Back To School

  • Last Minute Dash: Are You All Ready For Back To School?

    As summer sadly starts to come to a close, schools are beginning to reopen one by one as another academic year begins.

    Whether they have already gone back to school or not (it's never too late to buy stationery), there are plenty of children and students of all ages who might not be thrilled with the idea of heading back.

    However, there does tend to be some excitement about getting hold of some new gear for the school year!

    Enter our Back to School range of school goodies available in our stores!

    We’ve put together a selection of top quality Back to School items to help you get hold of everything you need either for yourself or your kids for the return to your regular routine.

     

    Lovely Lunchboxes

    A lunchbox can take a bit of a battering over the course of a school year, so treating your kids to a new one is a good idea around this time of year.

    We have a selection of lunchboxes to choose from, including blue PJ masks and Paw Patrol lunch boxes, as well as pink Shimmer and Shine and Paw Patrol ones.

     

    Perfect Pens & Pencils

    Everybody starting a new school year needs a few pens and pencils to start the year in a good way. We have 10 packs of rainbow pens, as well as multipacks of HB pencils and handwriting pens.

    There are also novelty pens like these Mono Fluffy Gel pens and colour highlighters, while any mistakes can be corrected with twin packs of correction pens!

     

    Superb Stationery

    When it comes to stationery, there’s much more than just pens available.

    You can pick up erasers, rulers, calculators and hole punches from our back to school range, as well as A4 display books and dividers.

    And we have complete 9 piece stationery sets that can help cover all bases.

     

     

    Wonderful Water Bottles

    Staying hydrated during the school day can help students stay switched on and ready to learn.

    We have a variety of drinks bottles in different shapes and sizes to help enjoy great drinks all day long and avoid feeling thirsty.

    There are basic sports bottles, as well as infusion bottles with cool messages like ‘mermaid squad’.

    There’s also bottles to match our lunch boxes, with Blue PJ Masks and Paw Patrol bottles, as well as Pink Shimmer and Shine and Paw Patrol.

    There’s a lot more in our back to school range, so be sure to take a look and find all the school supplies you need!

    To get everything you need for the back to school season (regardless if your little ones are already back), head to your nearest Poundstretcher store. You can find your nearest by using our Store Finder tool.

    Don't forget to check out the latest deals and competitions on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!

  • Back to School Essentials– be too COOL for school!

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    The summer holidays are sadly coming to an end and heading back to school is coming round fast. But we at Poundstretcher have found a way to make your kids excited about starting the new academic year!

    At Poundstretcher we have everything you need in our back to school range– from licensed backpacks to tasty lunch box fillers– so you can kick off the school year prepared!

    Getting to School

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    1. Backpacks

    Whether your little one takes the ‘walking bus’ or gets picked up by the school bus, make sure when they go back to school, they have everything safely packed up in one of our licensed backpacks!

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    With all their favourite characters to choose from– Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Marlin, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and retro Star Wars designed backpacks to choose from, as well as many moreyou can be sure they’ll find their favourite!

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    We have loads of different styles too! From satchels to rucksacks, lunch bags to drawstring haversacks– we can cater for whatever your child needs!

    Only £1.99 each!

    In the Classroom

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    2.  Pencil case fillers!

    Pick from one of the many varieties of stationery sets we have, as well as handwriting pens for those in Primary School PLUS pencil boxes, funky gel pen packets and much, much more!
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    3. Secondary School Prep

    For the ‘Highschoolers’, we also have a huge range of stationery! There are variety packs of sticky notes, highlighter sets and even calculators, as well as fun coloured 30cm rulers– so you can be sure they are prepared and have the correct stationery for each class!

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    4. Get the Set!

    We also have collections of matching stationery sets in different designs that are bound to catch their eye!

    For the cat-lovers, there’s this adorable collection of kitten-themed stationery. The fluffy kitten playing with a huge tennis ball is the image throughout all of the stationery.

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    And plus, with its charming polkadot bow tie, it's smart and cute– perfect for the classroom!

    And for the dog lovers, we have a cheeky pug having a good chew on a shoe lace!

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    And, of course, the pooch is wearing a pair of on-trend hipster glasses– ready to take on any type of equation in class!

    We also have a dotty range that comes in two colours.

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    In these collections, you can pick up A4 ring binders for only £1 EACH and matching notebooks available in A4 and A5 sizes also starting from £1 EACH!

