If you’re a regular shopper at Tesco, then the Clubcard Plus could be a tempting offer. But how much does it cost, what are the benefits and is Tesco Clubcard Plus worth it?
I’m sure many of you remember that back at the turn of the century, Tesco seemed close to taking over the world. They were the largest supermarket in the UK and there didn’t seem to be a product they didn’t offer. Not only did they start to offer financial products, but they were also expanding internationally.
Fast forward a decade or so and things weren’t looking so rosy. Shoppers had flocked to the likes of Lidl and Aldi and the expansion in the US had failed. The financial side has hit a slight rocky patch too, with Tesco no longer offering mortgages.
But, it appears that Tesco is trying to win shoppers back with their new offering, the Clubcard Plus.
What is the Clubcard Plus?
According to Tesco “Clubcard Plus is our way of thanking you for shopping with us”. Which isn’t that generous when you consider you have to pay for it.
Plus is a subscription service for Tesco Clubcard holders. It gives you money off your shopping and various discounts on other Tesco brands.
What are the Tesco Clubcard Plus benefits?
The major benefit is 10% off your Tesco shop twice per month (up to a maximum of £40 across the 2 shops).
Not only that, but you will earn 10% off certain brands at Tesco.
And finally, if you have a pay monthly mobile contract with Tesco, you can double your data for free.
Which brands are included in the Clubcard Plus discount?
Buying the following brand using your card at any time will give you a 10% discount.
Fred & Flo (baby essentials)
Carousel (baby and toddler toys)
Tesco Pet products
Fox & Ivy (homeware)
Can you choose your 2 big shops?
Yes, you can. Each month, Tesco will send you 2 big shop coupons to your Clubcard Plus App. When you pay, just scan the voucher for 10% off.
Double data from Tesco mobile
If you’re a pay monthly Tesco mobile customer, you will qualify for double your usual monthly data.
One or two… the following items are excluded from the discount:
Fuel and motoring-related products
Gift vouchers and gift cards
Savings stamps and postage stamps
Tobacco products and accessories
Infant baby formula milk
Newspapers and magazines
General merchandise, including:
Mobile phones, top-ups and accessories
Sports, bikes and camping
Car accessories and DIY
Luggage and bags
Media and entertainment
Gardening Equipment and BBQ
Stationery, cards and wrapping paper
Toys and nursery
In-store third-party concession products
Bureau de change
Carrier bag charges
In-store café or coffee shop
Alcoholic drinks subject to 25% discount off 6 bottles
Can you shop online?
You will only receive a discount in-store with your Clubcard Plus. This may be due to the fact that the large supermarkets lose £5-7 with every online shop and they’re trying to encourage us to venture outside more.
How much does Clubcard Plus cost?
The monthly subscription will cost £7.99.
Can I cancel at any time?
Yes. There’s no minimum subscription period. If you don’t think it’s worth it, you cancel without penalty.
How do I cancel my Clubcard Plus subscription?
There is an option to cancel your subscription from your Clubcard Plus account through the app. But, if there are any problems you can Tesco on 0800 591 688.
Can I use Clubcard vouchers to pay for Clubcard Plus?
Unfortunately, you can’t. There are many things you can use your vouchers for, but this isn’t one of them.
Is Tesco Clubcard Plus worth it?
According to the Office of National Statistics, the average family spends £60.60 on food and non-alcoholic drink. And if you’re an average family, that will mean a discount of £6 on one shop using your Clubcard Plus. So, over one month you will save £12. After the subscription cost, you will be £4 better off.
Of course, you could always put off purchasing some items until you do one of your “2 big shops”, which will save you even more money.
But… you also need to bear in mind a recent survey by Which? They found that Sainsbury’s was the cheapest supermarket and was roughly 5% cheaper compared to Tesco. This survey didn’t include Aldi or Lidl either, so you could save even more.
You won’t see great value from the mobile offer. Currently, 4GB of data will cost you £10 per month. If you need double, 8GB will only cost £2.50 more. In fact, 20GB will only set you back £17.50. If you need more than 20GB, then an unlimited plan might be best for you.
If you purchase clothes, have lots of pets or a baby, then 10% off Tesco brands could be useful.
But this isn’t a deal that I will be taking up. There is very little value and you’re tied into one supermarket.
Why can’t they just drop their prices???
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