The Boots Advantage card is one of the cleverest loyalty cards out there.
After initially registering your card you just hand it over to the cashier every time you buy something for more than £1.00 in Boots and 4 points are added to your account for every pound spent although you don’t collect any points for certain items such as phone top ups, stamps or infant milk.
Each point is worth £0.01.
They often have points events in the run up to Christmas where you receive £12.00 worth of points (1200 points) for every £50.00 you spend in store and they sometimes have triple points events where you receive 12 points per pound spent instead of 4 points.
They also send you vouchers in the post which are linked to your Advantage card. The vouchers are often offering 500 points when you spend over £50 in one transaction or 200 points when you buy a fullsize item from Soap and Glory or £5.00 off when you spend over £40.00 on fragrance.
The clever thing about Boots Advantage card is that you can’t spend your points unless you have the full amount of points needed to complete a transaction for example if I am buying a £20.00 lipstick I can’t use £15.00 worth of points and then also use £5.00 cash.
For me this means that I am always buying things just to top up my points.
I tend to save for big items and over the years I have bought 3 expensive bottles of perfume and also some make-up with my points.
I am currently around £3.00 off having enough points for another bottle of perfume that I want.
I find that I end up buying things for the sake of it just so I am closer to my next points purchase. If I was able to make a partial payment and also use points then I wouldn’t have spent half as much money in Boots over the years.
I often find department stores offer better deals and a wider variety of brands than Boots does. I think it works out that I am worse off buying from Boots in a lot of cases, but the addiction continues because I get a thrill out of eventually being able to spend my points on a nice new fragrance, which feels like I'm getting it for 'free'.
I hate Boots Advantage card because I love it and I know that it’s bad for me.
Boots is a well known high street store, selling a range of items including baby products and clothing, medicines, travel items, electrical goods etc. Like most other stores these days Boots, have their own type of advantage card, which means you collect points to spend in store as you shop.
Boots, in my opinion is probably one of the best advantage cards out there, as you get 4 points for every pound £ you spend.
If you collect 912 points on your card it is the equivalent to £9.12.
To sign up for a card you simply go into a Boots store and ask a member of staff or somebody behind the till. They can sign you up there and then which takes no more than 5 minutes and all you do is put your details onto an advantage card leaflet. They will then give you a temporary paper card which you can use while you wait for your actual advantage card to come through the post. The actual card is the same size as a credit card with the Boots logo on it.
Otherwise you can take the leaflet home, fill it in and free post it. You still get a temp card that you can use.
You can also sign up online at Boots.com, there you will find a link to advantage card information, however you don't get a temp card by doing it online. They do give you the option to collect a leaflet from in store to get a temp card and you can put the card number onto your online request so you can collect points while you wait for your card. (All points from your temp card automatically get transferred onto your new permanent card.)
I have had my Boots advantage card for many years now, and although I don't shop in Boots as much as I used too the points still seem to add up quickly.
Boots send you your own personal vouchers through the post every few months, these consist of extra points when you purchase certain items, money off, extra points when you spend so much in store and often £5 off electrical goods or perfume, you generally get 7 or so vouchers at a time which are valid for about two months.
I find these vouchers very useful and definitely helps you to save some money and add points to the card.
Quite often Boots hold points events, spend £30 and get an extra 300 points or something along those lines. For me I don't really spend £30 in Boots unless I'm buying Christmas gifts or perfume, but this is a good offer for those who do spend that much.
In most larger Boots stores they have advantage card machines on the wall, you can pop your card in and it gives you offers. The offers vary alot, but it's worth looking at. You the print the voucher off and take it to the till when your ready to pay.
I generally save my points and will then purchase myself something I want. A few years ago I brought some curling tongs which should have cost about £40 but I managed to save the points and get them for free!
I have also brought little things like nail varnishes and shampoo.
I find at Christmas time my card gets alot of extra points on as Boots do some good gifts, which is perfect as I can treat myself after christmas at no expense.
Another good thing about the card is that, if you forget your card or can't find it you can ask for the receipt to be validated which means your points get put onto the receipt and you can add them onto your card within the time range given. You just keep the receipt and take it to a Boots store till and they add it on for you.
