'Extreme couponing' netted me a £2 Tesco Hudl tablet

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Despite the fact I’ve been a personal finance journalist for the best part of 20 years, I hardly ever use discount vouchers or coupons.

It’s probably a reflection of time constraints – if I’m not at work, I’m usually stuck on a train somewhere between Brighton and London Bridge, leaving me little time to go shopping.

So the odd Pizza Express discount aside, I hardly ever get that warm glow that comes with bagging a bargain.

Until now.

This weekend, I ordered the new £119 Tesco Hudl tablet computer for just £2 (I'd wanted to buy the Hudl in-store but was told they had sold out just three days after launch). That's incredible value for a tablet that offers similar specs to far more expensive rivals.

So how did I do it?

On certain products and departments, Tesco allows you to double the value of Clubcard vouchers. It’s not a new service, but it’s had a revamp and is now called Clubcard Boost.

My wife had been saving all of our money-off Clubcard vouchers for Christmas and had racked up a decent amount, in cash terms. So when I looked at the Hudl and thought it would make a nice, cheap, lightweight device on which to watch movies and read books while on the go, I decided to raid the Christmas voucher pot and get some money off.

Thanks to Clubcard Boost, the £58.50 worth of vouchers my wife had saved was doubled to £117, meaning I only had to pay £2 for my Hudl. Now that’s what I call a decent saving – though in the US it would no doubt go down as an example of “extreme couponing”.

It remains to be seen if the Hudl is a decent product (it should arrive by post within a couple of days), but it’s certainly one of the best discount deals I’ve ever done.

I also think the Clubcard Boost initiative is a genuinely decent one - if you shop at Tesco already, price matching should ensure you rarely lose out on your weekly shop, while Clubcard vouchers are an added bonus. To then double the value of those vouchers strikes me as a genuinely consumer-friendly initiative (and, before you ask, Tesco has not paid me for my feedback).

The only drawback is that I've now blown my wife's Christmas discount voucher pot on a gadget - that may well come back to haunt me in December!

So what’s the best deal you’ve ever done? 

Your Comments

I have been thinking hard about doing this too with my tesco boost meaning I also would only pay around £4....BUT I hear the tablet is very limited in use.....I would like to hear how you find it before I jump in even at that price as there are lots of other offers on tablets, particularly towards Xmas.  so let me know how the Hudl compares....... thank you.#

I agree that it will probably be limited compared to more expensive tablets, but I really only want to use mine for watching movies/TV and reading books while on the train. I have an iPad, but my commute has changed (since becoming editor of Moneywise!) and so the train I now get is so packed I rarely get a seat, meaning I need a lighter-weight tablet I can hold with one hand. Fingers crossed the Hudle does the job. In any case, I'll report back, Jane!

This is not extreme couponing. It is using reward points to knock money off a purchase. That is what they are for. We have all done it. You have not got a tablet for £2 - you have got it for £2 and £117 of tesco vouchers.
If you had found had used a price comparison site to find it on sale somewhere for £20 less, used a cashback credit card and got 2% back, bought it through a cashback website and got another 20% off then you might just about have story. This is not headline news.
I would expect better from the editor of moneywise.

Got mine for £8, with £55.50 in Tesco Clubcard Points. A further £9 for a case on EBay. Great little Tablet with Tesco's own TV app.
Easy to download apps from the Play Store. Does everything I need and is a handy little size. Great screen, responsive to th lightest touch. SD Card up to 32Gb, easily connected to my wireless G & N 2.5 & 5 GHz access points.
Really please with it, glad I didn't lash out on an i-pad etc really not worth the difference in my opinion.

Tesco gave us money-off vouchers, at no expense to us. They are vouchers - or coupons, as they call them in the US. Whether I choose to spend those money-off 'coupons' on something else is irrelevant - the fact is that without these vouchers, the Hudl would have cost £119.

So I've got a £2 Hudl.

algy56: mine still hasn't arrived so not had a chance to play with it yet. I'll be posting in the comments here once it's arrived to voice my opinion of it - for what it's worth!

The Tesco Vouchers you used are worth a minimum of £58.50 if you just used them to pay for your normal shop in Tesco. So to say you only paid £2 for the Hudl is, to say the least, naive & not what I expect from Moneywise. To put the record straight, you paid £60.50.

I endorse craven49's comment 100%.
We should now seriously doubt the credibility of Moneywise articles if one of their financial journalists with 20 years experience, assumes that he has purchased a £119 Hudl for £2, but doesn't recognise that his wife has foregone £58.50's worth of Tesco shopping, by utilising her Clubcard vouchers for his Hudl purchase.
If I wished my criticism to be particularly harsh, I could suggest that his Hudl purchase may have cost him £236  !
By utilising the Clubcard vouchers for some of the other Tesco Rewards, he and his wife may have been able to select "Rewards" to the equivalent of 4 times the face value of the Clubcard vouchers, as I regularly do. i.e. £234. At the very least the Clubcard vouchers ought to have been used for many of the "Rewards" that are equivalent to 3 times the face value of the vouchers. 
As the ancient maxim goes "a fool and his money are easily parted".

@MoneyWiseEditorMark: I bought a CAR for just £2! (Plus £5850 cash, which you spent accruing those Tesco vouchers)

I am always amazed at how confused people are about coupons/ vouchers and other freebies. Of course they are not free., We, collectively, have paid for them every time we shop. 
However, if you accept that they are unavoidable, then you are wise to collect them. I just wonder how many billions of points are lurking in peoples accounts untouched and forgotten? This is what the supermakets and others rely on to fund their freebies. They most certainly will not come off their bottom line!
Encouraging coupon/voucher collection creates customer loyalty - albeit forced - once you start you dont want to give up collecting until you get somehing for your efforts. So you keep shopping with the same brand, despite possible better deals elsewhere.
I wish the whole idea would go away and we could just have real cheaper prices, but that is absolutely what the supermarkets do not want to happen. They would lose our tied loyalty and also the income from all of those unclaimed points. Sad really!

Does anyone know what the processor speed is on this yet?

I got my Hudl for £88 using my tesco vouchers and I am really pleased with it I think Tesco vouchers are great I would be shopping there anyway so the vouchers are a bonus. I shop at several supermarkets besides Tesco and I don't notice much difference in prices so why not get the loyalty points!

I shop in Tesco and get rewarded with Tesco vouchers every 3 months - I do the same shop in Asda or Morrisons and get nothing so therefore my Tesco vouchers are a free reward for shopping there.  Anything I buy with my vouchers is free so well done everyone for getting a Hudl for £2 or £6 or £8 because that is all it has cost you.  Remember you dont pay for the vouchers you get them as a reward for shopping in Tesco, you don't get them in Asda or Morrisons and the Sainsbury reward scheme is still rubbish so keep getting your free stuff people.  Yes you can use your vouchers for days out and other rewards and make them go further but it's still FREE. 

He paid £2 in cash - FACT
The rest is a matter of opinion - was the rest free? Whether he used the vouchers wisely? Were they best optimised? Why his wife only had £58.50 'saved' as there are many extra points available (so @kissmeraas they may not have spent £5850 to accrue those points) (we have been to South of France, Butlins, Isle of Wight, bought Merlin cards for each family member, an iPad and a phone, to name but a few, with ours), and most importantly of all, could it perhaps cost him his marriage?