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I cannot rave enough about Tesco Clubcard points. I have been a loyal Tesco customer now for about 10 years and have enjoyed holidays abroad, weekends in top class hotels in the UK, tickets for days out, restaurant vouchers, ferry tickets, jewellery vouchers and spectacles - ALL COMPLETELY FREE!!!
When I tell my friends this they don't always believe me and say it can't be that good, but I tell them that it simply is. There are only the two of us at home and I am somewhat of a frugal shopper so we probably don't spend anywhere near the amount the average family does, but still manage to benefit greatly from this superb scheme.
There are several ways to boost your monthly points. I have a Tesco bank account which I transfer an amount into each month which doubles your points automatically. You can also get a Tesco credit card which gives you 1 clubcard point for every £4 spent, so if you spend money at other places this soon mounts up but know that some people do not want a credit card as it is too easy to run up a bill and not pay it off every months, so you end up paying more in interest than you would benefit from Tesco Rewards.
If you have your gas and electric with EON this can give you up to 4000 points depending on which tariff you are on. I am on this tariff which is also the cheapest one for our needs so am winning all round on this one!
I have also recently changed my mobile phone to Tesco mobile where I only pay £7.50 a month but again get clubcard points, and as Tesco tell you, every little helps!.
Quite a new company where you can get Tesco clubcard points is TopCashback, which surprise surprise is another one of my favourites. This site gives you cashback when you purchase certain items and even when you visit some sites or fill in a short survey. You can now change the cashback for clubcard points and even get a small bonus on top for doing so.
Esso, Blinkbox and Living Social also give clubcard points but I have yet to use these particular companies.
We have had several holidays with Cosmos where you can treble your points to a maximum of £300 per person, (it used to be £400 so would pay outright for a cheeky week away in the sunshine). The latest short break we have booked is a two night stay at a Best Western hotel in Somerset in July which cost £180 but was free using £60 of vouchers. We have had numerous meals at Pizza Express and Café Rouge which times your points by four so for £10 of vouchers you can get a whopping £40 towards a slap up meal.
The vouchers come every three months and can now be printed off at home, or in store when they have the promotions for doubling up the vouchers to spend in store which is another great idea. You can order goods online and just type in the voucher number or send them off to Tesco if you prefer and they are always updating and offering new rewards to choose from.
I would say with all the different ways we collect the points amount to approximately £220 to £250 a year which could be used in rewards at up to £1000 which I think is just fantastic as it is just something for nothing in my opinion as we have to eat and are being rewarded for it.
If you haven't got a Tesco clubcard I would highly recommend getting one and you'll be surprised how quickly the points add up. Most definitely five stars from me.
Although they seemed like a really good deal, you need to be very wary about how you use Tesco Clubcard reward vouchers. We had £30 of vouchers that we thought would reduce the cost of the ferry on a visit to Ireland. The price for the standard return trip with Stena was £250. But when we tried the same trip using Tesco vouchers an immediate surcharge of £40 was applied. Then, on top of that, we could only order by telephone, and this was subject to a service fee of £10. So, with all that added, the price was inflated to £300 before the discount of £30 was applied. That meant that the final cost would have been £270, which compared with a standard price of £250 without the vouchers ... some "reward" for loyalty!! So we ripped up the vouchers and bought the standard tickets ... and saved ourselves £20.
@ About @
I have been a clubcard member for many many years and as far as I can tell, it's one of the most rewarding supermarket schemes out there. Basically you earn 1 clubcard point for every £1 you spend, where one point is equal to 1p. The points can then be redeemed in a number of ways: In store for money off, Tesco online, and my preferred way to redeem them: air miles.
You get a small plastic card with a barcode on the back and a blue swiping strip. When you use a self serve checkout you just scan the back of your clubcard. Your name is also pressure punched into the card so no one can rub it off and steal your card. They will ask questions if it says the name of another family member when they try to spend with your card, this is good security. You can also get a keyring card which is made from a flexible plastic. In my experience, you will need a new one every year. They wear down very easily and the plastic coating comes off.
@ Membership @
When you sign up you can start using your card in store. The actual sign up process can be done in store by a member of staff at the help desk. Very easy to do, and took me less than ten minutes. If you want your children to use the card when they buy things for you, they can put points on the card under the age of 18 but can not spend it, nor can they sign up for one themselves.
