It’s back… Sainsbury’s is again running three different promotions which you can combine – known as code stacking – to get a corking deal on bottles of fizz. So until Sat 27 Aug, newbies to Sainsbury’s* online could effectively get prosecco for £2.63 a bottle (norm £9), though you have to buy six. Even if you’re an existing Sainsbury’s online customer, you could still get it for £5.63 a bottle.
If prosecco isn’t your tipple, you can also use this trick on wine and champagne. We’ve highlighted the prosecco as it’s an outstanding price on a popular drink, and you’d have to pay a lot more for the champers, despite the strong savings.
When we featured this trick in May, Sainsbury’s outrageously reneged on its offer and told many MoneySavers they would have to pay a higher price after they had already placed their orders. We asked Sainsbury’s whether it will honour the deal this time, and it said it will, as long as stock lasts. It also told us: “The price is set until the end of this promotional cycle and there’s no reason for this to change.”
So it’s worth a try, but nothing is ever guaranteed – see below for what to do if your prosecco is substituted for a higher-priced bottle. If you’re only buying from Sainsbury’s to bag this prosecco trick and the one you want isn’t available, you can refuse your entire order at the door.
Of course, we’re not advocating this as a ‘down it in one’ deal. The idea is to store it up for when needed, either for yourself or gifts, so please be Drinkaware. It’s also worth noting multi-buy drinks offers are not valid in Scotland due to alcohol promo laws.
Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Find a reduced prosecco or champagne at Sainsbury’s
These bottles are currently on offer at Sainsbury’s:
- Valdo Prosecco Marca Oro* – £7.50/bottle (reduced from £9 until Tue 30 Aug) – good stock, according to Sainsbury’s. This trick is very popular with MoneySavers, so it could still sell out – go quick if you want it.
- Antoine Clevecy champagne* – £14/bottle (reduced from £18 until Tue 30 Aug) – good stock, according to Sainsbury’s.
Step 2: Sainsbury’s also has 25% off six bottles
Buy any six bottles of wine or champagne, before Sat 27 Aug, and you’ll automatically get a further 25% discount. This offer works in stores and online.
That means you can buy:
- Six bottles of Valdo Prosecco Marca Oro* for £33.75 (£5.63/bottle)
- Six bottles of Antoine Clevecy champagne* for £63 (£10.50/bottle)
Delivery online is £1-£6 (or free if you collect in a store).
Step 3: Now for the trick – new to Sainsbury’s grocery online? Boost it further with an £18 off £60 code – you’ll need to buy groceries which you’d buy anyway
Use the code SCSEXTXAM and you’ll get £18 off when you spend £60+. Yet the T&Cs state:
“When using a promotional money off voucher the value of the goods other than spirits, liqueurs or wine when on any buy 6 save 25% multibuy must be at least equal to the money off offered by the promotional voucher.”
In plain speak, it means you’ll need to buy at least £18 of stuff other than booze for it to work. So spend at least £18 on normal groceries you’d need anyway to get the £18 off.
Of course, all the examples above come to less than £60 for six bottles, so you may need to top up your basket with extra groceries anyway to reach the minimum spend for the code.
This means if you go for the £7.50 Valdo Prosecco Marca Oro*, it’s £33.75 for six bottles, so you’d need to spend £26.25 on groceries to reach the £60 minimum spend for the £18 off code. That makes it effectively £15.78 for the six bottles of prosecco, or £2.63 per bottle (plus delivery if you can’t pick up in a store for free) – a ridiculously cheap price.
The £14 Antoine Clevecy champagne* would work out at £7.50 – a cracking deal if champagne’s your tipple of choice.
It’s worth noting that if you buy more than six bottles, the price per bottle will go up slightly with this deal, as you’d still be getting £18 off but your spend would be higher.
If you’re planning a higher spend, you can use the code SCSEXTXAK to get £20 off when you spend £100.
The codes are valid until Tue 13 Sep, but you need to have your order delivered/collected on or before Sat 27 Aug for this code stacking trick to work. You can buy a maximum of 36 bottles of wine or champagne per order.
Step 4: Check your basket to ensure it’s gone as planned.
All these discounts should show up in your basket before you pay – if not then something’s gone wrong.
Although Sainsbury’s says that stock levels are good for most of the examples above, our weekly email goes out to over 11 million people, and these deals have been very popular in the past. They could still sell out, so go quick if you’re after a particular bottle.
Step 5: Change your substitution preferences to avoid any surprises
If you only want the cheapest prosecco, untick the box which says ‘allow substitutions’ when you order, as that way if it’s not in stock, you’ll just get your groceries, not a pricier alternative.
If you order online and tick to accept substitutions (in ‘my substitution preferences’), you may receive a different bottle of prosecco if your choice is out of stock. When your delivery arrives, make sure you check what you have received with the driver. You can choose whether you want to accept the substitutions or send them back.
Is this prosecco any good?
Valdo Prosecco Marca Oro* is rated 4.7 out of 5 on the Sainsbury’s website but as there were only 10 reviews when we checked, the team at MSE Towers decided to test it out – well, someone’s got to do it! Many were fans of this prosecco, but some found it a bit dry for their taste.
Not everyone was as keen to appear on camera as they were to do the taste test, but you can see what prosecco-enthusiasts MSE Sarah E and MSE Josie thought in our video below. If you’ve tasted this prosecco, or tried out the trick, let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below, on Twitter @MSE_Deals or on Facebook.
If prosecco’s not your tipple, see MSE Jordon’s Tesco wine glitch – £8 Casillero del Diablo wine £3.50 each.