Using this app, you will be able to find out exactly where reduced priced yellow sticker food is, without needing to leave the house.
Savvy bargain hunter shoppers love yellow stickers.
They are a thing of much debate in Reduce Your Supermarket Spend.
Some get a deal day after day and keep their food spending low, by being in the right place at the right time and getting a huge reduction.
But, others can really struggle to find anything.
Personally, I find it hit and miss, usually getting a measly 20-odd-pennies off the price (and don’t need it, it won’t freeze, so it’s not worth it).
So, how great would it be if there was an app for that?
Well, there is now.
Yellow sticker Gander app
Hopefully launching in a town near you soon, the Gander app allows you to see exactly where the reduced price yellow stickers are.
How brilliant is that?
It’s an excellent way to find cheaper food and save money easily but also prevents out of date food heading to the landfill.
Instead of getting in the car at 9:30 at night, hoping you’ll find something decent, this takes all the guesswork away.
Instead of arriving in a shop and seeing food you’ll never use, the app allows you to see if there is a discount you’ll eat (and not waste).
Or, instead of not even trying because you don’t know where to find anything in the first place, it’ll show you any local bargains that you never knew existed.
You’re able to have a gander (get it?) at reduced food in real-time.
As soon as a yellow sticker is printed, the app updates to show you where it is and how many there are.
Now, unfortunately, this is not running in all supermarkets and all parts of the UK.
From what I can see, you can find yellow sticker reductions via the Gander app in some 300 stores, including Spar, Eurospar, Vivo, Vivoxtra and Londis.
Also, it appears this is only working in Northern Ireland at the moment, so everyone else in the UK needs to stand behind me in the queue patiently.
What can the Gander app do?
You can really personalise the kinds of foods you’re after.
Once you’ve set up your location, it can show the closest stores to you.
Use the toggle options to pick the category of item, from fruit and veg, meat and fish to baby and toddler and food cupboard stuff.
You can also look to just show reductions based on your dietary needs.
So, if you cannot have dairy or gluten, or perhaps need to stay away from nuts, soya or sesame, you’re able to remove anything not suitable for you.
With a search option I’ve been using on the app, I can see hundreds of items listed.
What’s great is that as soon as a reduced-priced item has been purchased, it disappears from the app.
This stops others needlessly making a trip to the supermarket to get it.
Will it work?
I love the idea behind this app.
Being able to know where to get reduced price food, without having to go and look for, is brilliant.
From a food waste point of view, it’s also great as less food will get thrown out.
There is a push from the government for more retailers to waste less, so I can only see that more supermarkets are going to look for ways to do…well, something.
Some have started by giving more food close to their use by community groups. That will potentially mean less reduced price food for us, but others in need will get something out of it.
The Gander app will mean that companies don’t lose as much profit as we’re all heading in and picking up our bargain (plus potentially other random impulse purchases), but community groups and charities may get less.
Also, as more people will find out, download the app and start using it, the competition to get a yellow sticker will go back up.
That’ll mean there will be just as much competition and issues getting hold of cheap food.
What do you think?
Great use of technology? Not thought through well enough? Or about time already?
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