Last Updated on 26 August 2022 by Dan
Hello everyone! A few months ago in my neck of the woods they opened up a new branch of the Lidl supermarket – I don’t know if it was months of not doing anything else but quite frankly I’ve seen rock stars receive less of a reaction! I’ve started shopping there quite a bit, and today I wanted to discuss their loyalty scheme – Lidl Plus.
I love Supermarket loyalty schemes because whilst they’re unlikely to save you huge amounts of money each time, you’re doing so on essential goods that you’d be buying anyhow so any save at all in nice – especially when Lidl tends to be cheap anyhow.
Plus it all adds up over time and when you look back over a year, you can end up realising what you’ve saved is actually quite significant.
What is Lidl Plus?
Lidl Plus is the Lidl supermarket loyalty scheme, available on your phone as an app only.
It’s a free service, but provides you with a variety of extras and rewards that can provide a benefit when shopping at Lidl anyhow.
What do you get with Lidl Plus?
There are six main ways Lidl Plus provides you with savings:
- Coupons (usually in the form of five a week) to save on various items – read on for thoughts on how worth it these are.
- A free bakery item (as of 1 March 2022) when spending more than £50 in a month.
- A free cleaning item from Lidl’s W5 cleaning range when spending more than £150 in a month.
- Money off-vouchers for those who are higher spenders. Spending £100 in a calendar month nets you a £2 voucher for the next month, and a £200 spend in the same period nets you a £10 voucher. Lidl call this “coupon plus”.
- A 10% off voucher for a shop when spending more than £250 in a month. (Notes: the 10% voucher is valid for a shop of up to £200, and has a couple of exclusions including alcohol).
- A Lidl Scratchcard – this often appears after you shop using Lidl Plus as a bonus. Sometimes it nets nothing, sometimes you get a little treat from the Lidl range.
(This last point has changed a few times. A few months ago it was a Lidl Plus “Spin of Surprises” where you might get a voucher or a money off voucher. This was replaced by a Lidl Deluxe Scratchcard which potentially gave you a discount from the Lidl Deluxe range only. Now the scratchcard has reverted to being over the entire Lidl range).
How does Lidl Plus work?
If you’re planning on using one of the weekly coupons, you need to activate it using the app. Beyond that it’s simple – just scan your Lidl Plus code off your phone at the till and any activated coupons will be deducted, and your “monthly spend” for the money off vouchers will automatically be updated.
Here’s how those coupons look in the app – you just need to hit the activate button:
If you have been awarded a Lidl Scratchcard this will appear in the Lidl Plus app very shortly after you finish your shop, and you’ll have 7 days to use your Scratchcard and find out if you’ve won something!
Finally if you have a physical coupon for Lidl, it’s also possible to scan it in to the app for future use – just click that little image of the camera that’s in the image above and you can upload the coupon via it’s QR code.
Are the Lidl Plus Coupons worth it?
The coupons offered regularly through Lidl Plus are usually quite good because they often cover a range of products rather than specific items – for instance I’ve presently got one for 15% off of Lidl’s range of soft drinks, as opposed to being tied to a very specific product like orange squash.
Unlike other Supermarkets, I don’t believe the Lidl Plus coupons are specifically targeted to your shopping history – comparing it to others who use the Lidl Plus app I found we had exactly the same weekly vouchers consistently.
How do I get Lidl Plus?
Lidl Plus is entirely an app based loyalty scheme so you’re need to grab it off the App or Android Store to make use of the scheme – sign up is easy and just takes a few moments.
Is Lidl Plus worth it?
Yes, absolutely – Lidl Plus is easy to use and the vouchers are generally useful on something.
To earn serious money off though is likely to be limited to families or big spenders though, as the monthly amounts for the money off vouchers are quite high. If you do hit them however the % save is actually very beneficial relative to what other supermarkets give you.
Lidl have also made various expansions to Lidl Plus to create consistent rewards as you hit various spends. We thought the scheme was worthwhile even under the original construct, but we’re always happy to see more additions to it.
Yes you can, and given Lidl Plus works on the basis of providing rewards based on hitting spending targets it’s a sensible idea to do so. It maximizes your chances of hitting the spend targets if it’s a combined effort between you and a partner or other family member!
In order to share your account, you’ll need one of you to sign up to Lidl Plus, then the other to also install the app but to log in under the same account – any spends or vouchers will then apply from both phones under the one account.
Is Lidl Plus free?
Yes, Lidl Plus is completely free and just requires you to download the app and sign up!
What about other supermarket loyalty schemes?
We’ve previously written a guide to what we think are the best Supermarket Loyalty Schemes in the UK so you can see how Lidl Plus stacks up to the competition!
For Nectar users, we’ve also written about the best ways to maximise Nectar points.
How have you found Lidl Plus?
Have you had any great savings with Lidl Plus, or have questions about the app? It’d be great to hear from you, so let us know in the comments below!
And that’s it!
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