Too Good To Go App: Save money and combat food waste

Have you ever found yourself struggling to make ends meet at the end of the month? Perhaps you’ve had to dip into your savings because unexpected expenses have stretched your budget. For many older adults, grocery costs can make up a significant portion of their monthly expenses. But there’s a solution that not only saves money, but also fights food waste: the Too Good To Go (TGTG) app.

TGTG is a mobile app that works with local restaurants, bakeries and cafés to offer “surprise bags” of surplus, unsold food at a fraction of the original price. Imagine getting a pile of delicious food for just €3 to €8. Whether it’s pastries, bagels, donuts or even pizza slices, these surprise bags are a great way to save money on your grocery bill while doing your bit to reduce food waste.

So how can older adults make the most of this app? Here are some tips from an experienced TGTG user:

1. Embrace the element of surprise.

With TGTG, you don’t always know exactly what you’re going to get, but that’s part of the fun! While you can expect a variety of goodies, the contents of each surprise bag can vary depending on what’s available at the time. So be prepared for a delicious surprise every time you pick up a bag.

2. Plan your pick-ups wisely.

Take advantage of the pick-up time slots offered by participating shops and plan your pick-ups around your schedule. Whether it’s after a yoga class or on the way to a social gathering, plan your pick-ups accordingly to save time and petrol.

3. Freeze what you can't eat right away.

If you end up with more food than you can eat in one sitting, don’t worry! You can freeze things like pizza slices, bagels and pastries to enjoy later. Just make sure you wrap them tightly to avoid freezer burn.

4. Get creative with your meals.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients and recipes from your surprise bags. Whether you’re topping your pizza slices or turning pastries into sandwiches, there are endless possibilities to try.

5. Share with friends and neighbours.

If you have a surplus of food, consider sharing your surplus food with friends, neighbours or members of your community. Not only will you avoid wasting food, but you will also make your fellow human beings happy.

With the TGTG app, older adults can save money on their grocery bills while making a positive impact on the environment. And as part of the Adults for Future project, which aims to encourage older adults to adopt environmentally conscious behaviour, TGTG is a perfect example of how small changes in our daily lives can make a big difference to our planet. So give it a try and join the fight against food waste today.

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