Don’t Be Lured Into Spending By Supermarket Vouchers

Written by Karen Bryan

Despite cautioning about the temptation to spend money to save money, sometimes I still succumb to the lure of supermarket vouchers.

When I filled up the car at Sainsbury’s, I received two Nectar vouchers. One for triple Nectar points on my next Sainsbury’s shop within the following three weeks. The other offered 8p a litre off the price of fuel, if I spent a minimum of £15 at Tui (Sainsbury’s clothing brand).

I was tempted by the Tui fuel offer. I reckoned that I usually put around 40 litres of diesel in my car, so 8p off a litre would equate to a saving of around £3.20 at my next visit to fill up the car.

I hardly do any food shopping at Sainsbury’s, as I find it rather expensive. But I do like the Tui clothing range, and buy most of my clothes there. Most of the time the clothes which I buy are half price, but on occasion I manage to get an additional 25% off during weekend promotions.

As I was at a bit of a loose end on the final Sunday on which the Tui voucher was valid, I decided to pop into Sainsbury’s on my way back from a walk, to see if there were any clothes which I fancied.I found a really pretty colourful summer skirt reduced from £22 to £11. I also spotted two pairs of earrings, both reduced from £5 to £2. Now that was me up to the £15 Tui spend required to qualify for the 8p a litre off my next purchase of fuel within the following two weeks.

Now the question is did a really need another skirt and two pairs of earrings?

Well, maybe I could justify the skirt, as I only have two other summer skirts in my wardrobe.  But I already have dozens of pairs of earrings. I suppose that I can tell myself that the earrings were almost paid for the money off fuel offer. Then the triple Nectar points are worth a few more pence.

But if I’m honest I need to admit that I was lured into spending money to save money by that Sainsbury’s voucher.