Drinks

  • Your GoT Finale Survival Guide!

    It's almost time... Game of Thrones will be coming to a conclusion with its final episode airing in the UK next Monday! Regardless of what you think about this latest season, this is one of those events that is monumental!

    Whether you're watching it as a nice quiet night in or by having a finale party, we have for you the survival guide on what you need to prepare yourself with for this big finish!

     

    1. Tissues (a lot of them)

    The fact the show alone is finishing is enough reason to go through a pack of tissues, not to mention what the various characters will have in store for them.

    So, make sure to stock up on some Kleenex this weekend! You'll probably be needing a lot of them.

     

    2. Snacks & crisps

    A staple for when you're watching any TV show or movie, it's always great to have something tasty like crisps to munch on! Whether you're a fan of Pringles or popcorn, just tip some out into a few bowls and share them around the room!

     

    3. Sweets & chocolate

    Same with the snacks mentioned above, sweet treats are always a fantastic way to enjoy watching TV. Whether you're a chocolate or a sweet fan, we're sure to have everything you could want in our stores.

     

    4. A nice snuggly throw

    Maybe you'll be the type of fan who will wake up in the cold early hours of the morning to watch the finale? If so, be sure to snuggle up in one of our popcorn throws to keep nice and toasty.

    Even if you'll be watching it later in the evening, there's not a whole lot better than being wrapped up in luxurious cosiness.

     

    5. Fizzy drinks

    Coca-Cola, Fanta, 7UP, Monster (if you'll be pulling a late nighter) whatever floats your boat, we have a wide range of drinks to help keep you awake. Just add some ice to it and you have a refreshing drink right there to chill with.

    6. Warm drinks

    It's always lovely to have a hot drink, especially in the middle of the night. No matter how chilling and dark things might look on TV, you can be sure we have hot chocolate, coffee, tea, to help warm you up. Our range is so huge you'll be spoilt for choice!

    Don't forget your marshmallows to create a truly luxurious drink!

     

    7. Candles

    Whilst there are no unicorns in Game of Thrones, you can create a relaxing and magical ambiance with our unicorn sparkle candle. If that's not what you're after, we stock a wide range of other scented and plain candles for you to enjoy!

     

    If you fear it will be a long arduous march to your nearest Poundstretcher, then don't worry! Our amazing Store Finder is just what you need, with map directions, opening hours, contact details and more!

    How is everyone feeling with this being the final episode? Sad, excited, annoyed? Let us know your opinions (spoiler-free, please) on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • Stock Your Cupboards With Great Coffee Products

    There are plenty of coffee lovers out there who can barely make it through the morning without a strong cup of joe.

    What’s more, coffee is a great social enabler that allows us to catch up with friends, share stories or simply relax and unwind while enjoying great flavours.

    Whether you’re a true coffee aficionado, looking to host your own coffee-related event to raise money for charity or simply want to stock your cupboards with everything you need to make delicious coffee drinks, take a look at what we have available here at Poundstretcher.

     

    So Much Coffee, So Much Choice!

    Within our food and drink range, we stock a wide selection of coffee products from leading names. Whatever your coffee preference or your favourite brand is, we have a range of items that fit the bill.

    When it comes to traditional coffee, for £4.79 you can grab 300g of delicious Nescafé Original, or £3.99 for some Kenco Coffee House Roast. We also have great instant coffee options from Douwe Egberts.

     

    Coffee Pods & Sachets!

    If you’re a lover for more 'fancy' coffees, take a look at these pods from Nescafe that come as part of their Dolce Gusto range for only £3.29 for a pack of 8 pods! You can pick up Latte Macchiato and Latte Macchiato Caramel pods, as well as Mocha, Grande Intenso, and Chococino options.

    Maybe you are a champion of Cappuccinos? You can pick up both pods and sachets from Nescafe from £1.69, as well as 8 packs from Maxwell House and delicious coffee pods from Tassimo.

    There are a load of different coffee pod items in our range that are ideal for the office or if you have a coffee machine at home. There’s also a range of handy packs to help you enjoy your favourite drink wherever, whenever.

     

    The Perfect Hot Drink Companion

    And nothing goes with coffee quite like a nice packet of biscuits. We have a host of classic biscuits available, whether you love chocolate, vanilla, rich tea, or digestives!

    To get everything you need to enjoy great cups of coffee time and time again, simply head to your nearest Poundstretcher store. Where's that you ask? Well, find yours using our fantastic Store Finder tool!

