Supermarket deals, including discounted gift cards, free choc, new online supermarket customer offers
There are so many supermarket specific deals I’ve moved this section away from my Food and drink deals page. I’ll keep adding to the page as new offers appear.
Sales and promotions
Money off codes & hacks
Waitrose: Weekly MyWaitrose discounts
Initially, the February 2022 revamp of MyWaitrose looked pretty average. Alongside issues with how you access the vouchers, the discounts I saw were all 50p off an item, and since you could use two a week, just £1 in total off your shopping
But it’s got better, and most recently I was offered £3.50 off toilet roll and £2.50 off vanilla extract. I also got a £4 off £40 spend voucher at the till. So it’s worth checking your offers before you shop.
Here’s my full analysis of the scheme and how it works.
Ocado: £20 off for new customers
If you shop at Ocado for the first time and use the code VOU1576388 you’ll save £20 off a £60 order until 29 November 2022. You’ll also get free delivery for three months.
It’s also worth checking your email to see if you’re an existing customer in case you get sent a similar deal.
Ocado: £25 welcome bundle
Ocado has launched a new refer-a-friend offer. If you sign up via one of these links (you can use mine or ask a mate with an Ocado account) you’ll get a voucher to use on your first order at Ocado.
The voucher will give you a choice of one of four bundles worth £25.
- Tea and cake bundle
- Cheese and nibbles bundle
- Movie night bundle
- M&S Stars bundle
Your order has to be worth £85 or more before you apply the code and the voucher must be used within 12 weeks of you receiving it.
Ocado & Morrisons: Cashback via Airtime Rewards
Ocado is on cashback app Airtime Rewards and offering 2% back on spending up to five times.
Morrisons is also sometimes on there, with 7% back on shops over £30 in-store and online. It won’t show for all users, and it seems like who gets it can change on a semi-regular basis. So if you have it now, you might not in the near future, and visa versa.
You’ll get the money back as credit towards your mobile phone bill – read my full review of how it works here. Plus if you’ve not used it before, use the code FGUHNUQH to get 50p credit when signing up and another £1 if you shop within 7 days.
If the offer is showing you can stack this with other Morrisons offers you might have on your Visa and Mastercard debit or credit cards (check the offers – eg my Natwest Rewards account is offering 10% back when you spend £40).
Christmas saver schemes: Up to 20% bonus
Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland and Morrisons are once again offering a Christmas savings card. Depending on how much money you add to the card you’ll be given a bonus reward, worth up to 6%. You can use this card for any shopping in-store or online at the selected supermarket.
I’m not a fan of these cards as a way to gradually save throughout the year but there’s a hack that means you can get the bonus and not lose out on interest elsewhere. To do this you need to put a lump sum on the card in the days before the deadlines in October and November.
Here are the 2022 deadlines:
|Supermarket||Last date to add money||Maximum bonus|
|Iceland||31 August 2022||£20 with £100|
|Tesco||19 October 2022||6%|
|Morrisons||30 October 2022||3%|
|Sainsbury’s||1 November 2022||5%|
|Asda||13 November 2022||5.3%|
|Co-op||TBC (Likely 31 December 2022)||4%|
You can often save a little extra on your groceries using supermarket cashback apps (read my review), and it’s worth checking to see if there are freebies.
An example week:
CheckoutSmart had free Rachel’s rice pudding at Morrisons, free Bahlens Pick Up biscuit bars at Sainsbury’s and free Little Dish kids meals at most supermarkets.
Over on Green Jinn there was free Kombucha and popped chips at Tesco, free Love Corn at Waitrose, Asda and Sainsbury’s and free protein shakes and pea milk at Morrisons.
While Shopmium offers included free oat milk at Sainsbury’s, free Iron Bru at Asda, Co-Op and more, free Rachel’s organic yoghurts at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, free Jerky at Asda, Morrisons and Sainbury’s and free Diet Pepsi at Tesco. And don’t forget there’s also free Pringles for newbies (more on this below).
