Everything You Need to Know About Nectar Cards

Whether you are new to Nectar or just want to know more about how it works, this article explains everything you need to know.

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With most supermarkets offering reward cards and apps it’s easy to get confused as to how they all work! And if you’re anything like me you might be wondering if you even need them. In the past, most reward cards have focused on point collecting as their main perk, and that included the Nectar card. However, much like the Tesco Clubcard, Nectar has changed direction and the focus is very much on Nectar prices - read on to find out more. 

How can I get a Nectar Card?

You may already have a physical Nectar Card and you can still use that in Sainsbury's to collect points and access Nectar prices. But Nectar now encourages users to use the Nectar app. You can download it for free at the Google Store or the App Store. And if you aren’t already a Nectar member then head straight to the app to get started. I recently downloaded the app myself, it takes minutes and it’s very user-friendly. Not an app user? No problem, you can still pick up a Nectar Card in-store. 

Tell me about Nectar points

Every time you shop with your Nectar app or card at Sainsbury’s can collect 1 point for every £1 qualifying spend. You can also collect 1 point for every litre of fuel at Sainsbury’s petrol stations. 

All of your points will go towards a voucher. And you will need at least 500 points to redeem your points. 500 points are worth £2.50. If you shop online at Nectar partners you may be able to collect more points for every £1. 

Where can I collect Nectar points?

As well as Sainsbury’s and Sainsbury’s petrol stations you can also collect points at Sainsbury’s Bank, Sainsbury’s Energy, Esso, Expedia, Argos and eBay. There are hundreds more too, once you have downloaded the app you can easily see who you can collect points with and how many points you will get with every £1 spent. 

Some retailers offer more points:

  • LookFantastic - Collect 2 points per £1
  • Nike - Collect 2 points per £1
  • FitFlop - Collect 8 points per £1
  • Canon - Collect up to 2 points per £1
  • HP - Collect 2 points per £1

There are other deals that allow you to collect a large amount of points in one go:

  • Collect up to 3000 points at O2 Mobile
  • Collect up to 3500 points at EE Home Broadband (new customers)
  • Collect up to 2000 points at Carphone Warehouse on monthly contracts 

If you would like to collect points via the Nectar partners you will need to shop through the app or the Nectar website. Alternatively, you can download the Nectar Yahoo Toolbar so you don’t need to remember your Nectar card every time you shop. It will also add additional bonus points for everyday searches!  

How do Nectar Prices work?

The shop front of Sainsbury's supermarket.

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If you’re familiar with Tesco Clubcard prices, know that Nectar prices are the same thing. Sainsbury’s is discounting over 300 hundred products regularly. Launched in April 2023, Nectar prices are available to all customers with the Nectar Card or app. 

Prices can change at any time but here’s an example of some of the savings I made using my Nectar Card by choosing Nectar Price products. 

  • Heinz Baked Beans, usually £1.40, Nectar Price 95p, Saved 45p
  • Tanqueray Dry Gin, usually £27.50, Nectar Price £19, Saved £8.50
  • Fairy Non Bio All-in-One pods, usually £10.50, Nectar Price £5.00, Saved £5
  • Walkers Quavers 6 pack, usually £1.95, Nectar Price £.1.35, Saved 60p

The verdict

There are savings to be made for Nectar members. But only if you are going to shop in Sainsbury’s anyway and you would usually purchase the items that are on a Nectar Price deal. When it comes to points, it’s worth having the Nectar card or app, you can passively earn points without thinking about it. Any vouchers your earn will come in handy! 

Is the Nectar card essential? No, not really, if you are looking to save money on groceries the chances are you will still save more money by shopping at budget supermarkets like Lidl or Aldi.  

Sarah-Jane Outten

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