Nectar card shake-up gives Sainsbury's shopper discounts on hundreds of products

NECTAR card holders can get discounts on hundreds of items at Sainsbury’s as part of a huge shake-up by the loyalty scheme.

Starting today, the price of 266 products – including beers, wine and ready meals – has been lowered as part of the so-called “Nectar Prices” promotion.

When The Sun looked, we found a three-pack of Desperados beers reduced from £4.50 to £4, plus a 75cl bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards white Grenache that now costs £5 instead of £5.60.

Ready meals like Sainsbury’s own chicken and ham bake have been knocked down from £3 to £2.50, and there’s tubs of Ben & Jerry’s that are now £3, down from £4.

There's also nine rolls on Andrex toilet roll reduced from £8.95 to £8, plus 900ml of Comfort fabric softener down from £4.50 to £3.

The discounts are available exclusively to Sainsbury’s shoppers who have a Nectar card.

Supermarket loyalty schemes – which has one?

MOST UK supermarkets have loyalty schemes so customers can build up points and save money while they shop.

Here we round up what saving programmes you'll find at the big brands.

  • Iceland: Unlike other stores, you don't collect points with the Iceland Bonus Card. Instead, you load it up with money and Iceland will give you £1 for every £20 you save. Cash isn't protected though.
  • Morrisons: Morrisons' More gives customers five points per £1 spent in store. When customers earn 5,000 points they receive a £5 voucher.
  • Sainsbury's: While Sainsbury's doesn't have a personal scheme, it does own the Nectar card which can also be used in Argos, eBay and other shops. You need 200 Nectar points to save up £1 to spend on your card. You need to spend at least £1 to get one Nectar point.
  • Tesco: Tesco Clubcard has over 17million members in the UK alone. You use it each time you shop and build up points that can be turned into vouchers – 150 points gets you a £1.50 voucher. Here you need to spend £1 in Tesco to get one point.
  • Waitrose: myWaitrose also doesn't allow you to collect points but instead you'll get access to free hot drinks, and discounts off certain brands in store.

You don’t need to do anything to get the deals, as the money off will be automatically applied when you get to the checkout.

The deals apply to both in-store and online purchases – you just need to remember to show your Nectar card, or enter your card number.

Shoppers can view the full range of “Nectar Prices” on the loyalty scheme’s website or its app – but you'll need to be signed in to do this.

They’ll be available from today until 3 March, 2020 – but if you’re ordering online, that end date counts as your last delivery date.

So if you complete your online order before 3 March, but plan on getting them delivered after this date, you won’t get the discounted prices.

The discounts apply to all large Sainsbury’s supermarkets nationwide, although prices may vary at smaller Sainsbury’s Local shops.

You can sign up to Nectar for free by clicking on this link.

"Nectar Prices" is different to the new scheme the loyalty card launched back in October 2019 which gives shoppers personalised offers.

Customers are sent a range of points-boosting offers based on their shopping habits every Friday, which you'll then be able to collect when you buy them.

Shoppers can view all of their tailored offers on the website or app, where they can "save" the ones they want to use before shopping.

As always, we'd only recommend taking advantage of discounted goods if you actually planned on purchasing that product anyway.

It's also a good idea to shop around and compare prices to make sure you're really getting the best value for money.

You can do this by using to look at prices at Tesco, Asda, Ocado, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Iceland, Aldi and Lidl, to name a few.

Last month, Nectar said it's trialling giving shoppers extra bonus points by using their debit or credit cards at firms such as Costa, Nando's and Airbnb.

A mum previously also revealed how to receive Sainsbury's Nectar card vouchers BEFORE doing your shop.

Plus, here's all you need to know about Nectar and when Sainsbury's took over the scheme.

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