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Loyalty Cards

Last updated: 15 January 2015

If you tend to shop in one particular place a lot, loyalty cards can be a great way to bag up some extra rewards and money off your shopping.

As long as you are not tempted to spend more or buy from a particular place, just because there’s a loyalty card in your purse, they can be a great way to get money off vouchers and freebies. 

Here is MMM’s list of some of the best loyalty cards around:

Tesco Clubcard
Great for money off vouchers. You can also use points towards money off UK attractions. Go online to club card boost to double or even triple the value for days out or eating out.
Boots Advantage Card
You get 4 points for every pound you spend and 10 points for every pound you spend on baby products if you are part of Boots Parenting Club. You can use the points to buy products from Boots. So for example, if you accumulate 500 points, that will be worth £5.00 worth of points to spend on what you like from the store.
Nectar
This one is a good all rounder. You can collect points from hundreds of stores and spend them in various outlets such as Sainsbury’s, Argos and Amazon.
Shell Drivers’ Club
With petrol prices in the UK being one of the highest in Europe, it is worth keeping this in your purse. You can collect points towards money off vouchers for petrol.
Superdrug Beauty Card
Relatively new to the market, but worth having if you shop at Superdrug. Collect points towards money off your shopping.
Avios (previously known as Airmiles)
This is a great loyalty scheme that can help you save up toward flights, car hire and hotels. You can collect Avios points in a number of ways, through grocery shopping, petrol and Avios e-stores.

Some people argue that loyalty cards are simply a marketing gimmick to make people spend more. But MMM believes that they can be worthwhile, particularly if you shop in one place a lot. For example, the Tesco Clubcard sends you money off vouchers and the points can quickly add up – it’s a no brainer if you shop there weekly. Just don’t be fooled by bonus points offers and don’t shop somewhere just because you can collect points.

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Reduce your grocery bill by 70% this summer!

The kids are off school and they are going to be hungry – inevitably, the next few weeks will see the cost of your weekly shop shoot up.

To help families keep the costs of food shopping down, MMM put Approved Food to the test, which can help slash the cost of shopping by as much as 70%.

There is of course one catch – the food is past or close to its sell-by date, but perfectly safe.

With a £30 budget, MMM managed to bag a fair amount – cereals, tinned food, sweets and treats, drinks and even laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets – the sort of things where you can generally ignore the date stamped on the product.

If you’ve tried reducing the cost of the grub by switching brands or shopping at discount stores but think you can do better, then try Approved Food  – you’ll be surprised at just how much you could save on some store cupboard essentials.

New products are available everyday and there are some real bargains. For example, Sprite Zero 330ml for just 29p or a 2kg Reeses Peanut jar for just £2.99. There’s even stuff for pets, at more than 50% off.

MMM was really pleased with service and surprised at just how at just how much £30 would buy (see pic above/ instagram).

Although we would like to see Approved Food cut down on the cardboard packaging, the items arrived well packed and in excellent condition.

So, if you’re looking to save a few more pounds on your groceries, take a look at Approved food – you’ll be surprised at just how good the bargains are.

 

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