    Also, why not visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for competitions and more great bargains!

  • Our 2019 January Sale Must Haves

    As a new year begins, we know that bank balances can be a little tight as they recover from the likely big hit they took in the run-up to and during Christmas.

    Whether it's buying all those perfect presents or trying to cook a fantastic Christmas dinner; the reality is that all too often, come January, things can become a little stretched.

    This is why we at Poundstretcher always look to deliver value to our customers, not to mention help them to save on everything from household essentials to food and drink.

    As part of this, you can save money on hundreds of products across our stores as part of the 2019 Poundstretcher January sale!

    January Bargains

    The new year affords the chance for people to reflect and potentially make a resolution, such as living more frugally in 2019.

    So to help you find great products, we’ve highlighted some of the many awesome buys available at your nearest Poundstretcher store to showcase what we have on offer as part of our January sale.

    For starters, you can pick up a host of fantastic homeware products for less. Make some fresh new additions to your bathroom by picking up bath towels, hand towels, toilet brushes, and bath mats, while your kitchen may benefit from new oven gloves and dish drying mats.

    For the bedroom, we have bedspreads, luxurious throws, and laundry bags available, as well as a broad selection of scented candles that can bring stunning aromas to any room. For something to keep you warm, we also have a fantastic Hyundai black curved fireplace and a convector heater at bargain prices, while you can bring new life to your lamps and lights with beautifully coloured lampshades from Poundstretcher.

    Practical Purchases

    Poundstretcher’s January sale also covers a host of excellent storage products that can help you get things looking neat and tidy in 2019. We have large plastic storage boxes, as well as storage towers, to help keep things out of sight which are great for parents to keep all those kids toys neat and tidy when they’re not being used.

    Let's not also forget all the up-coming cleaning that needs to be done with spring around the corner? The Pink Stuff, Oven Pride, and Persil, along with so many other fantastic cleaning supplies that you'll NEED to stock up on before that big spring clean.

    Other practical purchases that are available for less this January include men’s socks and underwearpicture frames, and shower sets. Whatever is on your to-do list this year, you can get things ticked off by shopping with Poundstretcher.

    Tasty Food and Drink

    There are also a host of food and beverage options available at Poundstretcher – such as a host of chocolates and confectionery like boxes of Maltesers and Terry’s Chocolate Orange bars, as well as bottles of fizzy drinks for less.

    There are also tins of soup and baked beans from Heinz, as well as packets of pasta, rice, and coffee, so your grocery needs can be met!

    Find Your Nearest Poundstretcher Now

    Time is running out to take advantage of all the discounts we have across our store, so don’t miss out! Head to your nearest Poundstretcher store and save yourself a bundle today.

    Why not see what's happening on our Facebook and Twitter pages too? Share your January bargains and check out all the latest news and competitions.

  • Kick Off The World Cup With Massive Bargains

    Very soon, cheers will roar and BBQs will fire up as the most anticipated sports event in the world will have everyone's attention.

    All eyes will be fixed upon their TVs, at least that's the case with us here at Poundstretcher, as 32 teams compete in the FIFA World Cup in Russia!

    So, why not invite your friends and family over for some tasty grub and delicious drinks? From there you can enjoy the game as well as some fantastic bargains from Poundstretcher!

     

    Stuff to Eat

    From Seabrook crisps to Pringles (such as our Thai Green Curry, Mac & Cheese, and BBQ Ribs flavours), we have such a wide range of crisps alone that'll go perfectly with your footy.

    Nutsbiscuitspopcorn, and more, we have everything that will turn your get-togethers or parties into winning successes! We also have a wide range of delectable sweets and chocolate to cheer about too!

    With the sun being out and the heat rising, letting us all know that summer is definitely here, why not break out the BBQ and have a delightful garden party (that may or may not coincide with the football).

    Whatever you want cooking up, be it burgers, sausages, or a vegetarian alternative, we have everything you could need for everything to go 100% a-okay.

     

    Stuff to Drink

    Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Fanta, we have it all for you here in all manner of sizes and quantities! It's always good to stock up on drinks for a party or even if you're just watching the game by yourself. The last thing you want is to run out of Coke right before kick-off!

    We also have a number of energy drinks, such as Rockstar, for those late night matches!