The only annoying thing about the advantage card is that you can't part pay for items. You have to have the full amount of points on your card to purchase something and you don't get points for baby formula under 6 months. Otherwise everything else about the card is great.
Along with the general Boots advantage card you can also join the parenting club, you sign up in store or online and then your normal card just gets the parenting club added to it. You get all kinds of useful baby offers and a free changing bag when you buy Pampers nappies.
During the different stages of your pregnancy you will get the different offers and the bounty packs which are handy.
There is also a health care club which gives you extra offers on certain medicines depending on which health sections you ticked on the application form. Again you sign up the same way as the parenting club.
Other than the Tesco clubcard I don't own any other kind of advantage card, as I believe the Boots one is the best one to have. I always end up feeling happy when I have been able to treat myself with something for free.
And because of the 4 points per pound points add up nice and fast.
Overall a very good card to have- and if you don't like it, it's handy to scrape ice off the car windscreen.
I have been a customer of Boots for many years now and still think the Boots clubcard is one of the best points cards on the market.
The points are very simple to collection and normally 4 for every £1 that you spend in store. When they have Christmas Events usually over November and December for every £50 you spend you receive and extra 1200 points, which equates to £12 on your card. This is added straight away to your card, unlike tesco where you have to wait a couple of days for the points be added. You also have to wait with Tesco to spend your points which can be up to 3 months.
When you also go in store make sure you check the Boots ATM machine. It looks like a large pink ATM machine but gives out extra points vouchers rather than cash. Its worth checking every time as the offers change and vary from 25% discount on items to 250 extra points when you spend £20 today.
What I also like about the points system is unlike many others you can pay for items with the points. So say I have 2000 points on my card and the soap and glory scrub is £9.50 if i ask at the checkout to pay with points. They will deduct 950 from my total of 2000.
If you look at the products instore, all those items with star sign on the self edge tickets can be bought with the Boots points. Which is most items in the store.
I save mine up during the year and then when the big Christmas sales start in January 50% and 75% i usually get some fantastic bargains.
Very easy to start, you can pick up the leaflet instore and send off.
You can also log in online and use your points to buy items online at www.boots.com
If you haven't already got one, what you waiting for.
Boots..you are one of the last gems left on our high streets and so is your advantage card! So many times I have been stuck for cash and needing shampoo or baby wipes, along comes the little pink card to save the day.
It's not a credit card, no, no. The advantage card is, well, an advantage. You earn points whilst you are making purchases which you collect over a period of time. The points accrue into a healthy number which you can spend like real cash on products in store.
Boots isn't the cheapest shop for health and beauty but I do rate its range highly and the choice is much better than other stores. There are these great little machines found in boots, almost like a cash line, where you can check on how many points you have, find out deals and receive vouchers.
The advantage card is probably the most generous dividend I know of, certainly most rewarding.
Many shops have loyalty schemes nowadays and Boots are no different, although I think the reward they pay per pound spend is one of the better ones. Maybe this is because their profit margin is better than the likes of other shops.
To sign up for the advantage card you need to provide basic details such and your name, address and email address and of course this will allow the company to track your spending habits as part of their consumer research and it will also allow them to target you with offers relative to your spending habits. On one occasion I also received a product recall notice for an item I had purchased which was a useful way of using my personal details.
The scheme it self offers 4 points for every £1 spent with each point being worth 1p, they also have special offers where extra points are awarded as well as events (usually in the run up to Christmas) where you can receive £10 of points when you spend £50, this of course encourages you to go back to their shop to spend your points where you may be tempted to spend more. Points can be spent on the majority of items, if you look on the shelf labels items you can spend your points on will have a little blue star.
Points are awarded for purchases in store and online so if you plan on doing some online Christmas shopping you can still take advantage of the points scheme.
The loyalty card scheme is massively popular and competitive in the UK. Supermarkets such as Sainsburys and Tesco have their own loyalty card schemes which offer customers the chance to save points on the card and for it to be converted into money off their shopping. Boots launched their Advantage Card in 1997 and one of the biggest in the UK. I myself got my advantage card in the late 1990s, I think theres a point in most females lives where the feel they should get one, I was about 13/14 and often brought little items from boots so I applied and got it, in face Ive never lost my card so I still have my original card!
