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Now that you know the tricks that these discount retailers use to get you to spend more, why not beat them at their own game? Here are five ways to make your money go further at the pound shop.
1 COMPARE PRICES ON THE SHOP FLOOR
A good way to ensure you are getting the best value for money is to compare prices on the shop floor.
Download the “My Supermarket” app on your phone so that you can quickly access the prices of products across major retailers.
The is especially useful if you are a fan of the supermarket own brands, as these often work out a better deal than the pound store options. Johnsons’ Cotton Buds (200), for instance, are currently on offer at Poundland for £1, but head to Tesco and you can pick up a 300-pack of their Tesco Loves Baby cotton buds for just 55p.
2 CONSIDER POUND STORE BRANDS
Don’t be quick to dismiss the retailer’s own brands – you might be surprised what you find in terms of quality.
Poundland’s Make Up Gallery line, for instance, was highly praised by women’s magazines Vogue and Cosmopolitan, saying it was comparable to higher-end cosmetics brands. Over 100 cosmetics products are included in the range, including nail varnishes, eyeliner foundations and lip glosses, all for just £1 each.
3 TIME IT RIGHT
Stock is replenished throughout the day, so don’t wait until a specific part of the week to search for good deals. Ensure you get first dibs on products and visit the shop in the morning as popular items go quickly.
4 BE CAREFUL WITH EXPIRY DATES
Most products sold in pound stores have the same typical Use By/best before dates than those found in any other retailer, but this is not always the case.
Many retailers bulk-buy ranges from manufacturers keen to clear through their excess stock and, as a result, will have a shorter-shelf life.
5 LOOK TO THE EXPERTS
If you want to get the most for your money at your local Poundland, check out fellow blogger, Emma Drew.
A self-confessed Poundland addict, Emma heads to a store each month to show you the bargains that are to be had. She also posts a video “What’s awesome in Poundland” which highlights the best deals and latest products so you keep an eye on stock without even leaving the comfort of your own home.
What’s more, Emma runs a Poundland Appreciation Society on Facebook. There are over 19,000 members sharing hauls and tips.