Monthly Archives: September 2017

  • Bargain Halloween Costumes For All The Family!

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    Looking for a truly 'spook-tacular' Halloween costume to wear this year?

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to transform into a vicious villain; from gruesome face-paints to 'stab-ulous' accessories, as well as our extensive range of 'splen-dead' Halloween costumes in a wide range of sizes.

    Have a SCREAM this Halloween!

    (...and not at the price tags!)

    Toddlers' Halloween Costumes

    At Poundstretcher, we have some adorable Halloween onesies to choose from for your girls and boys!

    There's a goofy spider, spooky skeleton and a cat onesie, all toddler Halloween costumes are only £6.99 EACH!

    So, make sure your little ones are kitted out for trick or treating this Halloween at Poundstretcher!

    Kids' Halloween Costumes

    For your slightly older kids, we have some 'fang-tastic' Halloween costumes for girls and boys!

    If your little Princess wants to trade in her crown for head-ware that's a little more pointy, we have some 'wand-erful' 'good' and 'evil' witch outfits!

    Hero Witch

    As well as witches, we have a spooky skeleton onesie and a charming vampire outfit, complete with a classic bat-winged collar and vintage waistcoat!

    All kids' costumes are only £7.99 EACH!

    Adult Costumes

    And why should the kids have all the fun? Check out our bargain outfits for those of us who are still kids at heart!

    This stylish witch costume is a bargain and great for Halloween parties or if you're taking your little ones trick or treating!

    Grim Reaper

    And if you really take Halloween 'dead' serious, this Grim Reaper costume is simple yet effective!

    In the adult range, you can also pick up a 'Bloody Bride'  costume, complete with a jagged trim and bloody stains or a very suave Dracula costume!

    All our adult Halloween costumes are only £12.99 EACH. Browse the Poundstretcher website to find your favourite!

    Costume Accessories

    No Halloween costume would be complete without authentic accessories! Whatever you decide to dress up as, if you're heading to a party or out trick or treating, make the full transformation with these bargain extras!

    Face Paint, Head-ware and Masks

    With our deluxe costume make-up kits, you get everything you need to transform your face!

    Complete your skeleton costume with this deluxe skull kit! Creepy teeth, face paint and a token skull and cross bones, you can take your halloween costume to the next level and are guaranteed to cause a scare!

    With other fun accessories too from only £1– like this Fangs & Blood Kit– you can become your character for a bargain!

    Check out our collection of face paints, masks and other accessories for your face or hair that will bring your Halloween costume to life!

    Accessories

    Whatever you're dressing as, make your Halloween costume authentic with a few bargain accessories!

    If you're going as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre murderer, you need  a bloody chainsaw if you want to be taken seriously!

    Only £1.49 EACH!

    We have a huge range of innovative accessories to choose from! From witches' brooms to zombie glasses, wacky wigs to bloody weapons– all for bargain prices!

    Make your Halloween costume 'DEAD' good this year at Poundstretcher!

  • TOP 10 Bargain Student Duvet Sets

    As we say farewell to a festival-fuelled, BBQ-blitzed and beach partied summer, here at Poundstretcher we have a HOT deal on selected duvet sets to help you settle in to your University halls or new student flat!

    We have discounted a HUGE amount of bedding lines; from pretty florals to busy city scenes, animal prints to tartan; so, to save you time, we have handpicked out our top 10 favourite duvet sets that we love equally, and we think you will too!

    1. ALL YOU NEED IS A CAT 

    Single: NOW £9.99, Double: NOW £11.99

    Bring some life and fun to your student bedroom with this hilariously quirky cat duvet set. With predominantly crisp monochrome tones, a bespectacled tabby cat and a humorous amendment to a well-known music lyric, this bedding is highly stylish whilst guaranteed to cause a chuckle!

    Whether you’re heading to bed after a particularly stressful deadline, or need a ‘pick-me-up’ before that Monday morning lecture, this bedding is exactly the sort of cheer you need to turn that frown upside down!

    • Available in Single and Double sets
    • 1 x Single/Double cover, 2 x Pillow Cases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester

    OFFER: Single duvet set: NOW £9.99, Double duvet set: NOW £11.99

    2. FIFTH AVENUE

    Double: NOW £11.99, King: NOW £12.99

    Wake up in the ‘Big Apple’ with this dynamic and tonal New York City Fifth Avenue duvet set. Slashed with mustard and shades of grey, this bedding captures various scenes from the bustling New York streets and will make you wake up in an Empire ‘State of mind’, ready for lectures!

    The neutral greys and creamy mustard have a soothing effect so, even though the city never sleeps, at least you know you will!

    • Available in Double and King size sets
    • 1 x Double/King duvet cover, 2 x Pillow Cases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester

    OFFER: Double duvet set: NOW £11.99, King size duvet set: NOW £12.99

    3. FOLLOW YOUR AZTEC HEART 

    Single: NOW £9.99, Double: NOW £11.99

    Chase the festival season with this bright duvet set. With a mishmash of summery pastels in an Aztec type print, you’ll never fail to wake up refreshed and ready for the day—even if it’s raining outside! With the quirky ‘follow your heart’ bow and arrow design, this bedding will bring some sunshine into your bedroom.

    Even if it is totally miserable outside, blowing a gale and sobbing with rain, you can bring back the memories of sun bathing, BBQs and afternoon naps with this summery bedding!

    • Available in Single and Double sets
    • 1 x Single/Double cover, 2 x Pillow Cases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester

    OFFER: Single duvet set: NOW £9.99, Double duvet set: NOW £11.99

    4. ORIGINAL AMERICAN VINTAGE

    Double: NOW £11.99, King: NOW £12.99

    In fresh white tones, with black and grey logos, this charming American Country themed duvet set set is fresh, comforting and homely. With the logos printed across in a handwritten scrawl, this bedding has a personal touch that makes for a good night’s sleep!

    It’s fresh and bright so, no matter how ‘boxy’ your student bedroom is, this will bring the light in, making it feel airy not cramped!

