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Subway Discount Voucher Book

The latest Subway discount voucher book's just dropped through my door. Usually these go straight in the bin, but today I thought I'd look through and see what Subway deals and offers are available. This discount voucher book is valid until 30 April 2015 and the nearest Subway to me is about 8-10 miles from me, so not a great start!

So, what's in there that could tempt me into Subway? What do I think of their offers, price aside.

  • Buy a 6 inch sub and get another 6 inch sub free. Well, one's enough, I'd be the size of a planet if I ate two - and it'd be hard to save one for later as it'd keep calling my name.
  • Two dine for £6.99. Two 6-inch subs, two 16oz drinks, two cookies. Well, there's only one of me - and the further offer to upgrade to 2 footlongs for £9.99 won't change that either.
  • 6 inch Sub Meal Deal for £3.49. 6-inch sub, 16oz dispensed drink, a cookie or crisps. Well, that's a deal that I could use if pushed to. I'd choose the crisps as they've got a longer shelf life than a cookie.
  • Add Free Chorizo to a sub or salad. Great if you like chorizo. Not sure if I'd want that or not, depends what sub flavour I chose.
  • A footlong for £3.99. Now, a footlong sub is huge, so I'd be cutting that in half. This makes a better money saving offer than the single 6" sub at £3.49 as you're effectively getting a second sub for £0.50. But it's a poor deal when compared to the BOGOF offer.
  • Footlong meal deal for £4.99. One footlong, 16oz dispensed drink and a cookie or crisps. This is way too much meal really. I'd pass on this.
  • Three footlongs for £10.99. Well, that's huge. As I couldn't eat one footlong, I won't be buying three!
  • Two dine for £6.99. Two 6-inch subs, two 16oz drinks, two cookies. Well, there's still only one of me!
  • Bacon Sub and a Drink with beechwood smoked back bacon - £2. Not a fan of bacon at all.

So, this Subway voucher book ended up a bit of a damp squib for me. If I had to choose the best deal at Subway from that lot it'd have to be the first one, the BOGOF Subway Deal.

Why don't just just sell stuff cheaper without all these deals and confusing offers?? If everything was £2 they'd have queues out of the door every day!



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Koalemos wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:07 AM

I have often felt this way about some of the supermarket offers. Asda often have an offer of 2 loaves for the price of one, but I live alone so what would I want with 2 loaves?

UK_Writer wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:20 AM

Yes - I hate those 2-for-1 offers. Just sell it half price! Also, single households have either no freezer, or smaller freezers (due to less space available) so it's not sensible to say "freeze it", 1.5 loaves would take up about 1/6th of my freezer space!

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:21 AM

For those of us who live alone, these are certainly not good deals, as we feel like we have to eat it all, or waste it. Neither is a good option.
However...what if we were to develop some friendships, and get out there to be social? Many of us, like myself, complain about these things or not going out to dine alone, as it's not as single friendly. What if we were to buy what we buy and share it with someone who is hungry?

I am beginning to look at what Koalemos said differently, as well. So, I BOGOF and I share it with a friend. I have even started using Costco and buying these things in bulk and a group of us are splitting the costs. I also have donated food that are the good deals to the food bank or a program I have used at the hospital, where the housing that was made available for reduced cost or free to families whose kids are in the hospital. They have a pantry that keeps them from having to go out and buy food. So I donate the rest of the buy 2, get 4 free to places like that.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:23 AM

I would start a new marketing campaign. "Share it." or "Split it."

UK_Writer wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:30 AM

Not everybody can share, or split. I can't. Those who live alone are also most likely to not have people to share things with, or split things.

UK_Writer wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:32 AM

It's cheaper to waste the food than go to the cost of making new friends to try to find somebody to share things with emoticon :smile: I just buy what I need and what I know I will use/eat. Right now I've got a slow cooker cooking me an 8 sausage casserole. It's cost me under £2 for four portions, so I'll be eating sausage casserole for 3-4 days, but now I've got the freezer as an option, so that makes it easier to use the cooker.
Also, even your suggested routes to sharing/giving away food can add up to a greater cost than chucking it in the bin - in the cost of fuel/parking to drop things off.
My grocery bill is under £10/week and I never waste anything I buy.

CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:33 AM

I understand. I have lived alone for nearly 19 years and for many years did not have people to share with or split with. It was because I kept myself isolated from others. Someday, I shall probably write about it. But I had to make some different choices. I still pull away from others a lot, but I'm learning how to connect in the smallest of ways.

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CoralLevang wrote on February 7, 2015, 11:37 AM

I am certainly not suggesting that you change what works for you. emoticon :smile: I also appreciate how frugal you are. I know you have commented before on such things and I admire you and could learn a lot. Now you have me salivating. Sausages are one of my favorite. You might just have to break down and make a new friend, if I were closer. I'd even bring a salad to share. *winks*

Koalemos wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:05 PM

I do have a decent sized freezer, but never think about freezing bread. On odd occasions I have bought 2 and given one to my neighbour, which has still only cost me the same as it usually would, but knocking 20p off the price would be more useful to me.

lucyluuk wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:16 PM

You could always donate one to your local food bank

lucyluuk wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:19 PM

I always chuck these in the bin as well they never have anything worth bothering with in mine and I hardly ever go to town where our subway is

AliCanary wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:53 PM

The coupons don't expire for two and a half months and the Subway is a five-minute drive from you, and that's NOT a great start? Did I read that wrong?

UK_Writer wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:35 PM

Salad? A sausage casserole needs chips, or mashed potatoes, not salad :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:36 PM

I don't tend to buy any food outside of the house - I choke at the prices. I mentally think how much similar food I could buy at the shops to make at home and I buy that instead. It just all seems a fortune to me, for what you get.

UK_Writer wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:38 PM

Since I've only had a subway once before, in 2004 when somebody gave me some stamps to get a free one, it's not a high priority. And it's more than a 5 minute drive, more like 20+ minutes without heavy traffic due to the junctions, lights and stuff. Then there's parking up and walking time. Not worth the hassle to drive so far, pay for parking, to get something I don't really want/need :)

lucyluuk wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:45 PM

I know what you mean it's like coffee shops and the prices they charge astronomical for what you could make it at home!

AliCanary wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:53 PM

Oh, I see. Goodness, what a bother! You could get something when you were already out, if you went by that way. I can see why the expiration date is so generous!

maxeen wrote on February 7, 2015, 4:39 PM

I see that there are a lot of £1 cafes these days.

seren3 wrote on February 7, 2015, 7:34 PM

I think you're right! Offer low cost sandwiches and ther would be a cue!
When I shop at the grocery store, the scent of baking bread floats out fromthe Subway place next door. Gah!

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:10 AM

I used to work in the back office at a sporting goods store, and my desk was next to the woman's who put together the newspaper advertising every week. She and I conversed often about how the owner of the store didn't like that so much merchandise was sold at sale prices rather than at full price, and yet, by having something different on sale almost every week, we had "trained" our customers to always expect a sale, thereby removing any incentive to buy anything at full price. (The reason for it was usually cash flow - selling something that the store had already paid the manufacturer for - even if it was at a net loss for the item - resulted in needed cash flow. Stores often have to deal with cash flow issues until the Christmas season kicks in.) She and I often ended that repeating conversation with, "it would have been so much better if everything at the store was always sold at the lower price and not have sales".

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 12:02 PM

I've never heard of such a thing, nor seen one obviously .. else I'd have heard of them. Maybe it's a northern thing, where overheads are cheaper, or a mad London thing where there's the footfall.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 12:05 PM

Many people, lured in by the sale item, will then buy another 3-4 items - and if they're lured in enough times they end up becoming a regular, dropping in just to "see what they've got". So it does make long-term sense. Also, the sale gives a sense of urgency. But it's the BOGOF deals that are hard to use.

troberts102008 wrote on February 11, 2015, 8:39 AM

I love Subway! To bad we don't get those voucher books lol well at least I know I don't.

allen0187 wrote on February 12, 2015, 12:17 AM

Big fan of Subway but sadly they do not have any discounts to offer to their customers here in Manila. I always find a 6 inch tuna melt a welcome treat after a very busy and tiring day!