Canny customers finding ways to save this Christmas

10 October 2011

Saving stamps are seeing a revival at Co-operative food stores as savvy shoppers find new ways to spread the cost of Christmas.

This year, The Co-operative is expecting its canny customers to cash in £2.5m worth of saving stamps, more than 50% more than the £1.7million spent on saving stamps for the whole of 2010.

The Co-operative’s saving stamps scheme enables shoppers to buy £1 stamps over the year, and then cash them in for the Christmas shop.

Throughout December, The Co-operative will pay out £50 for every £48 saved, giving an extra £2 for free.

Saving a little each week helps make Christmas more affordable and takes the worry out of financing the festive period. Customers can purchase stamps each time they go into a food

store and then have more money at Christmas to treat themselves and their families.

The saving stamps can be used at The Co-operative food stores to pay for the Christmas shop on items such as a turkey and all the trimmings, a bottle of bubbly or washing up liquid for the cleaning up afterwards*.

Sean Toal, Acting Chief Executive, The Co-operative Food, said: “We’re helping families to make their Christmas more affordable by spreading the cost over the year. Our savings stamp scheme provides great value for our customers and enables them to enjoy Christmas yet still keep a grip on the purse strings.”

To find out more about The Co-operative’s saving stamps, customers can contact The Co-operative Customer Careline on (freephone) 0800 0686 727.

Notes to Editors:

* Full or part completed cards can be redeemed at any time against purchases excluding concessions, fuel, coffee shop and National Lottery