My best experience with tesco clubcard is the service you get from the scheme. I rang up customer services to amend some details on the account and it was all completed within minutes with no queue on the phone (it was also 11AM when I rang) the membership is very rewarding even when you don't spend in store. Just by using your clubcard on things you normally buy allows Tesco to collect data about what you spend the most on. I spend a lot of money on potatoes and milk, so I recently received a voucher in the post for a bonus 25 points when I spend £1 or more on these items.
@ Using the clubcard @
Using the clubcard is very easy, and is the simplest of tasks. To use at a self serve checkout you scan the back of your clubcard, or at a checkout you hand it over If you forget your clubcard on one trip, tesco have devised a scheme where a barcode is printed on the receipt if you don't have a clubcard. The barcode can then be scanned with your next purchase when you remember your card. You can add an unlimited amount of points from the barcodes you get, but only two barcodes per transaction
@ Overall @
Tesco clubcard is a highly rewarding scheme and is tailored to things you buy when you get vouchers in the post. If you don't have a lot of money and need to cut back, you can save up clubcard points and spend them on other things, or save up and buy your weekly shopping for free just in points.
O% credit card deals were ten a penny a couple of years back, but such deals seemed to have all but dried up recently so I was keen to take advantage of the 0% for 15 months deal that the Tesco Clubcard credit card was offering.
~~The application process~~
This was really straightforward, you can apply online and you get a decision pretty much straight away. They ask you about your annual income and your employer's postcode and address and your current account details. I think I received my card within a week or so of applying and then a few days later they sent the details needed to monitor the account online.
The card acts as a Tesco clubcard as well as a credit card. This means that you get clubcard points in the same way as you would with a standard clubcard for all spending within Tesco stores. In addition, you also receive 1 point for every £4 spent outside of Tesco stores. This means we can shop around and buy our shopping wherever's cheapest (often Asda or Morrisons) and still get Tesco Clubcard points! The Clubcard points can then be redeemed either against shopping or for offers giving up to 3 times the value of the points.
You get all the usual benefits from using a credit card including protection against fraud and the ability to build up a good credit history if used wisely. In addition, if you are good at managing your spending, you can take advantage of the interest-free period on this card by using it for all routine spending and investing this money in a savings account to accrue interest until the interest-free period is over when you simply pay the balance off and keep the interest gained. You can set up a direct debit to make the minimum payment each month.
You can monitor your clubcard credit card account online at tescobank.com. You select a username, internet PIN and internet password and log in through the credit card option. The first screen you see is an account summary, showing your credit limit, current balance and credit available. You can then view all your transactions since your last statement as well as all statements from the past 18 months. These are in PDF format and can be downloaded and saved to your PC for reference.
You can also make payments to your credit card using a debit card, set up regular payments, view a history of your online payments, transfer a balance to your Tesco credit card and set up text alerts on your account.
This is a great credit card which gives a long interest free period on purchases as well as Clubcard points on spending at Tesco and elsewhere. Internet banking makes managing the account really straightforward. Can't fault it.
Ok Tescos is a huge corporation that uses the Clubcard to analyse / "spy on" their customers & do target marketing. However, the deals are too good to miss!
Where I live the only choice is Tescos, so we are a bit stuck for choice, however, I have a clubcard since I moved out 7 years ago and have loved it ever since. We collect thousands of points each year doing what we would have done normally, and received free stuff as a result.
In addition to the normal weekly shop, I got a great deal on a sim only mobile contract (£10 per month for 5000text/500min/500mb), I also used the credit card (use for normal shopping and pay off total monthly).
For each £1 spent in store you get 2 points (2p)
For every £2 spent on petrol you get 1 point (1p)
For every £1 spent on Mobile contract you get 3 points (3p)
and you get addition 1 point for each bag reused in store
In addition to the above, if you use your tesco credit card for everything:
An additional 1 point for every £4 spent in store or out of store,
The vouchers are only valid for 3 years so keep an eye on them!
You can use your vouchers in store at a £1:£1 or spend them on the clubcard deals at £1 in voucher = £3 in deals (this used to be £4, was very upset when that was reduced!)
