A Regular Discount On Selected Products
If you are a Waitrose shopper – even only an occasional one for special items, or a late afternoon one for reduced items, you may have noticed that they have introduced a new scheme – Pick Your Own Offers. This means that using your Waitrose card (which gives you a free paper and a free tea or coffee*) you can sign up online and choose 10 items from the selection available that you always get 20% reduction on the price. The idea is that you choose your own items for discounts. It certainly sounds like a great idea so I bowled in and made my selection
Obviously this is really great if you find things you often buy in the selection. There are also a couple of ‘extras’ that I would not buy regularly but just fancied. I guess this is one of the the things that Waitrose want you to do. It is after all hard to argue with a 20% discount off some of the products.
I was a little disappointed that there were not more generic items to cook from scratch – like chicken, beef, lentils or flour etc. These were all missing so I struggled a little to make my choice. However 20% off is always going to be good – although of course it is important that the price is competitive in the first place, too, which in the main they are, especially after the discount. All prices quoted are on the day of writing ie 26th June 2015
The good thing is that you can buy the products as often as you wish
1. Halloumi Cheese
This is a firm favourite with me. I love it as an addition to salads or with peppers and cous cous. Here is my Halloumi Cheese With Chickpea recipe.
At Waitrose it is £2.35 so a 20% discount makes it £1.88. Sainsburys is £2.35, Asda is £1.94, Tesco is £2.20, Morrisons is £1.99. So with the discount, Waitrose is the cheapest
2. 9 Free Range Eggs
These are eggs at various sizes – which I like. £2.05 with a 20% discount they are £1.64 – a good price for 9 eggs. The only places you can get cheaper is usually fresh eggs sold by individuals at around £1 for 6. Tesco is competitve on their 12 packs at £2.25.
3. Whole Earth Crunchy Peanut Butter (340g)
I like peanut butter on toast and in sandwiches but I also love Peanut Butter Cookies.
This 340g jar is £2.66 in Waitrose, £2.13 with the discount. The same jar is £2.99 in Tesco, £2.99 in Morissons, but only £1.97 in Asda
4. Marmite (250g)
Well the classic love it or hate it product. I love it on toast and as a savoury stock in some recipes. It is a great flavouring as in Carrot and Onion Pie
A 250g jar is £2.35 in most stores including Waitrose the discount makes it 47p less at £1.88. A great bargain from Waitrose!
5. Sharwoods Mango Chutney(360g)
I like making curries at home and often Mango Chutney adds a lovely sweetness with with popadums or stirred in to a recipe such as Vegetable And Paneer Curry.
Sharwoods Mango chutney is £1.95 at Waitrose making it £1.56. It is £1.95 at Tesco, £1.80 at Sainsburys, £1.85 at Asda
6. Santa Maria Mexican Classic Salsa Hot (230g)
This was a choice of a new product I hadn’t tried before as I was looking around for a possible selection. I shall use to serve may be as a dip and alongside salads, quiches and Chilli.
It is just £1.00 at the moment so is just 80p with discount! It is £1.59 at Tesco and £1 at Morrisons
7. Waitrose Ginger Preserve
I am a big ginger fan and ginger preserve is on my list of things to learn to make. But in the meantime – this ginger jam at the price of £1.78 (£1.43 with discount) will do me just fine!
I can’t directly compare this product as it is a Waitrose own product and all ginger jams are a bit different!
We are all marmalade fans in our house hold – and although I have loved making it there is never enough for the whole year!
This Wilkin and Sons marmalade is £2.19 (or £1.76 with discount) – a good price for a a decent marmalade!
9. Finn Crisp original rye crispbread
I like to watch how much bread I eat (although I love home baked bread and tend to go for crispbreads sometimes for some crunch with few calories.
I normally buy another brand but am trying this one because of the discount.
10. Waitrose Cheese Potato Snack with a Jalapeno Twist
And finally, a real treat! These crispy snacks are just delicious! Great for parties, family gatherings – or just a treat snack with your favourite film!
This was a pure indulgence purchase – because of the discount. Not a regular purchase in my shopping!
Is This Worth Doing?
If you have a waitrose near you – an even if you don’t shop there that often – I think it is worth signing up for this. Whether you aim to get 20% of a treat that you may not ordinarily purchase or get a discount off products you regulalry buy. Plus you can get a free paper and a free takeaway tea or coffee (and free tea or coffee in their cafe with a purchase).
Waitrose are often seen as expensive and luxury – and indeed they are at some levels but there are also these bargains to be had if you use the card scheme wisely – and make it feel that you have a little luxury – for less. Find out more here
Have you tried the Waitrose card scheme? What do you think?