How to max bonus Nectar points at Sainsbury’s to save money on your everyday essentials

Jordon Cox

By MoneySavingExpert's Coupon Kid, Jordon Cox

Instead of my usual coupon blog this week, I thought I’d a share a quick tip on maximising bonus Nectar points if you’re a regular Sainsbury’s shopper.

It’s all to do with a section of the Sainsbury’s website called My Coupons*, which allows you to claim extra Nectar points when you buy specific items and scan your registered Nectar card.

Once you’re registered, you can pick and choose which products you want to earn the bonus on. Then once you’ve bought the item, the extra points will be added to your Nectar account within 10 working days.

How does it work?

There are currently 50 different ‘bonus points’ offers on everyday items including bread, milk, eggs, fresh chicken and more, as well as a ‘double points’ offer.

You can select up to five offers on the website to load to your Nectar card for one shop. Once you’ve done this, you just shop normally either in store (superstores only, not Sainsbury’s Local) or online at Sainsbury’s* – and swipe your Nectar card. Your bonus points will be automatically added within 10 working days after your shop. After you get an email to say the bonus points have been added, you can add five more offers for your next shop.

All the current offers have expiry dates of Tue 14 Mar, and there will be new offers added after that date. Be sure to add the exact product (including the correct size) to make sure you get the bonus.

Examples of what you can get

In my shop, I managed to grab five everyday items that I buy weekly anyway – so the extra points really are just a bonus on top. These include:

  • Hovis medium white bread (800g): 40 bonus points
  • Sainsbury’s semi-skimmed milk (4 pints): 40 bonus points
  • Sainsbury’s free range large eggs (12 pack): 40 bonus points
  • Sainsbury’s unsmoked bacon rashers (6 pack): 40 bonus points
  • Robinsons apple and blackcurrant (1L): 40 bonus points

This bag of shopping cost £7.35, but with an extra 200 Nectar points on top – worth £1 (or £2 if you wait for the next ‘double up’ event). While the savings won’t be instant, this is a great way to clock up more Nectar points, which you can eventually redeem to save money on future shops or on days out.

Do remember, this is just way to earn more points on groceries you’d buy anyway – never buy an item for the extra points alone.

How much are Nectar points worth?

Usually when spent in store at Sainsbury’s, each Nectar point is worth 0.5p (so 500 points equals £2.50 off shopping). But if you redeem points through the Nectar website you can sometimes get 2x or even 3x the value. See our Nectar points guide for more.

Are there printable coupons for Sainsbury’s?

There are a few good printable coupons you can use at Sainsbury’s this week (if you need these items), which you can use in the same shop as your bonus point offers.

– FREE Covent Garden Soup (600ml) – Currently £1 at Sainsbury’s (normally £2), and there’s a coupon for £1 off, which makes it free. No set end date, could be pulled at any time.

– £1.75 Oral B 3D white toothpaste (75ml) – Currently £2 at Sainsbury’s (normally £4), and there’s a coupon for 75p off here, which makes it £1.25. No set end date, could be pulled at any time.

Don’t forget, there are more than 100 other coupons to print on our coupons page so it’s worth a look before doing your weekly shop.

I hope this helps you Sainsbury’s shoppers – I’ll be back with another regular coupon blog next week.

Do you already use this to boost your Nectar points? What other tricks do you use to save money at the supermarket? I’d love to know in the comments below, on Twitter @MSE_Deals or on Facebook.