IN a time of rising costs and bills, a woman was left amazed when she got her entire weekly shop for free.
She took to Facebook showing off her whopping haul, and said she picked it up from a waste-prevention app.
Taking to the group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, she said she found the items listed on Olio, which helps to distribute food and other products that are due to go out of date or that are unwanted by businesses or shoppers.
She wrote: “Olio… i‘m in shock.
“Picked all this up for free as it’s going off soon – that’s my freezer full!!!
“Not all of this is for me, we’ve shared with neighbours.”
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She explained how she got the haul from a man who collected it from Tesco as part of the app’s scheme with the supermarket.
Tesco gives away products including bread, veg and pastries that would otherwise go to waste via Olio.
Volunteers sign up to be Olio food waste heroes, and are assigned a slot to collect surplus food from their local Tesco store.
They then bring it home and list it on the Olio app for their neighbours to collect for free.
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The woman continued: “Everyone getting their knickers in a twist, I’m not the food waste hero person.
“I got this from a guy who obviously collected from Tesco himself – it was just lucky timing I got all this!”
Many people were impressed, with one saying: “Wow brilliantly timed, enjoy.”
Another added: “Wow well done!”
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Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website raved about Olio in its weekly email newsletter.
The expert said: "The Olio app is mainly known for offering up grub for nowt – the idea being instead of binning surplus food, people or stores offer it to their local community.”
Anyone can take advantage of the free service, and to get started you'll need to download the Olio app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Then you should sign up – you'll need to share details including your email address and location so the app can find your nearest available free food.
Once you've made an account you will be able to find Tesco groceries using the search bar in the app.
This will bring up all the Tesco food being given away in your local area.
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You then have to press the "request this" button, and message the volunteer to arrange a time and place to collect your freebies.
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