Are you looking to save money on visiting restaurants, watching movies or for days out? Well, there are several membership schemes that claim to help reduce the cost. But is the price of membership worth paying? Take a look to see if Tastecard review to see why this is a card you shouldn’t ignore.
In case you can’t tell by the name of this site, I’m always keen to save money. And the good news is, there are plenty of ways to do it. You just need to know where to look.
As a family of five, going out to do anything fun is no longer cheap. And it doesn’t help that as my children are getting older, so kids’ meals don’t quite cut it. Even worse, they no longer qualify for free entry to most parks. So instead of leaving them at home (which is a tempting proposal), I’m always on the hunt for better deals.
And what better way than from a card that gives you lots of 2 for 1 offers?
My family is already a member of Kids Pass, which offers money off cinema tickets, days out and restaurants, but you can never have too many discounts… can you? That’s why I decided to give Tastecard a try.
What is a Tastecard?
Tastecard is a subscription service that gives you 50% off or 2 for 1 deals at thousands of restaurants across the UK. Plus, you can find discounts on food delivery, movie streaming, cinemas and attraction tickets. You can subscribe monthly, for 6 months or annually.
What discounts are available?
Membership to Tastecard will give you discounts on the following:
- 2 for 1 on meals or 50% off
- Save at least 10% when ordering food for delivery on the Tastecard app
- Up to 33% off movies – streaming and cinema tickets
- Pizza delivery
- Up to 50% off attractions
How does Tastecard work?
When you become a member, you’ll need to download the digital app to your phone, which will give you instant access to all your savings.
Just decide what you want to do – eat out, visit the cinema, have a pizza delivered etc and enter your postcode. You’ll then be shown a list of all the deals available to you.
If you’re going out for a meal, just show the person serving your digital Tastecard on your app when you come to pay. Although I do recommend you check that they accept the discount before you order as some restaurants have specific terms and conditions.
For cinema tickets or movie streaming, you will need to order ecodes through the Tastecard app or website. These codes can then be redeemed through the provider’s website. Cinema chains listed include Vue, Cineworld, Odeon and you can stream movies from Rakuten.
For money off on days out, you will need to order tickets online. Attractions include Thorpe Park, Chessington, Alton Towers and Legoland.
Which restaurants accept the Tastecard?
Restaurants offering discounts through Tastecard will change. You’ll also find that it’s not just major chains offering 2 for 1 deals or 50% off, with plenty of independent restaurants listed too. But at the time of writing this, there are deals from:
- Domino’s Pizza
- Pizza Hut
- Bella Italia
- Tiger Tiger
How much does membership cost?
You can take out a free trial for 30 days, which then automatically renews at £5.99 per month. You can cancel at any time.
Or, you can choose to pay £19.99 for 6 months, which is the equivalent of £3.33 per month. Or for best value, a year’s subscription will cost £34.99, which works out at £2.92 per month.
Important to note
Different restaurants attach certain terms and conditions to offers, so it’s important to check there are no exclusions before you order. For example, some will not allow you to redeem any discounts on Fridays and Saturdays.
If you qualify for a free Tastecard through one of the schemes I mention below, then you may not be eligible for certain benefits such as discounted cinema tickets. To do so, you will need to upgrade to Tastecard+ for a small monthly fee.
You also need to remember that Tastecard membership automatically renews. If you find that you’re not making full use of your subscription, cancel it! Otherwise, you will continue to be charged.
How to find a free Tastecard
There are a couple of ways to get your hands on a free Tastecard. Well, when I say free, it’s usually packaged along with another subscription account. However, if you have one of these subscriptions already, it’s worth checking out.
If you’re a new member, you can take out a free trial for 30 days to see if you can make use of the offers.
RBS and NatWest
This is a membership scheme aimed towards those that work in the civil service. However, non civil servants can join if they are sent an invite by a current member. You’ll get free entry into English Heritage sites, discounted cinema tickets, money off your shopping and Tastecard membership.
What other people say
I always like to look at other people’s opinions when writing my reviews of products and services. On Trustpilot, Tastecard scores an average 3.7 out of 5. Positive comments include great service from Tastecard whenever people had issues and good value for money. The majority of the negative reviews seem to come from users whose membership was automatically renewed and had difficulty in claiming refunds.
So, is Tastecard worth it?
This really depends on your habits. If there are restaurants listed that you use regularly, then you can easily make your money back, even if you just visit once every few months.
And although buying cinema tickets through Tastecard will only save you £1 or £2 each, they will soon stack up if you visit often.
Why not click on the link below and try Tastecard free for a month? You can look through to see the offers local to you and if you don’t like it, you can cancel and it will cost you nothing.
Any Tastecard alternatives?
As I mentioned above, I already have a membership to Kids Pass, which has very similar offers to Tastecard. However, if you’re happy to sacrifice some of these discounts, then it’s worth looking at Meerkat Meals. It’s possible to get membership for just over £1.