I know most people are the same as I was a few years ago and just hand a nectar card over when asked to each time it’s asked for when shopping in Sainsburys. This changed for me a while ago when Sainsburys announced they were halving the number of points you would get just from shopping (from 2 points per £1 spent to 1) but that they would give other ways to make more points and that you could get many more points this way, I kind of accepted this as a challenge and set out to see just how many points we could get.
Firstly you have to understand that D and I have always had our own cards but they are linked to one account so any points either of us earn are added to a pool and similarly for those we spend as well.
I started off by checking the nectar app on my phone and found there were normally some offers there that we could take advantage of, there still are, I currently get 10 points just for signing in each week and we both have a challenge that we get double points for a number of shops with 100 bonus points on the last one within a time limit. There’s also one which comes up quite often that we like, 200 bonus points for any spend at a Sainsbury’s local so when that one is active we just detour and get milk from there instead. It doesn’t take us out of our way much and we always buy something we were going to anyway and as this normally appears on both cards at the same time, it’s a nice bonus to have.
I also noticed that Sainsburys gave away a lot more till spits than they used to and a lot of these were for things we used so I made sure they went with us each time we go shopping, I know some people complain they forget to use them and would like Sainsburys to do it for them but come on, take responsibility for yourself and if you really cant then go to Sainsbury’s My coupons (it’s linked at the bottom of their homepage) and load some to your card before you go and just miss out on those you forget about.
Anyway, now on to the reason for this post, this weekend is a double up on spending your points so points that are normally worth £10 can be exchanged for vouchers for £20 in certain departments within Sainsburys up to £20 points traded to a £40 voucher per department per card. This is the haul we have just come home with, it cost us 24000 nectar points and £8.50
What you can see here is £40 of Seasonal goods, £40 of Entertainment, £80 of clothing and £80 of taste the Difference wine and as I said £8.50 spread over all the departments where our purchases were slightly more than the voucher we had swapped for. For those wondering about the £40 limit and me saying we have £80 of things from some departments, well, that is because the £40 limit is per card not per account so we had a £40 voucher from each card.
Now, I know that it might seem these are freebies (small amount of cash paid aside) but I dont really view them as such. I always think that with Sainsburys giving out Nectar points, they must raise the prices by a fraction of a penny on everything to cover it knowing that a lot of people will either never use their points or wont take full advantage of every offer you can to maximise your reward for being loyal to them.
So, yes, I love Nectar points and hope to be able to save more and more with them in the future. Oh, and if you’re interested, we saved all those points up since we emptied our account at the double-up at the end of March this year 😉