Shopmium: Free Pringles
One – Shopmium – offers a freebie to get you started. Right now it’s pack of Pringles.
Previously it’s been a tub of Ben & Jerry’s most recently, a snack jar of Nutella before that and it used to be a bar of Lindt chocolate, and has at times been a box of cornettos. It should say when you download the app.
Use the code KHMYEEFW to activate the offer. Once you have signed up you’ll need to buy the item and then scan your receipt to get the money paid back.
There are always lots of other discounts and freebies on the app, so it’s worth browsing to see what else you can buy.
GreenJinn: £1 credit
Another app, GreenJinn offers cashback in the same way as Shopmium, and you can get £1 if you sign up via this link or use the promo code CLEVERCASH in the Reward section of the app (tap the profile icon in the top right of the app).
You’ll need to earn a total of £1.50 to cashout, which means you’ll need to claim at least one product. For example, if you buy a product that’s £2 with 50p cashback, you’ll then have a balance of £1.50.
Loyalty coupons and prices
Supermarket loyalty schemes often let you earn points as you shop, while others give you discounted prices or coupons – or a mix of all three!
Co-op: Coupons via membership
You need to be a Co-op member to get this deal. which costs £1, though it gives you 2% cashback on your shop so regular shoppers will get this back.
Until 23 August 2022 there’s also a boosted £3 off a £10 spend (excluding alcohol) offer for new members. Just join and you’ll see the offer in the app
Once you’ve signed into the app or online account you’ll see various offers which change each week. You can add two to your account and they’re automatically redeemed when you swipe your card at checkout. I often see £1 off your shopping offers here, as well as money off categories (eg 25p off cheese) or specific items (eg 50p off coke).
Tesco Clubcard Prices
If you’ve got a Clubcard loyalty card (they’re free if you don’t), then you’ll be able to get reduced prices on hundreds of items at Tesco.
Offers change regularly. Though they’re sometimes decent discounts, they can sometimes be beaten at other supermarkets.
You need to scan your Clubcard at the till for the discounts to be taken off the total. It’s online and in-store but not at Express or Metro stores.
Lidl: Coupons on Lidl Plus app
Download the new Lidl Plus app and you’ll get new money off vouchers every Thursday.
You might also find one when you first sign up to save £5 when you spend £25. If it’s there it’s valid for 14 days from when you activate the app.
Lidl: Up to £12 back a month with Coupon Plus
There’s also a new offer called Coupon Plus. If you reach certain spending thresholds in the calendar month, you’ll get a coupon to spend.
The levels are:
- Spend £100 and get £2 off
- Spend £200 and you’ll get an extra £10 off (so £12 in total)
So it’s the equivalent of 2% back on the first £100, and then 6% if you reach £200. You need to scan your Lidl Plus app when you shop to qualify for the offer.
The coupon will be added to you Lidl Plus app and you’ll have seven days to use it.
Obviously, this is only good if you are going to spend that amount anyway – it’s not a reason to buy things you don’t need.
Nectar: Weekly offers on app
If you have a Nectar card you can earn bonus points each week on select items at Sainsbury’s. Usually there are six products, often tailored to your shopping habits.
However, these offers are changing and some customers will already have seen different promotions. Here’s more on this story.
Out-of-date but good to eat
There are a couple of websites which sell food that’s past or close to its best before date – but still safe to eat (more on the different dates on food here). Be careful not to over-order tough (much of it is bulk buy), and check the initial, pre discounted price hasn’t been inflated. Watch out for delivery fees too.
Yankee Bundles is particularly good for chocolate, especially after big season events like Easter and Christmas. There’s free delivery on orders over £10 and 5% off your first order.
It’s worth checking out the Approved Food website to see if there’s anything that takes your fancy. Along with food that’s just out of date there are products that are part of warehouse clearances. When I tried it back in 2017, I managed to buy things that had years left before they expired.