    • Available in Double and King sized sets
    • 1 x Double/King cover, 2 x Pillow Cases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester

    OFFER: Double duvet set: NOW £11.99, King size duvet set: NOW £12.99

    5. CHARLOTTE POSY PATCHWORK 

    Double: NOW £9.99, King: NOW £11.99

    Freshen up your student room with this pretty Charlotte Double duvet set. Predominantly pastels, with a mash of patterns, mixing dainty florals with sky blue stripes, polka dots and patchwork, this vintage set is sure to bring the summer to your bedroom all year round!

    This duvet set is available in Double and King sizes.

    • Double duvet cover including 2 x matching pillowcases
    • Pastel summery design
    • Reversible
    • Also available in King size

    OFFER: Double duvet set: NOW £9.99, King size duvet set: NOW £11.99

    6. GREY TEXTURED PARQUET GEOMETRIC 

    Single: NOW £7.99, Double: NOW £9.99

    Freshen up your bedding with this classic geometric duvet set! In grey and blue tones, this bedding is soothing; simple yet stylish– perfect to spruce up your plain student bedroom!

    With a reversible lighten geometric design on the under-side; you can keep your bedroom constantly fresh! Available in single and double sizes, you can find the right size for your bed!

    OFFER: Single duvet set: NOW £7.99, Double duvet set: NOW £9.99

    7. NEON PINK DANCE ALL NIGHT 

    Double: NOW £11.99, King: NOW £12.99

    Dance the student night away with this neon duvet set. For anyone who likes a party, this bedding is perfect for curling up in after a typical freshers' Saturday night at a toga party! Vibrant and edgy, this would be perfect bedding set for students looking to brighten up their new digs. With a fresh white-based cover on the other side, you can pick and choose your bedding based on your mood!

    • Available in Double and King sized sets
    • Reversible
    • 1 x Double/King cover, 2 x Pillow Cases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester

    OFFER: Double duvet set: NOW £11.99, King size duvet set: NOW £12.99

    8. TARTAN CHELSEA 

    Single: NOW £7.99, Double: NOW £9.99

    Freshen up your bedding with this classic Chelsea duvet set! Predominantly navy and red, in a tartan design, this bedding is simple, stylish and cosy– perfect for University students! With a reversible pattern on the under-side of paler complexion, you can keep your bedroom constantly fresh! Available in single and double sizes, you can find the right size for your bed!

    OFFER: Single duvet set: NOW £7.99, Double duvet set: NOW £9.99

    9. DRAMATIC FLORAL PRINT 

    Double: NOW £9.99, Kind: NOW £11.99

    Bring some theatre to the bedroom with one of these striking floral duvet sets. With opulent tones of pink petals clustered at the top leading down towards solid colour, this bedding is brilliantly dramatic and will make your bed the focal point of your student bedroom!

    Double: NOW £9.99, King: NOW £11.99

    Who said you had to eat up your entire student loan for luxurious bedding?

    • Available in Double and King size sets
    • Aubergine or Black colour schemes available
    • 1 x Double/King duvet cover, 2 x Pillow Cases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester

    OFFER: Double duvet set: NOW £9.99, King size duvet set: NOW £11.99

    10. MODA BLOCK STRIPE

    Double: NOW £9.99, King: NOW £11.99

    Chic and fresh, this block stripe duvet set is simple yet classic and will brighten up your bedroom. The collage of black and grey or blue and grey will give your student bedroom sophistication whilst also bringing a sense of calm and neutrality- perfect to curl up in and relax, letting yourself drift off and say goodnight to the day’s tribulations.

    • 1 x Double/King duvet, 2 x matching pillowcases
    • 50% cotton, 50% polyester
    • Reversible
    • Available in grey colour scheme (Full price: Double– £12.99, King – £14.99)

    OFFER: Double duvet set: NOW £9.99, Blue King size duvet set: NOW £11.99

     

    So, save your student loan for important things like books, beer and exciting dinner time options and dress your bed with one of our amazing duvet sets for bargain prices!

    Check out the Poundstretcher bedding website to see the full range of bedding in the offer and pick the one to suit your style!

    Leaving home for University can be difficult and stressful, so make sure you’ve got a relaxing place to sleep that matches your personality and make your new house a home with Poundstretcher!

  • Reasons Why a Canvas Wardrobe Is a Must-Have for Students

    Storage is always an issue, whether you're at university or not. We all have so many clothes, shoes, and bits and pieces, that sometimes we just need a little bit of extra space. Though how do you accomplish this at uni, when you may have the tiniest wardrobe ever and yet still want your room to be neat? Well, canvas wardrobes in our storage range are the answer!

    That's right, canvas wardrobes, and we at Poundstretcher have them ready for you to take home so you get your clothes all organised and put away, all for an affordable price.

    Fill In The Gaps With Canvas

    If you have a tiny uni accommodation, then this Single Metal Frame Canvas Wardrobe is just what you're looking for. You can utilise as much of your new room as possible, and it offers a great storage solution whether it's temporary or long-term.

    Our canvas wardrobes are easy to assemble and allows you to hang all your clothes with a little extra space at the bottom for shoes and other accessories. What's more is that you can free up space for everything else you'll be needing, such as a laundry basket and a desk to work on (which will come easily to you once your room is free from clothes hanging around haphazardously).

    A single not big enough for you? Whether you wish to share it with another person or you simply have THAT many clothes, we also have you covered with our Double Canvas Wardrobe.

    Having Both Style AND Substance

    Now, style is a big part of any room, and we have a choice of colours that will help benefit your personal space. Yet whilst you can grab them in black, white or grey, you can also be assured they are perfect for storage. Stylish and functional.

    It's not only canvas wardrobes, but also door hangers that offer this same design. Like this Black Overdoor Organiser; hang everything from your childhood teddy from home, slippers, shoes, and more. All it takes is to hook it over your door to allow you to maximise your space (which believe me, can be limited whilst at university).

    Wherever you go, I can go too!

