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Member Name: jmaria01
Advantages: Soo many points! Soo much money!
Disadvantages: Double points won't last long!
Hmm, what to say about a Tesco Clubcard that hasn't already been advertised, said, reviewed, shouted, shown, etc.
I've only had my Clubcard account for a few years, I know a lot of other people have had it since it came out, but I think you have to be 16 to sign up so there was my problem! It first came out as a point for every pound you spend, at least that's how I remember it. Now it's up to 2 points per pound you spend, and oh how people are reaping the benefits of this!
When I applied, I had to go in store and get an application form, fill it out, post it off and wait. It took probably 2 weeks to get a permanent card through (you get a temporary barcode to scan on the back of your application form but as I only found this AFTER I got my card I didn't see the need to keep it) which could be used immediately. You also get two nice laminated keyrings for your keys, one for you and one for your other half if they don't have one - nick their points!! My mum has my dad well-trained in this department...
Anyway, the only ones I've seen have all had the same design on them; blue background with Tesco's memorable red logo on it. I think they do all look like this, unless there's some sort of personalization I'm unaware of! The card looks exactly like a bank card, only it's for Tesco points and cannot be used to pay for shopping, and it has a barcode on the back rather than a black strip because it is scanned, not swiped.
The cards and keyrings are easy enough to use, all have a barcode with your unique Clubcard number on it so the points always go to your account when swiped, and it's literally a case of scanning it as anything else is scanned - swipe it across the red lights. Of course this only stands if you use the self-service tills, if you always go to a cashier they do it for you.
You get your Clubcard statement through every 3 months I think, I haven't used mine since Morrisons became my local so I don't really know t be honest. You get your statement through anyway, and it tells you how many points you have, where you got your points from (Tesco.com, instore, petrol, green points for using your own bags, etc) some vouchers if you were lucky enough to get enough points (usually a pound but I've always had little valued vouchers so it may be normal to get them) and other special offers they feel like giving you. You can't miss it either - it's in a Tesco envelope, especially for you!
I only know of two 'plans' for the Tesco Clubcard; the one I'm on where every 3 months you get a statement through with your points total, a few vouchers and, if you've gone over £1 worth of points, a 'money off your next shop voucher equal to how many pounds you have. Every so often I'll get a voucher with '£2 off your next £20 shop', very useful for those who do their weekly shops at Tesco. The other plan is what my mum's on; Christmas Saver. You collect your points on your card from December one year to the next November, plus you can add the odd £10 here and there throughout the year, and every November you can get a nice fat voucher through for Christmas. My mum switched to this plan in April and already has over £50, so well worth it if you shop there all the time. Would help with presents for kids at least (=
Personally I wish all supermarkets would do something like Tesco do because groceries are a daily necessity and it would be extremely helpful to everybody if their local supermarket could help them out in this way. I've had to stop using Tesco and start using Morrisons because my local Tesco is now 7 miles away, whereas when I was at College it was only 1 mile away. Tesco points would help me out soo much as a student!! Asda do have a good Xmas Savers thing too (Asda is 4 miles away and we don't have a car; Morrisons is 1, so you can see why we shop there) but you have to put almost £100 of your own money away, on top of shopping money, just to get a couple of quid free. With Tesco you've already collected that free £2 just by doing your weekly shopping!
It's something I think every single family should have, especially if Tesco is your local, because you get so much back just from shopping with them it's unreal. Their Clubcard plans are unique, and you don't have to do much apart from switch supermarkets - they're not that expensive either!
Summary: Best for price, best for points
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