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Having received my latest lot of Boots Parenting Vouchers this morning, I thought it was about time I wrote a review about it.
A friend of mine recommended that I joined the Boots Parenting club when I was pregnant. Duly obedient, I toddled off and signed up - easy peasy to do as I already had an advantage card and straight away I was given a freebie - a changing bag. Now, as I love my freebies, I was immediately won over, despite the fact that the bag itself looked fairly yuck, it was free and had a change mat which in due course would come in very handy!
As with all these loyalty schemes, Boots are trying to suck you in to spending all your hard earned cash with them. But lets face it, with a baby, you need such a lot of kit, you do need to buy it somewhere, and if someone is going to give me something back, I am happy to make the most of it.
The club send you regular emails and newsletters, which are interesting enough, though not full of as much infomation as some of the baby websites out there. Why I like them is that they let you know what special offers are on (I am forever in search for the cheapest baby wipes etc so find it handy).
The big benefit for me however is the money off coupons that you are sent. Like usual advantage card literature, they tailor the coupons to what you buy, so they are actually of use. For example, I have always used Pampers, and they continually send me vouchers for money off, and with their special offers in store (usually 2 big bags for £14) I find they are by far the cheapest place to buy them.
The parenting club also gives you extra advantage card points on baby products - 10 per £1 so effectively another 10% off your shopping - again a great offer, especially for me as my Boots points are for my treats!!!
If you are pregnant or have a little one, I would not hesitate to recommend the Parenting Club to you - can't see any downside really, just join up and start saving!!
I joined the Boots parenting club when I was pregnant. I was already a Boots Advantage card holder so it was very easy to just sign up online.
They now send me very interesting emails and magazines about my baby's development as well as regular money off or bonus point vouchers which I've had varying success using. Just before last christmas I managed to use a couple of vouchers to get some good deals on clothes, however when I tried to use vouchers from my last mailout I was told that they couldn't be used on clothes. They can not be used on health / medical items either (I wanted to buy a thermometer) so that leaves baby food (which I don't buy), toiletries (which he doesn't need much of) or nappies (which he does need but I had a cupboard full so didn't want to buy more). I left very disappointed that I hadn't been able to use what looked like good value vouchers.
When I found out i was pregnant for the first time I spent some time looking about on the internet at various pregnancy things and I came across the parenting club that boots have amongst others. I was pleased with the club and as I was already an advantage card holder i joined the parenting club by filling in a quick form. In exchange for buying two packets of nappies I got a free nappy bag - I haven't used this as I think it is too small for a nappy bag - when I leave the house with my baby I normally need the equivalent of a small suitcase! The bag however is good quality and you get a free changing mat in it too. It has two pockets on the front that can hold your purse and mobile to save you having a handbag too.
You get sent some booklets of vouchers in early pregnancy which has vouchers for things that are helpful both to you and your baby. You also get double points when you buy baby products so it works out that you get eight pence back for every pound you spend which soon adds up.
There is also a website and helpful advice around all aspects of being pregnant and having a child. There are various guides that you can download which can help with some of the worries when pregnant. All in all a very helpful club.
Well, I joined Boots Parenting Club but I don't think I have really enjoyed any tangible benefit from being a member. You sign up online, and you have to have a Boots Advantage Card first or sign up for one at the same time.
The two main Parenting Club benefits are the free changing bag (apparently worth £29.99) and the opportunity to register your Advantage Card to receive double points on certain baby products (primarily Pampers and Boots own brand).
However, the free changing bag is tiny and not too great really (not worth anywhere near £29.99 anyway!) although you get it just for buying one pack of Pampers Newborn nappies which cost just over £3 for 27 from Boots so that is not bad really. I took advantage of the 2 packs of size 1s for £6 offer that they regularly have on, and as this is (unusually for Boots) on a par with Asda's prices anyway, it did make the bag a genuine freebie which I then gave to charity. For further details on the bag, you can see my separate review if you really want to know more about it!
As for the double points (which makes it 8p worth for every £1 you spend), that is all well and good but it does nothing to counteract the fact that for almost everything Boots are far more expensive than other shops - certainly by more than 8p in every pound! A bottle of Woodwards Gripe Water cost me £2.59 from Boots but £1.55 from Asda. 16p worth of points does not make up for this cost difference I'm afraid!
