Waitrose shopping tricks, tips and deals to save money on your groceries


Updated on 17 February 2022

Waitrose has just revamped its loyalty scheme, but that's not the only way to make your money go further when shopping with the store.

Join the myWaitrose loyalty scheme

Waitrose is revamping its loyalty scheme to make it a bit more personal.

Members will receive personalised offers and discounts on a weekly and monthly basis, starting on 23rd February.

According to industry bible, The Grocer, the rewards offered through the scheme will be split into personalised offers and exclusive savings.

The personal offers will be calculated based on shopping habits ‒ you’ll have a bigger range of deals from as you shop more. 

Vouchers for these deals will be available for you to redeem each week through the MyWaitrose online hub, the app or in store.

As for the savings portion of the programme, loyalty members will get access to discounts on food counters. The first batch will run from 23rd February until 14th March and entitle members to 20% off on the cheese, meat, fish and deli counters. MyWaitrose card. (Image: Waitrose)

Members will continue to receive certain benefits that are already on offer through the scheme, such as free copies of various Waitrose magazines, discounts on dry cleaning and cookery courses. 

However, other freebies are being ditched. For example, members can no longer get a free hot drink or newspaper.

Earn cashback

The CheckoutSmart app has exclusive offers on products that can be used with the major supermarkets, including Waitrose.

You just need to shop for the item and upload a picture of your receipt to the app to get cashback.

Other offers allow you to earn a cash reward for shopping for certain items.

CheckoutSmart app (Image: CheckoutSmart.com)

Shop the 'essential Waitrose' range

Like other supermarkets, Waitrose offers different ranges at varying price points.

Waitrose No. 1 is the most premium line of products, while essential Waitrose – which has been around since 2009 – is the store’s cheapest range.

Although many have poked fun at whether items such as the gooseberry fruit fool or limoncello desserts can really be classed as 'essential', the budget range is hugely popular and now boasts more than 1,500 items to pick from.

In some cases, Waitrose essential products are actually much better value than equivalent items in typically cheaper supermarkets, such as Morrisons and Asda.

Try downshifting to essential Waitrose to see if you can save. Check the food critic Martin Isark’s Supermarket Own Brand Guide to see how the range measures up on taste.

Waitrose essential range (Image: Waitrose)

Browse offers and yellow-sticker items

Waitrose has a wide range of deals to choose from online and in-store across its ranges.

We do a weekly roundup of the best deals and discounts across all supermarkets, including Waitrose, which you can read here.

To save even more money, try to figure out what time of day your local Waitrose starts marking items with yellow stickers. Generally, the later you shop, the better your chance of snapping up a bargain.

Have a look at our list of supermarket discount times to find out when you've got the best chance of finding a good deal.

Take advantage of first-time offers

Sadly, Waitrose has paused its voucher codes at the time of writing, but they’re still worth looking out for, as in the past, new customers have been able to get £30 off their first three shops.

Before this offer ended, Waitrose offered more generous ones such as £100 off your first five online grocery orders.

Save on delivery

Waitrose no longer offers free delivery but Click & Collect is free for orders of at least £40.

If you shop at John Lewis, you can save on online delivery charges by picking up items from your local Waitrose store.

Click & Collect is free to your chosen Waitrose store on orders over £30 or it costs £2 if you spend less.

Alternatively, you can pick up John Lewis packages at some Co-op branches, Booths stores or even some Shell stations.

Shop with the Partnership Credit Card

With the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Credit Card, you can earn points that turn into vouchers.

The card allows you to earn five points for every £4 spent at John Lewis or Waitrose and one point for every £4 spent elsewhere. For every 500 points you manage to build up you will get a voucher for £5.

You will also get vouchers sent to you up to three times a year and they can be redeemed in-store or online at Waitrose or John Lewis, plus this card offers interest-free purchases for the first nine months.

To be eligible for this card you need to have an income of over £6,800 a year.

While there are lots of perks to having a John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Credit Card, other cards may be better if you don't do the majority of your shopping at either of the stores.

 

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