How it works
Boots Advantage card offers its cardholders 4 points per £1 spent in Boots, this is the "standard" reward offered however there are many others on offer such as -
Double points (8 points per £1 spent)
triple points (12 points per £1 spent, these sometimes have minimum spends for example £30)#
10 points per £1 spent (baby club offers this to those who buy baby products)
buy xx item get 100 extra points (various different types of these in store and online)
Xmas points event, in 2012 each store had a Xmas event which was £12 worth of points per £50 spend
Its important to note that whilst most items get points in sotre there are restrictions. You cannot get points for prescriptions and other items but the T&C will advise this.
My use of the card
I go in and make a purchase in Boots probably once or twice a month, depending on my needs. I take full "advantage" of any points offers, IF it is beneficial to me, for example in September last year Boots offered 500 points bonus for buying a bottle of So...? which was half price and cost £5.24 so I in effect the perfume for 24p, as it was near Xmas I brought 2 bottles as gifts for £10.48 but received £10 worth of points on my card. I also use Boots ALOT during the Christmas season, I love their gift range and with it being on 3 for 2 I do buy quite a bit, having said that I try to buy these in the points event, last year I spent just over £100 on gifts during the event and got £24 worth of points on my card, coupled with me saving them up during the year I now had close to £40 to spend which was great to see. I also try to use any double/triple points if I need anything, again its only worth doing if it benefits you. You can also use the advantage card machines located in store, these can also offer good rewards to card holder, I myself don't use this (always forget) but have read it can be good.
Redeeming your points
Redeeming your points is easy, your receipt states how many points you have, as does the card machine, I think the assistants at the till can advise you also, I always know roughly how many I have but if you forget its easy to find out. 1 point is 1p so if you have 100 points you have £1, 1000 is £10 and so on, it can be redeemed against almost anything, there are certain restrictions (I don't think you can buy gift cards or prescriptions on it) however you must have the full balance on your card to pay for it, for example - If an item is £10 and you have £9.90 worth in points you would not be able to pay the difference you would need the full 1000 points to pay for it. I used all my points after Xmas in the Boots sale to treat myself with however you can just build it up and get something really expensive if you wish. Also be careful on your use of this, if your card isn't used at all they can close your account so be mindful, if you are not a regular user of Boots don't store points if you wont be back in for sometime or you might lose them!
I like the Advantage card scheme, for me this one this is the best for non food items. If you shop in Boots once a month or several times a week its worth having to save up the points. I take advantage of any points offers they have providing its something I need, I will be doing the Xmas points event again this year. The only thing I don't like is that you have to have the full balance of points to be able to spend it, that can be frustrating if you are just short of it. I have a Superdrug beauty card and they allow the points to be spent per £1 so maybe this could be something Boots look into? but overall it is a great scheme to have.
I've used my boots over the years for all toiletries, some travel accessories and at least 2 meal deals a week. This has proved to be a great little advantage card when it comes to using your points. Not only do you save points on every purchase Boots are one for promotional offers such as additional points promotions and double/triple points. I've found that not giving into the temptation to buy any old toiletry during these promotional periods but if you can stock up on the regular purchases during these promos then you will really see the benefit!
Unfortunately, it's either all or nothing when it comes to paying with your points. It means that if you don't quite have enough points for your new aftershave to ensure the girl over the road falls in love with you as the lynx adverts suggest, you will have to pay your hard earned cash as per usual. Either that or make an additional purchase to top up the points enough to get the aftershave.
Great advantage card but does need to look at being able to pay with points and cash for one purchase. If you can control your spending and get in on the promo offers then well worth signing up for!
The basic idea of the Advantage Card is that you use it every time you shop, and every ￡1 you spend on your shopping, equates to 4 points on your card. Then as the points add up, every 100 points on your card gives you ￡1 to spend on whatever you want. Simple as that! So you are getting something back even if it's only a little at a time. But there are always chances to increase your points intake with vouchers that allow you to do so. You can also make use of the kiosks available throughout Boots stores, where you can see what extra offers are available to you as an advantage card user. Also you are often sent vouchers through the post as another extra advantage. The vouchers you receive in the post, or can print from the kiosks, vary on what it gets you. Some are for extra points when you buy a certain product, a product from a certain brand, if you spend a certain amount on one transaction, or a double points voucher to use on anything. Also money off products, and buy one get one free.
