How a Tesco employee 'bent the rules' so I could save £8.50 when I forgot my Clubcard

I'd forgotten my card when I visited Tesco
I'd forgotten my card when I visited Tesco -Credit:LancsLive

These days our phones and our purses are packed full of rewards apps and cards for the many retailers out there vying for our repeat custom.

Some of them offer unbelievable discounts and freebies - one of my favourites is Lidl Plus, which not only gives you rewards in the form of overall trolley discounts, but also cute little scratchcards to rub away after each shop.

Nowadays most supermarkets have 'exclusive' prices for reward card holders - sometimes worth several pounds. So it's vital to make sure you have yours (either physically or virtually) when you head out to the shops.


One offer I particularly like is at Sainsbury's where you can get two pizzas, two sides and a dip for £12. When you consider that the pizzas alone would cost £5.75 it's a great saving and for two people would be plenty for two meals.

One night last week I couldn't face the thought of cooking from scratch so I popped into a Tesco Express to pick up one of their Finest meal deals. For £12 you get a main, a side, a dessert and a bottle of wine.

As I reached the checkout I realised I hadn't brought my purse with me. So no Clubcard. And it dawned on me that I might not be able to benefit from the meal deal without it. I wasn't entirely sure how it worked so I asked the woman on the checkout: "Can you only get the offer if you have your Clubcard with you?"

As she confirmed that was correct my face fell and yet, probably out of sheer laziness as I couldn't be bothered either swapping my items or going home, I responded: "Oh, it's fine, I'll just pay whatever it costs."

The meatballs would normally have been £6.50 while the chunky chips are priced at £2.75, the tart au citron £3.25 and the wine £8. That would have brought my basket to a total of £20.50.

After telling me that it would cost me an extra £8.50 she then did something which I'm certain must be a bending of the rules of sorts. "You could ask someone else in the store if you could 'borrow' their Clubcard?" she said.

The shoppers browsing close by must have wondered what on earth I was on about as I said in a loud voice: "Does anyone have a Clubcard with them?"

Several avoided making eye contact but one chap was quick to pipe up "Yep I have". After explaining why I needed it he whipped out his blue card and was more than happy to get the points in return for his act of kindness.

I'm fairly sure the checkout woman's suggestion wouldn't go down too well with her bosses but (and if you're reading this Tesco rest assured that I do possess my own Clubcard, I promise) given the cost of living crisis it was £8.50 I'd much rather in my own pocket than theirs.