    So, with the start of the World Cup being mere days away, why not stock up on supplies and stuff your cupboards full of goodies?! If you want to find your nearest store, just check out our handy Store Finder to find your nearest Poundstretcher 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!

  • 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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  • What You May Not Know About Tea

    Tea. It’s an ever important beverage here in the UK. We as a nation drink 165 million cups of tea on a daily basis; that's 60.2 billion being sipped on every year according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association. That’s a lot of brew!

    I think C. S. Lewis said it best: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

    It's true we are a tea-loving nation, but do you think you know all there is about it? You might drink it every day, you swear by the stuff, and you know your oolong from your pu-erh. So, do you think that makes you some kind of expert? Well, maybe you are, but why don’t you try and see how many of these facts you know? On one hand, you may just learn something, and if not then you can have the satisfaction of gloating. It’s win-win.

    Where Tea Originated

    Despite our nation being synonymous with tea, many others around the world had sampled and adored the beverage first. Long before we even began to enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit, tea was being drunk as a medicinal drink in Southwest China as early as the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). However, if you wish to believe in legends then the tale of tea goes back even further.

    In 2737 BC, the Emporer of China and renowned herbologist, Shen Nung, had been waiting within the shade of a tree for his boiled drinking water. It was at that point leaves blew down and rested atop the water, infusing the flavour into it. It was there Shen Nung sampled it, and in a stroke of serendipity the drink we call tea was born. Turns out, that very tree was a Camellia Sinensis (the same plant we use to make tea today).

    Whether or not this was true, the fact that tea was huge in China is no understatement. It even ranked up to being a recreational drink throughout the Tang dynasty (618 AD - 906 AD) and became their go-to national drink of choice. From there, Japanese Buddhist monks came over before introducing it back home in Japan (another nation where tea was a foundation of their culture).

    Despite this, it wasn't until the latter half of the 16th Century when Europeans began to hear of this exotic beverage. It was something of a curiosity gifted from sailors as the British East India Company dominated the import market. This stayed that way until the mid-1600's when tea became known as a drink for the wealthy. This was due to the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza who was a huge tea fanatic and made it hip and fashionable.

    How Tea Plants Grow

    Tea plants, Camellia Sinensis, are evergreens that mainly grow in the wilds of tropical and subtropical climates. However, did you know you can grow your own tea here in the UK? It's true! After all, the plant originates from the damp, cool mountains of China. People all across our nation have been growing their own for quite a while.

    Taken from seeds and cuttings, it takes between 4 to 12 years for a tea plant to bear seeds. After that, you add on another 3 so they can be ready for harvest. The growth is best with acidic soils and naturally require at least 127cm of rain a year with elevations of up to 1,500m above sea level. They can grow up to 16m if left undisturbed, though are trimmed to waist-height when grown to be harvested.

    If you are planning to grow your own tea you needn't worry about the elevation. Whilst the height provides a better flavour to the leaves (due to the higher up it is planted means it will grow slower), it isn't a necessary factor. What is important is to keep the plant in plenty of sunlight and keep them sheltered from the harsh British weather until they become taller (anything past 1m and they can fend for themselves outside).

    Which Teas Help Burn Fat?

    There's growing tea, and there's drinking it; it's the latter you'd care more about, right? Well, tea has so many wonderful benefits to it. There's more to this long-time favourite than just having something warm to sip on when it's cold or a drink to accompany your afternoon biscuit(s).

    For instance, take burning fat; it's something more people are becoming concerned about and are turning to tea for help. However, you need the right type first to better gain the desired effects.

    Most teas are great at helping with managing your figure; be it to give your metabolism a little boost, reduce bloating, help burn calories easily, or shut down the need for snacking. It's a wonderful drink, but there are teas that work better than most. These would be the likes of pu-erh, oolong, and rooibos.

    Pu-erh, a fermented Chinese tea, is great for reducing belly fat and lowering the amount of fat in the blood. The same can be said about rooibos tea, a sweet drink made from leaves from the Rooibos bush in South Africa. It's said that the polyphenols and flavonoids found in it inhibit the forming of new fat cells, and is a great way to kick-start your metabolism.

    Now here's one that's quite well known; oolong tea. This drink is rich in antioxidants and is a traditional Chinese tea. It can assist in controlling cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and aids digestion. It's what you'd expect from the land where tea was originated and used as medicine, right?

