Geordie Armani is the food-loving alter ego of myself, a long time Dubai resident.I usually write about affordable restaurants and cafes, not the fancy high end places that are out of many people’s budgets, so the blog resonates with the majority of Dubai residents. I love to explore new openings and areas that are up and coming in terms of dining
Some of you may have been wondering where I have been recently. I decided to take a bit of a break from blogging last year, my heart wasn’t in it any more so I thought a break from the screen would do me good. I had some horrific computer issues involving a new iPhone and passwords, and an email account that was hacked. The invitations to events stopped as I was no longer on the PR merry-go-round, and life was altogether less stressful.
After taking some time away from the food scene (I didn’t stop eating I just stopped writing about it), I decided to set up a group with a friend about saving money in the UAE. It had been something I had wanted to do for a long time but just never got round to it. The introduction of VAT in the UAE basically made me more determined to make my dirham go further. A push in the right direction from a tight Jock and Shop Well for Less UAE was born.
The most discussed topic currently is the MyCLUB Card at Carrefour. Everyone is after those elusive points so they can receive their discount vouchers. No one will ever know exactly how the system works but I have great success and manage to get back a few vouchers each month.
Here is how I do it –
Firstly download the app, its a must. You can use your card and the app similtaneously. The advantage of having the app is that you are awarded vouchers for points discount that aren’t available in paper form. How the system works is not by rewarding you on what you spend but by rewarding you on what THEY want you to spend. Big Brother is alive in kicking in Carrefour and it knows what you are eating, drinking and buying. It knows when you haven’t visited the store, it knows when you have been loyal to the store and it will reward you accordingly, with more vouchers and more chances to earn points.
When you open the app you will find a section called MyCLUB Offers, these are offers that give 15% back in points, these offers change every 10 days. The best thing to do before you shop in Carrefour is to check these offers and see if any of the products feature in your weekly shop. Sometimes these offers are marked in store but not always.
In the discounts and coupons section are the coupons that offer points back and are current, with their expiry dates marked clearly. These are only redeemable once but they don’t disappear from the app until day of expiry, which is my opinion is a flaw in the app. Once they have been redeemed they should be removed. Use this vouchers wisely to get your maximum points returned. For example, get 15% discount on pasta, seeing as pasta is a non perishable store item, and if itis an item you use, then stock up!!!
In store keep your eyes open for special deals on MyCLUB offers, they are clearly marked on the shelves, or on the floor near to the product. If the product has vouchers displayed in front of it, take the voucher to give to the cashier or you won’t get the points. If you receive the Butchery and Fishmonger voucher its a good time to stock the freezer and get some points, I received 223 points today. This receipt was for a 400 AED spend.
Please don’t fall into a trap of buying just to get points, only buy what you know you will use. We did a recent survery of staple goods from Lulu, Carrefour and Choithrams and Carrefour came out top. So even if you don’t receive a single point, don’t worry you are getting good value for money.
If you want to join SHOP WELL FOR LESS UAE, hit this link.