    5. Organising notes and Planning

    The best way to revise is being organised so make sure you invest in some of our filing and organising stationery.

    We have some classic ring binder and lever arch folders, perfect for keeping SATs or GCSE notes in order neatly.

    Ring binders, £1 EACH, Lever Arch £2 EACH Ring binders, £1 each, Lever Arch £2 each

    Although folders are a great place to collect notes, organising them properly is just as important! So get some order to all the paper and make revision as easy as possible!

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    So, whether your kids are at Primary School, Secondary school or even heading off to college, don't forget to stock up on stationery, calendars and organising products so that the back to school transition goes without a hitch!

    Time for Lunch!

    What's in your lunch box?
    shutterstock_101564011They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but lunch is also really important for kids, as it gives them a much-need energy boost to get them through the rest of the afternoon at school!

    So, get ready for back to school lunches at Poundstretcher! We have got some cracking lunch boxes and bags, amazing offers on packed lunch treats, and bargain sandwich fillers so you can make sure your family are all well-fed at school!

    6. Lunch Storage Solutions

    Poundstretcher have any amounts of ways to carry your lunch; from licensed lunch boxes to lunch shoulder bags, handy Tupperware and plastic dining equipment so you can send your child back to school prepared, knowing their lunch will be safely sealed and still tasty by lunch time!

    They can pick their favourite character with this selection of classic lunch boxes at the bargain price of ONLY 49p EACH!

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    Or if your kids are 'Minion-mad' then we have a few different over-the-shoulder lunch bags, as well as water bottles and snack pots to match!

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    We have a wide range of savvy solutions when it comes to Tupperware too! Microwavable, 100% sealed and including a matching cutlery set, these are great for any lunch meal!

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    So, whatever you give your kids for lunch, we have a huge range of lunch storage solutions at bargain prices so you can make sure that your kids enjoy lunch going back to school!

    7. Lunch Box Fillers

    Everyone likes different things for lunch but we have a range of tinned goods great for cheap sandwich fillers!

    Sandwich Fillers

    At Poundstretcher, we always have loads of offers on branded snacks and treats, too, so their packed lunches will be filled to the brim!

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    8. Cold Drinks

    Keep your kids hydrated with Poundstretcher!

    Take your pick from our extensive range of cold drinks! We have packs of Disney juice boxes and flavoured water all for less than £1 each!

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    We also have huge deals on big brands, such as Robinson's cordial and Coca Cola so you can save more preparing for your little ones going back to school!

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    So, make sure you save this season with Poundstretcher's back to school range! Find your local store today and take advantage of our great products and big discounts on BIG brands!

     

  • Start Your Day Well – All You Need To Know About Cereals

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    Breakfast. Well, what can be said that you haven’t already heard before? It should be the first meal you eat upon waking up and is claimed to be the most important of the day.

    They are convenient foods that go hand-in-hand with our bustling and busy society.  It's something quick and easy, that can be shovelled into your gob before you grab the keys and head out the door to work/school.

    With the vast importance placed upon it, it’s no wonder how popular cereals are nowadays and how much variety we have! Being one of the most popular and common choices for our morning meal, cereals have boomed through each passing generation, coming in all sizes, shapes, and flavours. Yes, cereals truly dominate breakfast time.
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    When Were Breakfast Cereals Invented?

    So, to this day we have breakfast cereals that go from borderline sweets in a box, to health-foods, to everything in-between. In fact, it might surprise you to know that the concept of breakfast cereal is actually quite new in the grand scheme of things, having only been around for 150 years.

    But, where did it all start?

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    In America. That’s right, in 1863 a man named James Caleb Jackson (pictured above), a devoted religious vegetarian, created the basis of what we now know to be breakfast cereals. Running a popular wellness retreat in western New York, Jackson was an advocate for healthy living and saw the idea of eating pork chops and other red meats for breakfast was terrible for one’s health.

    He decided to provide his guests with a ‘better’ alternative; Granula. No, not Granola, but Granula. It was a type of grain cake and built like a brick. It was essentially a large block that was so solid you needed to soak it in milk overnight, and then the next morning you’d break bits off and crunch into it. It tasted as good as it sounds.