So our average weekly food bill - £75 = 150 basic points + 18 credit card + 5 bonus points for using own bags = 173 per week = 8,996 per year just on food shopping which is the equivilent of £89.96 of vouchers. If you convert the vouchers into clubcard deals = a whopping £269.88, if you save these for 3 years you have over £809.64 to spend on holiday/jewellery etc
If you add in the mobile contracts, paid for on direct debit on the credit card (mine - £10 pm, other half = £20 pm) = 90 basic points + 7 credit card = 97 points per month = 1,164 per year --- another £11.64 in vouchers or £34.92 in deals or £104.76 over 3 years
Our average fuel bill is about £200 per month = 100 points + 50 credit card = 150 pm = 1,800 per year = £18.00 in vouchers or £54 in deals or £162 over 3 years
So in an average year only looking at my food / mobile and petrol spending we earn a total of £358.8 in deals, or £1076.40 over a 3 year period! This doesnt include the rest of time we use the credit card!
If you sign up to the website you can keep track of your progress online & if you loose a voucher they can be reprinted off on there. I managed to loose £20 vouchers which were due to expire in Aug this year, so I converted them into Goldsmith vouchers and treat myself to some jewellery!
Using these deals over the years we have had a long weekend in the Hilton Whardorf in London for my birthday and bought a £1000 watch from Goldsmiths for my other halfs 30th. I am currently saving my vouchers for Optimax laser eye surgery!
Sorry for the maths lesson, I am a mathematician at heart!
I've had a Tesco clubcard for years, and out of the many loyalty cards I own for various stores, this one is my favourite. The clubcard system is pretty simple, you earn points by spending money in Tesco stores or online. These points are then coverted into Tesco clubcard vouchers, which you can use in store, on-line, or for one of their Exchange deal promotions. The Exchange Deals triple the value of your vouchers for certain restaurants, days out etc, and you have to send your vouchers off and state where you want to spend them. They then return the voucher to you which you must spend in your chosen place.
The clubcard points can be earned in many ways, including grocery shopping, at the Tesco petrol stations, using their financial and mobile phone services, and many others. I only really shop in store with the occasional online grocery shop, and I always make sure I get my petrol at Tesco to build up my points. At the moment they are offering double points on grocery shops, and this is a good way of keeping customers as it quickly boosts the number of points you have. The online shopping facility is good because it stores your clubcard details and adds the points to your account. You can also earn additional points in other ways such as re-using carrier bags, or completing surveys for the online "Shopper Thoughts" forum. I am a member of this and regularly get invitations to complete surveys, the reward is usually 50 - 200 points.
When you've earned enough points to convert to monetary value vouchers, you will be send these vouchers in the post once a quarter. As part of the Clubcard scheme you'll also get money off vouchers if you buy certain things (or sometimes if you spend over a certain amount, eg £5 off if you spend over £50), or you might get vouchers giving extra clubcard points if you buy certain things. The products they choose to give offers on in this way are usually carefully selected based on your spending patterns, so they tend to be for things you will actually use.
I always used to spend my Clubcard vouchers by converting them to restaurant vouchers for Bella Italia, as this was a good way for my friend and I to have a free night out once in a while. We'd both save our vouchers and convert them so that they were enough for a meal for two. When we both bought houses and things got a bit tighter, however, we have both started using our vouchers for reducing our weekly shop. I usually earn about £12 a quarter in Tesco vouchers, so I either spend this in store on a special meal for my fiancé and myself, or if I've overspent during the month I'll put it towards our normal grocery shop to make it cheaper. Either way, it's a nice little surprise when the vouchers come through the post each quarter.
I would say if you have a family that needs entertaining, the best way to use these vouchers is by exchanging them in the Clubcard Rewards deals (this can be done online). There are lots of offers on the website for places like Alton Towers, Legoland, Warwick Castle to name but a few. This vastly reduces the cost of a day out and makes it worthwhile being loyal to Tesco.
By far i think this is the best store card of any UK supermarket. Tesco only offers 1 point per pound on groceries, home and technology, equivalent to 1p. However due to their seemingly continuous double points scheme, this become 2p per pound. Points are very easy to rack up, especially when using extra points vouchers they send with vouchers. The vouchers are sent 4 to 5 times a year, and consist of monetary vouchers and extra points. Money vouchers are available in denominations of 50p. For example, 1150 points would equal £11.50, which would come as a £10 and £1.50. There can be five or six points vouchers, which are usually 25 extra points when a pound is spent. tesco send vouchers based on what you spend the most on, so it easy to use all of them, and recieve an extra £1.50 in points. There is a multitude of other ways to receive points, from petrol to owning a tesco credit card. However these pay less reward points.