    It's also full of catechins that help you burn fat quickly, even so much as a pound a week according to a six-week Chinese study. Paired with exercise and healthy eating, all it takes it sipping some tea now and then to really aid in your endeavours.

    Which Tea Doesn’t Have Caffeine?

    Now, certain teas might claim to be decaf, in which it doesn't have any caffeine in. However, whilst it is true that they have significantly fewer amounts compared to non-decaf, there are still traces of caffeine that remain. So, it's not caffeine-free, is it?

    But don't lose hope! There does exist a tea out there that has no caffeine in it whatsoever, and it's fantastic for you health-wise. It's a tea you've bound to have heard of: herbal tea.

    Be it a sweet peppermint, a calming chamomile, or a sharp ginger tea, all of these are great for being non-caffeinated. So, you can enjoy a nice refreshing hot drink, whilst not pumping your body full of caffeine. Oh, and all of these are great for digestive issues, whilst peppermint especially helps clear nasal passages, chamomile is great for anxiety, and ginger is perfect for nausea.

    Which Tea Has The Most Antioxidants?

    Now, we've all heard of antioxidants, right? They're found in fresh fruits and vegetables, alongside tea. They have great health benefits such as clearing out unwanted things from your bloodstream and have been known to reduce the signs of ageing by minimising wrinkles. They even can help your mind by relieving stress.

    So, which teas are best when you want more antioxidants in your diet? Well, it's the coloured teas that are what you're looking for; black, green and white. They all offer the same cardiovascular benefits, with each having a slight difference.

    To start with, black tea is the most oxidised of them all. Though, it still contains a similar amount of antioxidants as it did before it went through oxidisation. It's said that drinking 3 or more cups a day may actually reduce the risk of a heart attack and promotes blood vessel relaxation. However, it contains more caffeine than green tea and contains a lot of polyphenols. It all depends on what you want out of your drink and your sense of taste.

    White tea is similar to the above, though due to it being dried in natural sunlight, it means that the catechin levels are much higher, but lowers tannins levels, which affects the taste and consistency.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter which one you drink. There isn't an overall 'best tea' that is superior to everything. The taste, the caffeine content, the availability, even the cost, all of these make a big difference but all the teas provide the same health benefits. They can reduce the risk of cancer, helps the skin look its best, boosts your immune system and promotes a healthy heart.

    Which Tea Is Best For A Cold?

    Now, despite the sun being out (for the most part) the risk of colds are of course still around. Being a hot drink you'd assume that tea would be great to drink to help chase away nasty infections; but which one do you go for?

    Well, like before there are many that help boosts your immune system (remember the above?). However, so I'm not repeating myself you can find lemongrass, ginger, and peppermint(that delightful menthol helps break up congestion) teas are fantastic at clearing out your nasal passages. The above also serve as calming and refreshing throat soothers. There's nothing like that wonderful warm feeling that comforts your body after a nice cup of ginger tea.

    Tea with honey is also a great defence when you have a cold. Pair that up with some white or green tea to destroy pathogenic bacteria, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

    Which Tea Is Good For Sleep?

    Sleep is an important part of your health. We don't get enough of it. There are many ways to assist you in getting you to sleep peacefully. Those delightful rain/thunderstorm soundtracks on YouTube are one way, but tea can also be the saviour in helping you get some shut-eye!

    Good amounts of sleep (but also sleep that is great quality) impacts positively on your body. It helps give your body rest and a chance to repair itself. There are many teas that you could use, such as chamomile or herbal teas. With their soothing fragrance and taste it can work wonders. In fact, anything that has that calming effect is great to have when you're in bed with a good book.

    However, valerian tea is a herb that can be paired with tea for fantastic results. It can help those with insomnia, anxiety, and psychological stress and acts as a natural sedative.

    So there we have it, a small array of tea facts and advice to help you make the most out of Britain's favourite drink. Did you know all of the above? Was there anything in there new that you could apply to your tea-drinking life? How about one more little tidbit? There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis out there. Now, whilst we at Poundstretcher don't carry every single known one, we do sell all the top products such as Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, and PG Tips!

    Has all this tea talk made you thirsty? If so then why not see where your nearest local Poundstretcher is? Get out your tea cosy, and mosey on over by using our handy dandy Store Finder to grab some bargains in no time! It'll really hit the spot.

  • HOW TO stock up on Summer Holiday Essentials FOR LESS!

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    School's out, the heat is all anybody can talk about and an ever-growing sea of angry-looking sunburn has infiltrated the general public.

