Tesco is famous for its tagline ‘every little helps’ and during the current cost of living crisis, it really does ring true. That’s why we’re sharing all the ways you can save money at Tesco supermarkets…
How to save money at Tesco
1. Get a Tesco Clubcard
To start saving money on your weekly shop at Tesco, sign up for a free Tesco Clubcard either in-store or online.
Not only do you earn loyalty points every time you shop, which you can spend in-store or with a Tesco partner, you can also get exclusive discounts in each Tesco store, available just for Clubcard holders.
2. Earn cashback on your online shop & in-store
Like other supermarkets, you can get cashback at Tesco when you shop online with Quidco. You can currently get £5 cashback off your first shop or make 8% on selected purchases.
Plus, don’t forget to download the free Quidco ClickSnap app to get cashback on various products in-store.
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3. Tesco Delivery saver
Do you order from Tesco regularly? A Tesco Delivery Saver pass could help you save a lot of money throughout the year.
Compare plans and choose from 6-month plans including click & collect £2.49 per month, off-peak just £4.99 per month, and anytime delivery - £7.99 per month.
If you opt for a 12-month plan, you can select either off-peak delivery for £3.99 a month, or anytime delivery for £6.99 a month. You can also choose to pay up front.
Benefits include allowing you to book a delivery slot up to four weeks in advance, and getting priority slots around busy times e.g. during Easter and Christmas.
4. Pick up a free Tesco magazine for coupons
In most Tesco Extra stores, you can pick up a free Tesco magazine at the entrance, which features a selection of printed coupons to use when your shop.
As product promotions tend to run around the same time, you’ll often find these items are on offer inside the store.
Plus, you may find these offers on the Quidco ClickSnap app too, meaning you can use your coupons and claim cashback on top!
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5. Shop with a Tesco credit card
If you’re in a stable financial position, you can apply for a Tesco credit card and take advantage of all the perks, including:
- 5 Clubcard points when you spend £4 in Tesco
- 5 Clubcard points when you spend £4 on Tesco fuel (excluding Esso)
- 1 Clubcard point when you spend £8 outside Tesco
Just make sure you can pay off your credit card in full every month to help build and maintain a good credit score.
6. Scan as you shop
Tesco also offers Clubcard members the opportunity to scan as you shop, helping you save time and money.
This method of shopping means you can stick to your budget and pack up your shopping as you go around the store. You can also collect 1 point per £1 spent as a Clubcard member.
7. Sign up to Clubcard Christmas Savers
Ease the cost of your Christmas shopping thanks to Tesco’s Clubcard Christmas Savers Scheme.
Earn Christmas bonus vouchers when you shop throughout the year and use them during the festive season.
Plus, you can earn bonus vouchers when you ‘top up’ your savings:
- Top up £25 to receive a £1.50 bonus voucher
- £50 to receive a £3 bonus voucher
- £100 to receive a £6 bonus voucher
- £200 to receive a £12 bonus voucher
They will send them to you in November, just in time for your big shop!
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8. Tesco Aldi price match
If split your shop between Tesco and Aldi but would like to save time and do all your shopping under one roof, Tesco now price matches 100s of products, both in-store and online.
All you have to do is look out for the Aldi Price Match bubble when you shop, and you can guarantee that this is the same price in Aldi.
9. Discover Tesco’s essentials range
Like many other supermarkets, Tesco also has an essentials range, where you can save money by downshifting to Tesco essential items like bread, canned goods, toiletries, and more.
These products cost a fraction of the price of their branded competitors, and often contain the same ingredients and quality, which can help you save plenty of cash on your weekly shop.
10. Shop the baby & toy sale events
Throughout the year, Tesco runs exclusive baby and toy sale events, where you can pick up bargains like LEGO for half price than the RRP!
These are perfect if you're preparing for a newborn or for stocking up on Christmas presents.
The sale dates are usually found and shared among keen money-savers in Facebook money-saving forums like Quidco Rocks so make sure you keep an eye out.
11. Skip the express stores
As we all know, express stores in central city locations are often more expensive, and Tesco is unfortunately no exception.
If you can, make the trip to a bigger store, especially if you’re shopping for a lot of items, as you will most likely save money at a Tesco Extra store.
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12. Cash in on Tesco partnerships
If you’re a keen deal hunter, you’ll most likely be signed up to many loyalty schemes.
Well, did you know Tesco works with fellow brands such as Costa, allowing you to earn points when you scan the app at a Costa machine in one of Tesco’s stores?
You can also pick up offers from other retailers when you shop in-store. For example, when you sign up to the Krispy Kreme Rewards loyalty scheme, you get a free glazed doughnut, which you can pick up in Tesco. (These can usually be found near the entrance of the store.)