    Now you might only be living at your uni accommodation for the academic year, so what happens when summer rolls around? Well, fear not, you can easily disassemble your canvas wardrobe, put it into storage, and reassemble it when you move into your next place; easy peasy!

    Whether it's taking it to use back at home, at your uni place, or even when you start to move out to your own place after uni, there's always a need for storage. It's a great investment in staying organised and to keep your clothes clean and fresh.

    Unsure where your nearest Poundstretcher store is? We have you covered! Introducing our amazing Store Finder, the ideal partner in helping you locate all our stores, as well as opening times and Google Map directions! Give it a try and go on a bargain hunting adventure to find your perfect storage means today!

  • Energy Drinks to Keep you Going at University

    In need of an energy boost at for the beginning of the University year? Energy drinks are a fantastic way of getting back into uni life!

    Having spent much of the summer dancing the night away at festivals, travelling and jet setting or even just curled up with munchies and a ‘Netflix-athon’, getting back into the swing of studying is a difficult transition after so much down time.

    Here are some branded energy drinks that will help kick-start you into the academic year ahead so you can hit the ground running!

    Lucozade

    Let’s start with the old reliable– Lucozade!

     

    Originally, Lucozade started out as an energy source for the sick. Created in 1927, it was sold as ‘Glucozade’ by a Geordie pharmacist, William Owen, until being sold to Beecham’s in 1929 where it became renamed as Lucozade.

    Being a glucose-based water solution, this energy drink was rebranded as a sports drink in 1983 to associate it with health rather than sickness, which was its previous use.

    As an original energy drink on the block, you can trust that it will do the trick when it comes to perking you up in times of weariness.

    At Poundstretcher, we sell the 380ml bottle individually for ONLY 45p EACH.  Or, if you fancy something less sparkling but refreshingly juicy, you can get a 6 pack of the Lucozade Sport Orange 500ml bottles for ONLY £2.89! Refreshing and juicy, these orange bottles are great for those who aren't keen on fizzy drinks!

    So, whether you just need an energy boost to get through a particularly dull lecture or you’re doing an infamous ‘all-nighter’ to finish that essay on time, we at Poundstretcher, have got you covered!

    Lucozade Zero Original

    Obviously, being branded as a sports energy drink, Lucozade original is renowned for high calorie content so may not be conducive to weight watching.

    But don’t worry! We, at Poundstretcher, have also stocked up on Lucozade Zero Original– the calorie free option for ONLY 39p a bottle! So, you can study all night, with the unmistakably awesome taste of Lucozade Original, whilst keeping the calories at bay and looking after your pennies!

    Lucozade Tropical Fusion

    If you’re not keen on the original Lucozade, why not spice it up a bit with some of their fun fusion flavours! Tropical Fusion is a great one for miserable, drizzly days. Flavoured with pineapple–kiwi, this energy drink is a smash of the tropics and is sure to pick you up whatever the weather or however daunting the workload ahead is.

    You can pick up a bottle of Tropical Fusion Lucozade at Poundstretcher for ONLY 49p EACH! So, bring the exotic to your lecture theatre or Library session and add some zest to your studying!We've got a variety of flavours so mix it up for less at Poundstretcher!

    Monster Energy

    Not for the faint hearted, Monster Energy is the MUST-HAVE energy drink for those of us who want to crank up the work-per-hour quota!

    Claiming to ‘Fuel Your Brain’ whilst simultaneously ‘Unleash[ing] the Beast’, this energy drink has become increasingly popular in recent years.

    Originating in America in 2002, Monster Energy, as a company, are known for endorsing many worldwide extreme sporting events such as UFC, BMX, Snowboarding, Motocross (off-road motorcycle racing) and many more.

    The caffeine content in Monster Energy Original is approximately 10mg/oz which is around the same as an average cup of coffee. However, REMEMBER, a can of Monster is ‘beastier’ than the average 8oz cup of coffee at around 17oz per can so you’re sure to get that satisfying surge of energy right when you need it!

    You can pick up a 500ml can of Monster Original for ONLY 79p EACH! At Poundstretcher, we also sell the zero sugar version and many other ferociously tasty variants from the same price.

    GET PREPARED for the dreaded all-nighters before an important deadline.

    When the essay that you’ve been staring at for 8 hours solid has become, what looks to be, a collection of nonsensical wavy lines; when the walls of the library have literally changed state, because you’ve been sitting there that long; when the inside of your brain has turned to soup and your eyes have lost mobility so you’re just staring into the oblivion that is ‘STRESS’ – crack open a can of MONSTER and release your inner geek!

    Red Bull (Gives You Wings)

    And finally, the Powerhouse of the energy drink world– Red Bull. Created in 1987, Red Bull originated in Thailand, being sold by the Austrian company Red Bull GmbH. Based on a cheap Thai energy drink called ‘Krating Daeng’ that was said to be a cure for jet-lag, Red Bull was originally marketed as a trendy, upscale version, first introduced in Austrian Ski resorts.

    Over the years, Red Bull has given itself wings by gaining the highest market share of any energy drink in the world, with 5.387 billion cans sold in 2013!

     

    Often known for being pricey, Poundstretcher have, as always, managed to give you an absolute bargain! At ONLY 95p per 250ml can OR you can pick up a pack of 4 250ml cans for ONLY £3.49 EACH!

    For the ‘toff’ of the energy drink world, we think this is an unmissable deal so study in style for less with Poundstretcher!

    GET YOUR WINGS NOW at your local Poundstretcher and grab that essay by the HORNS!

    These are just a few of our suggestions at Poundstretcher for energy drinks to get you through University. We have a huge range of big brands at bargain prices; from Relentless to Rockstar or Mountain Dew. 

    Whether you fancy a set of wings, are planning on contacting– and unleashing– your inner beast or want to party like a 'Rockstar', remember, at Poundstretcher, there are 'no half measures' when it comes to fantastic deals on all big brand energy drinks!

    We also have a huge range of cold drinks; from Coca Cola to fruit juices, as well as a variety of hot drinks such as tea and coffee at great value so get stocked up at Poundstretcher for this academic year – you’ll be amazed at what you’ll save!