When you have saved up enough points, you can use those points to buy something for free! (Just as long as you have enough points to cover the cost of the item) I often use mine to buy makeup, shampoo etc. Or skincare. Saving up points doesn't take as long as you might think. If you're a frequent shopper, and use extra points coupons whenever they're available, then the points soon add up. What's more, you can now shop online on Boots Treat Street, and get extra advantage card points for doing a bit of retail therapy at places like New Look. So you can tell, for the shopaholic the points really do add up!
One of the great things I've found to be an advantage with this card, is that it can be a good way to try out new products. I'd really wanted to try out the Rimmel 1000 kisses lip tint, but didn't want to waste money on it just in case I didn't like it. Having enough points on my Advantage card, I decided to use the points on there to pay for it. That way I wouldn't feel like I'm actually spending any money, so I practically got it for free! The advantage card is also good for when you've spent all of your wages, but really need that face cleanser you just used the last of. If you have enough points, then fear not, your advantage card can pay for it for you! Also, if you're a customer of Boots opticians, they can give you points on your card too, as part of their contact lens scheme etc. Yet another advantage to shopping for your essentials!
If you haven't gathered by now, there really are plenty of advantages to having an Advantage Card!
Boots advantage card - what's not to love?!
For many years, I have been an avid Boots shopper. I find their stores incredibly convenient, whether small highstreet ones, the large out-of-town retail sites or the city centre stores that I find so accessible. When I am in need of health & beauty related basics, it is my first port of call. I find their stores to be well stocked & often well staffed, even on busy Saturdays. The staff know their job, & they memorably even gave me a work experience position aged just 12 (with a bumper gift bag at the end of the week..)
My major issue with store cards is that us lowly students get very little back. Years of petrol buying at Tesco once amounted to a lowsy £1.50 "money-off" voucher. Er, thanks a lot.
I've had an advantage card for half my life, & in my experience, it is the card that offers the most back. In normal circumstances, you earn 4 points for every pound spent in stores or online, & each point is worth a penny. This way, the points do add up, but you would need to be a big spender to receive big rewards. It is also not enough to encourage you to purchase a product in Boots that is cheaper elsewhere.
However, Boots being Boots, there are wonderful offers all year round. Many purchases will obtain an extra 100 points (=£1), for example. Furthermore, many larger Boots stores have an advantage card kiosk, where you can view your points balance & receive extra points vouchers for use that very day.
Of course, it is up to you to be sensible! If you've come in for toothpaste, there is no point buying miles of extras to obtain 200 extra points on a £20 spend. It can be a challenge to reign in your spending when you're surrounded by such wonderful products, but you can pick & choose. Many of the offers are on products you would buy anyway, such as shampoo. Why not buy when there's more advantage to be had?
My personal foible is nail varnish. I am obsessed with the stuff!
However, as I currently earn only 50 euros more than my rent & bills each month, my addiction has had to be put on hold for the moment. So this is where I choose to use my points. A few months' shopping including vitamin tablets, shampoos & skincare products will often earn me enough to try a new "Models Own" varnish without breaking the bank!
Points are earned on purchases in-store or on the Boots website. It should be noted that points are not earned for pharmacy items or at the Boots opticians. Aside from the extras mentioned above, you can link your advantage card to a TreatStreet account when you shop online, earning 1 point for each pound spent. I've not looked at this however, as the brands available there are not student friendly!
Advantage card holders can pick up a free magazine in store.
Each card application offers the change to join the NHS organ donors registry. Of course I have already joined seperately, but as far as I'm concerned, I would rather have those details multiple times!
When spending your points, you have to buy the product in full, meaning you cannot use 450 points plus 50p in cash to buy an item costing £5, for example.
I can't confirm this 100% as the website doesn't seem to have this info, but I am pretty sure points don't expire, as I rarely use mine but they are still there waiting for me :)
I love this card. Even those of us who don't spend much at Boots will see the rewards. It actually makes shopping at Boots a pleasure :)
The Boots Advantage card was one of the first that I ever came into contact with and I have owned one for about 15 years. As I had a Saturday job in Superdrug when I was at school that was where I bought my make up and toiletries as I got a nice staff discount. When I'd there I started shopping round a bit more and Boots became one of my favourite stores.
How it works
Boots is a chain of chemists selling a wide range of goods from make up, perfume and toiletries to glasses and baby equipment. The advantage card is their reward scheme which gives you 4 points for every pound you spend. A point is worth 1p so at 4p in the pound so they soon add up. To start collecting points you can pick up an application form in store which has a temporary card on it or download a barcode online, these can then be used to register an account and you will be sent a credit card sized card. When you make a purchase in store you just hand your card over, I find I normally get asked if I have one which is helpful as although you can have points added from a receipt it's much easier to do it at the time. The Advantage card has a number on the front which you enter at checkout when buying online.
-In store kiosks
These machines are situated in the shops and normally offer you about half a dozen bonus points coupons, these are either extra points when you buy a particular product or extra points if you spend over a certain amount. The total spend needed for these seem to have increased from £25 to £30 or £40 in recent years so I don't use them as much as I used to.
I joined the Boots parenting club when I was pregnant and this entitles me to 10 points for every £1 spent on qualifying baby products. Although Boots tend to be more expensive than the supermarkets some baby products they do have good offers when their Baby Events are on. I frequently receive mailing from the parenting club including extra advantage points offers.
This is similar to the parenting club but it offers 10 points for every £1 spent on Boots brand items,
This allows you to earn 1 point for every £1 spent online at New Look and Matalan among others. You can find Treat Street at www.Treatstreet.Boots.com You need to register your Advantage card with them then go to this site to link through to the store you ant to earn points from. A really easy way to earn a few extra points.
-In store promotions
Boots will often have a 10 points for every £1 spent promotional weekend and in the run up to Christmas they have special events where you can earn bonus points if you spend a certain amount.
Boots often send me extra bonus coupons including a double points coupon valid for my birthday month.
This is also really easy and you just need to ensure that you have enough points to cover the price of your item. For example if your item cost £5 you would need 500 points and you just tell the person serving you that you want to pay with your points. Points can't be used as part payment which I think is a shame but as I tend to save up my points this isn't a problem for me. I'm currently saving my points for Christmas shopping I have about £80 which I'm hoping will go even further on Boots 3 for 2 Mix and Match on gifts.
When you sign up for an Advantage card you are given the option to be added to the NHS organ donor register. This is a great idea and an easy way to get yourself added to the register if you wish to do so.
Health & Beauty magazine
Another benefit of having an Advantage is that you can pick up a copy of Boots in store magazine for free. It's full of informative articles and I always make sure I pick up a copy of the latest magazine.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it's free and easy to use. I can't think of a reason not to have one if you shop in Boots.
I have been shopping with Boots for years but have only recently signed up for a Boots Advantage Card. I don't think I ever fully understood what advantages you get for your money, but when I last visited the sales assistant went through it with me as I filled in my form.
You get 4 points to every pound and each point it worth a penny, so essentially you are getting 4p cashback for every £1 you spend. Honestly I don't know why I haven't signed up before! It is essentially free money as if you were going to shop as Boots anyway, you are getting that 4p per £1 for nothing!
So I applied for my Boots card, with a very simple form, just my name and address and email address. I was then given a temporary Boots card which has a unique barcode on it, so I could start collecting points straight away. Basically the temporary card would record all the points I gather while waiting for the permanent card and then when the real one arrrived it already had my collected points loaded onto it for me.
The card is made of thick plastic, like a standard credit card. It has the Boots logo on the front and is mainly white. There is a gold chip on the back and when you buy the items you put the card into the chip and pin machine so the amount of points you have collected can be verified.
