The lovely people at Money-saving site QuidCo are conducting some interesting research relating to why we love our local high street. If you (like me) thought QuidCo was an “online only” thing, you might be surprised to find out that QuidCo deals can also be done in regular, high street shops!
As part of the research, they are asking bloggers like me to share a post about what we love about the high streets in our local town – as well as giving QuidCo a try at the same time. So that’s what I’m about to do!
I’ve not done the second part yet, so I’ll update you on how easy it all was once I’ve put it to the test. But since I walk through Reading high street pretty much every day (on the way to and from the station, for my commute) I thought I’d make a jump-start on the first part.
Before I tell you what I love about MY local high street, though, here’s a brief explanation of how you can give Quidco a go for yourself.
All you need to do is register your card on the Quidco website, then when you shop at one of their retailers, Quidco tracks your purchase, and pays you cashback as a percentage of your purchase. Once the retailer has confirmed your purchase, the cashback will be deposited into your quidco account automatically. From there, you can transfer it to your bank or PayPal account or ask have it paid as an Amazon gift voucher.
I’ve just registered for an account myself, so I can testify that it’s very simple and easy to do – the whole thing took me less than 5 minutes.
Here’s a few facts about why other people love Reading high street, before I tell you my own:
- 83% of respondents in Reading Like (or love!) their local high street
- Over half of Reading respondents visit the high street more than once a week
- Reasons listed for visiting their local high street included shopping, meeting friends and getting a drink
- Online vs Offline is a close-run battle in Reading, with a third of respondents saying they like to shop on the high street, while another third prefer shopping online
So, with all of that in mind, why do I love my local high street? Well, let me tell you…
1. It’s almost completely pedestrianised – meaning you can have a relaxed day out shopping without risking your life in traffic!
2. Reading high street contains some of my favourite places to eat, alongside the shops.
3. It’s not just shops and food either, there’s lovely stuff like galleries too!