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Boots Advantage Card
Member Name: redhead78
Boots Advantage Card
Date: 21/03/12, updated on 21/03/12 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Good points system, extra discount vouchers for cardholders
Disadvantages: You can't use cash and points for one item, you need enough points to pay for the full item
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!!!)!
Summary: An effective rewards system based on point collecting but with great discounts available too
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