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Share multibuy offers!

You can save money and throw away less food if you only pay for what you need.
Wear a badge when you go shopping to let people know you're ready to share with them.

Some food waste data (on placemats)

June 8, 2010

"We waste"

"We waste"

"We waste"

Handprinted on the back of charity shop placemats. I’ll probably give these  away to people who tell me about their multibuy share experiences.

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This is how it works

June 1, 2010

UPDATE: There is now a new and better version of this video, please watch that one instead.

Let’s go shopping!

May 23, 2010

After looking at the results of the polls, Monday is the most popular day for supermarket shopping and Tesco’s by the market the most popular place to do it in.

So here’s an invitation:

Join me tomorrow (24/05) at 17:30 at Tesco’s. I’ll be outside, wearing one of my green multibuy share badges, and I’ll give you one as well. Once inside, find other people with badges and see what ‘buy one, get one free’ offers you can share with them.

Help me get this started. In the long run, it could save all of us quite a bit of money (and it will keep all that food out of landfills too).

Two quick questions

May 20, 2010

Thanks for voting! If you want to stick around a bit longer, I’ll tell you what I’m thinking.

Everyone I talk to about sharing multibuy offers really likes the idea and thinks it could work really well. Yet they’re still reluctant about actually talking to a stranger and starting to negociate food and money sharing (I know how it feels!). Part of it, I think, comes from having to explain what you want to do. After the first couple of sentences the other person will join in and things will move on quite quickly.

So why not get a lot of people who already know about it shopping at the same time, in the same place? This is where the polls come in. With enough results, I can declare an official Multibuy Share Shopping Trip (possibly with a better name).

Yoghurt

May 17, 2010

Morrisons. One tub of yoghurt 98p, buy two for £1.50.

I turned to the woman standing next to me, looking at the same thing and said: “Excuse me, are you looking to buy yoghurt? I am too, but I really don’t need two”. Her immediate reaction was “Oh, I see what you mean. Yes, let’s share.”

We agreed to meet past the tills, by the newspaper stand in 15 minutes. We did, I gave her the yoghurt, she gave me 75p and that was it.

Buy One, Get One Free – Throw One Away?

May 13, 2010

Multibuy offers seem pretty good, don’t they? One item is £1, but you can get two of them for the same price. Just don’t mind the small print that says they’ll all expire tomorrow.

But what if you could get only one of the items for 50p? All you need to do is find people willing to share the items and the costs with you. Wear a badge that says “I’ll share multibuy offers with you” when you go shopping to let people know you’re willing to do that.

Order your badge here.

Guidelines on how it could work

Approach someone looking at one offer you’re interested in or let someone approach you when they see your badge. Find out what works best for both of you.

If you’re worried about negotiating for money or the other person not sticking with the agreement, you can look for a second similarly priced offer that you’re both interested in. This way, you both get to take one offer to the till and pay for it. Afterwards, meet up and exchange products and any money still owed.

You save a bit of money, you don’t throw away as much food and you might meet some interesting people.

Food warning

May 12, 2010

I’d like to see this in supermarkets: