I’m pleased to welcome my good friend Emma to the blog today – she blogs over at From Aldi To Harrods and I’m sure you have all heard of her! I hope you enjoy her post!
We could all do with trying to earn some extra money and save money, and I am always looking for more ways to get that little bit extra from my spending. Two years ago, a Sainsbury?s finally opened in my area, and I have been trying to collect Nectar points to help us save a bit more money. Not only can you spend your Nectar points in store (where 500 points equals ?2.50), you can also spend them at places such as Argos, EasyJet, eBay, Pizza Express, Legoland, Vue and many, many more places. You can see the full list here.
There are many ways to help maximise your Nectar points. You can save them for a special occasion such as Christmas, save up for a special purchase or just use them regularly to ease your budget.
1. Remember to use your Nectar card. Did you know that you can earn Nectar points on your shopping at the following stores: Sainsbury’s, Homebase, BP, British Gas, eBay, Expedia, First Capital Connect, Ford, Oxfam, Vision Express, DHL, Hertz and Pru Health. You may need to connect your card to your account first, for example, on your eBay account. Then each time you shop with one of the retailers, you will earn Nectar points.
2. Install the Nectar toolbar. By using the toolbar (which displays Yahoo results) you will earn 1 point for every 2 valid searches, up to a maximum of 100 points per calendar month. Replace your existing search toolbar with this and you won?t even notice the points building. What?s more, you will even get 100 points just for downloading the toolbar.
3. Whilst I don?t usually suggest that people get credit cards, I am a fan of credit cards that give you cash back or other rewards, as long as you just use them for your usual spending, and pay them back in full each month. For example, buying your petrol on them. Sainsbury?s Bank has a range of credit cards to choose from and they all give you double points on your Sainsbury?s shopping, and 1 point per ?5 spent elsewhere.
4. Nectar adpoints allows you to earn nectar points by watching video adverts, and you can earn a maximum of 250 points per week. Whilst that is just ?1 a week, you could save them up for Christmas and help ease the cost. Again, you get 100 points just for registering and watching your first video.
5. When you use your Nectar card in Sainsbury?s, you may find that you get a ?till split? coupon, which might give you double points on your next shop, or extra points when you purchase a specific item.
6. Using the Nectar App on your smartphone or tablet opens up a whole host of other offers available to you, from extra points when you purchase a specific item to double point offers.
7. Buy your home, car or life insurance from Confused.com and you can earn between 1,000 and 5,000 Nectar points. Since Confused.com already check the market and give you competetive prices, it is a win-win situation.
8. Switch your phone to Sainsbury?s Mobile (http://www.phoneshopbysainsburys.co.uk/mbs) where you will earn double points on your shopping in Sainsbury?s. They have some great offers, including a SIM only contract with 800 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data for just ?15 a month.
9. Look out for Nectar point competitions, where you can win any amount of Nectar points if you win.
So there are my top ways to increase your Nectar points. If you do something that I haven?t mentioned then please leave it in the comments – I am always looking for new ways to earn Nectar points.