gaining too much weight and still be able to enjoy the foods you love, you may want to ask what goes into you food the next time you visit a fine restaurant.You also need to consider what your getting from your restaurant/takeaway. Your food costing you too much then you might want to think about shopping someone where else.Many restaurants and takeaways will offer you better value for your money and your orders may be cheaper as certain takeaways offer discounts or give you free products for spending a certain amount of money. Next time your going to a restaurant or takeaway think about the money, quantities and quality of your food and think whether a particular restaurant is right for you.

  15. Zoe
    January 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I’m totally going to try this

  16. Azraa
    March 22, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    pretty interesting

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