To get the double points activated and to receive your free bag with a nappy purchase, you get vouchers with a scannable barcode on through the post. You take the changing bag voucher to the till with the changing bag and your pack of nappies and all you need to activate the double points is the voucher.
You will receive regular email newsletters from Parenting Club about your baby's development, tailored to their age. However they clearly do not check DOBs properly, as my last one announced to me that my baby is now 7 months old...erm no, he is 9 months!
You also receive Parenting Club magazines which are OK for a quick flick although they do mainly promote the largely overpriced Boots baby products. They have articles in them as well as vouchers and special offers.
I also get vouchers through the post although I rarely find them useful if I am honest. One that is good though is the half price of Boots Baby Expert products which makes them £1 each.
Overall, I have found no benefit from joining this club and I would not recommend it unless you plan to buy lots of Boots baby toiletries (and ignore the fact that they over charge for them!) or you particularly fancy the changing bag.
When I first found I was pregnant it was all very exciting and new. My mum seemed to be just as bad as I did and was buying things all the time. It was my mum that joined the boots parenting club for me.
The first thing I deceived was a welcome letter with a booklet of useful hints and tips for all the things that become interesting to you in this exciting time. With it also came a booklet of vouchers, not just for baby things but also products to treat and pamper myself with (much needed at 8 and a ½ months pregnant I can say) this was such a nice thing. Also their was coupons for extra advantage card points if you bought certain items or spent so much in store. Ever since boots has carried this on so every few months I get a letter with a booklet that matches up with my son's age (this month it was about potty training) and a book no of vouchers.
Another thing to point out is that once my son was born I was given a free bag of goodies like sampler nappies and food, toothpaste and body cream. This was given out at boots for free in connection with Bounty, I think all new mums are told about it by their health visitor and anyone can have one.
So with free samples and money off vouchers this is one of the best parenting groups to join and I think very nice of boots to make the effort (even though it gets them sales it is still a help).
When i was pregnant with my 1st child i spent ages looking on the internet for parenting clubs to join which offered advice and support but also useful money off vouchers, which whilst on maternity leave are a godsend.
One of the ones i joined was Boots paretning club. Its simple to join, just log on to www.bootsparentingclub.com and enter your details, this can be done whilst pregnant or up to the child being 2years old, however the earlier you join the more benefits you get. i found it to be one of the best clubs there was and when i was pregnant with my daughter last year was the first i signed up to again with her.
Once a member of the club you recieve regular vouchers for money off products, not just baby products but great things like make up for you and quite often a free disposable camera or free photo prints. Just before you are due to give birth you also recieve a voucher for your free gift. when i was pregnant in 2005 this was a large huggies changing bag, but last year with my daughter i got a gorgeous and quite stylish pampers changing bag. to get your free gift you just need to buy a packet of nappies (in this case pampers) and ahnd your voucher in. in the pack you also recieve more vouchers and a few free sampls so is definately worth it.
You will also get a voucher which entitles you to double advantage points each time you buy certain baby products, this is for every shopping trip you do there and usually includes all boots own brand baby products, pampers baby products, heinz baby food, johnson baby products, plus you often get additional double points throughout the year on other products.
Every few months you also recieve a magazine which has some great features in. This includes what your baby should be doing at that age, activities to do with your child, recipes and other great articles on topics such as weaning, teething, walking as well as product reviews and information from health professionals.
This is really a great club to join, its worth it just for the changing bag, but if you shop at boots regularly will save you loads of money and also earn you extra money with all the points you get.
I joined Boots parenting club when I was pregnant with my daughter as I read that it was one of the best clubs to join.
It was very easy to join if you have a advantage card you can do it by post or online. If you don't have an advantage card you must sign up first.
Boots send you a little book of treats in early pregnancy which is full of freebies. I got manderin body massage cream for pregnancy and it smelt lovely and I massaged it into my bump daily to reduce stretch marks. I also got some free hair mask and money off vouchers.
I also recieved a pregnancy magazine with different stages and what to expect which was really informative.
When my baby was born they sent me a double points voucher and another little book of treats.
You also recieve magazines in ages 0-6 and 6-12 months.
And again at 12 to 18 months then 18 - 2yrs. This is a great little club which also gives you a free changing bag when you buy a pack of huggies nappies.
