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When do Tesco Clubcard vouchers expire? Use by date after £17 million in supermarket discounts expired

Tesco said it issued the warning to help consumers manage their budgets in the wake of the cost of living crisis

The deadline to use £17 million worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers has passed.

The major supermarket chain warned last month that thousands of vouchers were expiring as part of a new ‘value hacks’ campaign aimed at helping its customers manage the cost of living crisis.

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It also comes after it announced major changes to Clubcard, including moving the loyalty scheme towards becoming fully paperless.

So when do you need to use your old Tesco Clubcard vouchers by?

Here’s what you need to know.

Tesco says millions of pounds worth of Clubcard vouchers are set to expire soon (image: AFP/Getty Images)

When are Tesco Clubcard vouchers expiring?

Tesco Clubcard vouchers are generated whenever you spend money at Tesco.

You get one point for every £1 you spend in-store or online, and one point for every £2 you spend on filling up at a Tesco petrol station.

Points can also be earned through Tesco Bank and Tesco Mobile.

If you earn a minimum of 150 points in a month, Tesco will send you vouchers you can use to save money on your overall shop.

Tesco Clubcard vouchers also appear digitally in the supermarket’s app or online (image: Getty Images)

Each point is basically worth 1p in savings, so 150 points will get you a £1.50 voucher.

Or, if you’re set to use the services of one of Tesco’s ‘reward partners’ (e.g. Pizza Express or Disney+), points can become up to three times more valuable.

But what you might not know is that all Clubcard vouchers expire two years from their issue date.

So it’s worth checking behind the sofa and in the deepest recesses of your wallet or handbag to see if you’ve got any to use up.

Tesco has launched a cost of living campaign for its customers (image: Getty Images)

Tesco said there were £17 million worth of vouchers that were set to go out of date on 31 May 2022.

If you think you might have a voucher to use but the ravages of time have hidden it from you, it might be worth checking your Tesco Clubcard account online or on the Tesco app as the retailer also generates digital vouchers.

Tesco says it will email customers with outstanding vouchers.

What other cost of living hacks has Tesco announced?

As well as £17 million in Clubcard vouchers expiring, Tesco has also launched a ‘value hacks’ campaign aimed at helping shoppers through the cost of living crisis.

Launched at the end of April, the supermarket has sought to remind customers of the benefits it offers which could save you money on your shop.

Tesco is encouraging customers to avoid food waste as part of its cost of living campaign (image: AFP/Getty Images)

Its ideas include:

  • Looking out for Tesco’s Aldi Price Match and Low Everyday Prices deals that it says will give you “the best value on your shop”
  • Using your Clubcard to access Clubcard Prices - discounts on dozens of items and meal deals
  • Paying for your fuel at its petrol stations using Clubcard vouchers
  • Putting Clubcard vouchers towards leisure activities or important things, like breakdown cover
  • Using Tesco’s Scan as You Shop service to keep track of your in-store spending
  • Getting a Tesco Bank Clubcard Pay+ payment card which allows you to collect Clubcard points on all of your shopping, be that in Tesco or at another business. Tesco says this will help shoppers to generate more vouchers which will boost the amount they save.

It’s worth noting that it might be cheaper to shop around to make the biggest saving on your shopping - a tip that features in NationalWorld’s guide to saving money on your shop.

Tesco has also launched a ‘Use Up Day’ campaign with mayonnaise brand Hellmann’s to get consumers to spend less on their food shopping by using up the food they already have.

After a survey of more than 2,000 people conducted in partnership with pollsters YouGov, Tesco says 77% were throwing away unopened or unused food, with 37% doing this on at least a monthly basis.

By using this food instead of binning it, Tesco and Hellmann’s say the average family could save £260 on their groceries every year.

The pair have launched resources to help people reappraise their food waste, including recipes and tips, which can be found on the Use Up Day section of the Tesco website.

Tesco’s announcements have come as UK supermarkets attempt to improve consumer confidence in the wake of the cost of living crisis.

In April, Asda announced it would be cutting the prices of 100 key products, while rivals Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have made similar pledges.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) - a trade body representing many of the UK’s top supermarkets, although Tesco is not a member - said retailers were struggling with “weaker demand from consumers” because people were “thinking twice about major purchases” as a result of their budgets being squeezed.