The term ‘wombling’ would normally suggest images of Uncle Bulgaria and the gang on Wimbledon Common but it’s also the name of a new money-saving craze, helping shoppers to save money at the supermarket.
Wombling is where you collect up old discarded supermarket receipts dropped on the floor or left in trolleys and collecting the points left on them.
But before you start scanning the floor for discarded vouchers, the rules around how to womble are pretty grey and some supermarkets are not on board.
Several supermarkets, such as Tesco, Morrisons and Asda, offer price guarantees. So if you shop at a rival supermarket and it’s cheaper, you’re able to claim the difference back. To do this you have to take the receipt into the shop and either scan it at the checkout or enter the code from the receipt online to get a voucher for the difference.
At these supermarkets, if a comparable food shop at rival stores is cheaper you’ll be given a voucher for the difference plus a percentage. Different stores have their own limits.
What the womblers do is collect other people’s discarded receipts and in essence claim the points and the cash for themselves. By doing this you can make quite a bit of money.
Typically, Club Card points are added at the point of sale. Tesco is usually happy to add them after the sale if you forget your card. This leaves Tesco open to people claiming points from discarded receipts. If you find a receipt from Tesco and it says ‘you could have claimed — points’ then you can take the receipt to the Customer Service desk and have them add the points to your card. Obviously, you have to be a bit tactful here and perhaps claim that you forgot your card. Members who forget to do this may have their points added manually up to 14 days after the transaction upon production of a valid receipt. Points may only be claimed for up to two receipts per day.
What can I Womble from Asda?
Asda, being the leading UK Supermarket offers an APG (Asda Price Guarantee) this creates a coupon available to be claimed online if they are not the cheapest of their direct competitors (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, or Waitrose ) by 10%, this is then printed off and can be used in store.
All you need to do is collect your ASDA receipts, wait 3 hours and then visit the APG website https://www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk/ enter the TC# number from the bottom of the receipt into the box shown, the rest is done for you. If Asda was the cheapest shop then you get nothing but if it wasn’t it will tell you how much by and then give you a voucher which you can print off. You will need to attach your receipt to the voucher and that’s it. You can use it towards your next shop.
The receipt will be available for you to compare for only 28 days after the purchases were initially made If you shopped online, you need to wait up to 24 hours from when your shop was delivered before you can compare it. The order will be available to compare for 28 days after the date of delivery.
You then have 28 days from the date you received the voucher after an in-store shop, or from the date your e-voucher reaches your account to use the voucher. You can use as many Asda Price Guarantee vouchers as you want when spending the vouchers in store.
If you have any issues at your local store, it is always worth printing off a copy of the T’s & C’s and have them with you to quote to any staff. Terms can be found here: https://www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk/terms.html
What can I womble from Sainsbury?
Sainsbury brand match ended on 26th April 2016 in order to introduce lower prices. Unfortunately, all brand match coupons had to be redeemed by this date too so if you still have any outstanding you would need to dispose of them. This doesn’t mean the end of saving on your shopping at Sainsbury, you can still check for unclaimed Nectar points and have them added onto your own Nectar card if you notice any. Plus, be sure to save your receipt for the receipt hog app.
Is Wombling legal?
Technically, collecting a receipt is not illegal; nor is comparing the cost of the shopping. The grey area is the bit where you redeem the difference. Since you are not explicitly claiming that receipt is yours (the websites don’t yet ask you to confirm this), you are not misleading anyone.
As of yet, there are no known cases of either Tesco or Asda refusing to honour their pledge to refund the difference, no matter who claims it. The system is automated and issues a refund voucher, which you can print off.