ANY Tesco shopper armed with a handy Clubcard knows there are some huge bargains to be had – but not everything is worth your cash.
We reveal all the things you should pick up at the supermarket, and what to leave behind on the shelf.
With everyday costs of food and essentials still skyrocketing at the moment, it’s important you’re savvy with your shopping.
Making sure you’ve got Tesco’s trusty loyalty card in your hand when you head in is a good start.
That way you can pick up all the things you like, but at a fraction of their usual price.
It’s free to get one – just sign up online.
You also collect one point for every £1 spent in store and online and one for every £2 spent on fuel.
Then, one point is worth 1p off a future shop in Tesco – so you can earn money-off vouchers after you’ve racked up enough.
But after all that effort of saving up points to spend, you don’t want to blow it on rubbish from the shelves.
So here’s what you should and shouldn’t buy at Tesco, especially so you can put your Clubcard vouchers to good use.
What you should buy at Tesco
Tesco is known for its popular meal deal, where shoppers can have their lunch sorted for just £3.40 with a Clubcard or £3.90 without.
You get a sandwich, drink and a snack all for the low price – where each item would more expensive individually.
Exactly how much you can save on the full price will depend on the products though – there are hundreds of food and drink combinations to choose from.
The priciest main item we spotted on the Tesco website is the Tesco Salmon, Hoisin & Cucumber Mini Maki sushi for £2.85.
The Naked tropical smoothie is £2.60 and the most expensive drink you can get in the deal, while for a snack the most expensive items are fruit pots for £2.25.
That would add up to £7.70 without the deal, but you can get the lot for £3.40 with a Clubcard – saving £4.30.
But if you don’t have a magic card then you’ll have to fork out a little more.
Despite the 50p difference though, it’s still cheaper than buying the items separately – so Tesco is still a good bet for buying lunch.
Those with a Clubcard can get their lunch for slightly less than other major supermarkets.
For example, Sainsbury’s meal deal is priced at £3.50 after a rise in 2021 and Co-op’s meal deal is priced at £4.
The Clubcard is your friend when it comes to picking up your favourite tipples too.
Booze can be expensive, but knowing you’ve managed to knock a few pounds off the price makes it taste a bit better.
A one litre bottle of Southern Comfort costs £28 ordinarily.
But with a Clubcard you can score the spirit for just £20, saving £8 while you’re at it.
The same product is £28 at Sainsbury’s without the same wiggle room for a discount that you have with Tesco’s Clubcard.
You might think that heading to the pharmacy or a dedicated children’s retailer is the best place to pick up all your baby bits.
But taking advantage of limited-time events that supermarkets host means you can pick up products for less, along with your weekly shop.
Tesco has various discounts regularly on baby products for those with a Clubcard.
You can get things like two packs of Pampers nappies for £22 – as opposed to £14.50 each, saving you £7.
Meanwhile, you can pick up a baby thermometer for £25 rather than £37.50.
Tesco stocks its own line of fashion in-store too, which is great for refreshing your wardrobe on a budget.
The F&F line includes womenswear, menswear and kidswear.
Plus Tesco will regularly have sales on the clothes – especially when it comes toward the end of a season.
That’s so the supermarket can make room for new clothes that suit the upcoming weather.
For example, you might be lucky on a great woolly jumper deal to stow away for next winter, now that the temperature is starting to creep up and summer is on its way.
Tesco last year came out on top in Good Housekeeping’s BBQ blind taste test – proving it’s the place to shop for budget bangers.
In the test, Tesco won best meat-free sausages with its Plant Chef Cumberland-style bangers.
The £1.75 six-pack got one of the highest scores overall, as it won 89 points in total.
The supermarket also beat out well-known meat-free brand THIS Isn’t Pork Sausages, with its £3 six-pack alternative.
With spring just around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about your BBQ food menu.
What you shouldn’t buy at Tesco
Anything without your Clubcard for a start.
The supermarket giant has been criticised in the past for “punishing” shoppers who haven’t signed up for its loyalty card scheme or forget to use it.
That’s because some items can be almost double the price without using the discount.
Tesco shoppers might want to stick more to the essentials on their next shop too, as seasonal items sold at the store came under fire last Easter.
Shoppers weren’t too happy about the broken and melted Easter eggs from the store that turned up on their doorsteps.
Some even slammed them as “disgusting” and “gone off”.
And you’d better check your ready meal dinners before you stock up for the week too.
One gobsmacked customer made a shocking discovery when she opened up her Tesco pasta bake.
The packet had been placed on the shelf in error and was made up of a dummy weight instead of any actual food at all, so the shopper was left a little confused and still quite hungry.
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