Tesco is doing 5p off a litre of fuel but you'll need to spend £50 first

DRIVERS can get 5p off a litre of fuel at the pump – but they'll have to spend £50 at Tesco first.

The supermarket is giving customers a voucher with their receipt at the checkout, as long as they spend on groceries before February 9.

This can then be redeemed when it comes to paying at the check out after filling up your car with petrol or diesel at any Tesco forecourt.

Coupons will be given to online shoppers with their delivery, rather than at the checkout.

You have to spend the £50 in one go either in store or online to qualify though, so multiple smaller grocery shops that add up to the threshold won't count.

All of the vouchers handed to customers at the tills are valid for two weeks from the day that they're issued, while those that come with online shops are valid until February 23.

Ways to cut down on your fuel costs

HERE are some tips on how you can slash the cost of fuel

  1. Make your car more fuel-efficient. You can do this by keeping your tyres inflated, taking the roof rack off, emptying your car of clutter and turning off your air con when driving at lower speeds.
  2. Find the cheapest fuel prices. PetrolPrices.com and Confused.com allows you to search prices of UK petrol stations. All you need to do is enter in your postcode and tell it how far you want to travel (up to 20 miles).
  3. Drive more efficiently. Some ways to do this, include:
  • Accelerate gradually without over-revving
  • Always drive on the highest possible gear
  • If you can, allow your car to slow down naturally as your brake is a money burner
  • Re-starting your car is expensive, if you can keep moving

The coupons won't be given to customers who shop in Tesco Express stores selling Esso fuel, or superstores in Kirkwall and Lerwick even if you spend £50.

Purchases at Tesco cafes won't count towards your £50 spend, neither will cigarettes, spends at the opticians, phone store, concessions, travel money or Tesco Bank.

Other exclusion include money spent on fuel, lottery products, gift cards, e-top ups, savings stamps, postage stamps, 10p carrier bags, prescription medicines and infant milk formulae.

You can find your nearest participating Tesco store by using the locator tool here.

The offer will be a relief to motorists who face price hikes at the end of last year – the first time since July.

In December, the average cost of filling up a 55-litre tank with petrol shot up to £69.36 and diesel to £71.83.

The increase came just a couple of weeks after Asda started a supermarket pump price war in mid-December by cutting fuel prices by up 2p a litre.

In October, RAC warned that supermarkets and petrol stations were "charging 4p per litre more than they should be".

While the AA also accused garages of "ripping off" drivers by not passing on a 4p a litre wholesale cut.

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