I decided to review this because I find I benefit a lot from this little card and think therefore that Tesco deserve a good review!
The points card is easy to start using, you can pick up a form instore which gives you a temporary card, you can then go online and register fully and they will post one out to you. Alternatively, as I did, you can use one of the little instore machines to enter your details and your card will be printed out for you there and then in a minute or so, simple!
As you would expect with this type of card you then simply hand it over every time you shop in a Tesco store, or use it at Tesco online, or at one of their petrol stations etc and you will earn points. These points do seem to add up pretty quickly and about 4 times a year they will then send you vouchers to spend based on the number of points you have accumulated.
I don't spend a huge amount on my shopping there, probably an average of £30 or £40 a week if that, but I normally get around £8 in vouchers every 3 months or so. So If you spend quite a bit on a large family shop every week then it is well worth you getting yourself a clubcard as imagine how much you would get in vouchers then!! After Christmas, as I had been spending a little more than usual, I got £15 of vouchers, which was much appreciated.
Not only do these vouchers come in really handy as a way of getting money of my weekly shop but when you are sent them you also get other handy liitle coupons with offers such as an extra 5o points if you buy such and such a thing, or 50p off a particular product etc.
Overall, simple to use, easy to tot up points and the vouchers now and then come in really handy, I really feel I am being rewarded for my loyalty as a Tesco customer.
I am generally quite skeptical of reward card schemes and may never have got a clubcard unless I actually worked for Tesco. The system works on a points basis where 1 point is given for every £1 spent in tesco stores or online (except if there is a promotion for extra points or points are reduced on a certain product range e.g. gift cards), each of the points is then worth 1p in clubcard vouchers which are sent out every few months.
Points are very easy to accumulate, due to the fact that Tesco seem to be taking over the world every one seems to have shopped in Tesco at some point. Every one needs to buy food and drivers need fuel and so points are easily hoarded, especially during promotions such as double points. Extra points are also given at the checkout of bags are re-used to pack shopping, equalling a point per bag (every little helps as some company says!).
The vouchers are sent out in a statement about 4 times a year and can be spent on anything in store or online at their face value, allowing you to save money instantly on your shopping. There is also a regular promotion called 'double up' which allows customers to double up the value of their vouchers (in multiples of £10) for use against products from certain departments in store and online. I choose to make the most of my vouchers by using the rewards scheme online allowing you to use up to triple the face value against rewards from partnering companies, from meals out to magazine subscriptions and airmiles to breakdown cover.
Oh and did I mention... it is free!
I can't speak highly enough of Tesco Clubcard. I have yet to come across a better customer loyalty card than Tesco's. I have been a Tesco Clubcard member for over 5 years and have enjoyed the rewards that come with being a Clubcard member.
It used to be that you would collect 1 point for ever £1 spent in Tesco. However, in the last 6 to 12 months Tesco now offer customers 2 points for every £1 spent on groceries. There are also other ways to collect Clubcard points and top up your balance. 100 points equates to £1.00 in vouchers.
You can collect Green Clubcard points for recycling products such as old mobile phones, both working and not working and printer ink cartridges. You can also collect Green Clubcard point when using your own bags at the check out. You typically get 1 point for every 1 bag you re-use.
You can collect points on fuel, spending money on a Tesco Credit Card, Tesco Direct, the list goes on and on. As well as collecting Clubcard points in Tesco, you can also collect Clubcard points with their affiliates such as Eon, the energy company.
So, you have now collected your points and Tesco have send you your vouchers in the post. Typically you can either use your vouchers in one of 2 ways, spend them at face value to get money of your shopping. The other way and the way I like to spend the vouchers is charge them for reward tokens. This way you convert your vouchers for rewards which are worth 3 times the value of the voucher. £10 of vouchers gets you £30 of reward tokens. You used to get 4 times the value.
