The other week, I wrote a post about why I love the high street as part of a challenge set by cashback site Quidco in order to promote their latest offering called Quidco High Street. Now I’m back with a second post to provide a bit more info about this money-making initiative and share our experiences of using Quidco High Street.
For anyone who’s savvy with their money, I’m sure you’re already signed up to cashback sites such as Quidco. The premise is pretty simple – you browse different cashback deals on the Quidco website, visit the retailer through the specific link, purchase the item, then Quidco pay you the commission they earn as cashback. The missus is a big fan of buying things online in this way and has lined our pockets with a few hundred quid that we’d have never had if it wasn’t for cashback sites.
To make it even easier to make money on purchases, Quidco have recently launched Quidco High Street. This is the same concept as buying online, but as the name suggests, Quidco High Street allows you to earn money back on your shopping when you buy in person. You simply register the credit / debit card you shop with, then when you buy stuff at one of the retailers, Quidco tracks the purchase and pays you cashback as a percentage of your purchase.
As part of the challenge Quidco set us, we were asked to visit our local High Street and make some purchases in stores which are affiliated with Quidco High Street. This would allow us to see how easy it was to get cashback on things that we bought in store. So, a few Saturdays ago, we got in the car and headed over to intu Milton Keynes to get our shop on.
We’d registered our credit card on the Quidco website beforehand and activated the shops that we were likely to buy from – a very simple process. Going somewhere like intu Milton Keynes meant that we had a huge range of shops to check out which are affiliated with Quidco High Street, such as Debenhams, Gap, Mothercare, Ann Summers, JD Sports, Hotel Chocolat and Vodafone. In fact, there are 40 different retailers over 5,300 locations nationwide affiliated with the scheme.
As we’d not yet eaten on arriving at Milton Keynes, our first stop was Caffè Nero, where we treated ourselves to a couple of paninis, drinks and rocky road. Obviously, I only got to eat and drink half of my own food as Toddler L took a liking to it – what toddler wants, toddler gets. I did finish off her hot chocolate though, so I guess it was swings and roundabouts. When it came to buying the food and drink, I did nothing different with payment – I simply paid with my credit card as normal.
Next, we went into Early Learning Centre to pick up a kid’s watering can that we’d seen previously. Having just landscaped our garden, Toddler L has been watching me water the plants with great interest, so we decided to get her very own watering can so she could help me out – then eventually do it all in a few months time after her probation period has ended. Again, all we needed to do was pay using our credit card as we would have normally done.
On our way to the car, we remembered that we needed to buy a present for one of our friend’s kids. The missus quickly popped into Debenhams to see what she could find as Toddler L and I sat outside doing a bit of colouring. After 10 or so minutes, the missus returned with a toy cash register, ironically made by Early Learning Centre after we’d already shopped there!
And that was that. We’d bought the stuff that we needed, but had the added benefit of knowing that Quidco would track these purchases and pay us cashback once the retailer had confirmed the purchase. The cashback would then be deposited into our bank account automatically, then it could be transferred to our bank account, PayPal account or paid as an Amazon gift voucher.
At least that was the theory – what hadn’t been factored in was our utter stupidity! The missus and I have joint credit cards for the same bank account – one for her, one for me – so when we registered the card with Quidco, we used my card, but when we bought the stuff in store, we used hers. Our credit card numbers used to be the same, but after I had fraudulent activity on mine last year, I was sent a new card and have a different number. So, this meant that it was my card we should have spent on, but we didn’t.
This wasn’t an issue with Quidco or the simple registration process, this was purely down to our incompetence. Had we not been so inept, we’d have earned 92p cashback on the £53.05 we’d spent in store.
1% cashback on £21.05 in Caffe Nero = 21p
3% cashback on £7.00 in Mothercare = 21p
2% cashback on £25.00 in Debenhams = 50p
Sure, this wouldn’t be enough for us to retire on, but it’s not a bad little bonus. Particularly as you don’t need to do anything additional or different once the card is (correctly!) registered and Quidco High Street is free to join. You’re literally being given money for doing your normal shopping.
Sound good – so what are you waiting for? Sign up to Quidco High Street here and start earning cashback on your purchases today.
N.B. This is a collaborative post written with Quidco.[jetpack_subscription_form subscribe_text=”Like what you’ve read? Want more? Pop in your email to get all of the latest posts.”]