    Safety Note: Please consume energy drinks responsibly. These energy drinks must not be consumed by pregnant women, children or anyone sensitive to caffeine.

  • Get Ready For Back To Uni Season With Poundstretcher

    It's finally that time of year; uni is now looming ever closer. Whether you're a fresh-faced student straight out of college/a gap year, or a mature student, it's always a good idea to have a checklist of the university essentials, and Poundstretcher is here to help!

    Items including your passport, driving license, documents regarding your student loan, clothes, bank card, laptop, TV, and all the other essentials to student life are a given. You’re bound to take all of them, right? However, how about the rest of the things you’re going to have to pack? All the items you'll need to buy especially for student life?

    Doesn't matter if you're going to be a fresher moving into Halls or returning and living with friends in a rented student house. The below checklists are ideal for your uni survival.

    If you are entering Halls of Residence or even some student accommodation, then you may not need certain items (a toaster, iron, ironing board, and even the cleaning supplies are usually provided when in Halls). If in doubt, it's best to consult the university residential services.

    Uni Checklist: Stationery

    Uni Checklist: Bedroom

    Uni Checklist: Toiletries & Bathroom

    Uni Checklist: Cleaning Supplies

    Uni Checklist: Kitchen

    Uni Checklist: Groceries

    Miscellaneous

    And there we have it. Everything (and then some) you may need whilst at university. Some of the above can be altered or removed to suit your own personal preferences and needs. Splitting the cost between flatmates and university friends is also a great and affordable way to go about things.

    Wondering where your nearest Poundstretcher is exactly? Well then, check out our handy Store Finder to see Google Map directions and opening times.

    Good luck!

  • Student Essential Plastic Storage for LESS!

    Everybody can relate to a lack of places to put things. At Poundstretcher, we have a huge variety of bargain plastic storage containers so you can de-clutter your home for less!

    In light of the student season; where young, unsuspecting 18 year olds head of to their brand new digs in Fresher’s Halls or returning students are moving onto pastures new and renting a student flat with friends, their new abode will most likely be small and compact– a place unlikely to stay serene and clean in the exam period!

    But, before you let your accommodation dictate your stress levels and, ultimately, effect you achieving your capabilities, check out our amazing selection of plastic storage containers below, hand-picked for students struggling to keep things organised and tidy!

    32-LITRE UNDER BED PLASTIC STORAGE BOX

    The best way to save space is by utilising the space already taken up by something else. Under the bed is a great way to store items you may not need immediately. In the summer, free your wardrobe up ready for t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops by taking out all of your winter accessories like coats, wellies, scarves, hats, gloves and woolly jumpers.

    But where to put them?

    Fold everything up and pack it into one of our 32-litre Under bed plastic storage boxes. At ONLY £3.99 EACH or 3 for £10, you can store anything that you know you won’t need for a while in this plastic storage container and slide it neatly under your bed.

    It’s as if it never existed! And, because it’s sealed and plastic, it is durable and will keep all the contents dry (in the unfortunate case that maybe you leave the window by your bed open in torrential rain!), as well as being easy to slide out so, you can still access everything you need!

    And when the winter comes again, you can pull out your cosy clothes and replace the box with all your summer essentials!

    42-LITRE PLASTIC STORAGE BOX

    Another way of utilising space that’s already being used is putting things on top of things. Our 42-litre plastic storage box can be slid up on top or in the top shelf of your wardrobe. It’s a great way of storing shoes or bags, as it’s deep but durable.

    As well as your bedroom, this 42-litre plastic storage box would be perfect to contain all of your kitchenware. Pans, appliances and plastic Tupperware could all be stacked in this box and, with it being 42-litre, it is at the perfect size to store it in your assigned kitchen cupboard in a tidy way!

    It’s a great way to keep your cupboard organised without having to worry about stacking neatly every time you put something in there! Plus, with its lid, you can keep everything fresh and dry, safe from leaky sinks!

    They are just a couple of ways to use this plastic storage box but it is at that handy size where it is definitely multi-faceted. At ONLY £4.99 EACH or 2 for £9, this is the ultimate student’s must-have bargain storage solution product!

    80-LITRE COLOURED PLASTIC STORAGE BOX

    For your bulkier items like spare pillows, blankets, bedding sets or towels, this 80-litre plastic storage box is sufficiently deep so is great for the bigger things that you have nowhere to keep them.

    It has a sealed lid meaning that whatever you keep in there, it will be kept safe from damp or dust, so you can leave it on the top of your wardrobe with no worries!

    It also comes in three simple but bold colours; green, red and blue, so it will give your room a splash of colour, as well as keeping it organised and tidy!

    This plastic storage container is ONLY £8.99 EACH or 2 for £13 (for if you’ve got more things to store away than you thought!).

    4 DRAWER PLASTIC STORAGE TOWER

    For your smaller bits and bobs, we have an extremely useful 4 drawer plastic storage tower!

    The tower is approximately H79cm x 39cm x 39cm so it won’t take up a lot of room. It would be great for having next to your desk to keep additional, non-essential note-pads, pens or folders in.

    Or, if you’re short of drawers for clothes, why not use the plastic storage tower for underwear, socks or hosiery, freeing up the other furniture for the heavier items like jeans, jumpers or hoodies?

    Another use for this plastic storage tower would be for jewellery, make-up, odd bits like swimming goggles or spare batteries– the tower is such a useful size and shape that the possibilities of storage are endless!

    The 4-drawer plastic storage tower is available at your local Poundstretcher for ONLY £12.99 EACH! With so many uses for it, this is a bargain student storage solution!

    3-DRAWER PLASTIC STORAGE DESK TOWER

     

    This final plastic storage solution is perfect for students with somewhere to keep all those loose ends of papers and notes that (inevitably) get strewn dismissively on the desk after a lecture to get ready for the student event of the night!

    So, instead of missing valuable time socialising with friends after class, pick up a plastic storage tower for your desk!

    With 3 drawers, you can organise it whichever way you like so that pens, papers and notes are always collated in some sort of order!

