Couponing in SA

Couponing in South Africa

Do we have coupons?

Couponing is big business in the USA, reality shows abound on this topic. Here in South Africa though, we don’t really have coupons.

Couponing in SA
Coupons are a great way to save money

Years ago we got coupons in our subscription magazines and the weekly local papers. Those days are gone.

Except for PnP VIP vouchers for senior citizens (only available for use in Hypermarkets) most South African coupons are in the form of an app or a loyalty card and they can save you a lot of money when used correctly.

Do you know what is out there? Are you using it effectively?

The first one under the spot light is:

PnP Smart Shopper card.

Smart Shopper card
save money to use later on your grocery shopping

If you don’t have one, I suggest getting it. Whether or not you like PicknPay the card is worth it.  You earn points which can be converted to cash, there are discounts and often in their brand match campaign, when you swipe your card, at the end of the till slip either has the message ‘you saved ….  on this purchase or ‘get R… off of your next shopping”. I got a slip once that said I had R84.50 off of my next shop.

Often they will have items for sale where you earn extra points when you swipe your card.

You get vouchers when you swipe your card at different times if the year, these are specific to your spending habits. You get extra points to use during your birthday month.

Earn points and to use for shopping or even travel. I like to accumulate my points for a year and then use them for my grocery shop, I often land up only having to pay half my bill and sometimes even less. The points expire after a year.

A big plus for me is the Fresh living magazine which you get free with your first purchase of the month, if you have a smart shopper card. I have found and made some amazing recipes in the magazine.

 Woolworths

Woolworths cards
Choose either a store card or a credit card

The Woolworths store card which you can only use at a Woolworths store also gives great discounts, however, it works like a credit card and you are charged interest on your balance.

In the instance of the Woolworths credit card these each have different quarterly discounts depending on the colour of your card, you also get a % back for using the card at other stores. You also get a voucher for a free “Taste” magazine (on the black card). These are credit cards and can be used anywhere.

Spar loyalty

Spar has two options, a loyalty card, which can only be used at the Spar that issued the card and the Spar rewards program, which you need to sign up for on your pc and gives you rewards just for signing up, plus vouchers that you can use at participating stores, you also link your loyalty card to the rewards program and earn more points. Then download the app to your smartphone. You will receive your vouchers on your smartphone; you type the voucher number into the keypad at the till to redeem your rewards.

Checkers

Eezee coupons
Phone app from Checkers

The Checkers Eezee coupons app for your smart phone allows you to ‘book’ your specials and when you get to the till you type in the voucher number that the app generates and it will give you your discounts.  I have once been able to buy a product with the app and combined it with another coupon app and landed up pay R5 instead of R65 for my item.

Clicks Club Card and Dischem

While neither of these are grocery stores, a lot of us do our shopping for toiletries at these stores. Their loyalty cards do offer great savings and bonuses. You can download the app and order online to be delivered to a store near you.

Bank Cards

When using banks cards together with loyalty cards you once again increase your savings.

Unilever deals Wuhu

The Unilever deals WUHU site is accessed from your computer. They have very good discount “coupons”, either two for one or often between 25%-50% off. I once spent R5 on Omo washing powder as it was on special at the store, plus I had the Unilever code.

SnapnSave

Snapnsave
Snap n Save app can be used an many stores

An app that allows you to ‘book’ specials on your phone. Once you are done shopping, you upload a picture if your full till slip, then gives you money back in their virtual wallet that you can use at one of many partner stores.

I am sure there are some that I have missed.

How are you using apps and loyalty cards to save you money? Did you even know we had so many?

Here is a short video on how to begin using your apps effectively. https://youtu.be/L_t29kGtYj4

 

 

 

22 thoughts on “Couponing in South Africa

    1. Great question. Pick n Pay have coupon books that they gave to anyone over 65, you need to ask at the customer care desk. I know that most Spar shops have a pensioners day on a Wednesday where they give special discounts and some have special loyalty cards, at most store you need to go to customer services to apply. CLicks offers double points on the 2nd Wednesday of each month to pensioners. There are two sites “60NotOut” and “YEI” /You’ve earned it, they have a list of places that offer special pensioner deals. They are however not always up to date.

  1. heya

    I registered for Wuhu and saw the discounts however when I got to the till @ a pickNpay I was told the code doesn’t work, the manager was called and still they had never heard or seen anyone use the codes provided or the app. So are you able as the person who wrote the article to find out what is going in with Wuhu?

    1. A lot of PicknPays don’t seem to know how it works. They must use the SmartPos and not the wi-code. Saying this, I am still trying to find out how the new points work. Wuhu have changed from cash back per item to points but I can’t work out how to use them, I have written to Unilever to get some clarity and will write a new article on it and create a new YouTube video as soon as possible.

    2. Hi,
      Have you told them you have a mobile coupon?
      I have personally used it once at Pick ‘n Pay in Mitchell’s Plain.
      Just tell the cashier you have a coupon ,take the phone with you to ensure you have the correct number.

    1. I would also really love to be able to clip coupons again, maybe since we seem to be following the US in most things, physical coupons may one day happen. In the meantime keep using those loyalty points and the SnapnSave app. Remember to watch the papers in your area for specials at your local stores.

  2. PnP has in the last couple of month’s overhauled all their store’s and systems,and in doing this,when you use a Wuhu coupon on something that is already on sale it will take the discount of the original price and not the sale price,like it used to do,which is extremely disappointing.

    1. With the changes to Wuhu, I find I am not using it much as they have changed their system and the way you can get discounts, I find PnP often don’t know how to use it and Spar almost never has the items listed.

  3. Who shops at Makro, I’ve had and removed the Makro mcard app,but in the last couple of month’s I’ve reinstalled it. Reason being that they’ve had on a few new food lines, a rebate of almost half price,this you’ll get onto your app within 48 hours. Great December one’s on Godiva chocolate,once of on each flavor almost 50% of original price.

  4. I would also like to receive coupons from magazines, newspapers, clicks books etc this electronic system is not working. I cant use Wuhu at pick n pay Mafikeng. I also want to know why checkers cancelled their coupons

    1. I also would like to know what happened to Ezee coupons, Checkers also don’t have a lot of products on Wuhu, which is why I hardly shop there. As far as I know, all PicknPay stores should accept Wuhu. I can remember when Club magazine did have coupons, I have seen in the Jet magazine they have coupons but not in the Edgars one even though they are part of the same group. SNAPnSAVE will definitely be your best option to save money.

  5. Printable coupons should realy be implemented again.Not everybody especially the older people does not have cellphone or know how to work these apps

  6. Not everybody have cellphones and older people who realy need the coupons to survive dont know how to use the apps.Printable coupons could be the answer to so many people going hungry.I have watched Extreme Couponing on tv and seen how much you can save.Why is this coupons not available for the South African market.Its the exact same products that we buy from the exact same Supplier.

    1. We used to have printed coupons around 30 years ago. I know PicknPay have for their senior citizens, my mother in law gets every month. There are some good ones. I also saw in the Jet club magazine but not in the Edgars one. I would love to ask Unilever to do print, they are the owners of Wuhu deals.

      1. I would enjoy being able to have the option of coupons. I am not sure why they did away with them in South Africa. I must admit I get a kick out of seeing my total drop when I use the coupon apps

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