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Top 5 Applications for ordering groceries at very low prices

You can save money on groceries and reduce food waste at the same time. Try the top five apps for cheap discounted products, reports Lifehacker.

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According to the National Resource Defense Council, up to 40% of food in the US is never eaten. Many factors contribute to this: restaurants prepare more food than they can sell in a day; grocery stores overstock their shelves to give the appearance of abundance; farmers are not always able to sell products that are deformed or ugly. Much of this food ends up in landfills, rots and releases methane, the NRDC explains.

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To combat all this food waste, several mobile apps have sprung up to connect those with leftover food with those who want and want to eat it. An added bonus is that this food is usually sold at a significantly discounted price, allowing you to be kind to your wallet, your appetite, and the planet at the same time. While you won't solve the climate crisis, you'll at least enjoy food with a slightly lower carbon footprint than you might otherwise. Here are five applications to consider.

Imperfect Foods

Imperfect Foods is a weekly grocery delivery service that offers discounted products that don't sell on the shelves due to cosmetic features, custom sizes, or general surplus. Their grocery offerings include groceries, pantries, dairy, snacks, meats, and fish. Registration is free, but you must pay a $5,99 shipping fee per order (although orders over $60 are free shipping).

Delivery dates depend on your zip code, so some planning is required to get the best use of the service, but the company's commitment to achieving zero carbon emissions by 2030 can help you feel better about more than just ordering from Amazon Pantry. Imperfect Foods is available in 33 states. Check their coverage map to see if you live in the area they serve.

Too good to go

Too good to go connects users to shops and restaurants that have surplus food at the end of the day. Customers can select a restaurant from which they will receive a "surprise bag" of excess food at a reduced price, then pick it up at the store at a pre-set collection window. This app is a great tool for picky eaters looking for restaurant quality food at a seriously discounted price.

For example, when ordering from a pizzeria - they tend to give you a large number of slices left at the end of the working day. Too Good to Go is located throughout the United States, including California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, New York, Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois and Virginia, as well as several European countries.

Misfits market

Misfits market is an online store that works directly with farmers and food manufacturers to stock groceries, meat, seafood and other items that might otherwise be thrown away. And they boast 40% off merchandise compared to most grocery stores. Membership is free and you place a weekly order during a predetermined three-day shopping window, but there is a $6,99 charge for each delivery. Misfit Market delivers to 48 states, although you can sign up for their waitlist if they don't already serve your zip code.

Hungry harvest

Hungry harvest is a great resource for cheaper fruit and vegetable delivery with no shipping fees on orders over $30. They offer discounted products in pre-packaged boxes starting at $15 or in individual boxes made up of whatever you choose. Hungry Harvest currently operates in Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina and Michigan.

flash food

flash food allows its users to view deals with discounts up to 50% at nearby grocery stores. Items for sale at a discounted price will be approaching expiration or "best sale" dates, meaning the buyer needs to keep in mind how to quickly use their loot before it goes bad (not that those dates are really a lot mean).

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Unlike some other food waste apps, Flashfood requires their customers to pick up their order from the store, they don't offer delivery. The Flashfood app currently serves residents of Kentucky, Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, as well as the Canadian provinces and the territories of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland.

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