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    The flavour only really improved once John Harvey Kellogg (pictured above), a skilled surgeon and someone as big on health as Jackson, decided he liked the idea of Granula and took Jackson’s concept.  Kellogg made an oaty wheat biscuit, incorporated a rolling process to improve the taste, and used it in order to further promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (as well as one promoting sexual abstinence, but that’s a tale for another time).

    So what of Granola? Well, to avoid being sued for using the name Granula, Kellogg decided to change the name… to Granola (very original, right?), and from there his success snowballed. Despite the taste, Granola was sold to those outside his retreat and was soon selling almost 1.8 tonnes a week. From there Corn Flakes were invented shortly afterwards due to a stroke of serendipity, and the rest is ancient cereal history.

    Where Do Cereals Grow?

    As wide a range as breakfast cereals there are, it also means there are various cereals, or grains, out there. Different types of cereals can grow in different environments, like all plants. Some are well-versed in surviving the frigid subarctic and Siberia, such as Barley and Rye, whilst some can withstand the ups and downs of British weather, where one moment it’s content and warm, the next it’s cold with a strong wind.

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    How they are cultivated is also quite diverse. They’re usually annual plants, where one would produce one yield for harvest. Though, as mentioned before, there are many different types; wheat, rye, barley, and oat, to name just a few, are “cool-season” cereals, meaning they’re hardy enough to grow in grim British weather, but not very well in anything slightly hot (30 °C, but it depends on the plant). Essentially, these plants are just like the Brit humans who grow them, once the heat gets turned on a tiny bit it suddenly becomes a chore to do just about anything.

    Wheat, one of the major cereals we use in breakfast cereals, can be cultivated in many different soils and can be grown with ease around the world. That might have something to do with the vast amount of it and the ease of obtaining it. However, to grow it successfully it requires extremely fertile soil, and that means it needs a good amount of humus content (soil that’s had slightly decayed organic stuff in it). However, barley and rye, for example, can be grown in soil that's less fertile.

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    One similarity barley and wheat do share, is that that both have a winter and a spring variety. The winter one usually produces better crops, more likely to have side shoots, and can allow new shoots to form before any cold weather comes around.

    Importance of Cereals

    But what am I talking about? As interesting as hearing about how grains are cultivated is, I bet you want to know the practicalities of breakfast cereals. What cereal can do for you and your health!

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    I’m being super cereal when I tell you that they’re an important part of a balanced diet. Whether you wish to believe it or not, the fact is that having breakfast in the morning is more important to your mental health than it is to your physical. Sure, you will have the energy and the boost in physical fitness from a hearty breakfast, but without it, you will most likely find yourself feeling “hangry” and a bit glum too.

    With cereals like Alpen Oat Granola, you can see they’re high in fibre, and also low in saturated fats. That is exactly what you want to be putting into your body in the early morning. Like adding fuel to a fire, adding good nutrients that can be found in cereals fuels your own body to seize the day!

    Most cereals are low-fat and full of nutrients and vitamins, such as iron and B vitamins; you also can find the power of grains within cereals, as wholegrains provide you with so many benefits it could warrant its own blog post.

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    Wholegrain provides you with fibre, and lots of it. An adult needs around 25 to 35 grams a day, which you can get a kick-start to with a bowl of Quaker Oats or Weetabix. Fibre has been known to control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and actually can promote better bowel moments (gross but important). Also, due to wholegrains containing lactic acids, it allows stronger digestion, which means you absorb more of the good stuff into your body, boosting your immune system which then can help fight off nasty diseases, especially in the colon.

    Also, cereals make you feel incredibly full. So, there’s no need to have a muffin or light snacks shortly after breakfast once you’ve had a bowl of Shredded Wheat, meaning a better breakfast can help your weight too.

    When to Eat Cereals

    To make a long story short; in the morning, that moment after 8+ hours of not eating anything. Want a more detailed and serious answer? Well, there are many great times to eat breakfast, and all of them can be worked into your daily life, be it on weekends or weekdays; it all depends on what you want to gain from it. Breakfast is important for your metabolism to get kick-started, so eating it right after you wake up is a good start.

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    However, if you exercise in the mornings and want a high athletic performance, then the best time to eat breakfast would be an hour or so before you hit the track. It will mean that you won’t fear any sort of cramp, and by that time the nutrients and energy from breakfast will be coursing through your body.