The rewards list is endless, you can have days out at theme parks, a ride on the London Eye, stay at hotels, such as Hilton and Magazine subscriptions to name a few. The rewards scheme is similar to the one Nectar offer, but I believe that the Tesco scheme is more superior and from my experience you do not have to collect as many points to get the rewards.
I can't rate this scheme highly enough. I have and will continue to recommend it to friends.
The Tesco Clubcard is a really good idea and can save you a lot of money, if you give Tesco a lot of money.
As I used to work at Tesco, I did a lot of shopping there, even before I received my 10% off priviledge card, which allowed me to rack up my points. In an average month I was spending around £400, which is 400 points, unless there is some kind of promotion on points.
The basic point of the card is spend money and receive points, which will then be sent to you in money off vouchers. You can either use your vouchers in store or exchange them for days out vouchers, restaurant vouchers etc. I have never exchanged mine for vouchers but some friends do and they say you get more back by doing this.
Every point is worth 1p. So to get yourself a decent amount in vouchers you would have to spend a lot of money in Tesco.
Your vouchers are sent to you quarterly and one month I received a voucher for £20. Meaning I has spent £2000 in Tesco in 3 months!!!!
Also, you receive some basic coupons with you statement, 25p off bread etc, which can be a little help.
However, when I ordered my card, it took 8 months to be sent to me! And I had plenty of people complaining to me about their card not coming through whilst on the checkouts. Tesco claim that it takes up to 3 months for your card to be sent, then you have to call the 0845 number to chase it up.
Overall, the Clubcard is a good little saver. I don't use mine that much now and probably get £3 every quarter, if that!! But if you spend a lot, you will receive a nice voucher back.
I do a lot of my shopping at Tesco whether that is at one of the larger supermarket stores near to me or the Express shop which is within walking distance of my house. I like making purchases at Tesco locations because they have a splendid variety of products, the prices are reasonable often with useful items on promotion and also I love the added bonus of the Club Card points, probably one of the most successful and well known loyalty schemes on the high street.
After a pretty simple registration process you are sent a card unique to you which is the same size as a debit or credit card, I have also seen people who have a smaller version on their key fob along with their keys, I remember being sent one of these but I have never used this, I have only ever used the standard card. When I first started to partake of the scheme you would receive 1 point for every pound you spent in Tesco stores but it is currently double at two points for every pound you spend. When you take your items to the check out the cashier will ask you for your card and they will scan it, in the process updating the balance of the points you have accumulated. Your receipt will often show your total number of points and you can also check online.
As well as collecting points when you buy groceries you can also accrue them when filling up with petrol, using Tesco direct and even if you use some of the company's financial or insurance services. Every 3 months I believe it is they will send you vouchers, if you have collected 2000 points you will receive £20 in vouchers which you can then redeem against products in the store or petrol. The last time I received my vouchers Tesco were offering the chance for you to double the value of your vouchers when you used them, so for example if you had 15 pounds they would increase it to 30 pounds. I doubled up mine and bought Lego to sell on eBay.
If you are a user of the company's mobile phone network they will give you treble points on whatever you spend currently. Another brilliant thing you can do is claim really good days out at famous British theme parks or locations with your points and dramatically increase the value of what you have earned sometimes by four times as much, a great bonus for families. When you are sent your vouchers you will often get other money off coupons for products Tesco know you like to buy so this membership scheme is a way of them monitoring your shopping patterns as well. It is a good bonus if you already shop at the stores and don't just do it to collect points.
Tesco Clubcard is a great way to get the most out of your money. Tesco is the closest supermarket to us so we do use it for everything. Our shopping, our petrol, we even do DVD rentals with them. Consequently we accrue a lot of clubcard points.
I never really took much notice of them though. I would get the money off vouchers and I would save them up for Christmas then have a substantial amount taken off my bill. That in itself was great but I soon discovered there was so much more available with these vouchers.
The first time I changed up my vouchers I was really surprised. My £5 off voucher was worth £20 if I exchanged it for one of their clubcard deals and there are so many deals to choose from. You have to exchange in values of £2.50 but that's fine. £2.50 is worth £10 in clubcard deals. My husband and I decided that we would give it a go and exchanged some money off vouchers for Bella Italia vouchers. We exchanged £7.50 and got £30 to spend in Bella Italia. It only covers your food, not your drinks but that was fine. We had a fantastic 3-course meal and a bottle of wine for about £10.
