In a recent blog post I told you about how to split up your shopping into seperate transactions with tesco making use of coupons and their new instore price promise scheme to get your shopping for free.
We whilst researching that post I called customer services at tesco for clarification on this ‘If you are given a price promise voucher instore – can it be used immediately’ I was told yes and emailed a confirmation of this.
So today I planned my shopping trip to be 3 transactions – to make use of their price promise scheme to the maximum effect and use my coupons to get a free shop.
Transaction 1 was £47.97 and after coupons and using the £3.99 giftcard I received in todays post I had just £1.41 to pay and also received a price promise for over £9
Transaction 2 was £36.45 and after coupons I was left with just 45p to pay and gained another price promise voucher for £8+
Trasaction 3 was £36.57 and I planned to use my price promise vouchers from the previous 2 transactions as well as my remaining coupons – this is where I struck a problem
They wouldn’t accept the price promise vouchers as apparently they can’t be spent til the following day after they are issued. This led to a bit of an argument – a long queue behind me, customer service staff and finally a manager who I showed my email to from customer service advising me I could use them straight away – he called customer services to confirm this and gave me a code to call customer services again when I got home and he allowed me to use the price promise vouchers which meant I paid just 21p for my final transaction
On getting home I called customer services with the code i’d been given and was offered a choice of either a £5 giftcard or 500 points on my card by way of an apology for the confusion and embarrassment caused. I’ve opted for the points as they can be quadrupled in value so I’ll be able to turn £5 into £20 worth of cinema or meal vouchers.
So totay my total shopping came to £120.99 and I paid just £2.07
But I’ve also got a £3.80 price promise voucher for my next trip
500 points put on my card
and 3 x £5 off a £40 shop vouchers to use over the next month
Thats what I call an awesome shop!
UPDATE: I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PROOVE MYSELF AS PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK I’M LYING – SO HERE ARE MY RECEIPTS
I can’t tell you the exact coupons used as this was months ago now. But I had written to a ton on companies and been sent coupons directly from the manufacturers in return for product feedback, complaints and praise.
You would not be able to repeat this shop yourself as tesco were in error with their advice about the price promise vouchers – they can actually only be used from the day after they are issued – not the same day.
So even with all the same coupons you wouldn’t be able to use the price promise vouchers from the frist 2 shops on the third shop.