Everyone knows that you can collect Nectar points from Sainsbury’s, but there are loads of other ways to earn more reward points without going anywhere near the store.
Even if you’re not a Sainsbury’s shopper I am pretty sure you still would have heard of Nectar, which currently is the largest loyalty scheme in the UK. With the ability to collect and spend points on hundreds of brands and products it really is the market leader and if you haven’t got one you most probably should.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like a need a separate wallet for the number of loyalty cards I carry around.
There are loads of the little plastic things for pretty much every other shop on the high street. This won’t stop me picking them up though. It doesn’t make me shop more – it just makes me think about where I’m going to shop and where I’ll get the best overall bargain.
One of my favourite loyalty cards is my Nectar Card. I love going shopping, handing over the card to collect Nectar Points but, did you know that apart from saving money on your grocery shopping, it has the power to do so much more!
Where can you collect Nectar Points?
What follows is not a guide on how to use your Nectar Card because let’s face it, it’s not rocket science.
No, my friends. What I am going to give you is the ultimate guide on how to collect Nectar points. How to maximise your card and extract the most value from it – without going anywhere near Sainsbury’s!
Let’s start with collecting these precious points when you shop.
Like I said before we all know if you go to Sainsbury’s you can collect two points for every £1 but what about other places?
Collect from Argos
Since Sainsbury’s took over Argos at the end of 2016, you may not have realised but you can now earn Nectar Card points from your purchases on the Argos website.
To earn the Nectar points from Argos, you need to access the Argos site from the Nectar website. Points are awarded on online Home delivery purchases only, and you will earn 1 point for every pound spent.
As well as earning Nectar Card points at Argos, you can also spend redeem them too. 500 points are worth £2.50 off at Argos
Collect from eBay
Link up your Nectar account on eBay and you can start collecting points on pretty much everything you buy!
Anything you purchase through buy-it-now, making an offer or a winning auction will see you collecting Nectar points, whether it’s from an individual or an eBay shop. Just make sure you add your Nectar card details in your account settings on eBay to start collecting.
There are a few exceptions and one of the most annoying is that you can’t collect points when you shop via the Tesco eBay outlet. It offers refurbished and new items that they no longer sell in the store. The stock is all heavily discounted and is either end-of-line or refurbished customer returns.
So while it’d be nice too, you can’t collect Nectar points or Clubcard points either.
Check out the other amazing savings you can make in our eBay outlets mega guide
For a limited time only, Nectar gives you special bonus chances to earn even more points.
This week, you can get:
- Collect 10x points when you donate your unwanted items to an Oxfam Shop – that’s 20 points for every £1 your items raise. Expires 19 October 2016.
- Although some of this could be shopping in store, until 21 September, you can collect bonus points on your next 4 swipes at Sainsbury’s. You can swipe in-store, online or collect on fuel.
Collect Nectar points for free
You don’t even need to part with any cash to collect free Nectar points online.
There are usually a few special offers on the go where you can get a few hundred points for very little effort.
Charity starts at home
Having a clear out coming up? Like many people, if you don’t sell your items on, you may be planning to pass your unwanted items to a charity shop.
Did you know that when you give the items to Oxfam you can collect Nectar points?
Add a personalised sticker on the items and Nectar track when your items are sold. You then collect Nectar points for each sale.
As ever, you get a sign-up bonus of 100 points when you sign up and link with Nectar and you earn two points for every £1 that your items sell for.
Not only can you give to charity but you can get collect Nectar points in the process.
Collect with trains
Some lucky train travellers can now collect Nectar points on their commute or days out.
Travel on a FirstGroup train and just purchase your ticket via their website to earn more Nectar points.
Train lines include:
When you buy your tickets, you’ll earn two Nectar points for every £1 you spend. Plus, commuters get an extra bonus getting 2,500 points for annual season tickets, 200 points for monthly tickets and 50 points for weekly tickets.
Link up your FirstGroup account with your Nectar account you’ll also get a 100 point bonus.
From 14 April to 27 April 2014, you are able to claim DOUBLE points as part of the launch of the new scheme.
Earn points from home
What you may not know is that you can collect a decent amount of Nectar points without even leaving the house. You can sit on the sofa and start collecting. Here are some easy ways to tot the points up from the comfort of your own home.
You get 100 points for just downloading the Nectar toolbar. Once you have it, you use it as your search engine. For every two searches you make, you collect one point, and you can collect 100 points per month. A nice way to tot the points up.
Completing surveys with Nectar Canvas can earn you up to 120 points per survey and you get entered into regular prize draws for a chance to win cash. Not only can you earn Nectar points but you can also help feedback to companies to improve their products and services.
SINCE OCTOBER 2014, Adpoints is no longer trading. Points collected before 5 pm on the 31 October would have been added to your account within 35 days as normal.
There is also a way to collect points just for watching TV ads – Nectar Adpoints. You get 100 bonus points when you sign up, plus 100s more for watching ads online. There are even special ads where you can collect double or triple points. I have the site open when watching TV and collect points while relaxing.
Get petrol or shop online
Refill your car at BP and you can get one point per litre of regular fuel, two points per litre of BP Ultimate Fuel and you can collect two points per £1 in the shop.
Buying through eShops means you can collect Nectar points on products you would have bought anyway!
Get more with British Gas
If you’re with British Gas, and you’ve done a comparison of energy suppliers to make sure that they’re with the cheapest, then you can collect points on your energy spend.
Link your British Gas and Nectar account and you will receive limited time reward offers. There are limited offers available and they are on a first come, first served basis. As well as the reward offers, they will have prize draws to give you the chance to win some goodies.
Not all the offers get sent out via email so check out their exclusive offers page from time to time to make sure you’re not missing out.
Send packages with DHL
If you are a big sender of packages (maybe you sell on eBay or Etsy a lot) or maybe you even send the odd parcel for birthdays or Christmas then you can earn Nectar points.
Join your Nectar account with DHL and you can collect 1 point per £1 you spend. You can ship parcels via Service Point in stores, DHLItNow online or by phone and the points add up for both UK and international delivery.
Collect on credit (carefully!)
I’m not condoning the use of credit cards but, if you are in a position to pay back the cost of the balance each month, why not consider a Nectar Credit Card?
You need to charge £2,000 in the first three months (remember to pay it back each month!) and you’ll be awarded a bonus of 20,000 bonus points.
As a general rule, you’ll collect two points for every £1 you spent the card anywhere in the world. Use the card with one of their partners and you’ll get four points for every £1 you spend. There is a £25 annual fee so it’s worth working out if you’ll earn more than enough Nectar points to offset the cost.
Need new home insurance?
Are you on the lookout for a new home insurance provider? After doing a comparison, and it works out cheaper, then Sainsbury’s may be an option.
They can offer up to 35% off for Nectar card holders but go one step further by giving you 4,000 Nectar points, plus a £25 movie voucher. This is for new insurance customers only.
Nectar newsletter sign up
I’m not a fan of constant junk email and always tick the little box at the bottom of things I log into to make sure I don’t get bombarded with random emails I don’t want.
However, you’ll get a 100 bonus if you sign up for the weekly eShops newsletter. They send you all their latest offers and deals.
If you really don’t like junk emails, why not sign up, make sure you get the 100 points then unsubscribe. It’s a quick little earner.
Go on then – get your card out and make some more points! If you’re looking to boost your points even more then you need to check out the detailed Nectar guide on how to earn extra.
Add them up and you can treat yourself and your loved ones with a little help from a big retailer. Remember, I like biscuits if you want to extend that treat a little further 😉
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.