Is there any better way to spend time in this weather than lighting up a BBQ, getting out in the garden and getting your friends round? I thought not. It’s National BBQ Week everyone! That’s right, the 26th May to the 2nd June marks the week where, no doubt, people will be dying to get out the charcoal, burn some sausages, cremate some burgers and claim it is the tastiest thing they’ve eaten all day and they’re probably right because, let’s be honest, there’s little better than BBQ food; it’s one of my favourite ways to eat, charcoal and all!
In a bid to get more for our money during National BBQ Week we turned to Zeek where, instead of spending cold hard cash at the supermarket, we’ve been spending unwanted gift vouchers purchased via the app. 47% of UK consumers receive more than one gift card a year, half of which never get spent, which results in £1bn worth of wasted and unused credit. The solution? People sell their unwanted gift cards on Zeek for free and you and I get a discount on the value of the gift card when we purchase it. For example if the gift card is worth £50, you could buy it for only £46 – nothing like a free £4 on your shop, a little goes a long way.
The first thing that struck me was the range of retailers available that you could buy a gift card for; Amazon, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are all available to name a couple. If you’re thinking of purchasing bear in mind that 94% of vouchers sell within 24 hours, with Amazon holding the record time of only 5 seconds so you’ll need to be quick on those.
In my experience the Zeek app is utterly seamless. It was simple to sign up, navigate and purchase a gift card; some of them you can use online, others in store (which get sent to you) and it just opened up an easier way to shop. I actually got a little bit lost looking around all the retailers but it was fun checking out what kinds of gift cards were for sale.
With an average saving of 10% per gift card, Zeek allows you to make money from unwanted gifts so that you get the cash and it also offers a solution for those wanting a bit more for their money. This week I used the Zeek app to prep for our BBQ. It was Ted’s birthday on Saturday and we were out for the day so we thought we’d have a mini celebration with some friends on Sunday afternoon.
The charcoal was firing up nicely, the sun was out (then in again, then out again etc..), the boys had their new slide to play with and the BBQ buffet was shaping up nicely. Zeek allowed me to purchase a gift card at a discounted rate (of course) which I then went shopping with and bought all the bits and bobs we’d need for our little set up. However, the supermarket vouchers seem to be a little short at the moment; I couldn’t find any for Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Morrisons otherwise I’d have also purchased some food to go on the BBQ. It’s definitely worth bearing in mind that there won’t always be stock as it’s reliant upon those who are looking to sell them. But, as people are constantly uploading new vouchers, it’s worth the effort to keep checking as new ones will become available.
If you do want to sell a gift card then it’s simple, quick, safe and secure. All you have to do is scan your voucher through the app and add it to the platform. Zeek have created the potential for people to earn real money for something that usually go unused or would ultimately expire. You can handle your selling through the app, or you can do it online.
*Zeek provided me with credit in order for me to purchase gift cards and write this review of their app. All views and opinions are my own.