How to get a Waitrose coffee for 1p

The supermarket will stop offering free tea and coffee in April - unless you buy something

How to get a Waitrose coffee for 1p

When the news dropped that Waitrose is to "refine" its free tea and coffee perk , the good people of Twitter got a little bit upset.

From April 3 2017, customers will have to buy something before they can pick up their complimentary hot drink with their MyWaitrose card.

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It seems like a fair deal to me - you don't expect something for nothing anywhere else - but I'm not sure I could look at myself in the mirror and call myself a money blogger if I wasn't compelled to see if there was a way to beat the new rule.

I knew already there was no minimum spend required to get your free cuppa, unlike the £5 needed to nab a newspaper from the upmarket grocer. However, the small print did disclose a few exceptions, which included the 5p single use carrier bag.

This micro-investigation for the cheapest item on sale couldn't be done online. I was going to have to search high and low on the supermarket shelves. So I set out to my local store to see what I could find.

You can't claim with a 5p carrier bag

Waitrose has announced it will scrap the offer from 3 April

Upon arrival, it was clear any hope that everyone's favourite mini chocolate bar the Freddo could be the saviour has been dashed by inflation.

An incredibly tiny gingerbread man was available at 15p, and a single sausage off the counter would set you back just over 20p - not an ideal purchase to carry with you on the way to the office.

However, a quick trip around the aisles shows there's only one section to shop in order pick up your free hot drink.

I found bargain after bargain among the fruit and veg, and the trick is to go for the loose items priced according to the weight.

But you CAN with a 1p mushroom

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A single mushroom could be your saviour

First I picked up a loose white onion, the smallest I could find. This cost 13p. Better than the gingerbread.

Next was a banana. The smallest one I could get, and it was pretty small, weighed in at 115 grams and cost 8p. Practically I think this is the best purchase to beat the new rules - and it'll stop you shelling out for a Dairy Milk mid afternoon (don't deny you do it).

But if you want to take it even further, you can. I managed to pick up both a brussels sprout and a cup mushroom - the smallest vegetables on sale - for just pennies. The sprout was the costlier at 3p, and the incredibly small mushroom a fantastic 1p.

So for just 1p it's possible to still take advantage of the MyWaitrose free drink deal.

The challenge for shoppers will be finding a sprout or 'shroom small enough when they shop.

In many Waitrose stores you can check the price of these on smart new electronic scale which will tell you the price and print out a barcode for you - so you'll know exactly what you'll be paying in order to get your cuppa.

Of course, the cheapest way to get your drink is to actually buy something you need.

Though much maligned as one of the most expensive supermarkets, there are plenty of products at Waitrose that cost the same as elsewhere - and I'd rate the reduced aisle as one of the best for bargains if you time it right.

For more money-saving tips and tricks head to Andy's blog at Be Clever With Your Cash.


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