Shopping at the Poundland to save money is a no-brainer. But could you be doing it better? The answer is yes, because there’s always room for improvement.
Taking advantage of deals and bargains is smart. Being strategic about your shopping is even smarter.
We scoured all 4 and 5 star reviews of Poundland on Yelp to bring you the best tips from thrifty shoppers all over the UK:
Shop name brands.
Many a brand can be found at Poundland. But since everything’s a pound, the brands that cost more in supermarkets and chemists are not going to be more here. Brilliant, right?
Just some of the brands shoppers love:
- Charles Worthington
- Pantene Pro V
Paul L. of Belfast makes the case for batteries: “A lot of the cheap batteries are rubbish, better buy 2 Duracell and be done with it. Fortunately they’re £1 too!”
And Grace R. from Failsworth found coveted Weight Watchers products: “They have half an aisle for WW items for a pound! I was so excited I had to get a basket.”
Don’t pay a pound for an item if it’s cheaper elsewhere.
…and don’t buy stuff you don’t need just because it’s cheap. This is easy to forget but important to remember. It’s easy to get excited about rock-bottom prices. But those pounds add up. And you should always be comparison shopping. Even at Poundland.
Don’t just take our word for it. These Yelpers know:
“Some items are cheaper than £1 elsewhere if you look around. It’s easy to spend more than you intended because the impression is [you’re getting more for less] but you can buy junk you don’t need if you get carried away.” James M., Edinburgh
“Be careful though not everything is as cheap as it seems — lots of the biscuits are cheaper in the supermarket.” Qype User, Inverness, Highland
Look for markdowns.
Markdowns when everything’s already £1? We know, it sounds too good to be true.
But our informants, like Andrew M. from Glasgow, say it’s real: “Sometimes they have items that are marked down to 50p because the item is not selling or is nearly out of date.”
Be sure to check for these kinds of discounts. And keep your eyes out for bundled items too. You can’t get better than 2 for £1.
Avoid items that need to last.
“Stuff to avoid: anything electronic, tool-y, or anything that you really should pay more than a pound for. It’s cheap, but it’s not magic,” Glen M. from London advises. We agree.
A pound is still a pound. And spending money on something that will most likely break in the long run is a waste of money. Start setting those quid aside instead. Before you know it you’ll have enough to put towards a higher quality product.
Think outside the house.
Kitchen, bathroom, cleaning and food items are certainly Poundland go-tos. But keep in mind the vast range of other things in stock. Hugh T. of Bristol, who runs a mail order business, says it’s the best place he’s found for padded envelopes.
And when it comes to outdoor gear, Melanie B. from London found a steal: “I recently bought 2 tennis rackets and a set of tennis balls. I think that for £2 they will provide a lot of entertainment and tomfoolery in my garden this summer…”
Get points on credit cards.
Credit card loyalty programs often give you one-for-one points, meaning that every pound you spend goes further towards cash back and other rewards. Poundland accepts American Express, for example, which has a great loyalty program.
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you get an Amex just to shop at Poundland. But if you do shop a lot with a card, look into what kind of loyalty programs you’re eligible for. Often you have to enroll, so check your bank’s website and offer section.
Now it’s your turn: what are your tips for shopping at Poundland?