Obviously there aren't many disadvantages to free money and the fact that you can also join club type things for parents with babies and also advantages for the elderly customer, makes it all the more enticing. However, the only problem (if you can call it that) was that I had to wait 4-6 weeks for my permanent card. Mine took just over 5 weeks to arrive so for that time I had to carry the small, cardboard temp card around with me to collect my points on.
Overall, I think cashback on my purchases is brilliant and too good an offer to miss in my book.
Before I had my daughter the only loyalty card I had was for tesco and to be honest I hardly ever remembered to use it. Since she came along and the need for buying excessive amounts of nappies became a reality I thought it was definitely in my interest to get a boots loyalty card and at least see a return on all the money I was spending in boots so frequently as it was literally a 2 minute walk from our house and I found myself shopping in there almost every week!
- basics of the card -
With each £1 spent, you receive 4 points on to the loyalty card. 1 point is equivalent to 1p so spending £10 gives 40 points (40p which is most definitely the best out there!). It can be redeemed at any time which is a plus as long as the amount of points covers the entire cost of the shopping bill. (you cannot pay for shopping partly with cash/debit card and partly with boots points).
Being able to redeem points at any time is quite handy as for example with sainsburys nectar points they can only be redeemed once a minimum of 500 points are achieved. I have found myself at times only wanting to buy a drink in boots which perhaps costs 80p and I don't have change so it is quick and easy to just redeem 80 points off my boots card and go along my merry way without the hassle of breaking a £10 note (I find as soon as I break a note my money seems to disappear quicker than lightening!) so it's simple and quick to do.
- collecting points -
Boots points can be collected in a variety of ways.
In store : this is the easiest way, when in store simply after a purchase give the cashier the boots card and he/she will apply the points valid from that shopping transaction onto the card which appear immediately.
Online : points can be accumulated via purchases off the boots website or their type of cashback website, boots treat street.
With shopping online on the boots website, I would sometimes buy bulk supplies of nappies online as it always worked out cheaper than buying small packs every few days in store. Online they would have offers of big boxes 2 for £20 (the amount in the boxes would vary depending on nappy size) and I would get free delivery to the store near my home which only ever took 3-4 days. The points would be active on my advantage card after a week or two and I would have to go to a larger boots store and go to their advantage card kiosk to get the points applied so I was not missing out in any way.
With treat street whenever I shop online for clothes on websites like miss selfridge and new look or DVDs on hmv I Go through this avenue so they track my purchase and the amount I spend (minus delivery charges) I receive 1 point on my boots card per £1 spent. This is lower than their 4 points awarded for their store but it still encourages me to use treat street as I still get something back. It should be noted that no advantage card points can be redeemed in any of these stores unfortunately! And it is good to keep up to date with treat street as their websites change (I used to use it for shopping on asos but this is no longer on their list of websites *insert sad face here*). After shopping on these sites, provided items are not returned points can be collected around 28 days after the purchase and are done so again by visiting the kiosks in the larger boots stores where the points are applied immediately.
- other perks of a boots card -
I am a member of their parenting club and when you first sign up you receive a certain amount of boots points (I can't even remember how much it was as this was 2 years ago!) and boots send great deals now and again like receiving 10 points per £1 for each transaction on baby items which is fantastic and always handy.
At their kiosks there are often other great deals available to customers like perfumes or other toiletries at a discount or receive a certain amount of points for purchasing etc
- overall -
I would 100% recommend everyone to have a boots card! Admittedly it is a bit pricier than shopping in superdrug (sometimes! Although they have now tried to develop their own loyalty card which still doesn't always entice me in there) but the boots card is definitely an extra incentive with good deals online, via treat street, you will find yourself accumulating Many pounds worth of points in absolutely no time Meaning you can treat themselves in boots to a nice fragrance or even save it throughout the year and buy some lovely Christmas presents and save yourself a few bob!
I spend a lot of time shopping in Boots and nearly every time I go into the shopping centre in my local town I seem to come out with a few things from Boots. Therefore I get a lot of use from my Boots advantage card!
In my opinion the Boots advantage card is probably the best store loyalty card on the high street.
The basic benefit of the card is earning 4 points for each £1 spent in store or online. Each point is worth a penny, so it is equivalent to 4% cash back. However, you can very easily boost your points earnings by taking advantage of the regular promotions in store.