    At a bargain £7.99 EACH it’ll be money well spent when it comes to revising in the exam periods!

    Neat and Tidy!

    So, grab a bargain today at Poundstretcher and check out your local store for more amazing value space-saving plastic storage. Make student life stress and clutter-free TODAY!

  • Handy Food Storage Hacks For Your Home

    It's that time of year. Whether you're a busy parent preparing packed lunches for your children, or an older student who's on a budget and always on the go, food storage containers are a godsend.

    It's always been a popular idea to be able to store food to eat at a later time, or to even transport food around with you.  Here at Poundstretcher, we have a wide range of food storage options (be it paper or plastic) that are both affordable and handy.

    Keeping Your Lunch Fresh

    Now, when we think storage containers, we think lunch boxes. They're the ideal place to store your sandwiches for lunchtime. That's where these storage boxes (which can easily become lunch boxes) come in, but don't think they're just for adults.

    We have a range that's perfect for children too, ready to take to school! For those wanting the princess life we have these Disney Princess boxes, for the superheroes, we have this Spiderman one, and for the ones who just love Disney in general, we have these fun Mickey and Minnie boxes to give their lunchtime a bit of colour and originality.

    But, how can you wrap up those sandwiches for maximum freshness? Well, we also have Bacofoil non-stick tin foil, the ideal way of keeping the freshness in your grub.

    Keeping Your Food Ready For The Reheat

    Especially when on a budget, you might want to reheat leftovers from dinner, be it for lunch or to have for tomorrow night's dinner. One of the ways to go about this is with this fantastic microwavable lunch box, which includes a plastic knife and fork!

    Or if you have actually made too much dinner and want to store it away for another dinner, then this microwaveable pot is another perfect solution! It's able to hold up to 2 litres, and you can safely warm your food up whenever you want, worry-free!

    What You Can Store in Food Storage Containers

    Well, what can you store in your containers? Anything your heart desires (within reason)! But for the kitchen, you can store things from flour and baking ingredients (ideal for you to live out your Bake Off dreams), leftovers, coffee, and anything else that you don't wish to spoil or expose to air! With airtight storage boxes coming in a range of sizes, you'll be able to keep things nice and fresh.

    Also, why not store your veggies in these Vegetable Storage Bags? They're ideal for keeping them secure and out the way.

    Where To Keep & How To Organise Your Food Storage Containers

    With these handy boxes, you can stash them anywhere in your kitchen with ease. You can store them in the fridge or even in a cupboard for easy access to ingredients and the like. Or even this 5 piece storage container would be useful, it's freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe!

    But what about freezing, I hear you ask? Well, we also carry a range of resealable food & freezer bags that are absolutely perfect for freezing bread, meats, or anything else you wish to prolong the use-by date. They also make handy bags to store leftovers in the fridge or to stuff your sandwiches into.

    So don't let your home, or even your lunchtime, go unorganised and stale. Nip on down to Poundstretcher for all your food storage needs, and all for affordable prices.

    Want to find your nearest store? Well then, try our Store Finder to see opening times and Google Map directions.

  • 7 CHEAP and EASY Student recipes at Poundstretcher!

    Students have gained a growing infamy over the years through various Chinese whispers of nightmarish student cooking. From making dried noodles in a kettle to creating an entire spaghetti bolognese from scratch using only a microwave…

    And with the takeaway delivery service at an all-time high, who can really be bothered cooking their tea when you can pay someone to bring you your Lamb Balti, Garlic Naan and Mushroom Pilau directly to your door in less than 45 minutes?

    But, let’s be honest, living off Doner kebab wraps and cheesy chips every night isn’t exactly the best way to look after your body or brain– even if you do get salad on it. Nor is it the most economical way to spend your student loan. So, here is a 7-day plan of cheap, simple and wholesome meals so you and your flat mates can stay healthy as a student at Uni in body, mind and wallet.

    Take heed and you can avoid spending the second half of every semester confined to living off one loaf of bread, 2 questionable onions and half a tin of un-branded Beans between you and your flat mates!

    Essential Cooking Equipment

    Deep frying pan
    Non stick shallow frying pan
    Non stick large saucepan
    Non stick small saucepan
    1L Measuring Jug
    Kitchen Utensils: Stirring spoon, spaghetti spoon, whisk, tongs
    Pyrex casserole dish
    – Chopping board
    Medium Chopping knife
    Large Mixing Bowl
    Colander
    Grater
    Potato peeler
    –Oven Gloves
    Tea towels

    Monday
    Chilli Con Carne – Serves 4

    Spice up your weeknight with this quick and super simple chilli! Talk about Super Student Night!

    Cooking Equipment Required:
    – Large frying pan,
    – Large saucepan,
    – Measuring jug,
    – Stirring spoon,
    – Chopping board,
    – Chopping knife,
    – Garlic press
    Ingredients:
    Tasty Optional Extras:
    –Cheese
    –Sour Cream
    –Salsa
    –Plain Nachos

    Prep

    1. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square. The easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half from root to tip, peel it and slice each half into thick matchsticks lengthways, not quite cutting all the way to the root end so they are still held together. Slice across the matchsticks into neat dice.
    2. Cut 1 red pepper in half lengthways, remove stalk and wash the seeds away, then chop.
    3. Peel and finely chop 2 garlic cloves.

    Cook

    1. Put your pan on the hob over a medium heat.
    2. Add the oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot (a little longer for an electric hob).
    3. Add the onions and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft, squidgy and slightly translucent.
    4. Tip in the garlic, red pepper, 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder or 1 level tbsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp ground cumin.
    5. Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    6. Add the mince and stir in with the spices and vegetables until the mince is browned and evenly distributed
    7. Crumble 1 beef stock cube into 300ml hot water. Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture.
    8. Add chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar, salt and pepper and 2 tbsp of tomato purée
    9. Stir then turn down the heat, cover and simmer for approximately 20mins, checking the mixture every so often to avoid it sticking to the bottom
    10. Add the drained kidney beans (baked beans or sweet corn are good alternatives)
    11. Bring to boil and gently bubble without the lid for about 10 minutes
    12. Add seasoning to taste
    13. Leave to settle off the heat, lid on, for 10 minutes

    Serve

    1. Prepare rice (either microwaveable or follow the packet instructions)
    2. Plate up with optional soured cream, cheese or anything that takes your fancy!

