Is Wombling Still Worth It In 2017?

This month marks two years since I wrote about what remains as one of my most popular posts, how we get our weekly food shop completely free by using a technique known as Wombling.

 

Since then A LOT has changed, and many of you have asked whether Wombling is still possible. Today I’m looking to re-cap on what I wrote then and how things have changed.

 

First things first, if you’re unsure as to what wombling is and how it works you’re going to want to check out this post.

 

Tesco

I previously spoke about wombling Tesco ClubCard points and in 2 years very little has changed. You still have 14 days to claim unclaimed ClubCard points in-store however, I’ve now found out that after that time has passed you can post the reciept along with a letter including your ClubCard details off to;

 

Tesco Clubcard, Freepost, Tesco Sco 3145, Dundee, DD2 3ZR.

 

From there they will put the points on for you. However, I wouldn’t make a regular habit of doing this and the cost of a stamp needs to be factored in when you’re considering what redemptions are worthwhile when using this method.

 

Sainsbury’s

Much like Tesco, the redemption of Sainsbury’s shops into Nectar points has remained the same. The value of Nectar points has remained the same too. Making them HALF as valuable as Tesco ClubCard points.

 

Asda

Asda was the wombling king thanks to their fantastic Asda Price Guarantee (APG). Some slight changes have been made here but nothing you can’t work around.

 

The APG is no longer generated using the supermarket website comparison website MySupermarket which means you’re less likely to be able to do a ‘targeted shop’. You also need an Asda online account when claiming both in-store shop and online shop APG’s. This limits you to 10 transactions per account per month, however there’s very little stopping you setting up accounts in the names of friends and family (with their permission of course). Otherwise Asda continues to be the best value for money when it comes to wombling.

 

Morrisons

Now we’re back to the points redemption with Morrisons Match and More card. The terms and conditions of redeeming unused points from receipts remains the same. No more than 15 receipts in a 30 day period, which in my opinion is rather generous.

 

Every 5,000 points still converts automatically into a £5 money off voucher with a zero minimum spend.  

Wombling in Other Locations

Finally, let’s talk about other, smaller locations you can womble and how their loyalty programmes have changed over the past two years.

 

McDonalds: Free coffee when you have the stickers from six other coffee cups – Remains the same.

 

Costa Coffee: Exchange receipts for points on a Costa Coffee card and exchange them for drinks – Remains the same.

 

Subway: Exchange receipts for points on a Subway card to exchange for food – Remains the same.

 

Nandos: Exchange receipts for points on a Nando’s card to exchange for food – Remains the same but you now also have an app that you can use to add points instantly (only one receipt can be added per date of transaction)

 

Boots: Exchange receipts for points on a Boots card to exchange for products in-store – Remains the same.

 

In conclusion I believe that wombling is still a very reliable way of accumulating points and saving yourself money at the tills. The king of it all remains to be Asda in my opinion but as always I’d love to know yours. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

2017-10-06T22:54:31+00:00

8 Comments

  1. Sarah March 27, 2017 at 4:24 am - Reply

    I’ve been wombling for years and never realised! When I was at uni I would get the stickers off of discarded McDonald’s cups that I found around campus, saved me a whole bunch of money.

    This is a helpful guide, thanks Cora 🙂

    • TMM March 27, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      That’s amazing Sarah, it makes total sense if you ask me 🙂
      For life’s little luxuries too such as a take-out coffee or that extra bar of chocolate.

  2. Emma Locker March 30, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    This is so useful! I’ve never even thought about half these things – can see myself saving a fair bit of money by doing this! I don’t even do it with my own receipts if I forgot to scan my clubcard in Tesco for example. Will definitely do this in future, thanks Cora (:

    • TMM March 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Awesome, I’m glad it can help 😀

  3. Kim Jarvis August 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve just started wombling in Asda. I got £20 worth of vouchers in about 10 minutes. However, I am now wondering whether it is worth it.

    Firstly, my mum and dad think it is fraud, I am not sure. Secondly, redeeming them is a pain.

    It doesn’t say on the coupons how to redeem them, so the first time I scanned the voucher and then typed in the voucher coded. That is wrong, it’s the tc number that is the second code.
    I ended up having to go to the service desk and rematch all 10 receipts to the codes so that they could rescan them all.

    I tried again another time on the self service till and firstly the receipts wouldn’t scan. A store assistant noticed and came over to fix the scanner and it worked. However, it stopped after a few tokens and I had to wait for him to come over. Then I found out one hadn’t scanned. Which one I don’t know? Apparently a staff member has to check the vouchers and it stops after a few.

    Another time I went to a staffed till. He tutted a bit as he had to type in the codes as the receipts were too pale. Then I found out 2 were voided and he took the receipts off me.

    Getting the vouchers is easy. Redeeming them, not so.

    • TMM August 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      I’ve found the redemption really varies store to store. However, we’re finding them harder and harder to find 🙁

    • Alexis August 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim wombling is definitely not fraud when I started I would carry an email from the CEO who made it clear wombling was allowed as long as we didn’t take receipts from inside the store or inside bins.

  4. Alexis August 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Hi did you know you can womble at KFC too?

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