    Yes, this can only mean one thing –  Summer is FINALLY HERE!

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    Whether you're jetting off to a luxurious holiday resort full of exotic beaches, luscious outdoor swimming pools and food that is near-impossible to pronounce OR you’re touring the Great British countryside, we at Poundstretcher have come up with some AMAZING deals on holiday essentials at our very own Holiday Shop!

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    So, camping or cruising, sunbathing or site-seeing, skiing or ‘spa’ing- get on down to Poundstretcher and start saving your money for the really important stuff! Like a family trip to the local water park. Or an extra treatment at that relaxing beach-side spa!

    Snacks For the Journey!

    Wherever you’re travelling to- especially with children- it’s always good to have a supply of nibbles and snacks.

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    If you get stuck in traffic or your flight gets delayed, we have a massive selection of confectionary, biscuits, crisps and sweets on offer for the whole family to get their teeth into, as well as branded juices and fizzy drinks!

    Get your kids 'Sunshine Ready' for less than £10!

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    We all know how challenging it can be keeping your children protected from the summer sun- especially when the last thing on their minds when they're running around on the beach is getting sunburnt! But we have the solution!

    Fun in the Sun!

    With our extensive range of licensed flip flops, caps and sunglasses with a variety of their favourite Disney Princesses…

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    ... or cool comic book superheroes…

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    ...you’ll have no problem keeping their heads, eyes and feet safe from the heat! With many more characters to choose from, your child will be able to pick their favourite!

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    And with our Malibu Kids sun-cream SPF50 at only £1.49 a bottle, you can fully protect your kids so they can enjoy the sun all day long!

    Cause a SPLASH at Swimming Sessions!

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    Get your little ones paddling around the pool with our inflatable range! With cheeky sea animal swim rings, summery-coloured armbands and cute octopus mini-mats, they can get used to the water in a fun and interactive way. And at less than £3 each, they can ‘just keep swimming’ all holiday!

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    With all these amazing deals on kids' wear, you can give your child everything they need to enjoy the sun safely, all for less than £10!

    And for the adults, it's time to relax...

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    You can end up spending an infinite amount of money on expensive summer sandals and branded sunglasses.

    But it's time to RELAX!

    If you’re looking for holiday fashion without the huge price tag, look no further than Poundstretcher!

    Fashion for less!

    We have a gorgeous selection of stylish yet comfortable Ladies' sandals in four luscious colours at a jaw-dropping £1.99 each!

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    As well as these, we have a brand new range of Foster Grants sunglasses for both men and women at only £1.49 each. With a hugely varied number of styles, you can find the ones to suit you!

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    And this year we’ve got an even bigger range of stylish, yet practical luggage in various sizes and at 'zipping' good prices!

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    Essential holiday toiletries can end up costing a small fortune so, why not check out Poundstretcher’s BIG BRANDS with even BIGGER DISCOUNTS on Malibu sun-care, skincare, haircare, deodorants and wash products perfect for packing in your suitcase!

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    With our huge selection of holiday products, you’ll be able to get ready for your summer away without 'tanning' your holiday budget!

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    For more great deals and offers, get down to your local Poundstretcher to check out our Holiday Shop and get SAVING!

    BIG SUMMER BLOW OUT

    Whatever you're getting up to this summer, from all of us at Poundstretcher, we hope you enjoy your Big Summer Blowout!

  • The HOW TO not get stuck in the mud this Festival Season

    MUSIC FESTIVAL - ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l/

    noun

    plural noun: music festivals

    1. An organised series of live music, avant-garde dance moves and dwindling standards of hygiene, typically held in one place annually
    2. A day or period of celebration where most social norms are abandoned, muddiness is a staple fashion statement and being drenched becomes the threat that umbrellas the entire event.

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    Whether you’re a seasoned festival goer or it’s your first time in the 'strawberry fields', most people have seen the years of media coverage in Glastonbury capturing thousands of sodden and grotty music fans squelching about and becoming engulfed in relentless barrages of torrential rain.

    But don’t ‘Freak Out’ — stay Chic!

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    Get stocked up with these inexpensive essentials so you can successfully 'eat, sleep, rave, repeat' like Fatboy for the duration and leave the event feeling 'the best, the best, the best of you'....

