Money bloggers explain hack to triple your Tesco Clubcard points and match Aldi prices

Christmas can be an expensive time of the year – but there are ways to lower the cost of your supermarket shop.

Ricky and Naomi Willis, owners of the Skint Dad blog, reveal five ways to save cash when shopping at Tesco.

Their tips include how to get discounts for being a loyal customer and ways to triple the value of your Clubcard points.

Being prepared for your shop is another way to make sure you don’t go over budget.

Tesco has around 3,400 stores in the UK, including larger branches and its smaller Express stores.

You can locate your nearest Tesco by using its store finder tool.

Triple your Clubcard points

Tesco shoppers will be all too familiar with the supermarket’s Clubcard loyalty scheme, which gives you points when you shop.

Shoppers typically get one Clubcard point for every £1 spent on groceries in Tesco, or one point for every £2 spent on fuel.

You can collect points through Tesco Bank and Tesco Mobile as well.

In return each point is worth 1p each – so for every 500 points you get, you’ll accrue £5 to spend.

But if you swap your points to use at a Rewards Partner, you could potentially triple their value.

Ricky and Naomi explained: “Every 50p collected in Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for up to £1.50 to spend on days out and attractions around the UK.

“This means you can get free or reduced entry to attractions like Shrek’s Adventure! London, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Warwick Castle.”

Keep an eye out for Clubcard Prices
Tesco runs a scheme called Clubcard Prices where those who are signed up to its loyalty club get special discounts on items.

In some cases, you can get up to 50% off – which means those without a Clubcard are potentially paying double the amount for the same item compared to someone who is signed up to the loyalty scheme.

For example, say you’ve got an item that costs £5 but is reduced by 50% as part of the Clubcard discounts, the shopper with a loyalty card would only pay £2.50.

To get the discounts, you just need to scan your Clubcard at the till and the reductions will be applied automatically.

Ricky and Naomi said: “Take advantage of Clubcard Price offers.

“For example, we make sure to pick up our favourite Christmas chocolate tubs, Quality Street and Roses, when they are on the Tesco Clubcard Price 2 for £7 deal.

“We can then keep them in the cupboard for when the festive season starts.”

Don’t forget Aldi Price Match items
Other discounts Ricky and Naomi say are worth looking at are items that have been price matched against Aldi.

Products included in the initiative are staples such as rice, bread, butter, as well as vegetables and fruit.

They’re marked with a red Aldi price match sticker in stores, so keep an eye out next time you’re browsing.

If you’re shopping online, type in “Aldi price match” on the Tesco website and the supermarket will bring up every product that is the same price or cheaper.

Make use of cashback sites

Ricky and Naomi are also fans of cashback sites, with some of the most popular ones in the UK being Topcashback, Quidco and Shopmium.

Cashback sites do exactly what their name suggests.

You’ll get money back for a qualifying shop when you provide proof of a receipt, and as long as you complete the transaction via their website.

Ricky and Naomi said: “Keeping an eye out for bargains when shopping is something that comes handy all year round.

“In the months before Christmas, we look for deals on cashback apps to get discounted food.

Plan your shop in advance
Another good tip is to plan your shopping lists in advance – this stops you making impulse spends and wasting money on items you don’t really need.

Make a list and stick to it to ensure you stay on budget.

“Gifts and non-perishable foods, such as Boxing Day pickles, can be bought in advance when they’re on sale and then can be ticked off the list when the festive season arrives. Keeping lists helps us stay organised and on track, so we don’t overspend and know exactly what’s already in the cupboard.

“You can also set yourself a monthly budget and make sure you stick to it. This will help you keep track of costs throughout the year.”