Amazon slashing free delivery, Tesco and Nectar points boost, Argos clearance sale, £9 champers and more. These are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.
Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.
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Avoid Amazon delivery hike
Amazon has just added a £10 minimum spend to qualify for its free super saver delivery in most categories, though not books, CDs, DVDs and software. Try these tips and you may be able to get around it:
- Make your order up to £10. As delivery’s £3, if you’re spending between £7 and £10, buy something small you needed anyway to make it up to a tenner. For example, if you’re buying a children’s toy for £8, add the batteries for £2 to get free delivery. This way you get something for the delivery charge.
- Add some tunes or a flick. As postage is still free on books, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, video games and software, add something cheap from those ranges, and your whole order qualifies for free super saver delivery. Be careful though, this is items from Amazon itself not its marketplace.
- Use free trial trick. If you’re buying direct from Amazon.co.uk (so not third-party or marketplace), newbies to Amazon’s Prime service can get a month's free unlimited next-day delivery. Be warned though, you should put a date in your diary to cancel before the month's up or it'll cost you £49 for the year.
Maximise Tesco & Nectar points
Tesco has made its Clubcard Exchange promotion, where twice yearly you can double up the value of your points in-store, permanent. It’s now called Boost with Tesco, and still means you can swap £5 of vouchers for £10 to use on baby/toddler, cookware, clothing and cosmetics/fragrance departments, as well as in-store opticians. Yet this is on far less departments than its prior versions, so it isn’t quite equivalent.
As always, check Tesco Rewards brochure first, now called Partner deals to see restaurant, days out vouchers etc and potentially quadruple your rewards, e.g. £10 becomes £40 at Ask, £30 at Goldsmiths or £20 on train tickets. Plus, until Monday 26 August get cinema tickets at Odeon/Cineworld for £2.50 of rewards.
It’s also possible to reclaim old Tesco points - some people find hundreds. Just go to the Tesco Clubcard website or, if you want step-by-step help, see Martin’s Reclaim Tesco Points guide.
If Nectar points are your currency, you can double 1,000 points (usually worth £5) at some places. So 1,000 points instead gets you £10 to use at Bella Italia, Strada and Vue cinemas, or quadruple the value (£20) to spend at participating theme parks incl Alton Towers. Remember though, double-up vouchers can’t be used in-store at Sainsbury's.
Exchange your points at the customer service desk of any larger Sainsbury’s until Tuesday 13th August and use at the chosen venue by Monday 30th September.
- Argos clearance sale. Ahead of the new catalogue, Argos has boosted its clearance sale. To take advantage it has a clever, little-known clearance finder tool that’ll show you the sale items in your local store.
- £9 champers trick. Grab a bargain deal on Antoine De Clevecy bubbly at Sainbury’s by a bit of code stacking. It’s usually £22 a bottle, but has been reduced to £14.65 until Tuesday 13 August (though not in Scotland). Buy six bottles and you’ll get a further 25% discount, effectively making it £11.50 a bottle when you factor in £3-£6 delivery. Importantly the 25% discount might not show online, but Sainsbury’s says it will be on your receipt when delivered – if it isn’t, you can refuse delivery. Then, providing you’ve not shopped online at Sainsbury’s before, use the code 939V-FDM7-X3JV to get £15 off £60 by Saturday 3 August (for deliveries by Sunday 4 August). This will drag the price down to £9 a bottle all in. Corking.
- Free Krispy Kreme doughnut. Until Friday 30th August, Krispy Kreme is giving away a limited number (one per person) of Original Glazed doughnuts (RRP £1.35) for one hour each day (usually after 6pm) at 10 of its stores including Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol. To find out which stores are participating, see the full list.