I was invited by ThinkMoney to take part in a Food Bank Hamper Challenge. Partial to spotting a bit of a bargain, and a big fan of shopping (obvs), I was definitely up for the challenge! What it involved was seeing how far I could get £30 to stretch when buying food / items for a food bank and then of course, drop off at a food bank.
I’m not loyal to any supermarket or shop really. I shop as and when and it will often depend on what I am looking for, if I have any vouchers to spend and what offers are on. A few weeks ago though a new Aldi opened up near to me (not super near but about 6 miles away), and I hadn’t been yet so I thought it would be a good place to start when looking for good deals and seeing how much I can get for the money. Food banks also only want non-perishable goods so I thought if I was just getting mostly jars and tins, it would be bargain central.
I checked on my local Food Bank’s website, Epsom & Ewell, to see what they were in need of, which they update every week (a great idea), so wrote a list and off I went.
- One of the main things I wanted to get was nappies and wipes as that was listed as a need. I haven’t personally used Aldi nappies with my children before but I have seen lots of positive reviews for them so got four packs of those – £14.19
- Four packs of Baby Wipes – £2.36
- I got six packs of Noodle / Pasta Meals – £1.98
- Two packs of cereal – £1.70
- Pasta Sauces & Tinned Vegetables – £3.67
- They listed a need as toothpaste and toothbrushes. I couldn’t find any toothbrushes but got four packs of toothpaste – £3
- Jam / Peanut Butter x 2 – £2.08
- Two packs of Pasta – £1.30
- TOTAL: £30.28
I was really pleased with all I could get for the food bank for £30! I think I’ll definitely be shopping at Aldi too as there are things that I regularly buy myself, like nappies and wipes, that are never normally that cheap.
Thank you to the ThinkMoney Group for inviting me to take part in the challenge! I was really pleased to be of service and help others, even in a small way.