Tesco Clubcard PLUS launched a couple of years ago with the promise that you could make savings of over £400 a year in exchange for a monthly fee of £7.99. I did end up signing up to the scheme despite my initial misgiving so today I’m going to share my thoughts on it and answer the question I know you’re all asking – is the Tesco Clubcard PLUS worth it?
When I first hears that the new Tesco Clubcard PLUS was going to cost £7.99 a month, I wasn’t a fan at all! In my head, I decided that paying to be part of a loyalty scheme just wasn’t right and even when I was writing about the potential savings back in 2019, I just couldn’t get past the fact that it was a paid subscription.
I didn’t sign up when it was newly launched but last Summer, I got an email about it that prompted me to look into it again and this time, I didn’t let the fact that it was a paid subscription sway my opinion on it. See, I can be sensible sometimes. 😂
I actually looked at the last couple of month’s bank statements before signing up and realised that based on my spending, I would have saved much more than the £7.99 subscription fee so I signed up at that point and have been paying my monthly fee and pocketing my savings ever since.
So, sit back and let me tell you all about Tesco Clubcard PLUS and why I am now happy to pay my £7.99 a month to be a part of it…
What is Tesco Clubcard PLUS?
Tesco Clubcard PLUS is the next level version of your normal Tesco Clubcard which is going to cost you £7.99 a month but give you the potential to save upwards of £400 a year which means that it’s more than paying for itself.
What benefits do you get with Tesco Clubcard PLUS?.
You get a whopping 10% off two ‘big shops’ a month up to the value of £200 a shop which in theory means you can save £40 on your monthly shops for that £7.99 subscription fee. Obviously very few people spend £200 a week on their grocery shop but I do spend between £80 and £100 a week at the moment when I add in extras like dog food and other household and personal hygiene products. That means I save my monthly fee in one shop and then the savings on the next one are all mine.
You could be clever here and do a fortnightly shop so you’re just doing two shops a month and getting maximum savings or even do one big shop a fortnight for your non-perishables and the next week just do a fresh food shop so you’ll have two bigger shops a month and two smaller ones.
Or you could have two subscriptions in your household which would mean paying twice the monthly subscription but could be worth it depending on how much you spend weekly as you’d then have four lots of 10% off to use each month.
You also get 10% off the Tesco own brands which has saved me a fair amount over the last year as I do tend to buy clothes from F&F as I love the quality and the price even before the extra 10% I now get.
If you have a Tesco mobile phone then you also get double data with your Tesco Clubcard PLUS which could be a great deal for you if you already use Tesco mobile.
How much does Tesco Clubcard PLUS cost?
It’s going to cost you £7.99 a month but if you’re clever, you’ll save so much more than that with some of the Tesco Clubcard PLUS benefits.
Is Tesco Clubcard PLUS worth it?
For me, it’s a resounding YES.
I know that Tesco isn’t the cheapest of all the big six supermarkets but they’re pretty close if you ask me, especially when you take into account the extra discounts on their Clubcard deals AND the fact that you earn Clubcard points which can be used against your shopping or boosted to three times their value to use with other companies. The extra savings from the Tesco Clubcard PLUS subscription put it ahead of the rest of the big six for value for me!
The only exceptions could be Aldi or Lidl although I’ve never been a fan of either personally for a proper shop as I genuinely always end up doing a top-up shop elsewhere when I shop there which defeats the object. The savings I get from my Tesco Clubcard PLUS membership mean I’m personally getting more value from this than I would if I shopped in Aldi or Lidl.
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