The tide of frugality has encouraged more and more British shoppers to make every penny count, which means looking for alternative places to shop. Pound shops offer a range of household goods such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, kitchen utensils, paper plates, food and much more, all for just £1. But how can you make your money stretch even further by bargain shopping at your local pound shop?
Stock Up on Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms, dustpan and brushes, tea towels and rubber gloves can cost a small fortune in the supermarkets, Homebase, and B&Q. But they are sold for just £1 in pound shops, which will help by considerably slashing your cleaning supplies budget.
Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and body lotion can all be purchased from your local pound shop at a fraction of the price you would normally pay in the supermarkets. I used to regularly find name brand products such as Nivea and Dove in my local pound shops, which just goes to show that it is possible to purchase good quality toiletries at a very low price from pound shops.
Kitchen utensils vary so much in price that it is not always easy to pick up essentials cheaply, unless you shop from market stalls or from pound shops. Shop around at your local pound shop, where you will be able to pick up essential kitchen utensils and supplies such as clingfilm, bin bags, cutlery and crockery at a discount price.
Avoid Sneaky Sales Tactics
Pound shops are popular because they cater to people who are trying to slash their day-to-day expenses and live frugally. But that does not mean to say that everything in pound shops is necessarily cheaper than in your local supermarket. Many products such as soup mixes, fruit juice, tinned foods and bleach can be purchased cheaper than £1 if you scour your supermarket shelves in Tesco or Sainsbury’s instead for supermarket brands.
Popping into your local pound shop for just two items will usually lead to several more, as you purchase multiple items at once in a bid to “save money”. This is a sneaky tactic because during such visits to the pound shop, you are likely to overlook the fact that many products can actually be purchased more cheaply elsewhere.
It is certainly possible to bargain shop at your local pound shop and save a considerable amount of money on your weekly shopping expenses. But it is also worthwhile looking more closely at certain products, such as tinned foods, to see if they can be bought more cheaply elsewhere.