Tesco shoppers have been left furious after the supermarket announced it will add a 4 charge to all grocery deliveries under 40 later this month. See below for how to beat it.

The retail giant says that from Thursday 23 July, a 4 surcharge will be applied to all online grocery orders under 40. Previously this 4 charge was only applied to grocery orders under 25.

This includes "click and collect" where you buy online and collect in store, and on "Delivery Saver" where you pay for an annual delivery pass to reduce the cost of delivery slots.

The surcharge will be applied on top of the current 1 6 delivery cost depending on which time slot you choose for your shopping. If you order goods over 40 (or 25 currently), you only have to pay for delivery, there's no surcharge.

Tesco says any orders placed before 23 July but delivered after this date will not be charged the 4 surcharge if their order value's between 25 and 40. See our Cheap Supermarket Shopping Tips for tools and tricks to slash your food bills.

Separately the supermarket's also announced it will be axing its Clubcard Fuel Save on 31 August, and customers will need to use vouchers by 30 September. The scheme allows Tesco shoppers to get up to 20p/litre off fuel. See our Cheaper Fuel guide for more on how this works.

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'We're hearing from lots of disappointed loyal Tesco customers'

Jenny Keefe, MoneySavingExpert.com's senior writer says: "We're hearing from lots of disappointed loyal Tesco customers those who purchased an annual Delivery Saver pass under the impression the minimum was 25 feel especially let down.

"If you're shopping online at Tesco, consider spacing out your shops so you only buy when you're getting enough to meet the minimum spend. If your order costs under 40 and the 4 surcharge takes it over 40, instead buy something small that you need anyway to take the order up to the qualifying amount."

'40 minimum spend is crazy'

Here are some of the posts and tweets we've seen from angry Tesco shoppers:

  • @tjlx tweeted: "@Tesco 40 minimum delivery shop? Student daughter will have to shop elsewhere next term."
  • @hogroasting tweeted: "@Tesco I will be cancelling my delivery saver. 40 min. spend is crazy and I may as well shop elsewhere. You will alienate all loyal customers."
  • @AndrewP500 tweeted: "@Tesco Not pleased about the increase to 40 min charge for delivery saver, maybe if Tesco charges less we will shop more frequently?"
  • bundly via our forum writes: "I spend about 2,000 a year at Tesco. Not any more! I wonder how many millions it will lose by alienating its small customers."
Tesco hikes minimum spend to avoid delivery surcharge: how to beat it
Tesco hikes minimum online grocery shopping threshold

How to beat the Tesco minimum order value

1. If you're a few pennies or a few pounds below the minimum order value, consider bumping up the value of your basket with items that won't go off quickly and something that you'd buy anyway, such as toothpaste, toilet paper or batteries, for instance.

2. Check if you can get your shopping cheaper elsewhere using MySupermarket, and then compare the minimum threshold at other supermarkets:

  • Asda: Minimum 25 grocery spend. If your basket is under 25, you can't get home delivery. Delivery costs 1-6. Asda is also trialling a 40 minimum grocery spend for all stores within the M25, and a further 54 stores around the country (see the forum thread below for a full list), although no end date has been given for the trial. Customers with a six month or 12 month delivery pass also have a 40 minimum order value.

  • Sainsbury's: Minimum 25 grocery spend. If your basket is under 25, you can't get home delivery. Delivery on spends of under 40 cost 6.95. For orders over 40, it's 1-6.

  • Morrisons: Minimum 40 grocery spend. If your basket is under 40, you can't get home delivery. Delivery costs between 1-5.

3. If Tesco is cheapest for you, try and choose a cheaper off-peak delivery slot these start from 1.

As outlined above, shoppers won't be able to beat the move using click and collect as while this is currently free on all orders of 25 or more, from 23 July you'll have to spend 40 or more to get it free. On orders under 40 (or 25 currently), click and collect costs 4.

However, Tesco says customers with its Delivery Saver pass can cancel penalty free if they're unhappy with the change, and Tesco will give them a pro-rata refund of what's left on the plan against what customers have already paid.

What does Tesco say?

In emails being sent to customers, Tesco writes: "We understand that there may be an impact to how you shop with us, and we wanted to assure you that this decision has been given careful consideration. As ever, there's no need to worry if your order falls below 40 due to substitutions or unavailable items, you will not be charged the minimum basket surcharge."

A spokesperson adds: "We're changing the minimum basket spend when you shop online for your groceries to 40. Customers will still be able to benefit from a range of offers, including our Delivery Saver scheme, 1 one hour delivery slots and our free Click & Collect grocery service."