    Camping Tools: From ditches to Duchess

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    Obviously most people remember to bring a tent as standard  but, when it comes to camping, especially at a festival, there are so many added extras that you can pick up for next to nothing at Poundstretcher which will make bracing the 'great' outdoors infinitely more comfortable!

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    When you're having a fabulous time watching the Sunset with Ed Sheeran, the last thing you think you'll care about is grass stains or a damp bum!

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    But, later, when you're shivering from laying in what was effectively a bog in your bare legs, you'll probably not care about that 'Castle on the Hill'.

    You will, however, probably wish you'd brought a waterproof picnic blanket along to keep you and your friends comfy and dry throughout the whole concert!279486-picnic travel rug_yellow_1000x1000

    At £3.99 they’re cheap, bright and practical - perfect for chilling out on, come rain or shine!

    Or if you're really going to pull out all the stops, pick up a folding camping chair!

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    You might get some stick from your more ‘free-spirited’ mates who reckon 'you should be dancing' all weekend but, with a built-in drinks holder and in four different colours, you’ll definitely have the last laugh!

    Especially when you’re perched on the only thing separating you from the mud that’s claimed the lives of most of your mates’ wellies.

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    Plus, it comes with an easy carry bag to fold it back into so you can always guarantee somewhere comfy to sit!

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    2. Don't let mealtimes become a Tragedy...

    Whilst most people spend the festival walking around looking for their sanity, you may find you fancy something to nibble at some point.

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    Plastic kitchen ware is a great camping idea. Cups (for that much-needed Coffee in the morning), disposable cutlery and plates. After all, you'll need somewhere to put those sausages you burnt on the disposable BBQ

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    HEALTH TOOLS: REMEMBER, Your body is a TEMPLE, NOT A BIN BAG.

    Despite spending 361 days of the year acting moderately normal with three meals a day and ‘a couple’ in the pub on a Friday after work, some people get that caught up in the hippy vibe of a festival, they end up forgetting how to look after themselves within the realms of what’s socially acceptable.

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    Let’s be honest-- festivals are both physically and mentally strenuous, and can only be completed successfully by savvy people. Please note: these are NOT the people who say things like ‘water’s for the weak’ or insist on relating everything back to their ‘gap year’.

    So, here’s a list of things you might not have thought of taking but you will definitely need when 'stayin' alive'  at a festival and avoid coming out when it’s home time looking like you’ve just escaped the set of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ video...

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    And finally, make sure you’re not the one needing somebody to 'lean on' at Major Lazer and 'reload' with some Red Bull!

    So, there you have it—the list of handy festival essentials at bargain prices! And it doesn't stop there! We have a massive selection of choccies, crisps and nibbles on offer so 'don't you forget about' Poundstretcher and make a pit-stop before you head off to Just Dance!FESTIVAL NIBBLES UPDATED

  • The HOW TO guide: doing Father's Day on a budget!

    shutterstock_428112886 It’s that time of year again to celebrate that legendary man whose life teachings became fundamental pillar blocks to your general success as a human being!

    The Man who introduced you to The Matrix. The Man whose years of nagging carved you into a professional ‘light-switcher-off’er. The Man who, in the face of blackened skies and torrential rain, would stand by his decision for a family camping trip, insisting that, surely, it’ll ‘brighten up soon’... Yes, it's that time of the year to celebrate the man we all call: 'Dad'.

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    Whilst on Mother’s day a bouquet of daffodils and a card usually suffices, father’s can be slightly trickier creatures to get right in the present department, especially when you’re on a budget! So instead of trudging around shops searching for the flashiest gadget or electronic device to set you back a month’s rent, why not go for something a little less excessive and a little more personal?

    Give your Dad something more personal this Father's Day Giving your Dad something more personal this Father's Day could be just the trick!

    Here’s a couple of ideas HOW TO show your Dad just how much you appreciate him telling you off all those times he caught you opening various objects with your teeth, whilst also being savvy with your pennies!

    Wake him up with a feast!

    According to reliable sources like all reputable cereal companies or anyone’s mum, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, for the majority of the general public, Sunday morning lie-ins are at a superior enjoyment level to most other activities and should be engaged in whenever possible. So, for your dad this year, why not get up an hour earlier, peel your eyes away from your pillows or Xbox screen and make him Breakfast in Bed!

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    But before you panic that your cooking skills are less than acceptable, remember— your dad is not Gordon Ramsey. He is not going to start bashing his fist on the lap tray if the croissants you might have forgotten about in the oven are a little crispier than humanly edible...

