I never really set a New Year's resolution a couple of months back, but I'm working on a few things this year. I'm trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour, take better care of my mental health and stop throwing out so much food. I can't even tell you how many things I've let spoil in my fridge, but that needs to stop soon.
I've been trying to do smaller grocery shops more often, only buying things I know I'll need and use over the next few days each time. It's slowly helping, but I know I can do more. Grocery stores can't sell produce that has reached its best-before date – even though many of these things are good for much longer. Now, stores with fruit and veggies approaching those dates can sell them for 50% off through the Flashfood app.
What is the Flashfood app?
Basically, this is a project that all started after a team in Toronto learned some pretty startling statistics about food waste, including the fact that "one-third of the world's food ends up in landfills." That works out to 1.3 billion tons of food waste every single year. They created an app to try and divert some of that trash.
Flashfood is all about helping consumers save money while helping grocery stores waste less produce. You can download it from the App Store or via Google Play to score items close to their best-before date for 50% off! I know people who swear by this app, and while I haven't tried it yet myself, know I plan to ASAP.
How does the Flashfood app work?
You have to plan your grocery shopping a little in advance, but the rewards are well worth that extra effort. Once you download the app, you can use it to browse available half-price items near you. Just purchase them through the app and pick them up in-store! Cook, freeze or eat 'em soon, because they won't last forever.
Participating locations vary by province, but it looks like every single Real Canadian Superstore in my area lets you use the app for discounts. You can find locations near you that qualify on the Flashfood website. Right now, they operate in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI, Québec, Saskatchewan and Yukon, as well as Michigan and Wisconsin.