=== Extra Offers Kiosk ===
A trip to Boots would not be complete for me without a trip to the extra offers kiosk. You insert your card and it gives you the chance to check and amend your details as well as view the offers available to you. When you go to your offers, you will normally have around 6-10 printable vouchers available including extra points when you buy a product from a certain range (usually around 100-200 points, so a free £1 or £2) or extra points when you spend a certain amount in store, often 150 points on a £15 spend or 200 points on a £20 spend. This is a great way to increase your points balance, as £15 on the normal 4 points per £1 rate would normally earn you only 60 points. The extra offer kiosk also includes money off offers which are not related to earning advantage card points, such as free gifts with purchase or 10% off any shampoo.
I often find myself handing over 2 or 3 vouchers a time when I go shopping in Boots!
=== Free Magazine ===
Advantage card holders can help themselves to a free copy of the Boots magazine which comes out every two months. The magazine includes lots about makeup, skincare, health and other topics of general interest. It gives you lots of ideas of what to spend your advantage card points on and lists the points balance you would need to buy each item as well as the price in £. There is a sheet of money off and/or extra points or freebies vouchers in the back of the magazine. It costs £1 to those without an advantage card.
=== Parenting Club ===
I am not a member of the Parenting Club as I don't have children, but my sister is and you earn 10 points per £1 on parenting and baby items, which is a whopping 10% cash back. This is really good value. They also send vouchers and promotions through the post.
===Organ Donation ===
It is printed on my Boots card that I would be happy to be an organ donor, which is also a good way to make that clear if ever I was in an accident and the hospital looks through my purse e.g. to check identity.
=== Treat Street ===
Boots have recently developed a website http://www.treatstreet.boots.com/ which lets you earn points on your Boots advantage card by shopping online at other retailers such as HMV, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Train Line, Itunes. You can download a toolbar to let you know whenever you are on a site which supports Treat Street and lets you earn point. The points earned here are at a lower rate, usually only 1 or 2 points per £1, but it is still worth doing if you don't use another cash back site. One word of warning, don't try and double up by using it at the same time as another cashback site such as Quidco. I missed out on my Quidco cashback on a purchase by doing this as it must not be allowed.
=== Does it have any drawbacks? ===
No, not really in my opinion, but two things which are slightly annoying are that you cannot use points as part payment. You need to have enough points to cover the full price. Also, if you pay with points you cannot earn points on that transaction, so you would not be able to take advantage of any extra points vouchers.
=== Overall ===
I love my Boots card and get a lot of use out of it. I can easily earn £100 a year or more on it and I have over £50 at the moment which would get me a really good freebie, probably a 50 ml perfume. Admittedly I do buy a lot in Boots, but the points mount up when you are buying your basics which you would need anyway. The card is free, so I would recommend it to everyone. It is a no brainer!
For those like myself who spend a lot on hair and beauty products, the advantage card offers a great rewards scheme.
Registration- simple, sign up in store or online to receive your card. Registration is free.
Rewards- you receive 4 points for every £1 spent. Each point equals 1 penny. So, spend £30 in store and receive £1.20 in points. You can redeem these against anything in store. If you shop there regularly enough, the points mount up quickly. I enjoy letting my points mount up and then putting them towards Christmas shopping, as Boots offer 3 for 2 on gifts, so you can make a lot of savings. Boots regularly do special offers where if you spend a certain amount, you get more points than normal during the Christmas shopping period. Boots regularly run special offers such as 3 for 2 on hair and beauty products, so it's easy to receive points while buying your regular products and still making savings.
Most people I know now have a Boots Advantage card and as most people on Dooyoo tend to be savvy shoppers I would guess a lot of you do too, because as reward systems go, this is one of the best out there, in my humble opinion!
You can apply for an Advantage card either in store, online or by telephone and, having done so, you'll shortly receive your card through the post. When you sign up for one you also get the options of joining various groups or clubs such as the parenting club and health club from which you can earn even more special offers and another little bonus is that you can get free copies of their health and beauty magazine.
