How to double the value of your Clubcard points

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%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Tesco has brought back its Clubcard Boost promotion.

Tesco has launched a new Summer Clubcard Boost event, allowing you to exchange your Clubcard points for much higher value vouchers than usual.

Every £5 in Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for tokens worth £10 to spend in selected departments, online and in store. What's more, you get £3 to spend on grocery deliveries for every £1.50 of vouchers you exchange.

The departments taking part

Clubcard Boost is available in all sorts of different departments at Tesco, though there are some exclusions. You can get a full list on this section of the Clubcard website, but I've picked out some of the big ones.

Clothing & School Uniforms

School uniforms
Uniform embroidery
Baby and toddler clothing
F&F Jewellery


Other jewellery
Fancy dress purchases from

Back to school accessories

Diaries and organisers
Lunchboxes, bottles and flasks
Art sets
School bags


Products featured as Tesco Partners at Tesco Direct


Prescription glasses from £15
Contact lenses
Designer sunglasses


NHS sight tests
Optical purchases from other departments
Clubcard Boost is also available on all departments on Tesco Direct and Tesco's Hudl tablet.

Swapping your clubcard vouchers

You can do this online or in-store. Be careful though as your tokens can only be redeemed in your selected department.

There's no limit to how many vouchers you can exchange, but you must use your tokens by 8th September (except for Hudl or grocery deliveries, in which case you have six months to use them).

Boosting your clubcard points

There are plenty of ways to boost your Clubcard points balance besides doing all of your shopping at Tesco.

For example there's the Tesco Clubcard credit cards. My favourite is the Tesco Bank Clubcard for Purchases, which offers a market-leading 19-month 0% period on your spending. You earn five Clubcard points for every £4 you spend in-store or on Tesco Fuel, and one point for every £4 you spend everywhere else.

If you have your energy with E.ON you get 1,500 Clubcard points a year. That's a great deal if E.ON works out cheapest for your energy anyway, but it's not worth going for if you end up spending far more for your gas and electricity.

Compare energy deals

You can also fill your car up at Esso, or convert your cashback from TopCashback.

For more tips and tricks, read How to boost your Clubcard points.

It's not just Tesco

Clubcard isn't the only loyalty scheme offering an improved return on your points at the moment. Read Get rewards of up to four times the value of your Nectar points for more.

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How to double the value of your Clubcard points
Shopping starts long before you leave the house. Check the fridge, freezer and cupboards, then draw up a list of all the meals you plan to make and eat during the week (making sure you include any leftover perishables in those meals). That'll tell you exactly what you need to buy. This isn't everyone's favourite activity, but you'll be astonished how much less you buy - and crucially how much less you end up throwing away. This process typically cuts 5% off your grocery bill.
Supermarkets are entirely designed to make you do this, with flashy displays at the door, and discounts heaped high on the end of each aisle (they're put here because they know it takes a while to turn your trolley so they have longer to catch your eye). There will be new products and special offers which will sorely tempt you, but everything extra you buy will mean you either eat more or have more to throw away more at the end of the week.
There are three levels of products: the branded ones (including the premium supermarket ranges), the own-brands, and the own-brand value range. The best way to shift down is to move down one rung of the ladder on everything you buy - so if you usually buy branded baked beans go for own-brand, and if you usually buy own-brand, go for the value own-brand.
Most people choose a supermarket out of either convenience or habit. However, switching to a cheaper supermarket could be the easiest way to save. No one supermarket is cheaper for everything across the board. However, as a very rough rule of thumb Asda is the cheapest of the big players - it regularly wins awards for this (and did so last year), and it also has a pledge, which promises that the items you pick that are part of its scheme will be 10% cheaper than elsewhere or you can claim the difference. If you are willing to go beyond the big players, the discounters are substantially cheaper, so it's worth trying Aldi or Lidl to see what you could save.
Of course, no supermarket is cheaper for absolutely everything. And in some instances the supermarket is not the cheapest place for your food - local markets for example can offer much cheaper fruit and vegetables.

You'll need to get to know your local independents, but the best way of being sure of getting a good deal at the supermarkets is to do your research before you go. lets you compare prices for Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Aldi and Ocado.

You'll need to put your shopping list into the site, which is a bit time-consuming the first time you do it but gets quicker once you have saved your favourites. It will tell you the cheapest places for your shopping - leaving you to choose whether to make more than one trip or to go with the supermarket that is cheapest for the most of your items.
There's definitely a right and wrong way to do this. The right way is to search for vouchers, coupons and deals for things you already need to buy. Alternatively, you can keep an eye out for BOGOF deals on things you regularly use (as long as they aren't perishable), and stock up on them. This can be useful for things like toiletries - just don't be tempted to switch to a more expensive brand in order to do this unless you have checked that the deal constitutes a saving from your usual brand at its usual price.
Supermarket deals are not simple to compare, so you could easily find yourself trying to work out if 350ml of something at 58p is cheaper or more expensive than 250ml of something at 46p. For most people this isn't the kind of maths that's easy to do on the fly. The only solution is to take a calculator and work it out - unless you want to focus on building world-class mental arithmetic skills.
Your careful list-making will not always go to plan, so if you end up eating something different one night, think about what you will do with the food you had planned to eat. Can you cook it and freeze it? Can you substitute it for another meal? Likewise with the leftovers, have you factored these into your eating plan? Or will you need to freeze it for next week?
This is classic advice for a reason. Research has shown that if we eat before we go we buy 18% less food. So have a sandwich and shave almost 20% off your bill.
If you are good at managing your credit cards, then shopping using a cashback card can be a great way to earn back money on your shopping. It's worth emphasising that in order for this to be a money-spinner you'll need to pay it off in full and on time every month. However, this is something that disciplined shoppers should definitely consider.

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