    To save disappointment on both parties, however, why not make life easy for yourself?

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    Pancakes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, so make sure you get a non stick frying pan to flip them about the place easily until perfectly cooked. Or until they end up on the floor…

    And if you want to create something a little more fancy, why not get yourself an egg poacher and go with a show-stopping ‘Eggs Benedict’?

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    Whether he’s a Full English kind of bloke, welcoming any amounts of fried extras, or he’s the sort of man who drenches his muesli in hot water, at Poundstretcher, we’ve got a huge range of kitchen products—from muffin trays to mini frying pans, so you can give your Dad an impressive breakfast he hasn’t had to make himself for less!

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    Go on— push the TOAST out!

    Get him off the sofa and into a deck chair!

    The next job on the agenda is to make sure that, under no circumstances, must your dad get involved in his usual weekend jobs this Sunday. No mowing the lawn. No fiddling with the boiler. And absolutely nothing involving him climbing under the family Volvo in his 17 year old, oil-stained Ferrari T-Shirt and a screwdriver…

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    Father’s Day is about him relaxing and enjoying himself so, after his ‘world-class’ breakfast, why not get a little picnic together, round up the family and head down to the local park or beach and catch some rays?

    Kit yourself out with a picnic blanket, outdoor plates, party drinks bottles, sharing bowls filled with crisps, homemade salad or nuts. And don’t forget a cool box to keep your drinks cool and your sandwiches intact!shutterstock_444547879

    If you’re less about the ‘planning and prep’ side of eating al fresco, why not pick up a couple of disposable BBQs and a bag of assorted meat and veg to get on the grill? The important thing is to get your dad in a comfy chair under the sun with something to keep him occupied, like a Paper or a beer. Then you could probably feed him just about anything!

    Obviously, it’s important not to forget the naughty nibbles for afters! Since here at Poundstretcher we always have an endless supply of amazing confectionary deals­— like boxes of 120g Maltesers and bags of Mars Mini-bites for just £1­— you can satisfy, not only your dad’s sweet-tooth, but the rest of your family’s as well!

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    So, take a break from the tele and make sure you get your family out this Father’s Day!

    And a few added extras, because everyone loves a surprise!

    Obviously if you fancy getting him a few little treats— some Father’s day stocking fillers— then we have some amazing deals on gifts for him too! With our range of Umbro 100ml Eau de Toilette only £1.49, the brand new collection of our Classic and Cavailia branded boxer shorts and the amazing deals on summer socks, you can still surprise him with a few goodies without breaking your budget!

    So, whatever your budget, make sure your Dad feels like a King this Father's Day! Because, let's be honest, that's exactly what he is!shutterstock_395530639

  • It's National Beverage Day!

    It's National Beverage Day!

    We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, whether you're a coffee addict or squash guzzler, and on May 6th it is National Beverage Day so there's no excuse! Here at Poundstretcher we love nothing more than an ice cold can of pop or warming mug of tea, so here are just a few of our favourites in stores now...

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    Energy Drinks

    Have you tried Mountain Dew? Not your usual energy drink this zesty little number has a citrus taste and energy boosting ingredients. It's just what you need if you're lagging in the office or running at the gym.

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    Fizzy Drinks

    Are you looking for something fizzy to quench your thirst and satisy your taste buds when you're on the go? Whether you love the unique taste of Coca-Cola or the fruity taste of Fanta we have all your favourites in store.

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    Water

    Whether you like yours with plenty of ice straight from the tap at home or in a bottle when you're out and about, water is the purest form of hydration. But we know not everyone loves the taste, that's why we have a whole selection of water based drinks to suit you. From children's lunch cartons to good old fashioned bottled water - we've got it all!

    Tea

    We haven't forgot those tea drinkers amongst you! Whether you like your tea milky, sugary or strong we have all your favourite brands at bargain prices! So go on stick the kettle on and enjoy a cuppa on National Beverage Day.

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    Coffee

    Calling all coffee lovers, especially those connoisseurs amongst you Lavazza Tierra Ground Coffee will indulge your senses with rich aromas and notes of dark chocolate. We just can't get enough of this full bodied coffee, and it's the perfect way to wake up on a gloomy day.

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    So if we've inspired you to stock up on your favourite beverages or try something new, get yourself down to your local Poundstretcher to pick up some supplies today!

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