The card itself is the same size as a credit card so easily fits into your purse or wallet. It's a plain white colour with a big Boots logo, your name and your card number on the front and information about using it on the back. Importantly (on mine anyway as I signed up to it) there is also an NHS Organ Donor emblem to let the emergency services know whether or not you are on the organ donor register. This is a big plus point for me as it's something I believe strongly in so the more ways of letting people know I'm registered the better as far as I'm concerned.
So what are the benefits of using an Advantage card? Well, for every pound you spend in a Boots store or at their online store you receive 4 points on your card. This may not sound like much but it is effectively a 4% discount on everything you buy as each point is then worth a penny against a future purchase. Ie if you have 395 points on your card you can get something up to the value of £3.95 for free! As everybody buys shampoo, deoderant, shower gel, toothpaste etc it is an effective way of saving money on every day products and I tend to use it as a little savings account. Even if you don't have your card with you you can still earn your points, they just give you a validated receipt which you take with you next time you're in store, along with your card, and they'll add the points to it for you.
Once you get used to your card there are ways of using it and shopping even more savvily to earn the maximum benefits from it. For example, you can still use it even in conjunction with other special offers they're running. My best bargain shop ever at Boots happened a couple of months ago. I'd been into my smaller local store and got some of the normal moisturiser I use only to find that it was on offer at 2 for £4 (despite the fact it's normally £3.99 each, so I was basically getting one for 1p. So when I realised we were going to be near one of the larger stores I decided to stock up on my fave moisturiser (and cleanser and toner while I was at it!) whilst it was on such a good offer.
As it was one of the larger branches they had the Advantage Card machines in store which offer special one off discounts to their card holders so I inserted my card and scrolled through the additional discounts available to me that day. These included discounts for skin care products, toothpaste, shower gels and deoderants. Well! That was me off on a spree!!! Between us my husband and I got two tubes of moisturiser, a cleanser and a toner (all of which were on the 2 for £4 offer and had an additional 15% off with the voucher from the machine), three tubes of toothpaste for the price of 2 (with another 20% off), two bottles of shower gel for 99p each (instead of the rrp of £1.99 each) with an extra 20% off and three tins of mens deoderant (I can't remember what it was but these were also on offer, possibly a 3 for 2?) with an extra 20% off.
So, for those of you that don't have a degree in maths and can't be bothered to work it out for yourself (sensible people, I don't blame you!) the upshot of this shopping spree was that without the special offers already in store this haul would have cost uf £38 near enough. With the in store offers it would have come to just over £22 but because I had the special Advantage card discounts our grand total came to just over £18!!! Even I was staggered when the girl behind the till told me the amount! So our little shop cost us less than half the rrp of the products and on top of that I still got 72 points on my advantage card too! To be honest, until we got to the car and went through the receipt I was convinced that they'd made a mistake and that someone would come chasing after us asking for more money!
Boots also do special events for card holders where they will increase the number of points available. These tend to last for a weekend at a time and sometimes go up to triple points so you get 12 points for every pound you spend. If I'm buying higher price items like perfume or the top brand cosmetics I always wait until one of these events.
If you're a contact lense wearer you can also earn 1 point for every pound you spend on your lenses, although I find it cheaper to buy them elsewhere, so you need to do the maths first to see if that is worth your while. You can also earn points on mobile tops ups too.
So, whilst I originally got my Advantage card to use as a little savings scheme for little treats for myself or to save up for Christmas presents etc, I now use it much more cannily and keep an eye out for special offers on things that I normally use. And if you live near a larger store that has one of their machines then it's definitely worth having a quick look to see if there are further discounts available to you as these are tailored to each individual card depending on what you have bought in the past.
One thing worth noting is that you can't use your points as only part of a purchase, you have to have the total value on your card. So, for example if you were buying something at £7.00 but only had £6.50 worth on points on your card you can't make up the difference in cash.
Other things to bear in mind are that points can neither be earned nor spent on prescriptions, baby milk, gift vouchers or stamps.
But despite these issues I would highly recommend that if you don't already have one, you get an Advantage card rapido! They're a great way of saving the pennies on things you'd be buying anway and as the old saying goes...take care of then pennies and the pounds take care of themselves (if only!!!)!