If you’re a regular shopper at Sainsbury’s, then My Nectar Prices may have caught your eye. But what is it and what kind of benefits can you expect to see?
Although there are plenty of loyalty cards available in the UK, there are two schemes that the majority of us belong to – Tesco Clubcard and Nectar.
And in all honesty, it’s Tesco that seems to nudge it when it comes to the best offers. The Clubcard allows you to swap your points for 3 x their value, as well as giving you money off certain items. Whilst Nectar has its own partner offers, these are quite limited when put up against Tesco.
So, in order to compete, Nectar has introduced Nectar Prices.
What is Nectar Prices at Sainsbury’s?
These are tailored discounts, specific just to you. However, you only earn your special price by shopping in-store and using SmartShop. These are not the blanket offers that you find at most supermarkets, trying to entice you into buying items that you wouldn’t normally have an interest in.
How does it work?
The first thing you need to do is find out what offers are available. Simply log in or download the Nectar app to check your prices. If you haven’t done it already, you will need to link your Nectar card to the app. Then visit a Sainsbury’s store and begin your shop using SmartShop. Your discounts will automatically be applied when you checkout.
What is SmartShop?
It’s all very well telling you to use SmartShop, but the chances are you’ve never even heard of it. And in case you’ve missed it, SmartShop is a way you can save time in the supermarket by scanning your items and bagging them as you go. Once you’ve finished, you can go and pay straight away without the need for joining long queues. You can either download the SmartShop app to your phone or use one of the in-store scanners.
Bear in mind that if you purchase alcohol, you will need to have your purchase verified by a Sainsbury’s employee before you pay.
What kind of offers can you expect?
This really depends on what you usually buy when shopping with Sainsbury’s. Generally, there are around 20 items available for a discount, and you’ll save between 10 pence and £1. And you’ll find that most of the offers you are sent can be used multiple times.
All of the items available on my app were items that I often bought. Although some were more regular purchases compared to others.
Is Nectar Prices worth it?
Nectar claims that the scheme could save shoppers up to £200 per year. The discounts might not be huge, but they are for items that you buy. It’s not going to save you a massive amount, but it still means a discount on your weekly shop. You just need to weigh up whether you want to use SmartShop when you’re shopping or prefer just to stick with the traditional method.
If you’re a regular user of the Nectar card, why not take a look at my post on whether you should look at boosting your points with Nectar Connect.