How to Womble (and make £100's at the supermarket)
What is Wombling?
Have you heard of the Wombles of Wimbledon? Uncle Bulgaria did that song in the 70’s... No? Well they were fictional animals (badger-like) that lived on Wimbledon Common and picked up litter. We don’t understand 1970’s children's TV either...
To explain it simply, supermarkets are now competing more than ever for your custom. When you shop at a supermarket, you’ll often find supermarket points or money-back on your next shop on your receipt as an incentive to keep shopping there. A lot of people can’t be bothered to cash in on this (or don’t realise) and throw them out, leave the receipts at the till or in their trolley. They are literally throwing away money.
Womblers, scour the supermarket carparks, bins and trolleys and collect all the receipts with money on them to nab the reward for themselves.
Judith Wenban, a keen Wombler, found a reciept worth £6.50. She told the Telegraph “It was left in a shopping basket. If you saw £6.50 on the floor, you wouldn’t leave it there, would you? As I’m tidying up other people’s rubbish, I have no shame in that."
How to make money from the receipts
Both Tesco and Asda offer guarantees of being the cheapest when you shop. So to backup this claim they both promise to give you credit to use on your next shop if your shopping would have been cheaper to buy elsewhere.
Asda Price Guarantee - At Asda, you simply enter the code that’s on the receipt onto its website and it will give you the difference plus 1p if it isn’t at least 10% cheaper than Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. So if your shopping is £5 cheaper elsewhere, you’ll get a voucher for £5.01 back.
Tesco Price Promise guarantee - Much like Asda, at Tesco you need to enter the code on your receipt onto its website. It will then calculate if the shop would have been cheaper elsewhere and it will give you double the difference in vouchers. So if your shopping is £5 cheaper elsewhere, you’ll get a £10 voucher to spend at Tesco.
Is this legit?
The Supermarkets don’t love it, but are warming up to it.
It doesn't matter who is actually buying the groceries, because all you have to do is enter the code from a valid receipt. If you do want to do it, we’d suggest to be discreet and don’t shout about it at the till, but if you are asked, it's best to honest.
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