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Published March 20th 2014
Getting Value From Your Shop
Last January, Sainsbury's overtook Asda in the big supermarket battle to become the second largest chain in the UK, after Tesco. I have always shopped at Sainsbury's mainly due to convenience; over the past year or so, I have become more aware of the deals and offers it gives, mainly because I have found myself done on a few occasions. I therefore took more notice of some of the finer details in order to know how to get the best deals from them.
When you get to the checkout at Sainsbury's supermarket, along with your receipt, you often receive numerous vouchers. These vouchers can be for a number of things:
Nectar is the largest loyalty scheme in the UK, with Sainsbury's being one of the biggest participating retailers. Nectar card holders get two points for every £1 they spend, and five hundred points equates to £2.50.
Some Sainsbury's vouchers give you double nectar points when you buy certain items. The amount of extra points depends on what he items are. Things like washing up liquid or pet food might get you a hundred to a hundred-and-fifty points, while buying six bottles of wine can get you up to three hundred. These vouchers typical last one week.
Another way of getting extra nectar points is when you spend over a £100 on your next shop. These vouchers give you double points (I.E. spending £100 will give you two hundred points, but with the voucher you'll get four hundred). These vouchers tend to last two weeks.
For every bag you re-use, you will also get one Nectar point. This is part of an initiative to encourage people to be less wasteful.
Sainsbury's is in major competition with Tesco and Asda, as can be seen by its Brand Match scheme. It promises to match the price of branded products that are selling at these two other supermarkets, or they will give you the money back on your next shop. There are a few catches, however:
It only applies to certain products, and does not include supermarket owns or fresh fruit and vegetables.
You have to spend over £20 for the voucher to count.
The voucher only lasts one week.
Sometimes when the packaging on an item gets damaged, instead of throwing them into the waste, these items are put onto a discount shelf. For example, on my last shop, a box of cereal had been opened (the air tight plastic bag inside was still sealed), so there was more than a pound off.
In their fruit and veg and bakery sections, items that have reached their sell by date/best before date are also put at a discount price. I got two packets to raspberries, a bag of tangerines, baking apples, and new potatoes all at a lowered price. Be sure that when you are at the checkout, the cashier takes note of these discounts, because they quite often miss them.