    Also, make sure you eat within one hour of waking up. Eating at that point allows your energy levels to go right up and gives you more energy for an active morning. Due to having been in a sleeping state for so long, your blood sugar is naturally going to be low when you first begin to rise, so eating before that 60 minute window closes means you won’t suffer a blood sugar crash.

    Where Should Cereals Be Stored?

    Now, you may know when to eat breakfast, where cereal came from, and so on; however, storing cereal is a major part. If you don’t store it right, then what happens? Nasty, manky, soft cereal that will end up getting binned, that's what. What a waste of money and food that would be, right? So, here are some quick tips to better store your cereal, which is perfect if you buy in bulk.

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    It’s always best to store an unopened box of cereal in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard. For how long? Well, until the expiration date is the basic answer, but usually you can store things that way unopened for about a year; it’s at that point the taste starts to deteriorate.

    But, what if you’ve opened the cereal bag already? You don’t want air to get in and soften those Coco Pops or Honey Monster, right? Well then, just seal it with a plastic clip after rolling the top down a tad. Voila, now you can keep it this way for about a week without fear of it ruining. Either that, or store the bag, box, and all into an air-tight storage container, making sure to put it in a cool, dry place as always.

    If you follow those tips, every member of your family will have great tasting, crunchy, delicious cereal.

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    Where to Buy Cereals?

    So, where can you buy all these great tasting cereal delights? At Poundstretcher of course! We have a wide range of branded cereal products, such as Nestle, Kellogg's, Quaker Oats, and many more all with different tastes and varieties. No matter the age, we have a cereal to suit everyone!

    Why not nip on down today and stock up your cupboards with tasty cereals featuring cartoon wolves, a cockerel, or heaps and heaps of grains and fruit? Ideal for when you and your family need that fuel to get you through the start of each and every day.

    You can find your nearest Poundstretcher using our handy Store Finder! So, with your new quick guide to cereal, you can hunt out the best bargains and deck yourself and your mornings out the right way!

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  • SNEAK PEEK: Back To School And Uni Essentials

    SNEAK PEEK: Back To School And Uni Essentials

    September is looming so already you’re probably sorting that inevitable back to school shop!

    While some kids are stepping in to school for the first time, some are leaving the family home to begin their first week as a fresher.

    We've got plenty waiting for their first day at school all the way up to when they're sashaying in to seminars.

    So we thought we'd give you a bit of a sneak peak of our fantastic value back to school and back to uni ranges!

    Back To School Disney Stationery

    Poundstretcher HQ is going dotty for all things Disney this month! Just keep swimming over to your local Poundstretcher store as a wave of Dory products from Mini Bowling Sets to Deluxes Art Kits is set to surf over.

    We’re so excited to watch Finding Dory in the cinema, we’ll be looking out for our favourite forgetful-yet-unforgettable blue fish and her fishy friends like Nemo while watching!

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    Our Disney Art Sets are packed full of stationery supplies that will complete their back to school kit nicely starting from a bargain £3.99! From Frozen and Disney Princesses to Finding Dory, these kits will be not only the perfect back to school run-up boredom buster but will keep their school bag topped up.

    Fresh Pjs For The New School Term

    Chances are your little one is probably going to be getting used to going to bed a bit earlier ready for when school starts again.

    For some parents, bedtime is a nightmare and if they had a quid every time they heard ‘I don’t want to go to bed’ they’d be millionaires! Make bedtime a bit more appealing so they can rest up before they go back to school, with some new pyjamas?

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    We have a lovely selection of kids PJs adorned with some adorable designs featuring Disney princesses and Star Wars characters!

    Your little princess will love the aquatic themed Little Mermaid pyjamas while your little one who dreams of heading to the world of Peter Pan will be enchanted by our value Tinkerbell nightwear.

    Get your junior Jedi counting light sabers as they dream of a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars PJs.

    Star Wars Pyjamas for kids ready for the back to school season

    Each design starts from £3.99 and is available in sizes for tiny 11/12 month olds all the way up to 11/12 years old.

    Back To University Season

    With A – Level results approaching, it can only mean one thing at Poundstretcher: uni home essentials.

    The Poundstretcher back to uni range including bedding, storage, desk lamp, fitted sheets and more

    Whether you’re moving to a new student house or flying the nest for fresher’s week, we’ve got some amazing bargains waiting for you.