    Tuesday
    Spaghetti Bolognese – Serves 4

    A brilliantly easy but beautifully tasty tea that can transport you straight from student halls to the Med with the first bite!

    Cooking Equipment Required:
    – Large frying pan,
    – Large saucepan,
    – Measuring jug,
    – Stirring spoon,
    – Chopping board,
    – Chopping knife,
    – Garlic press
    – Cheese grater
    Ingredients:

    Tasty Optional Extras:
    – Dried or shaved parmesan
    – Chopped bacon (add with onions at the start)
    – Garlic Bread

    Prep

    1. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square. The easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half from root to tip, peel it and slice each half into thick matchsticks lengthways, not quite cutting all the way to the root end so they are still held together. Slice across the matchsticks into neat dice.
    2. Peel and chop or crush garlic cloves
    3. Finely chop carrot, mushroom and half the cherry tomatoes

    Cook

    1. Heat frying pan to a medium heat, drizzle some oil and add the onions. Fry until translucent.
    2. Add the carrots and garlic then toss together for a further 5 minutes
    3. Tip in the mince and evenly mix until the mince is brown
    4. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, 1tsp rosemary, 1 tsp dried/fresh basil followed by 200ml of red wine
    5. Bring to boil and then leave to simmer until the alcohol has burnt off (about 4-5 mins)
    6. Next, crumble stock cube into 200ml of hot water, mix, then add to the mix
    7. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp of tomato purée and bring to boil, stirring well.
    8. Sprinkle in a good measure of salt and pepper then cover, turn the heat down and leave to simmer.

    Serve

    1. Prepare Spaghetti
    2. Plate up spaghetti, spoon the sauce on top
    3. Top with parmesan (optional) and cracked black pepper
    4. Serve with garlic bread on the side (optional)

    Wednesday
    Tuna Sweetcorn Pasta Bake – Serves 4

    Classic, simple and wholesome, the humble student pasta bake is the best way to warm your cockles when you're studying on a miserable rainy evening!

    Cooking Equipment Required:
    – Pyrex Dish
    – 20cm saucepan
    – Stirring spoon
    – Colander
    – Grater
    Ingredients:

    Prep

    1. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square. See above for instructions on how best to do this.
    2. Slice mushrooms
    3. Open tin of sweetcorn and chopped tomatoes
    4. Pre-heat oven at 190ºC

    Cook

    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat, then add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Stir in the sweetcorn, tomatoes and tomato purée and simmer for a few minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, stir the pasta into a pan of boiling salted water and cook according to pack instructions, until just tender. Drain, then put it back in the pan. Set the grill to hot.
    3. Stir the pasta into the sauce, then break the tuna into large flakes and gently mix in. Spoon into the dish. Crush the crisps in the bag and sprinkle them over the top, with the cheese.
    4. Put the dish on a baking tray and grill for about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.

    Serve

    1. Serve hot with salad, greens or crusty bread

    Thursday
    Corned Beef Hash – Serves 4

    If there was ever a meal that was made for students, it's this one. You won't believe how cheap it is and it will fill you up for days!

    Equipment needed:
    – Large frying pan
    – Large Saucepan
    – Stirring Spoon
    – Chopping knife
    – Chopping Board
    –Colander
    Ingredients:

    Prep:

    1. Cut corned beef into cubes
    2. Peel and chop potatoes
    3. Roughly chop onion

    Cook:

    1. Put the potatoes in a pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Cook for about 6-7 mins, then drain.
    2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the onion for 3-4 mins over a medium heat.
    3. Add the potatoes and corned beef, and push down with a spatula to crisp up, cooking for about 5 mins.
    4. Turn the mixture over, trying not to beak up the meat and potatoes too much, then add the Worcestershire sauce.
    5. Cook for another 5 mins, pushing down to crisp the base again
    6. Season generously with Salt and Pepper

    Serve:

    1. Drizzle tomato ketchup or HP sauce over the top (optional)
    2. Can be served with baked beans, peas, greens or with crusty bread.

    Friday
    Hand Made Beef Burgers – Serves 4

    Get that Friday Feeling with this classic burger recipe! The only real skill you need when it comes to making your own burgers is the willing to get your hands dirty– literally..!

    Equipment Needed:
    – Large Mixing bowl – Pyrex or plastic is fine.
    – 28cm Non Stick Frying Pan
    – Oven tray/ Oven Dish
    – Chopping Knife
    – Chopping Board
    – Garlic Press (optional)
    Ingredients:
    Basic Burger Mix:
    Tasty Optional Extras for burger mix:

    Herbs & Spices:

    • 1 tsp: paprika/curry powder/rosemary/oregano/coriander/chilli flakes
    • 1 x freshly de-seeded and chopped red chilli

    Antipasto:

    • Chopped bacon/chorizo,
    • Squish a blob of your favourite cheese in the middle for a melting surprise!

    Condiments:

    Prep

    1. Turn your oven on to pre-heat at approximately 180ºC/190ºC
    2. First, you need to finely dice (as best you can) the red onion and put in the mixing bowl. Next, add the mince and crushed garlic. Using your fingers, knead the ingredients together so that the onion and garlic are evenly distributed.

    Note: If you’re squeamish, you can always wear disposable kitchen gloves. Or, if you want to save money, just trick a flat mate into doing it.

    1. Once mixed, add the breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and crack the egg into the bowl. Again, massage the meat mix until it becomes glossy and stiff.
    2. Roll into a ball, then massage out on the work surface into a burger patty.

    Because there are so many preferences when it comes to beef burgers, check out the Optional Extras above if you’d like ideas how to push your classic beef burger to the next level.

