How much money can you save by only buying Clubcard items from Tesco?
Tesco’s Clubcard prices offer deep discounts for program members. The supermarket giant describes Clubcard prices as “rewarding(rewarding) our Clubcard members with exclusive offers in-store and online”.
To obtain Clubcard prices, customers must have joined the program and scan their Clubcard at checkout. So how much can you save? Louisa Gregson of the Manchester Evening News filled her trolley exclusively with items that had a Clubcard price to discover.
“I read somewhere that one of the benchmarks of being an adult is to always know where your Tesco Clubcard is,” Louisa said. “A feeling that hit hard as on my rare errands in said supermarket, I regularly spend 99.9% of the time turning my purse over in exasperation and digging my fingers into the deepest crevices of pockets I’ve never used before in an effort to locate the elusive item.
“On a recent trip, such was my frustration at missed opportunities for serious savings, I abandoned my shopping cart in the middle of the store and returned home to rummage through the drawers of my home office, tearing stacks of papers until I was flooded with relief at the glimpse of blue plastic Obviously with the current price of fuel at an all time high it’s only worth it if the Tesco is in a two mile radius.
“The thing is, in my opinion, having and using a Tesco Clubcard is worth it. The discounts can be quite steep and are usually on decent products. So, finally pre-armed with my thief Tesco Clubcard, I surrendered at the Bury Old Road store in Prestwich with a mission to spend around £70 just on Clubcard deals and see if that produced a substantial amount of solid meals.
“I usually only have one major mission when shopping in supermarkets – to get out of there as quickly as possible – but I found my time at Tesco to be an enjoyable experience. It was busy but apart from a slight congestion around an empty box a cashier had left to refill missing lettuces it felt spacious and super clean and there were even a few decent tunes playing giving the whole experience a vibe uplifting.
“My first observation was how there were distinctive blue and yellow Clubcard signs – a veritable sea of them scattered around the sparkling aisles. As it was lunchtime, I was delighted to see that the first Clubcard deal was a £3 lunch deal – a £3 Tesco Finest pastrami and Emmentaler sandwich, an 85p packet of Quavers and a £1.90 Starbucks iced coffee all included in the price – absolute bargain.
“In the fresh produce aisle, I picked up three bags of veggies, including a decent sized bag of casserole veggies on a three-for-two deal, where the cheapest is free, which allowed me to save £1.30 Potatoes at 69p were 39p with a Clubcard, tomatoes were shaved 40p and carrots were 20p cheaper – with a final price of just 19p I also bought a bag of potatoes in the oven – ideal for easy and inexpensive meals.
“I then bagged an assortment of three premium cheeses, all averaging around £3 each full price for just £5 for all three – a real saving of £2.45 – which means that it was not mere pennies cut from the price, but books.
“The £2.75 soup was £2 with a Clubcard, which means if you buy two pots like me, that’s another decent saving of £1.50. Jamie Oliver’s fresh pasta, usually £2.50, was £2 with a Club card – meaning £1 more on my purchases as I put two packets (and what I estimated as making four meal) in my trolley for £4.
“In these difficult times, luxury items can make shoppers feel guilty, but at £10 for a meal of main course, side and dessert for two, including a £7 bottle of wine , I dropped two steaks, large fries and two passion fruits. pies – with cheeky red – in my cart without a rumble of remorse. Good value for two – or for a solo dinner, the loot can be split into two separate meals, making luxury also very economical.
“Also discounted with a Clubcard was a sautéed meal of noodles, sautéed vegetables and a choice of sauce for £2.50 – a saving of 50p as well as a £1.50 discount on my bbq chicken pizza, 80p on a large quiche and 50p off two tasty artisan looking brisket and chuck burgers. I was pleased with how my cart was filling up with discounted items that were already turning into satisfying meals.
“Two fishcakes for £2.50 cost £2 with a Club Card, so each fishcake was a frugal £1 each. A selection of premium cooked meals at £2.75 each were three for £6.50, a huge saving of £1.75 so I added two attractive Thai curries and a chicken and rice to my purchases. Also at £6.50 for two there was a selection from Tesco’s Finest range so I added premium cottage pie and smoked haddock risotto – with £1 extra on my count. A selection of Philadelphia soft cheeses in exotic flavors, usually priced at £1.95, cost just £1 – a total of 95 pence for Clubcard users.
“At this point I could see that I had enough to form the basis of a fortnight’s meals for one or two people and so I decided to take advantage of the Club Card savings on a few small sweets – Thornton’s chocolate brownies with 60p off the £1.60 price tag, a packet of chocolate biscuits and two chocolate Gu and honeycomb desserts for £2, which without a Clubcard, were priced from £3.30.
‘At checkouts the total price was £97.57 which I think seemed a little steep with all the savings on the Club Card until the cashier announced that minus the discounts the total due was actually £70.13 – what a result. She obviously sensed my joy when she remarked that she “liked to see smiling faces” and we had a little chat about the card cracking.
“In fact, taking my Clubcard with me and only buying food that had a discount if you had one saved me £27.44 on my shopping bill. Didn’t feel like I had to buy anything I didn’t really want and all the food looked high quality, there were lots of budget items such as my carrots at 19p, £2 fish cakes and the most luxurious items had been so decently discounted they were bought guilt free.
“Of course there are cheaper supermarkets, but I found that using the Clubcard meant it brought the price down to a more affordable level, while still being able to enjoy good quality produce and delicious treats. From my experiences, I will definitely be shopping at Tesco more often and now need to make sure I know exactly where my Tesco Clubcard is at all times – apparently this is the epitome of adult life after all. ”
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