Poundland Weekly Essentials Challenge

Like most people, I am always on the lookout for ways to save a few pounds on my food shopping. I am realising that to get the best deals you need to shop around, and not do your whole weeks shop in the closest supermarket!

Poundland recently got in touch with me to offer the chance to take a look at their Cupboard Essentials, and see whether we could save some money. We were sent a £15 voucher to spend.

Look how much I got!!

Three carrier bags full! I was very surprised by the range of products available. I wouldn’t have thought of Poundland for bread, eggs or sausages, but all were available. I was also surprised that there were offers, like 3 for £1 or 3 for £2 which gave even better value.

So lets have a closer look…

  • Mini Cheddars
  • Jacobs Cracker Selection
  • 3 pack of Heinz Baked Beans
  • 2 packs of Cadbury Chocolate Chip Cookies (2 for £1)
  • Pack of 3 Ambrosia Chocolate Rice Pudding
  • 1.5kg Plain Flour
  • 3 tins Harry Ramsden Mushy Peas
  • 4 pack Ambrosia Custard pots
  • HP Guiness Sauce
  • 4 pack Apple and Pear Fruit Shoot
  • 10 pack Cadburys Mini Rolls
  • Chocolate Chip Harvest Chewy bars
  • 500g Napolina dried pasta
  • 2 250g Tilda Basmati Rice pouch
  • 375g (+50% extra free) Honey Waffles cereal

I’ve just put this shopping basket into www.mysupermarket.co.uk and it gave me a range of prices between £24 and £27 (approximate as not all items were listed like for like). This gives a fantastic saving of at least £9. I’ll certainly be stocking up from Poundland again!

Disclosure: I was sent £15 voucher to spend at Poundland for this post. No other payment was received and all opinions are my own.


Poundland Back to School Blogger Challenge

Luckily for me I have a couple of years to go until Pumpkin is old enough for school so I’m avoiding the whole Back to School panic for now. So when I was contacted by Poundland to see if I wanted to take part in their Back to School Blogger Challenge I passed the opportunity onto someone who I knew would benefit, my sister and niece E, aged 7.

They were given a £10 voucher to spend in Poundland and the instruction to see how much they could buy for E’s first day back at school. I’ll hand over to my sister to report back on their shopping trip.

E was excited about the challenge of getting everything we needed in one shop and so was I – no traipsing around all the shops working out where to get the best value. Poundland won that without a doubt.

I was shocked to find a whole Back to School range with a lot more choice than I had expected – and the range of stationery on 2 items for £1? Brilliant.  

The value was amazing although I did have to swap a few bits when I realised the Home and Office range had even more to offer for the money.

E has already filled the 2 cute pencil cases (one with normal everyday bits and one one with colouring pens and pencils) and has been putting things to the test. 

We have found no faults at all with any of the bits and the zips on the pencil cases are strong. E is looking forward to learning how to use the bits in the mathematics set and of course showing off her new lunchbox and bottle as lunchtime is her favourite time of the school day!


And here is a look at the fabulous haul they picked up for just £10.

Its an impressive list!

    • 2 x pencil cases (2 for £1)
    • 2 rulers (2 for £1)
    • 10 hb pencils (2 for £1)
    • 10 colouring pencils (2 for £1)
    • 15 felt tip pens (2 for £1)
    • 6 piece stationery set (2 for £1)
    • 7 piece maths set (2 for £1)
    • 6 piece study box in a handy case (2 for £1)
    • 4 reporters notebooks
    • A4 writing pad (2 for £1)
    • Maths revision book
    • 2 drinks bottles
    • Lunchbox
    • 9 boxes of organic raisins as a healthy snack for the school day
Well done both of you! The Back to School range is in Poundland stores now.

Disclosure: We were sent a £10 voucher to spend in Poundland. All opinions are honest and no payment was received for this post.

Do you research your Christmas buys?

How long do you spend researching your Christmas shopping before you buy? According to a survey carried out by Poundland, 40% of consumers will spend at least 10 hours in December looking for Christmas bargains, before they commit and buy a product. This time will be spent purely on research to make sure they are getting the best possible price. What a savvy lot of shoppers we are!

The research goes onto look at household and grocery shopping and found that five out of 10 shoppers visit at least three different stores each week for their essentials. The same number said that before the recession hit they were more likely to be loyal to a brand or shop. Now, getting the best deal overtook loyalty.

Jim McCarthy, CEO at Poundland comments: “It’s clear that when shoppers feel squeezed, brand loyalty becomes less important than getting the best price. Supermarkets change their offers all the time; it leaves consumers confused and pushes them to shop around before making a purchase. By contrast, with one single price point, shoppers can be savvy and budget as they fill their basket, making it easier to work out whether they’re getting a bargain. There’ll also be no shock with the final price of their basket at the till point.”

Take a look at these price comparisons to see some of the bargains on offer at Poundland.

A couple of weeks back I tweeted about some bargains I’d found in a new 99p shop in town. Before that I hadn’t really considered buying groceries from these discount retailers, but it was a real eye opener! I spent £5.94 on groceries that I normally buy in the supermarket which would usually cost me over £11. Having seen the bargains on offer in Poundland, I will be paying a visit next time I’m in town to see what I can save.

The beauty of these shops is that the fixed pricing means you can easily keep track of what you are spending as you fill your basket. Of course, you always need to do your research and make sure that you are getting a bargain. There are really good deals to be had but there are also things which might be cheaper in the supermarkets. I’ve just started keeping a price book which allows me to see the best price I can get a certain item for. This means that I can look up Pumpkin’s favourite Ambrosia Rice Pudding 4 pack of snack pots and see that they are £1.49 in Tesco so the ones in Poundland are worth stocking up on!

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