Save money with these student friendly loyalty cards
We all like discounts and freebies.
Save yourself some money by signing up to the many loyalty cards that are currently on offer. Find out which one is right for you with our handy list below; you won’t want to be missing out on any of these discounts.
ok asif ive just won a free £40 shop from Superdrug!!!
— // Olivia // (@oliviaanewmann) July 27, 2017
Superdrug Health & Beautycards only give you one point for every £1 you spend in store and each point equals to one penny. Even though this might not seem like much, you do get other perks. You can earn extra points by buying selected products, or by shopping while bonus point events are happening in-store. With a bit of luck, you can also win your basket items for free – once the card is scanned, the person who will get their items for free is chosen at random – you never know when this can happen, so you might win a £1 sponge or a £100 make-up haul. Another perk is that the Superdrug Health & Beautycard allows you to pay with points AND cash, meaning you don’t always have to have the full amount of points on your card to cover your transaction.
People often praise Boots for the number of points they offer their Advantage Card holders. When you sign up you automatically receive £1 worth of points, and after that, you receive four points for every pound you spend in-store, and each point is equal to one penny. While this is the standard offer, Boots often hold bonus nights, and also give out double and triple point vouchers. Unlike Superdrug, you cannot use your points to pay for a part of your transaction, as you need to have the full amount on the Boots card to cover the cost of your purchase. You also cannot pay with your points if you are using any vouchers – whether that’s money off or extra points. Boots also offers extra points through the app, as well as vouchers which come in the post every few months, meaning that saving up for that perfume you’ve always wanted has never been easier.
Similarly to Boots, Holland & Barrett offer you the same amount of points – four for every pound spent in-store. The card itself is called Rewards for Life and offers 150 points for new members. Once you collect 50 points on your card, those will then be turned into coupons, saving you money on your future purchases. So while it’s not free money, it’s money off, and is there anything that students love more? So whether you’re wanting to try some herbal remedies for that fresher’s flu that just won’t budge, or if you’re stocking up on activated charcoal tablets to make DIY face masks because you simply can’t afford a new tube each time – why not sign up for the card?
Do not fall for the original Debenhams Card, as that is, in fact, a credit card in disguise. The Beauty Club Card allows you to collect and spend points across over 200 beauty and fragrance brands at Debenhams, both in-store and online. You can earn three points per every pound spent in store, providing it’s been spent on beauty, fragrance, beauty services and electrical beauty. If you’re lucky enough to be selected, you can get samples of beauty products to try, providing you live close to a Debenhams. The Beauty Club also means you get free online delivery on your orders, as well as birthday treats (brow wax and facial treatment – perfect for a student who can’t afford luxuries on a daily basis!)
A Nectar Card allows you to collect points from 500+ brands such as Argos, Sainsbury’s and Debenhams. Just like the Superdrug Health & Beautycard, a Nectar Card allows you to use your points as part-payment towards your purchase, so even when you don’t have enough points on your card, you can always use them to get money off instead. One point is usually worth 50 pence, as 500 points are worth £2.50. No physical vouchers are sent to you, as everything is now done through the app.
You can’t go wrong with a card that gives you free food. Subway offers you both a physical and digital version of their SubCard, which allows you to collect points for purchases in store. One of the best things about the SubCard is that Subway has recently introduced the SubSquad: you and eight other friends can join forces to earn 50 points extra (on top of their usual points) every time you make a purchase within 4 hours of another Squad member. The number of points you have depends on what you can get: 100 equals a free hot drink; you can get nachos for just 200 points; a six inch sandwich for 500; and a footlong for 1000 points.
Tailored birthday treat offers from M&S Sparks card include 20% off potatoes – no one tells you this is what it's like to get old
— Anna M (@MozzyMrs) October 13, 2017
The M&S loyalty card lets you collect Sparks. It offers its members tailor-made offers, priority access to M&S seasonal previews, sales and exciting money-can’t-buy events and experiences. The more Sparks you manage to collect, the more offers will be unlocked for you. For every £1 you will spend in-store, you will receive 10 Sparks, and every time you write a review for one of their products, you will be 25 Sparks richer. Something that makes this loyalty card stand out is that you don’t get points for every full pound you spend, their website states that “there is a minimum spend value of 10 pence to qualify for the first spark in every transaction. The number of sparks you receive is rounded to the nearest multiple of 10p.”
I didn't realise that at the age of 20 it would be getting vouchers for points on my Morrisons more card that would excite me 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️
— Charlottewaudby (@charlottewaudby) October 18, 2017
The Morrisons More Card offers special perks for students, giving you much-needed discounts on your weekly shop. You can earn five points for every £1 spent in-store and online, as well as in the Morrisons Cafe. If you drive, you can get five points per litre when you buy fuel and 25 points for every £1 you spend on gift cards in-store (which no other place offers, so get your Christmas/birthday gift card presents from here!). On top of this, you will receive a £5 voucher for every 5,000 points you do earn in store, and if you do your weekly shops here, they’ll add up in no time.
Everyone has a Nando’s Card. And if you don’t, you need one. Like, really. With this card, the points you earn are called ‘Chillies’. So, when you register you’ll get a bonus Chilli, and when you spend over £7, you’ll earn a Chilli on your Chilli Wheel. The rewards are split into three sections; there’s the green reward (three Chillies), which will get you a 1/4 chicken or Fire-Starter; the orange reward (six Chillies), will give you a free 1/2 chicken or any single wrap, burger or pitta; and the final section is the red reward (10 Chillies), this includes a whole chicken or single combo meal with regular sides.