“ The ASDA Price Guarantee website gives you the opportunity to check the cost of your grocery shopping and online order at ASDA, against what you would have paid at Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. „
I usually do my weekly shop at Tesco, purely because it's the closest to my house so the most convenient. However one of the girls I work with has been telling me about the Asda price guarantee, how she had either saved money by shopping at Asda rather than another supermarket or had received money back.
I do pass an Asda on my way home from work so decided to pop in for a few bits and bobs. I only spent £16 and got quite a few items so wasn't really expecting there to be much difference between the price of Asda and any other supermarket. You have to wait until after 6am the morning after your shop before you can check the price, so the following afternoon I went online to check and was pleasantly surprised when I received a £2 voucher back. I know this doesn't seem a lot but considering I only spent £16 in the first place I think it's a good amount to get back, and makes me think that if I had spent more I would have ended up with more back.
I don't usually fill in online surveys etc. from supermarkets but I think this one is really worth it, even if you don't get money back as your shopping was cheaper than other supermarkets its good to know that you've saved money simply by shopping in Asda. It is really easy to do, you simply go to the address provided on the receipt and click on 'Enter receipt' this then takes you to a page that has an image of a receipt with the sections you need highlighted with green boxes. There are 6 easy steps to follow; you simply enter the store number, operator number, till number, transaction number and the date and time of your receipt. There is then the option to add your email address if you want to receive exclusive offers. Once all the boxes are filled click 'compare prices' this then calculates if your shopping was cheaper or more expensive than other supermarkets. If your shopping was cheaper at another supermarket you are given a printable voucher for the difference. Also if your shopping was cheaper at Asda, but not by 10% you also receive a voucher for the extra.
I think it's an excellent way to save money and I'm going to do my full weekly shop there this week and can't wait to compare the prices to see how much money I could be saving. i believe you can also use more than one voucher per transaction, although i have never tried this asa i have only used it once.
The only problem I have this is that you need to have 8 different items on your receipt to be able to use this.
There are certain exceptions for what the vouchers can be used but these are fully explained in the terms and conditions on the website.
My family and I have recently switched to Asda to do our main grocery shopping. Previously we've always loved Morrisons as we have a really big superstore in our town and Asda is comparatively small; however, my Mam fancied going to Asda for a change as we were getting fed up of the same choices in Morrisons. We don't have a Tesco, so we would have to travel out of town to shop there and Sainsburys always has that association that it is slightly more upmarket (read: expensive) so we settled on Asda as our Supermarket of choice.
When I saw the advert on TV for the Asda price guarantee, despite the incredibly annoying blonde woman who makes me want to smash my TV, I was quite excited to see if we could have saved any money using the receipts my Mam and I still had from the week prior shopping. My sister told us she had already checked and had received a voucher as her shopping wasn't cheaper than the other supermarkets.
I logged on to www.asda.com/priceguarantee as per the top of the receipt. I was presented with two options, either to enter receipt details, or to check the cost of online shopping. When I clicked on the 'Enter Receipt' section, I was presented with a very nice interfact - simple and clean - ridiculously easy to follow. You see a picture of a receipt, this has boxes highlighted in the Asda green shade with an indicator of which section they pertain to. You then look at your receipt and type in the boxes the numbers off your actual receipt. All very easy to do, you need the store number, operator ID, transaction number, till number, date and time. You can choose to input your email, or not - which is really refreshing as to use most online services you have to enter an email so they can spam you for the rest of your days. Then you submit the details, a super-quick comparison takes place and your results are displayed.
The comparison is done by mysupermarket.com, who provide Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury's daily data - Morrison's data is also included but this is done by an independent company twice weekly; there are all sorts of governance and controls in place to make sure the data is as accurate, up to date and reliable as possible. Then mysupermarket.com judges what comparable is deemed appropriate - for example it would not compare a 4 pint carton of milk at Waitrose with a 4 pint carton of organic milk from Sainsburys. They compare various factors including the characteristics of the product (wheat-free, organic, lactose-free, etc) with the weight, size, volume to ensure that no supermarket gets an unfair advantage. There are certain exclusions including Home, Electricals, etc but a full list of these can be found on the Asda website.
If you shopped online, you can also compare your shopping - in either case you must wait until after 6am the next day - just by following the same site path, but instead entering the online section by logging in with your usual details. This saves having to put any receipt data in, though as I say, this is hardly a tricky task. One thing to note, is this comparison can only be done online - so if you don't have a computer, make like the women on the advert and all pile round someone's house who does! There are various Ts+Cs on the site, but pretty standard and nothing that should get in your way - like you can only claim £100 in any one calendar month.
I realise I have enthusiastically chatted on about this for a while now - I should probably explain the guarantee a little further - so Asda guarantee that a comparable grocery shop at either Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco or Waitrose will cost less at Asda - and for an undisclosed time, they promise it will be 10% cheaper - or they will happily give you the difference in the form of an E-Voucher which you must print and take in to the store with your receipt and then you get given the cash. They don't take it off your shopping direct, or it might skew your results the next time you shop there. How nice is that?
The results screen is also pretty simple to understand - you get an announcement - 'Good News, your shopping was cheaper!' or 'Good News, your shopping was 10% cheaper!' then it tells you how much more it would have cost at the other supermarkets. My Mam and I checked one of her receipts and she'd spend £67 - her shopping was £12 cheaper than Morrisons, £11 cheaper than Waitrose, £6 cheaper than Sainsburys and £4 cheaper than Tesco. Obviously it was 10% cheaper, but it still felt good to her, knowing that if she'd have shopped at Morrisons still it might have cost her £12 more! Then we checked another receipt, this time she'd spent £44, although the other supermarkets were all more expensive, it wasn't 10% cheaper so she received an E-Voucher for £2.91. That might not seem a lot, but you wouldn't see £3 in the street and walk over it.
Inadvertantly you are doing Asda's dirty work, checking all of their store prices, without them having to employ someone to do it at item by item level; but who cares when you are definitely using the cheapest supermarket and you are also getting money back if they are not! I used to always think Aldi, Netto and Lidl were the cheap places to shop and these chains aren't including within the comparison, but as experience has shown me, they don't work out so cheap when you factor in petrol, the basics you can't get there and the impulse buys you make there like my most recent, mayo and ketchup in the same tube for £2.20!
You can accumulate vouchers and take them all at once (though they do have an expiry date printed on them); there's one important factor to consider - you must have at least 8 different comparable items to make a comparison or it just can't work, I would assume though that most people do buy more than 8 items on their 'big' shop though. Special offers are included too like 3 for 2, 2 for 1, BOGOFs, etc - you can even write in if you disagree with the results! There's even an iPhone app!
On the website you can find full terms and conditions like I say, some examples and exclusions plus instructions on how to enter your details - it's just so simple, clear and concise. There's also a FAQs section which is very helpful. I think that any scheme like this benefits from the people who think 'I can't be bothered to check, what's £3 to me?' but to be honest, even if you are rich beyond your wildest dreams and can afford to pass up £3 of money that requires minimum effort to obtain (in which case I doubt you'd be shopping at Asda?!) do it and donate the money to charity!
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, really hope it is helpful.