    Cook

    1. Drizzle oil in the frying pan and keep it at a medium heat– your aim is to brown the outside, sealing it, rather than blackening it! Once it has sizzled for a couple of minutes, make sure it is well lubricated and not stuck to the pan. Leave it until it is no longer gooey on the bottom and feels sturdy enough to flip. Then, repeat on other side.
    2. Once sufficiently browned (but not black), get it in the oven. Make sure you put it on the middle shelf so it doesn’t burn. I know this may seem like a faff and excessive washing up– putting it in a bowl, then a pan, then an oven– but it just means that the burger is being cooked through and evenly, whilst still having a crispy outer shell.
    3. It only needs about 5-7 minutes then bring it out and let it settle.
    4. In the meantime, you can get to work preparing your burger bun with your preferred sauce and bits to put on it.

    Serve:

    1. Toast your burger bun either under the grill or lightly in a toaster
    2. Add mayo/ketchup/BBQ
    3. Slice some onion rings, tomatoes and roughly chop lettuce
    4. Salt and pepper
    5. Add cheese or bacon on top (optional)

    Saturday
    Chicken Fajitas – Serves 4

    This is a fabulously interactive meal– perfect for students! Taking your pick with what you add to the wrap, everyone's taste can be catered for!

    Equipment Needed:
    – Large shallow frying pan
    – Mixing bowl
    Ingredients needed:
    Marinade:
    • 4 chicken breasts
    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2 limes, juiced
    • 1tsp chilli powder
    • 1tsp cumin
    • Fresh coriander
    Pepper Mix:
    • 2tbsp oil
    • 1 large red onion
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 yellow pepper
    • 100g cherry tomatoes
    Tasty Optional Extras:
    Other meats:
    • Prawns
    • 4 boneless pork fillets – MONEY SAVER!
    • 4 turkey breast fillets – MONEY SAVER!
    • 500g stir fry beef strips
    • Leftover chilli con carne
    Condiments and Sauces:
    Other additions:
    • Chopped Mango
    • Grilled Courgette strips
    • Roasted aubergine/mushrooms

    Prep:

    1. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally, then cut them into thin strips.
    2. Crush garlic and juice limes into bowl
    3. Add chilli powder, cumin, finely chopped coriander
    4. Massage all ingredients together in the bowl

    Cook:

    1. Heat the oil for the pepper mix in a large frying pan and fry the onion wedges for 6 mins or until softened.
    2. Turn the heat up high so the wedges char slightly at the edges, season well and, using a slotted spoon, lift them onto a baking tray and keep warm.
    3. Add the peppers in batches, cook them the same way, then transfer to the baking tray with the onions. Cook the tomatoes in the same way and add them to the peppers.
    4. Heat a griddle pan or use the same frying pan and cook the chicken in batches over a high heat – allow them to catch a little on the edges but don’t overcook them. Add them to the baking tray to keep warm. 

    Note: For the vegetarians, you can substitute the meat for other veg such as courgette and aubergine; or with chewy cheese like halloumi or crumbly feta.

    1. Heat the tortillas under the grill, then wrap in foil and keep warm in the oven, or heat in the microwave following pack instructions.

    Serve:

    1. Chop lettuce, slice onions
    2. Spoon on chicken, pepper mix onto the toasted wrap

    Sunday
    Sausages & Mash with Caramelised Red Onion Gravy – Serves 4

    Who says you have to stick to 'The Great British Roast' for your Sunday Dinner? This is super cheap, super easy and super 'banging' recipe that'll blow your tastebuds off the richter! The perfect student dish to bookend your week!

    Equipment needed:
    – Large Frying pan
    – Large sauce pan
    – Stirring Spoon
    – Tongs
    – Masher
    – Colander
    – Chopping knife
    – Chopping board
    – Milk pan

    Ingredients:

    Sticky red onion gravy:

    Mashed Potato:

    • 1 kg potatoes
    • 125ml semi-skimmed milk
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 4 tbsp crème fraîche / Single or double cream (depending on how comforting you want your mash!)

    Prep:

    1. Peel and chop onion into thin wedges
    2. Weigh out flour
    3. Prepare stock

    Cook:

    Sausages:

    1. Fry sausages for 15 mins or until browned, then remove from pan and keep warm.
    2. Heat onions in same pan, then add flour, stirring for 1 min.
    3. Gradually add stock. Bring to boil then simmer for 5 mins until smooth.
    4. Add Worcestershire sauce and season

    Red Onion Gravy:

    1. Melt the butter in a large, deep frying pan and stir through the onions.
    2. Cover with a lid and cook gently for about 10 mins, until softened.
    3. Remove lid, add sugar, then cook 15-20 mins, stirring, until all of the liquid has evaporated and onions have turned golden.

    Mash:

    1. Peel, chop and boil potatoes (takes about 15mins approx.)
    2. When potatoes are soft and breaking apart, drain in colander
    3. Return potatoes to pan and place on low heat for 2 mins to dry out the potatoes
    4. Heat milk and butter in milk pan
    5. Remove pan from the heat, then mash potatoes using the potato masher.
    6. Tip in the créme fraîche/cream and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
    7. Season with pepper and a pinch of salt.

    Serve:

    1. Spoon mash onto plate
    2. Top with sausages and the onion gravy
    3. Add peas, carrots or cabbage (optional)

    So, there you have it! 7 days, 7 meals, 7 ways to impress your flat mates! Put down your JustEat app and get cooking! It’s fun PLUS it’s a great way of getting to know your flat mates if you’re a fresher in new student Halls!

    If you eat right, you’ll give your brain every chance to get good grades and stay healthy throughout Uni! Get down to Poundstretcher and get your kitchen ware, as well as getting great student-loan friendly bargains on big brands, from tins to spices– we’ve got the discounts to make sure your pennies last!

  • Grocery Shopping Made Easy With Poundstretcher’s Grocery List

    Grocery shopping is, for the most part, a daunting task where money is concerned. A lot of emphasis is placed on the average cost of a weekly shop for a family of four, and sometimes it's tough to know what to buy.

