The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that you’ve been charged more than you expected recently at Tesco. Some people know about it, but there are a few who are only just finding out.
If you are living on a very tight food budget, then EVERY SINGLE PENNY COUNTS! And even a few pence a week soon adds up if you haven’t got it in your budget.
But that’s not necessarily the point.
Members of Reduce Your Supermarket Spend have been telling us that they’ve had extra money show up on their receipts.
While it’s not a lot (rounding up to the nearest 10p), they weren’t always expecting it to happen.
What’s happening at Tesco?
Is it a till glitch?
Are Tesco trying to make more profits?
Nope, not at all.
It’s all down to charity.
Above tills in Tesco, you will see that their staff are taking park in The Great Tesco Walk.
All through September, Tesco staff are walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for charities the supermarket is supporting this year; Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
To raise a few extra pennies, Tesco are asking their customers if they want to donate, by rounding up the total on the food bill to the nearest 10p.
Rounding up pennies
This receipt from our shop earlier. It shows we bought £63.05 worth of stuff from Tesco.
Just under the total to pay, you can see a Charity Round Up for 5p – taking the new total to £63.10.
In the same way, if you spent £14.01 you would have a pay charity round up donation of 9p.
At tills with a member of staff they should ask if you want to have a round up for the charities. At the self scan, you should get a prompt asking to make a donation. However, a self service till I used locally today didn’t ask (but also didn’t round up).
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When we’ve been shopping in Tesco it didn’t come as a surprise for us.
The person at the checkout asked if we wanted to round up and, for the sake a few pennies and cause it’s a good cause, we said yes.
Where I think the problem lies is that people have not been made aware when at the checkout.
Gemma Zacharkiw, a member of Reduce Your Supermarket Spend, has had a Charity Round Up on her receipt.
She told us: “I had this today and I didn’t even give permission. I contacted customer service who offered me a refund or they could send me a £1 voucher to say sorry. I told them to keep it.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think other people necessarily mind that their money is going to a charity, but it appears a few people haven’t actually been asked if they wanted to round up the money and it’s been done automatically.
While there is a banner above tills, when you’re busy, potentially trying to calm down kids who have had enough of being in a food shop, and you’re generally in a rush, you’re probably not going to be taking much interest in the promotional materials scattered round the shop. For the sake of a few pennies, it’s more the principle of whether they choose to spend the money or not.
It’s all for charity
Since 2015, over £21 million has been raised towards Tesco’s chosen charities Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation
Their walk started on 5th September and will go through until 5th October. They will be walking 2,400km (1,491 miles) over 51 different “legs”.
Tesco are also looking at other ways we can donate to their charities. For instance, if you recycle old ink cartridges, you can get 125 points a time or choose to donate the points to their charities instead.
So, what do you think? Keep your pennies (they’re precious) or it’s all for charity? What decision have you made at the till?