Making The Most Of Sainsbury’s Double Up Event

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Sainsbury’s Double Up event is taking place between 15th-21st November this year. Find out what to do with your Nectar points, and how you could exchange them for cash.

In Spring 2017, Sainsbury’s announced that they had cancelled their Double Up event. This news sent shockwaves across the money-saving community. By that, I mean six people complained quietly on MSE. The good news is, the event returns in November for one week only.

When is it?

You can exchange your Double Up vouchers for goods between 15th-21st November. However, you can start exchanging your Nectar points for Double Up vouchers from the 8th November.

You see, it’s not just the simple process of handing over your Nectar card to pay for items. You have to hand over your card to be given a voucher, and then you use that voucher to pay for the goods. If it’s busy (and it probably will be), be prepared to queue…

What can I use my vouchers for?

There are seven departments where you can spend your vouchers:

  • Tu Clothing
  • Electricals
  • Toys
  • Entertainment (including Gaming)
  • Taste the Difference: Wine, Champagne, Sparkling, Sherry & Port
  • Homeware
  • Seasonal

Unfortunately, you cannot spend it on groceries. But who goes to Sainsbury’s for food shopping anyway?

How do I make the most of Sainsbury’s Double Up event?

This is a great time to reduce the cost of your Christmas spend. If you have children in the family, you could use your Double Up vouchers on toys, CDs or video games.

Alternatively, take a look at the seasonal aisle and pick up some decorations or snacky bits for the big day itself. Or why not put it towards some Champagne?

Moving away from Christmas, if you have children of school age, TU offers a great range of school clothes which are reasonably priced. Even if your kids don’t need clothes now, you could always buy the next size up.

Still nothing you want?

If there’s still nothing you want, don’t let the opportunity go to waste. This is an easy chance to double your points value that doesn’t come around very often. Take a look at using your points to buy something, and then sell it online.

Last year at the Double Up event, I bought two video games priced at £50 each at a cost of £50 in Nectar points. I then sold both games on eBay for £42 and £45. After fees and postage, this made me a total of £75.

So, I traded £50 of Nectar vouchers for £75 in cash!

If you’re looking to do this, then I suggest you buy any of the top five chart games for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. These always sell well online, and usually for only a few pounds less than the Sainsbury’s price. You will probably get a better price if you sell on eBay, however, you will have to pay fees to both eBay and PayPal. Facebook Marketplace is a decent alternative, and although you might not sell for quite so much, there aren’t any fees.

If saving money over Christmas is your thing, then take a look at 10 ways to save money on your Christmas shopping.

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