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I'll bet a months wages you are right. Tesco used to send my clubcard vouchers for things I have never bought. Then they suddenly stopped and started sending me vouchers for things I have bought.
Supermarkets have gone from trying to get customers to spend more when they come into the store, to just trying to get them to come into the store.
So instead of giving vouchers/points to get you to buy things you never buy when you are in the store, they now give them for things you do, so you have a reason to come back.
If you are only shopping their for the nectar point don't abandon them just yet. They may go the same way as Homebase and start chucking out till spits for extra points left right and centre.
In the last couple of months it seems to me that the tills chuck out at least one voucher for extra points for every shopper who uses a nectar card. Often they chuck out two.
This morning I bought a roll of lining paper there and got a voucher for triple points on my next shop and another for an extra 150 points on my next shop.
So it may be worth hanging around and seeing what they give you.
the nectar points system was not bad. especially as the points equated to actual money that you could use to pay off your shop.
i used the nectar scheme as a way of Christmas savings scheme building up on average £60 per year which was a nice little bonus.
i also shopped savvy at sainsburys and only purchased items when on offer or a sainsburys nectar coupon gave me a good deal. (A BIT GEEKY I KNOW!). lets face it of the top supermarkets sainsburys is usually the dearest. only waitrose is dearer!
unfortunately in recent months the coupon offers seemed to have all but dried up. and general special offers in store haven't been great either.
considering tesco's fall from grace you'd think sainsburys would be jumping at the bit to get a share of tesco's custom.
It's a retrograde move to stop giving points for bags, and many people will stop bringing their own as a result. A better model is what applies everywhere in the UK except England, which is to charge for bags.
Also, we are almost never offered the extra points unless we ask for them. The should ask how many bags you have used when it's obvious that you are using your own. It's equally cynical of them to say that "customers are generally reusing bags without taking the 'one Nectar point' reward". I'd reword that to say that they are generally reusing bags without being offered the one Nectar point reward.
As Nectar is available elsewhere I think I might accrue my 2 points per pound until it finishes then shop elsewhere. At the next double up event I'll take advantage and spend them all in Sainsbury's, all points mind you no cash purchase.
Then keep collecting Nectar elsewhere and spend again at the next double up event in Sainsbury's.
If everyone did that I'd imagine it wouldn't take long for Sainsbury's to realise the true value of loyalty.
There's a 40p levy on all shopping wether the shoppers use bags or not although it could be just Northern Ireland and Wales. Unless the government bring in the bag levy for England and Scotland too I don't believe they can just start charging for bags
If the groceries cost me a few quid more than the competition, so be it.