Friday, 6 December 2013

Advantage cards and vouchers

Today I am going to be talking about points/advantage cards, as well as the use of vouchers within stores and how I think it's a great idea and can benefit everyone.

The cards I am currently using to collect points on are the Nectar card, COSTA coffee card, Tesco clubcard, Superdrug beautycard and the Boots advantage card. In case you don't know what these are, you basically hand these cards in everytime you make a purchase and points will be added to the cards. Once you're points build up you can use them to shop or get money off a product. 

Now I am a mother every penny helps and I find these cards really benefit me. I try to let my points build up over a year and save them for the Christmas period when I know money will be tighter. I've never gone out of my way to buy things from these shops just to receive points because if you can get it cheaper elsewhere you'll be spending more to receive just a few pence in points. I still shop around and look for the best prices, and use these cards only as and when I am shopping in these stores.

Sainsburys and Tesco offer vouchers as an incentive to purchase certain items. They look at patterns of what you are buying and give you vouchers suited to your needs. I sometimes even receive money off vouchers when I spend a certain amount. With these two stores being my local supermarkets, and the place I would go to get my weekly shop and Alexander's nappies/milk/food etc. I find this another great way to save a bit of extra money.

Another thing I have got into recently is checking the boxes of empty products before throwing them away. You'll find that on most baby products there will be a money off voucher enticing you to try another product from their range. As I am trying to give Alexander a varied diet and let him try new foods all the time, these are things I would have bought anyway, and so it's a great way to save a few extra pennies. 

Do you use points cards in Supermarkets? A lot of people feel like their privacy is at risk with these cards, how do you feel about this? Are you someone who likes to save every penny where possible? 

Thank you for reading 


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