I have to say it was a little embarrassing handing over the vouchers in what was quite a posh and romantic restaurant but it was about 5 minutes of feeling a bit embarrassed - we had 2 hours of enjoyment!
Since then we have used these vouchers loads of times. I exchanged some vouchers to pay for an Open University Course and we also exchanged money off vouchers for Goldsmith vouchers. We bought 4 very beautiful white gold, diamond necklaces for our 4 bridesmaids at our wedding. Some of the deals have their own restrictions, for example in Goldsmiths you have to spend over £200 for the vouchers to be valid.
The vouchers can also be exchanged for days out, activity days, holidays, hotels, subscriptions to magazines and so much more. All of the information about clubcard deals is sent out with the money off vouchers so it's not difficult to find something to suit. You can also look on the Tesco clubcard website to see what deals they have available.
Exchanging the vouchers is easy as well but you do have to register yourself online. We just go onto their website choose what we want to exchange our vouchers for, click on it and on the right hand side it asks how much you want to exchange. It explains everything as you go through on the screen but you just need to type in the codes at the bottom of the vouchers, it registers them as being used and then within a couple of working days your vouchers are sent out to you.
I can't fault it really. If you don't have a clubcard, get one! There is so much to enjoy from their deals!
the idea of the clubcard itself might be good, you do get few pounds voucher back from time to time, but the staff working at the club card section are not as good... i've registered this card for a year but so far no one has sent me the real card, talked to the customer service at the tesco store and the woman told me that i've to call them on this issue and at the same time pointed out the clubcard staff aren't that good haha... i wanted to change my address so my wife called them as i work long hours unfortunately, they didnt let my wife to do the changes even she could give out every single details of me as a proof which is still ok i can understand, but their stupid system didn't allow me to do the changes online which brings inconvenient
If there's one thing I like about some stores it's the idea of them having loyalty cards. I am not a big fan of store cards but at least with loyalty cards, you spend and still earn back somehow. I have had my Tesco Clubcard for what seems like forever but it must have been about a good five or more years. I wasn't keen on bothering with one first as I was in my teens when it first all came about but my mother insisted I get one and I have to thank her now because with me living on my own I'm always in there buying.
WHAT IS IT
Well, with me shopping between a few different supermarkets it still seems worth my while holding onto this as on my lunch breaks I tend to grab meal deals from here and so on so even every little thing definitely adds up. The basic concept of the card is that every time you shop in Tesco they'll ask if you have a Clubcard, if you do say yes and they swipe it and you get 2 point per £1 in store and 1 point per £1 on petrol. You can always see how many points you have as every time you use the card the bottom of your receipt tells you what your current points total is. You can easily use it in the self service machines as well, just scan it at any point and it will say 'Clubcard accepted' then you can continue with your shopping.
It is easy enough to get yourself one of these cards you can either do it in store fill out a form and then you are given a temporary paper card which you can still get points on until your real one comes. It is a one off form and then they will send it out to you in the post within a few weeks. You can also register online at Tesco.com/clubcard or you can do it over the phone, there are numerous ways to get yourself one of these.
WAYS TO EARN
It is not all about buying groceries to earn yourself points but there are other ways too. Obviously online or in store are the obvious but you also get points for filling up at Tesco petrol. However, one of my main annoyances with this is most Tesco petrol stations near me are run under Esso so they say they can't give you points for the petrol with it not being theirs. The main places you get Tesco petrol are at the Tesco Extra stores, in other words the bigger ones but they're not easy for everyone to get to.
You usually get a magazine through from Tesco Clubcard quarterly which has vouchers adapted to what you normally spend. These are valid for a month and give you deals like get 25 points when you buy milk or get 25 points when you buy fresh fruit. They don't always have things I buy frequently but sometimes just to get the points I will add them in my trolley that week. Tesco Direct where you buy DVD's, CD's also gets you points and Tesco Home Phone does also. Lastly, if you reuse your bags Tesco will give you points back which is a good incentive to push recycling further, you get 1 point per bag.
