What is Too Good To Go
You may have heard of the app “Too Good To Go” which is aiming to help the environment by allowing us to do our bit in cutting down food waste. The app is completely free and you are only ever charged if you secure a “Magic Bag”. The only problem I have encountered so far with the app is that it’s popularity has taken off so quickly, that there are not enough “Magic Bags” available – leaving a lot of users frustrated and wondering if how to get a Too Good To Go box!
The concept is simple, download the app, set up your favourites (whether that’s a supermarket or restaurant near you that is participating) and then try and secure it when they are available. Whilst it is great that they are helping reduce food waste, but you don’t know what you are getting until you turn up to collect it, so it is a bit of a gamble and I’d recommend having plenty of freezer space before trying to get one.
How to get a Too Good To Go Box
I finally secured my first Too Good To Go Magic Bag yesterday but it took me many attempts to get there, but here are my top tips about how to get a Too Good To Go box!
- Make sure you favourite the stores or restaurants you are interested in within the app, so you can find them quickly and easily.
- Check the app regularly, and at various times throughout the day, as the different establishments will release their bags and boxes at different times.
- Before placing an order – make sure you know when the order is due to be collected and that you can get there at the required time. Morrisons ones are usually to be collected the following day, however some of the restaurants and cafes are due to be collected the same day. My first order was due to be collected between 12:00 and 18:00 the following day, and so I went on my lunch break, because I wouldn’t have had time to get there after work.
- You may notice a pattern as to what time items are selling out, for example, I noticed that the Morrisons ones seem to always sell out at around 6:15 pm. I tried to remember to check at the right time but I was always forgetting and missing them. The first time I got a Too Good To Go box it’s because I set an alarm to go off at 6pm. I refreshed the app and moved quick once it popped up. If I hadn’t set an alarm I would have missed out though.
- Some people have commented online that they have lost their order as it took too long to pay. I’ve personally not experienced this. It is important to note that you can’t seem to set up a payment method prior to securing your first order however in order to minimise the time taken to check out, I used Apple Pay which I have on my phone, so checkout involved just a few clicks. You can also use PayPal which whilst slower than Apply Pay is still going to be quicker than entering card details manually. I definitely think that it’s worth using a quick payment method just in case.
- Even if you secure an order, there are no guarantees that it won’t be cancelled by the store. If they have a rush on or sell out of stuff which they would have put aside, your order can still be cancelled so it is worth bearing that in mind. You can also cancel your order up to three hours prior to the start of the collection time listed.
How to collect your box
Once you have secured your box (and assuming the order hasn’t been cancelled), arrive at the store at the time mentioned in your confirmation email and in the app. I arrived at the store and proceeded to customer services. As this is a relatively new process, the lady on the desk didn’t know about it and had to call a supervisor. She also didn’t know about it and had to call someone else – so just make sure you give yourself enough time. The colleague who knew about it came out and then said he didn’t think there were any today! To cut a long story short, there was one, and after another short wait I was presented with my box. It’s not the most balanced of boxes – but like I said, it is a gamble. In mine I had:
- 3 boxes of Roses
- 2 Packets of Hershey’s Chocolates
- 2 loaves of bread
- 3 packets of butter
- A bag of white potatoes
- A bag of red potatoes
- A bag of onions
- A packet of pitta bread
I will be freezing the bread products, taking the chocolates to work and using the butter, potatoes and onions in some sort cooking over the next few days. All of this cost me £3.09 (the price it seems that is being charged for the Morrisons boxes) and a little bit of petrol to pop out at lunch and pick it up and whilst it may not have been items I would have chosen, there is nothing I can’t or won’t use. I do live on my own, so if there had been too much to use, or any items I didn’t like, I would have shared it with friends and family, so that’s another great way of helping others.
All in all I’m really pleased with my box. I love the concept not only from the eliminating food waste angle, but also the fact that it is opening up an option for people who might be on a budget to access groceries at a discounted price. I think there’s more work to be done (for example in store the staff not knowing about the scheme or what I was on about), but also hopefully more places getting involved (near me there are only a few places that do it, but I would imagine in busier places such as London this would be a lot higher). The roll out at Morrisons is also not national yet as I know of one friend whose local branch doesn’t participate. Hopefully if the branches and brands already involved are making a bit of money back on groceries which they would otherwise have had to have paid to dispose of, it will encourage the continued success and take up through those brands and into others. They can also feel good about themselves with the impact it will be having on the environment too of course!