Vouchers are all around us - most of the major supermarkets have offers on at the moment, and some are quite complicated to understand.
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Morrison's are banking on us collecting vouchers over several weeks in order to claim a saving on our Christmas shop, Tesco are offering £5 off our next £40 shop when we spend £40 now, and there is the regular Aldi voucher in the newspapers. Are you managing to keep track of the offers that affect you and your shopping?
And then there are the non-grocery offers too!
I have had to stop and think, and read the small print.
I've dismissed Morrison's because I just don't have access to that shop very easily and I couldn't commit to visiting one on a regular basis. I looked into their delivery service, but they aren't covering our area just yet.
Tesco are actually asking me to spend £80 in order to save £5 because I have to spend the initial £40 in order to get the voucher for the next week.......not such a good deal.
Aldi I do support most months, and I grab that voucher from the newspaper to stock up on staples and toiletry items.
But the one I am planning to make the best use of this season? Sainsbury's has sent me four vouchers - for free with no qualifying spend to get the voucher - each one for £6 off when I spend £40. And it includes everything in the shop apart from alcohol, so when I used one yesterday, the £9.99 that the YFG spent on a DVD with her babysitting cash counted towards it. I split the savings with her! And the best bit? If I am consistent, and use all four of the vouchers, I will receive a boost to my Nectar points - 5000 points added to the balance within 28 days. Not in time for the Christmas shop, perhaps, but still a boost for us to use!
I have also had an email from Amazon, letting me know that buying a £20 gift card would bring me a £5 promotional code to use on my purchases. I bought the gift card because I had other Amazon vouchers and knew that I would be making purchases there for the girls - so an extra £5 bonus was a "no-brainer" as they say. I exchanged the cash that I would have spent for a voucher, and then just used the voucher and the bonus to make the purchases last night.
I'm almost done with the Christmas shopping, thank goodness, but I am not doing much of it this year.