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My Local Tesco Service Review

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As a first-time mummy, one of the main everyday things I didn’t think about before having children was how I was going to go food shopping. Long gone are the days where we would just nip to the local supermarket and get what we needed when we needed it, sometimes taking multiple trips on the same day for things we had forgotten. Now however things are very different, I have to tackle food shopping with a toddler, nightmare! As a baby, she would happily sit in her car seat in a trolley and be pushed around the supermarket and for a few months she would also happily sit in a trolley seat, but not now!

A supermarket shop now has to be tackled with the main objective being ‘get in, grab what you can, and get out!’ and is definitely nowhere near as fun! Mia gets bored half way around the shop and everything I want to put in the trolley has to be held first by her before being dropped into the trolley! It then ends in Mia crying and trying to get out of the trolley whilst standing at the checkout waiting to bag up and pay. So here is our Tesco Service Review!

Just before Christmas last year I noticed that Tesco were advertising their newly opened ‘scan-as-you-shop’ facility and decided to give it a go, as getting stuck in a checkout queue was the hardest bit about shopping for me. We use the self-service checkout a lot anyway but only for a few items at a time, so when it came to bigger shops they were an issue. I must say the first four times I used the ‘scan-as-you-shop’ I was ‘randomly’ selected for a full bag check which was quite annoying as it hardly felt ‘random’ and meant a member of staff re-scanning all of my items – not cutting down on my shopping time whatsoever. However I realised that no-one was using the facility so once it had been open a while, the ‘random’ bag checks soon stopped.

I think the idea is great, it takes me half the time to shop now than it did before and I love the way I can keep track of what I’m spending every time I scan an item and it tells me when the item I have scanned is on offer. Apart from all of that, it is really easy to use. Literally point the handset at the bar-code of the product and press the middle yellow button. If there’s a problem then at the tills, it will ask you and there is always staff there to help. The best bit is there’s no queue! I now use this facility every time I shop and I recommend it to everyone.

Shopping Trolley

The other thing I think Tesco do really well is their fairly new ‘Click and Collect’ service. This enables me to do a huge on-line shop at the start of the month, put it all through on the website, pay for it, and book a 2 hour slot on a specific day that I want to collect my shopping. Then I drive to my chosen store (10 minutes away) and pick it all up. All of my shopping is picked and packed for me, I just have to load it into the car and unpack it at home and this is all completely free of charge. I no longer have to even get Mia out of the car and into a trolley; she can simply stay in the car and help me unpack once we are home. The whole process takes about 10 minutes!

So that is my Tesco Service Review and all of these ‘new’ ways of shopping save me time, don’t cost us any more than if I did it all myself, and save me the energy and stress of a full-blown tantrum half way through shopping! And for me, that’s all that matters!


  • Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)

    I LOVE scan as you shop! It’s the only way I’ll shop now, it has completely changed my life. I’ve got a terror of a two-year-old so anything that gets me out of there really quickly is a winner in my book.


  • Nat - Awaybies

    Hey that sounds good! Wasn’t aware of the scan as you shop. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Agree supermarket shopping is a total nightmare with a toddler, I do it mostly online now and can’t imagine how my mum ever survived without internet shopping when we were growing up! #RVHT

  • Frances Thompson

    I used to love the hand-held scanners that were around for a while circa 20 years ago (yikes) when shopping with my Mama. It made the process so much more fun. I’m sure I’d love it again as anything that saves unpacking and re-packing bags as well as the horrendous queueing with small children factor gets my vote. #RVHT

  • Mudpie Fridays

    I use cluck and collect st every opportunity although it’s a bit of a pain re the whole bag thing now it saves an absolute age. Plus I have no desire to take two kids shopping. However when we do Monkey loves helping out with the scanning. Thank you for joining us as #BloggerclubUK hope to see you again this week X

    • mummydaddymia

      Yes when they reach the age they can actually help scanning and your not in a massive rush then its great! Mia loves to help me out 🙂

  • suz

    Honestly, I don’t think you can beat the Home Delivery. The driver brings the shopping into my kitchen and I can almost unpack it into my cupboards.

    • mummydaddymia

      I know! So handy!! I haven’t had a bad experience yet *fingers crossed* and its great for when you have little ones 🙂

  • A Cornish Mum

    I don’t think this exists in Cornwall yet! I know one of the other supermarkets down here uses to do it though and it was great 🙂

    Stevie x #PicknMix

    • mummydaddymia

      Ahh yes its so handy when you have children as is saves Mia from getting as bored as she would do and means less stress for me! 🙂

  • A Moment with Franca

    I haven’t heard of the scan as you shop idea before but wow I think is amazing. It is really clever. We don’t shop at Tesco because we don’t have one near us. But I would love to try something like that. I hope Asda or Sainsburys that are our nearby supermarkets will do something like that. Asda also has click and collect and home delivery service is very good too. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

  • Amanda

    Hi, I think this scan as you shop new idea is fantastic. I use it nearly every time I go there now, and as you say its great for speed and to keep track of what you spend. I had had a few random checks where they check items which is not to time consuming. But this is certainly better for me for now. I haven’t tried the click and collect as I prefer the home delivery.
    Amanda. #kcacols

    • mummydaddymia

      Ah I’m glad you like the idea as much as I do! Random checks are a pain but they have stopped as time has gone on so its better 🙂

  • Martin - At Home With The Boys

    We all love shopping in our household but as the boys got older, then did the problems!

    The biggest one of all was sneaking things in the trolley and not discovering them until we got to the till. Sometimes our bill would be £20 extra, by the time we’ve all snuck something in.

    Since we’ve gone over to home delivery, our food shopping bill rarely goes over £80 so we now feel we have a bit of control back!

    Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    • mummydaddymia

      Oh no! We haven’t had that yet and now I go while Mia’s a preschool for a few hours but I imagine there will come a time when she adds things to the trolley for me! Home delivery is great and I do this when I haven’t got time to do a big shop myself 🙂

  • Sara at Handy Herbs

    I have never actually tried this as they don’t do it in our local shop. We sometimes go to a larger store for a big shop though , so will have to check it out – it sounds fab! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    • mummydaddymia

      Yes I think its only the really big stores that have them at the moment. They are really great and save so much time, I use them now even when I don’t have Mia with me 🙂

  • Heledd - Running in Lavender

    OOh I’ve never tried this, although I have seen it in some of our local supermarkets. Sounds good, I might give it a shot next time. Thank you so much for linking up to #SundayStars xxx

  • Hannah Smith

    That sounds like a great idea, I wish our local store would do this!

    • mummydaddymia

      I know it really is great! Been using it for a while now and the trolleys have been updated to hold the scanners so you don’t have to carry them round anymore 🙂

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