It is worth both you and you partner both joining to maximise the freebie.
If you are able to join the Boots parenting club then you really must do so. I was not going to bother, but a friend said I should join, so soon after that I did. I was around 2 months pregnant when I joint the club, and soon received a magazine with helpful articles inside, plus the best bit.........the vouchers. You get a voucher that gives you double advantage card points every time you buy certain brands of baby products. You soon rack up your advantage card points, which is great for treating yourself!!!! Unfortunately, when I joint the club they did not have the offer on that they do now........ which is if you join you receive a voucher which you can take into Boots to get a free baby changing bag (providing you buy a pack of Pampers nappies with it). I am pregnant again, so I joint a second time, and got the voucher. I rushed out to get my free changing bag, and it is great. I use it all the time. Worth joining just for that!!
I joined boots parenting club when i was pregnant with my twins unfortunately i didnt find out about it until around been 5 months pregnant however the offers etc the y send are great. Before you have baby you can pick up a free changing bag in any boots or asda (george) store worht £29.99 the only thing about these is when your out and about you notice that everyone has one lol! I never bothered claining the changing no real reason why but wish i had after all its free. I get regular offers through the post which are a godsend sometimes, i have twins so everything is double and doubly expensive! I got a voucher for £10 off and bought the boots steriliser which still 10 months on is going strong. i really cant fault boots at all and think their parenting club is a great idea. It also means you get double points etc on certain baby products and other items in store!
I joined boots parenting club when I was pregnant with my Daughter, and I am so glad I did. All you have to do is visit www.bootsparentingclub.com and you can sign up in a matter of minutes.
After joining the club you will receive free gifts and offers, one such offer available at the moment is that if you buy a pack of pampers nappies you will receive a free changing bag worth £29.99.
Another benefit is double points when purchasing any of the following:
Boots own label baby products
Pampers nappies and wipes
Heinz baby food
Phillips avent bottles and sterilises
Johnson's baby toiletries
You will also receive magazines and mailings to talk you through each stage of pregnancy and onwards. As well as that you will receive money off coupons.
You can also talk with the professional advisors who can speak with you about any worries or concerns throughout pregnancy.
You can join the boots club anytime from being pregnant until your child is 2 years old.
I joined Boots Parenting Club when I was pregnant. It's free to do & well worth it as you get lots of freebies and money-off coupons.
You need to have a Boots Advantage Card, and you can sign up in store or online at http://www.bootsparentingclub.com.
It's is open to all UK residents who are pregnant and/or have a child or children up to but not including their 2nd birthday.
Around 3-4 weeks after you've signed up you'll receive a welcome pack with vouchers in. When I joined I got a voucher for a free Huggies changing bag when I bought one pack of Huggies newborn nappies. This has now changed and it's a Pampers changing bag when you buy one pack of Pampers nappies. The bag is worth £29.99, and as you'll be needing plenty of nappies, it's a great free gift.
I also got a book of coupons which got me a free No.7 product up to £16 value, buy one get one free on Boots Mediterranean pregnancy range, and other money off coupons.
Offers and free gifts do change regularly.
Around every 3 months I get a new book of coupons, and sometimes get a Boots Parenting Club Magazine relative to how old my baby is. The last issue I got was for 9-18 months. It contains useful advice, interesting articles, and information on new products.
My last issue featured:
Latest product news
Baby first aid
"Rainy day fun" with ideas and tips for play
"Granny knows best" an article on age-old advice from grannies
"Speak easy" about child speech development
Advanced weaning article
"The art of play" about helping your child to play
Advice on buying car seat, buggy and baby carrier
A reader makeover
Article on single mums
Back to work advice
Funny article about travelling with baby
Coupons normally include extra advantage card points when you buy a certain product, buy-one-get-one-frees, and money off.
Club members also get a coupon, which you only need to activate once and it stays on your card, which gives double points on Boots own label baby products, Pampers nappies and wipes, Heinz baby foods, Avent bottles and sterilisers and Johnson's Baby toiletries.
Since you'll be buying lots of baby stuff, points quickly mount up on your Advantage card, and the savings come in very useful.
I'd recommend any mum-to-be, or new parent to join up. You've nothing to lose and the free gifts and offers make it well worthwhile.