You can further get more points by having Tesco services, I'm sure if you use their credit card you gain back with Tesco Finance but it is 1 point for every £4 spent. When you pay for gas and electricity with E-On you get points; Tesco Opticians is another good one where I've collected a lot of points from. Tesco Mobile will give you 3 points for every £1 you use or credit with their network. They will also give you up to 200 points when you recycle old ink cartridges and Tesco Broadband gets you points too. Lastly, Tesco car insurance is a way to get points.
So, normally with your Clubcard magazine you will receive vouchers attached at the end of it which you can either in store or towards their variety of rewards. They do for example £2.50 in Clubcard vouchers gives you £10 to spend in a number of restaurants such as Pizza Express and Cafe Rouge. Every £2.50 will also give you 60 Airmiles; £3 in Clubcard vouchers gives you 1 Cineworld token. Every £5 in Clubcard vouchers gives you £20 on days out and £6.50 will get you a magazine subscription.
The restaurants included then are Bella Italia, Potters, Prezzo, Varsity and others that I hadn't heard of. For the fun days out you can choose from a selection of theme parks like Alton Towers, zoos, castles, tourist attractions, Chessington World of Adventures, Drayton Manor etc.
You can buy memberships for things like the Wildlife Trust or RSPB Annual Membership. You can get hotel vouchers for Best Western, Hilton Hotels, Marriott and Novotels and Ramada Jarvis but these are going to be silly if you just get £2.50 exchanged into £10 which is why they say do £10 for £40 in vouchers as for hotels it needs to be higher.
You can get holiday vouchers for Butlins, Cosmos, Park Resorts, Virgin Holidays and the YHA. Then you have your lifestyle ones where you get LA Fitness.
For the magazine subscriptions I have only just found this out myself so for something that I read like Cosmopolitan you are looking at £10.50 in vouchers to secure yourself an annual subscription which isn't bad really. Elle is £11 because it is slightly heavier; Heat is £23 as it is out more frequently. I personally think there are so many good things to spend points on that magazine subscriptions are pretty cheap anyway that it seems a waste to use your points up on this. If you think of the amount of shopping you have to do to get £10.50 in vouchers I'd rather just pay cash for the annual subscription.
For theatre you can use £15 in Clubcard vouchers to get you one ticket to see Chicago on the West End. Then another good category they have is Indulgence which is for chocolatiers like Thornton's, so say you like the Continental Collection £5 in Clubcard vouchers will get you a 1030g token to pick these up but again it seems like you're paying a hell of a lot more for the vouchers to get the token that it is cheaper just buying it.
What I would say I probably always use my Clubcard vouchers on would be Airmiles which is the No.1 reward partner on Tesco.com so I can't be the only one. I usually get vouchers through for about £4.50 and collect them all, then I go online type in the code and my Airmiles order will be dispatched and they'll be credit into my account quickly within a few days. Thanks to my Clubcard vouchers I am now on about 700 Airmiles which is enough for a return flight to London. However, as I said I have now got my own flat so am shopping at Tesco a hell of a lot more as it is nearer to me so maybe soon I will have enough points to go somewhere hot. You can also collect BA Miles through Tesco as well if you collect these.
I think there are so many advantages of having this as I have stated above. Not only can you get benefits from your food shop and gain points to get holidays, days out, meal vouchers etc. It is not like it is difficult to swipe you card when shopping anyway and to gain something back for being loyal to Tesco seems brilliant. I think it is easy to say the points mount up quickly each month and with me collecting my Airmiles by just doing shopping and getting my vouchers every so often it just seems so easy to do.
The good thing is if you forget your Clubcard when shopping, you keep your receipt and go to customer services and they will put them on for you. Also if you're lucky if someone in front of you in the queue isn't collecting then they will sometimes offer their points to you as I've had a few times. The Clubcard is sent in card form for your purse and they also give you ones for your key so you can attach to your car or your keys which is handy.
Another thing I forgot to mention which comes around every so often is Double Points. It really is self explanatory but when they do Double Points I always do a big food shop and get my petrol with them as it mounts up the points like that and is a great way of collecting twice of what you are buying.
I really would do a disadvantage part of the Clubcard but I really can't see one apart from the point of the Esso petrol which I made earlier but it can be avoided. The card if free doesn't need credit checks, what more could you need.
If you want more information on Tesco and their Clubcard then go to http://www.tesco.com/clubcard and it has very in depth detail of everything you need to know.