How to get the kit: In-store and online at John Lewis*. Delivery's £3, click and collect from selected John Lewis and Waitrose stores is free.
Note: Often stores sell items in multipacks and it isn't possible to buy them individually. When we quote prices in our headlines we take this into account and quote the full cost of buying a whole school uniform using multipacks.
MSE UPDATE 5.30pm Fri 8 Aug: Although the John Lewis press office confirmed this is an ongoing offer, we're hearing reports of some users not getting their tea and cake vouchers for August.
John Lewis has now confirmed it's changed its T&Cs, so going forward not everybody will receive the free tea and cake vouchers. Some people will, some people won't. We're still talking with John Lewis to find out more - we'll update you here.
Get a free John Lewis loyalty card and you can get FREE tea/coffee and cake, every month! Here’s what you need to know to get it:
John Lewis has a free loyalty card, which you can use online and in-store at its 39 shops in England, Scotland and Wales. It doesn't work like the usual ones where you get loyalty points - instead, you’re entered into prize draws and get rewards.
Either sign up online on the John Lewis website (click 'create an account now' in the pop-up box) or apply in-store for your loyalty card.
Once registered, you'll be sent a welcome pack containing vouchers - each voucher is valid in the month stated on the front. (We think it'll take up to four weeks to get your vouchers.)
One of these rewards is free tea (any hot drink) and cake EVERY MONTH. A pot of tea's £1.90, coffee's £2.25, cakes range from £1.75 - £3.50. You can go at any time (once a month).
It's available at John Lewis Place to Eat, Espresso Bar, Mall Café, Café and coffee shops. It can't be redeemed at other firms' food outlets within John Lewis, nor is it valid at Waitrose branches, apart from the Waitrose Café in Ipswich.
MSE Charlotte says:
WARNING! Gratuitous pictures of cake coming up...
When we first wrote this, we didn't have all the cake-based info. We don't do things by halves here at MSE, so even though it was a terrible inconvenience, I trudged all the way (at least a five-minute walk) to 'research' what was on offer.
My card STILL hasn't arrived yet - c'mon John Lewis! (It must be busy making super-cute Christmas adverts...) So I got some tea and cake and put it on my expenses instead. The things we do for you!
Here are some pics of what I found and what they cost.
Sign up for a MyWaitrose loyalty card (click 'Join myWaitrose now' on the left-hand side-bar) and get a free regular tea or coffee in-store every day. Choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, tea, mocha or espresso (decaf options are also available in some stores).
If you sign up online, it takes up to 5 weeks for the card to be posted to you, so it's quicker to sign up for a temporary card in-store, and that way, you can get the offer straightaway.
There's no minimum spend, simply walk in and show your card. See the full list of participating Waitrose stores.
One free drink per member, per day. Offer excludes hot chocolate and isn't valid at Costa concessions, petrol filling stations, Shell and Welcome Break. Can't be used with other cafe or hot drink offers, or the cafe loyalty card.
Show your card at a manned till or scan it at a quick pay station.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
Do I need it?
Can I afford it?
Will I use it?
Is it worth it?
Free protection for all shopping!
There's a secret phrase that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. "Section 75" laws means your plastic must protect anything you buy over £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust you can still get your money back.
Although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards there is something else to fall back on if you paid on a Visa debit or electron card, or Visa credit card under £100 (otherwise go for Section 75). Known as Visa Chargeback, this is part of Visa's internal rules and not a legal requirement. Full details of Section 75, chargeback and how to claim in the Section 75 Refunds guide.
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