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I have had a clubcard for ages, first having my sister shove hers onto my carkeys so I would get her points, and now I have my own (and have shoved my fob on my boyfriends keys lol).
You can get the card in either a credit card size to go in your wallet or on a key fob which goes on your keys. I prefer the keyfob one as it makes it much easier to remember to use and my boyfriend never forgets to use it when he is buying petrol. It is really common in stores now to see people handing over their car keys for a second to have their card scanned.
The clubcard is a loyalty card which you can earn points by spending in tesco. You used to get 1 point per £1 spent but at the moment there is apromotion on where you get double this, apart from on petrol. This is really good and it means the points are racking up and I can spend them on something nice when I have collected enough.
You can also earn points by using their partners such as Eon for power but I have no experience of this sorry. There are also tesco credit cards and clubcard plus which are different ways of spending which enable you to get even more points. You can also get points for recycling aluminium cans at some larger stores and you can get points when they have special promotions or you use mailings.
I know that the clubcard and similar schemes basically collect loaads of info and create profiles on you and your shopping but to be honest, I don't really mind at the moment. They use the information obviously to their advantage but they also send you offers every (I think) 3 months. There offers are targetted and I think this is good because it means they usually send me money off things which I actually normally buy.
Every quarter, you get sent the points you have earned up to that point in the form of vouchers. These vouchers can be spent in store, or they can be traded into deals where they are usually worth 4x their face value. I like to save up my points and then either use them for a treat or to get something I would usually buy. I know my sister was saving hers for an open university course, however I don't know if she can still do that as there has been a recent rule change around this. You can pool vouchers from different clubcards and we have done this before to get a family RAC cover which turned out well cheaper than all alternatives using the points.
Generally I am a fan of the clubcard scheme as it alows me little treats such as meals out and i have previously used it to buy alton towers entry vouchers. I don't really mind that they are collecting information so I will continue to use it and collect my points to use for treats! Also on dooyoo
I wouldn't be without my clubcard although some of the holidays they offer with the clubcard are not always worth taking as you loose the online discount when booking and it is sometimes better to use the discount than using your clubcard points
MEL0611 15.02.2010 14:11
Good read x
livelylad 15.02.2010 14:09
Nice review. We have stopped shopping at TESCO's though.