    With the start of the academic school year upon us, the need for adding new packed lunch items starts to show itself on our shopping lists. There is even more to buy and the cost seems to go up and up.

    What if there was an easier way? A guide or list of grocery products to give you an idea of what you could be looking for, all for an affordable price? Well, that's what this blog post is all about!

    Breakfast

    Now, we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not get the whole family eating something truly delicious and nutritious. You need a boost to get you through the morning, no, not just the morning, but the entire day. It all starts with a hearty dose of these Grain Classic Wheat Biscuits, they're great for everyone and go great with a splash of milk. Those and these Weetabix Weetaflakes are a great way to Carpe Diem.

    What if you need your breakfast on the go? Maybe you just wish to have it in the office later, or perhaps just want to feel the warm oaty taste of Oatburst? Here we have 3 delicious instant porridges for you to sample: original, golden syrup, and apple & blueberry.

    Work/Packed Lunch

    Whether it's for a child or adult, these items are all fantastically affordable that will make any lunch satisfying and filling.

    Let's start with some sandwich fillers. For a tasty treat that's bursting with delicious chocolatey goodness, why not give this Twix Chocolate Spread a try in a sandwich? Nothing screams a special lunchbox treat like some chocolate between bread.

    Or if you wish to go for something a little healthier you can try a sandwich with some Ocean Best TunaGreen Giant Sweetcorn, Baxters Beetroot, or Harwards Silverskin Onion inside, with a good dollop of Hellmans Mayo of course.

    Next, you should really have some fruit thrown in. These Del Monte Peach Halves (or Apricot if you prefer) are great for getting 1 of your 5 a day, that or this Del Monte Light Fruit Cocktail.

    Want a snack in there too? These Wagon Wheels come in a pack of 6 with 2 free, whilst these Higates Flapjacks come in 4 great flavours (white chocolate, original, chocolate, and coconut & cherry). And to top it all off, have these classic Space Raiders to give you that final treat you all deserve. Both the standard pickled onion and the beef flavours are still loved across the recent generations.

    Last, here come the drinks. Get hydrated with these fruity Perfectly Clear Spring Waters, coming in summer fruits, strawberry, and lemon and lime flavours. If water isn't really what you're looking for, then try these Maja Juice Drinks in either orange or multi-fruit. They come in a great pack of 10 and will last the entire week which equates to great packed lunch filler.

    Ready Made Lunches

    So, if you're at home instead (or you wish for a warm and quick meal at the office) then you're in luck! At Poundstretcher you can grab great branded products such as some Heinz Simmer Soup Cream of Chicken or their Tomato Chilli Pasta with a 5 minute cooking time, or these Mug Shot Snack Stops (in sweet and sour noodle, chicken noodle, cheese pasta, and tomato pasta flavours).

    Perhaps you're feeling rebellious and want some Pot Noodle in their Bombay Bad Boy taste sensation? Or Uncle Ben's Rice Time, a great quick-and-easy pot of rice with curry sauce (red Thai, green Thai, and Cantonese) that will give you that warm get-up-and-go feeling you need at lunchtime.

    If curry is more your thing there's also the Curry Express that'll take you on a tasty trip to Savouryville! There are numerous stops, such as korma, rogan josh, tikka masala, and jalfrezi, all that can satisfy anyone's hunger.

    Dinner

    Dinners can become a major hassle, deciding what to have, when to have it, etc. However, here Poundstretcher has a list of everything you would want to have for a weekly shop.

    Starting with pasta and spaghetti, it's something for the kids. These Crosse and Blackwell Kids Shapes come in a variety of different characters, such as those from Star Wars and Frozen. For penne pasta, we have Buitoni's very own. With some Amore plum or chopped tomatoes (or using some Ragu Traditional Chunky Bolognese Sauce),  you can have a tasty Italian dish with ease every time.

    Another day why not try something with rice? Blue Dragon Egg Fried Rice to be exact, or maybe Patak's Pilau Rice instead. With your carbs in place, you can start to add Mai Thai Coconut Milk with some herbs, spices, and chicken to make a delicious Thai curry. It's either that or using Patak's Mild Curry Sauce for a delectable Indian-style delight (with naan and poppadoms, of course).

    There are also fast and convenient dinners available to you. Take this Al'fez Moroccan Easy Cook Meal Kit, which has everything you need to make a tasty meal for two. Pair them up (or any other meal) with peas and beans from Bonners and you have yourself a healthier and greener meal.

    There are so many cupboard-fillers that can be used to make great dinners even better. They include Batchelors Mushy Peas, Goldenfry's Dumpling MixYorkshire Pudding & Pancake Mix, and Gravy Beef Mix.

    Not to mention all the condiments and seasonings you could be adding in, like Heinz Tomato Ketchup and HP Garlic BBQ Sauce. Don't forget the Saxa White Pepper and Salt, Vinegar (great with some chips), and everything from Natural Herbs & Spices.

    Also, what cupboard would be complete without some Flora Pure Sunflower Oil, flour (self-raising and plain) and some sugar?

    Snacks & Drinks

    Now onto the treats and drinks. At Poundstretcher you can be assured you will find coffee, tea, biscuits, and more all for an affordable price. Even whilst on a budget you can still enjoy something sweet and indulge.

    For example, why not get your Bake-Off fix with some baking? These adorable Shaun the Sheep cakes can be made using a simple cake mix. What better way to quench the thirst after a job well done than with some Jucee Summer Fruits with no added sugar.

    If you don't want cordial, then there's Lyons gold roast coffee, Typhoo 100 round tea bags, and Pepsi Max in a 1.5l bottle. Add some Carnation Evaporated Milk and then dunk in some delicious biscuits for a great way to spend the afternoon.

    The List

    Like what you see so far? Well then, get a load of this! This printable grocery list is something you could take with you next time you visit Poundstretcher. It's perfect for those on a budget, with a price range of around £30-£40.

    Unsure where your nearest store is? Our Store Finder will help give you directions and show you opening times of your local store!

    Printable Grocery List: Shopping Made Easy With Poundstretcher

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