    Wrap up with our Snug As A Pug Bedding Sets while dreaming of your gap year with our Cityscape and World Clock Duvet Covers, each from £7.99!

    It's always a struggle to keep your student digs tidy while juggling all those assignments.

    With our Underbed Storage Boxes at £3.99 each and Storage Baskets each just £4.99 are affordable value pieces that will keep your papers, extra home essentials and more out of sight but not out of mind.

    You can de-clutter but decorate your room to look chic with our bargain laundry hampers for just £7.99 that come in a variety of stylish designs.

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    But most importantly, you want to make your uni house a home  that motivates you to get those grades to get that cap and gown. Then our Inspirational Wall Decals are perfect for you with their affordable value price at just £1.99.

    Check back next week for more of our Sneak Peeks on our blog! Like what you see? Get it in your local Poundstretcher, find yours here.

    Whether you're getting the kids back to school or if you're a soon to be fresher heading off to uni, use #Poundstretcher on Twitter and Instagram so we can check our your Poundstretcher swag. 

  • Back To School Lunch Ideas

    Back To School Lunch Ideas

    Running out of back to school lunch ideas? Don't worry, we’ve all been there:

    The inevitable race against the clock on that first morning back to school to get their school lunches ready, along with your own desk lunch and snacks.

    So we thought that not only should we make your morning easier by giving you some back to school lunch ideas,  we can also show off our fantastic new range of Disney Lunch Boxes too!

    These back to school lunch ideas are easy peasey and contain ingredients that are cheap as well as simple to find in one our stores.

    Made with interchangeable ingredients, you can easily substitute a food you dislike from our back to school lunch ideas with one that you do!

    All you have to do is make these the night before, put inside the kids’ lunch boxes and voila, they’re ready to grab and go in the morning.

    So here’s 3 Back To School Lunch Ideas for you to try at home:

    The Mickey Mouse Lunch Box Mix 

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    You’ll need:

    Sandwich

    2 tortilla wraps

    Lettuce

    Cucumber slices

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    Mayonaise

    Sides

    1 banana

    Peanut Butter

    A couple of handfuls of oats

    Optional nuts and maple syrup

    Inspired by Mickey Mouse, we used red tomatoes with yellow seeds and pink salmon in homage to our fave character’s colours for a refreshing healthy wrap. Make sure to layer your ingredients carefully to avoid your wrap breaking. Layer on a little mayo first then add a couple of lettuce leaves with some tomato slices on top. Add a little salmon, then a couple of dollops of mayo with cucumber and add your final lettuce leaf. The idea is to get the minis eating more greens so all this layering will keep their back to School lunch from tasting too ‘green’ for their sweet taste buds.

    Finally the important part is here: the wrapping. Stop your filling from spilling by folding the bottom half of the tortilla tightly, fold both sides to hold it in place then fold the top half to secure the side. Place in a sandwich bag so that the wrap sits on the side you’ve folded to push them down.

    For a side snack, make some banana oat balls featured in our travel snacks blog, here’s our simple recipe that’s always a winner:

    • Mash your bananas with a fork
    • Stir in your maple syrup and peanut butter in the banana
    • Feel free to add extras like raisins, nuts, Nutella, chocolate chips, coconut, and more!
    • Add oats until mixture looks like it’s doughy enough to be shaped
    • Use your hands or an ice cream scoop to make them in to balls
    • Place in fridge overnight ready to grab in the morning

    The Panini Disney Princess Lunch Box Mix

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    You’ll need:

    Sandwich

    A panini or 2 slices of bread to toast

    John West Tuna In Brine

    Mayonaise

    Lettuce

    Cucumber

    Grated Cheese

    Sides

    Cherries

    Pink Panther Pink Wafer Biscuits

    Strawberries with yoghurt dip

    Okay so this one doesn’t have to be a panini, you can toast 2 slices of bread and it’ll still taste just as good. As always, spread your mayo on your bread or panini roll first, layer a little lettuce, and cucumber but leave some to the side. Add your tuna and drizzle a little grated cheese and some mayo in with the tuna. Now layer a bit of lettuce and some more cucumber – I know all this layering is a bit of work but the deliciousness is all in the details with Back To School lunches!

