Loyalty points are great. While you should never shop anywhere just for the points, if you are buying something anyway, or you’ve found a really good bargain then they are a great added bonus. If you’re anything like me you’ll have a purse or wallet bursting with them. But do you ever think about the best way to spend them?
Do you spend your loyalty points if there is enough to cover your current transaction? Or do you save them up for special occasions like Christmas and Birthdays? Or for a treat like your favourite make-up or new computer game?
I really like to get the most of my points and get as much value out of them as I can. Here I my three favourite places to collect and spend loyalty points.
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Boots have a fantastic points system which gives 4 points per £1 spent, with several points boosts throughout the year. While I don’t shop at Boots for everyday toiletries as they’re more expensive than the supermarkets, I do like No7 make-up. The majority of my points come from that and shopping in the post Christmas 70% off sale.
Usually I save up my points to use on Christmas presents. Boots offer an excellent range of gifts, almost all of which are 3 for 2. If my Boots points can cover the cost the of three Christmas gifts (or even some wrapping paper and cards if I’ve not accumulated many) then I’m a very happy bunny .That essentially adds up to 3 gifts for free, simply by spending what I would normally spend there.
Having done a little bit of research online, it seems that people have a bit of love-hate relationship with nectar, especially as they recently changed the value of the points. I have always quite liked them though and found them to be reasonably lucrative. When I first met my partner I picked up a nectar card as I lived near a Sainsbury’s. We’d often pop in for snacks or a top-up shop. By the time we moved in together a couple of years later I had over £100 in points. This was enough to cover our first months shopping and helped us to buy all those extra things you need when starting but wouldn’t buy every week like cleaning products and condiments. We also tend to buy petrol there as it’s cheapest and close to where we live – while the points value is a bit less as we spend around £40 a week on petrol it does help top up our points.
I now save them up to buy Christmas presents. Nectar usually run a ‘double up’ towards the end of the November which is great for putting points towards gifts or food in various (but not all) departments. Last year this meant I got an Xbox one game (a gift for my brother) for £10 after doubling £15 worth of points to £30 and then paying the difference. Special promotions also allow points to be spent at Vue cinemas and Pizza express.
You can also boost your nectar points by adding points offers on the Sainsbury’s website.
Costa offer 5 points per pound spent in-store and I usually head there once a week for coffee and cake with a friend. Points seem to accumulate quite quickly and I love that they can be collected and spent on more than just coffee. Although there is no great way to add value when spending them I like to either treat a friend or my mum for free once in a while. They also offer points boosts for trying new products.