This Reader Scores Deep Discounts on Meals & Cuts Down on Food Waste w/ This FREE App

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This reader scores food at a discount using a special app that’s FREE to use!

Did you know that some restaurants offer their surplus food at a discount to help reduce food waste? It’s true! To snag these deals, this week’s Happy Friday reader, Sarah, uses a special app on her phone.

If you’d like to save money on meals this week, here’s how Sarah does it!

“One of my favorite apps is Too Good To Go. It is designed to cut down on food waste, so local restaurants sign up to give DEEPLY DISCOUNTED food at the end of a shift, or the morning after for bakeries.

The catch is – they are mystery bags. You do not get to pick the food. But, you can score dinner for $4-$8 usually!”

The Too Good To Go App shown on a phone

“Also, this program is not in all areas. Mostly large cities. It could be great to save on vacations in large cities. I live in the Tampa area. The app is also huge in Europe. This app gives you the thrill of the deal AND the thrill of not knowing what you will get and possibly trying something new!”

That’s amazing, Sarah! 🙌

This is such a great money-saving tip and who doesn’t love the fun of opening up a mystery bag?! It’s awesome that not only are you getting a major deal on your meal, but you’re helping to reduce food waste. 🥰

Thank you for telling us about Too Good To Go! I had never heard of this app before. I found a bunch of delicious restaurants in my area participating in the program. Even in a big city, almost all the meals I saw were $8 or less, with many in the $4.99 to $6.99 range!

Something tells me that other Hip readers are going to love using this app too!

Showing how to get cheap food using the Too Good To Go App

Want to download the Too Good To Go app?

If you’re a Hip reader wanting to download the app, it’s totally FREE to use and very easy to navigate!

I searched in several major cities and suburbs across the USA. Many of the restaurants sold bread and bakery products like doughnuts, cupcakes, and bagels. Plus, there are several mom-and-pop restaurants on the app and I saw them offering everything from jerk chicken to wood-fired pizza. I also spotted grocery stores and a few major chain joints like Panera Bread, Jersey Mike’s, Dunkin’, 7-11, Peet’s Coffee, Tiff’s Treats, and Rosati’s Pizza! 🍕

The offers do seem to go fast, so make sure to check the app a little earlier in the day!

woman lifting hefty black trash bag out of trash can

Want some ideas on how to reduce food waste and maximize the food you have at home?

From reorganizing your pantry to how to read expiration dates, we have all sorts of small tips that can help you save money and make the most of the food you buy!

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Thanks again, Sarah! ♥️

What an awesome and easy way to get food for cheap! Your advice is sure to help the Hip community save on some tasty grub! We can’t wait to start using the app!


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Comments 18

  1. LadyDay

    Thank you.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, LadyDay! ❤️

  2. atank

    A Star Hip2Saver is a recognized member of our Hip2Save community hand selected by our team for demonstrating a long history of engagement with helpful & friendly comments across and our social channels. Our Star Hip2Saver badge acts as a verification for readers who know the ins and outs of all Hip2Save sets out to accomplish — assisting our community to live extraordinary lives on ordinary budgets. Readers cannot pay or provide any sort of exchange in order to earn this badge. Rather, they are invited to participate by a member of the Hip2Save team and opt to have the Star Hip2Saver badge added to their profile & comments.

    So cool thank you for this info… I downloaded to try. Nothing to close to home but a few near work

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hoping you get to try it out near your work soon, atank! 💕 You’re welcome!

  3. Ashley

    only one pizza place in our area participates and you can’t pick up until 10. Was hoping I could have a couple different options. Never heard of this before. thanks!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Ashley. Bummer there doesn’t seem to be more options available to you currently. Hoping more restaurants start participating soon! 🤞

  4. acgold

    There are a few in our area for about 2 years. Mostly bagels and bread! Pickup is also late. Maybe more restaurants will sign up.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Good to know what types of options you’re seeing for your location, acgold. 💕 Hoping the word spreads about this app so more restaurants participate as well! 🤞

  5. je

    I used to have this, but every time I looked in the app, everything was gone. It’s been years so maybe they’ve added more restaurants since. I will have to check it out again.

  6. Vanessa

    Everything is sold out when I downloaded the app. Darn. Is there any other apps that are similar to this?

    • rebecca

      Yeah. Flashfood and Food for All are two others. I have not personally used them, just telling you the names of ones i’ve read articles about.
      You can use google to get information like this.

  7. BB Reynolds

    I just heard about this app on my Local News in The Atlanta area

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Very cool! Good to know it’s getting some publicity so more people and restaurants know about this option! 🥰

  8. Rosa

    I have used this app before and I heard about it coming from Europe a few years ago but at the beginning there were not much choices in my area in Sacramento county but I noticed in the last year more and more places are participating. Also the pick ups are usually late because they are about saving on food waste therefore they are bagging what they have left or did not sell that day. The pick up windows are usually tight so make sure you remember to go otherwise there will be no refund for forgetting to go. With all that being said I have gotten some really good food and a few not so good items. The mystery part of it is really fun tho!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks a bunch for hopping into the comments to share about your experience with this app, Rosa. ❤️ Very happy to hear that there seems to be an increase in choices over the past few years for you. Sure appreciate the tip about being prompt with pick-up too! 🤗

  9. rebecca

    The Tiktok reveals for the Aldi’s scores from Too Good to Go are so interesting to me

  10. Pat Goff

    Sadly there are none in Central Arkansas. I checked a few months ago when you posted this.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Bummer! Hoping this app gains more popularity so it expands to your area soon. 🤞

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