The Co-op Divi!
This week I received my Co-op Membership Dividend in the form of vouchers which can be spent in any participating Co-op outlets. While not for a large amount they will come in handy when making new purchases and they are valid until 31st August 2012.
The amount spent, and points gained towards this dividend was recorded with a plastic membership card, swiped through a machine each time a purchase was made.
These vouchers set me thinking of Co-op Membership in the past, in the days when anyone shopping at the Co-op was asked for their membership number.
If my memory serves me right this number was written down in a duplicate book with the total amount of goods purchased and you were given the top copy – a flimsy bit of paper to save for your own records.
If we were sent on an errand to the Co-op for mum, the final reminder was “don’t forget my number.”
For families in the ‘Good Old Days’ the Co-op Divi was something looked forward to, as this was paid out near Christmas in the form of cash at your local store – I think! This money added to the housekeeping was really important to many families as it helped them to buy that little bit extra for the festive season.
I cannot recall my mum or grandmothers Co-op number, but I know many people still do – can you?