    For some sides get some small food storage containers and use to store your strawberries, yogurt, cherries and pink wafers. Your little one will love dipping their strawberries in the yogurt while the biscuits can be eaten at break time if they’re peckish before lunch begins. The cherries on top (see what we did there?) will be add more of a sweet refreshing flavour to their palette as well as giving them one of their 5-a-day in their Back To School lunch!

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    A healthy back to school lunch idea of leftover pasta

    You’ll need:

    Main lunch

    Leftover pasta or lasagne from the night before

    Baked potato wedges from the night before

    Sides:

    Olives

    Velvet Chilli Crisps

    Cherry tomatoes

    Celery

    Salsa

    Indulged in Italian food and now have tons of leftovers? This is the ultimate of our money saving back to school lunch ideas. All you need to do is save some pasta and wedges from the night before, pop it in the fridge then prepare your sides. Yes it’s THAT easy. It’s a hearty meal your kids will adore and it makes a nice change from constantly having sandwiches every day!

    Gather your food storage containers again for this one and fill with some gorgeous sides like olives, salsa, celery, hummus, cherry tomatoes, and something crispy like nachos or a bag of Velvet Crisps for a bit of spice. Remember, pasta and potato based dishes are very filling so you don’t want to overload their back to school lunch box with carbs. As much we all love carbs, let’s keep these meals balanced by making the sides light and lush!

    We hope you enjoy making these lunches as much as we do - Team Poundstretcher will probably be stealing some of these back to school lunch ideas for our desk lunches!!

    For more of our Back To School range, visit our website now and find your nearest store here.

    Made one of our back to school lunch ideas or picked up one of our new Disney and Marvel lunch boxes for just 99p?

     

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  • Back To School: The Essential Guide

    Back To School: The Essential Guide

    August here which means it’s time to start preparing for the back to school season coming up!

    Whether you’re sending the kids back to the books or helping the little ones begin their first big step through the school gates, back to school season is super stressful for any parent and child.

    So we thought we’d make things a bit easier and help you get them back to school with all their essentials and without tears!

    Wake ‘em up before they go go back to school…

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    Unless your child is an early riser, chances are you’ve all been enjoying sleeping a bit later during the Summer season.

    July might have been the time where sitting in your PJs til 11am seemed like a good idea but when you’re preparing your child to be in those school gates by 8.45am, the struggle suddenly gets real.

    Start their school bedtime routine early in the month by gradually pushing it back half an hour each week. This way it won’t be such a shock to their (or your) systems when it’s time to rise and shine at the crack of dawn to head back to school.

    Have a speedy lunch schedule… 

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    Food storage like lunch boxes shouldn’t have to be boring, especially with our ace Disney Princess and Mickey Mouse Lunch Boxes. This is especially true if your little one is just starting school, seeing something familiar like their favourite cartoon character can be comforting as well as a great ice breaker to get them making new friends.

    Believe it or not, it’s possible to have a healthy packed lunch that’s also quick! All you need is the usual sandwich ingredients and a bit of creativity! Using cookie cutters to make shapes with sandwiches and their ingredients, putting stickers on their sandwich wrapping, and a little handwritten note will give your child something to smile about – especially if they’re finding going back to school a bit too overwhelming.

    It’s a quirky twist on the staple sandwich pack up that takes no time at all and really makes a difference to their day.

    Make their kit magical 

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    Stuck on what to get in the stationery aisle? In bumper art kits you can get all the essentials your new Primary school starter needs as well as a few optional bits and bobs they can leave at home for half term activities.

    For starting and heading back to school your child will need:

    • Blue pens
    • Black pens
    • Felt tips
    • Colouring pencils
    • Pencils for writing/drawing
    • Crayons
    • A Ruler
    • Protractor (older Primary age children)
    • A compass
    • Safety scissors
    • An eraser
    • A pencil case to store everything in

    Our Disney art sets are a wonderful way to kickstart their school kit! Available in Deluxe and Ultimate, your little one will have their key essentials like colouring pens and felt tips to get them through their studies as well as a few extras (hello glitter glue) to make their home time fun! With characters from Finding Dory and Frozen available, they’re affordable big brand sets that will be a lovely little conversation starter in class to bring your shy little one out of their shell. Once you’ve got their essentials, you can build on their kit for more specific items like a protractor or a compass without breaking the bank!

    Looking for back to school bargains? Find your nearest Poundstretcher here and check out our incredible low prices on food, drink, home essentials, toys, games and more!

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