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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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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  • 5 MUST HAVE Argan Oil Hair Care Products for £5

    Argan Oil: The Secret to Gorgeous Hair!

    614x363 argan oil bottle

    Argan oil, in recent years, has become THE must have product for healthy hair. Sourced from the kernels of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil has become known as ‘liquid gold’ for its ability to transform hair, through the huge amounts of nutrients it contains, such as Vitamin E and fatty acids.

    614x363 Argan Kernels

    We, at Poundstretcher, understand the importance of healthy hair but don’t think you need to spend the earth! Argan oil is in popular demand and can be pricey but we have huge bargains on our Argan oil hair products so you can revitalise your hair for less!

    Transform Your Hair with Argan Oil for £5 at Poundstretcher!

     

    1. Rejuvenating Shampoo with Argan Oil Extracts

    Argan Oil Shampoo, 300ml Argan Oil Shampoo, 300ml

    Argan oil shampoo is a great product to use on a daily basis. Many shampoos can strip the natural nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy and can leave your hair drab, dry and fragile.

    614x363 Damp Hair applying Argan Oil

    The Argan oil extracts in this shampoo nourishes and moisturises your hair, replenishing day-to-day damage caused by elements like the sunshine, and maintaining a consistent healthy glow.

    The consistent use of Argan oil shampoo will ensure your hair will always be soft, smooth and strong, as well as being protected and nourished!

    1. Luxurious Conditioner with Argan Oil Extracts

    This day-to-day conditioner is sumptuously hydrating, leaving your hair silky smooth! 

    Argan Oil Conditioner, 300ml Argan Oil Conditioner, 300ml

    Many conditioners can look and feel like they’ve enriched your hair just after washing but, after a couple of hours, your hair feels greasy at the roots, dry at the tips and looks, all together, sorry for itself!

    What you need is a conditioner that’s going to truly replenish the moisture back into your scalp, roots and tips and maintain it throughout the day.

    614x363 Blonde Healthy Hair

    This Argan oil conditioner will hydrated your hair, leaving it feeling sumptuous, shiny and frizz-free for the whole day. Argan oil is also a truly exceptional ‘detangle’r so is especially effective on hair that’s regularly bleached or is naturally thick and curly!

    The shampoo and conditioner combination are great for busy people who have no time for leave-in conditioners but still want hair that ‘WOW’s!

    1. Heat Defence Spray with Argan Oil Extracts

    Nowadays, most people use straightening irons, curling tongues or, at the very least, a hair dryer. The emphasis is usually: the hotter the tool, the better the results.

    614x363 Heat Damage Hair

    That is, until the day after the night before and your hair is dry, brittle and knotted into one big hairball…

    One of the best ways to enjoy styling your hair without worrying about the ‘next-day’ repercussions is using a heat defence spray.

    614x363 Heat hair tools

    Although there are many to choose from, this leave-in heat defence spray with Argan oil extracts is a high contender. Because Argan oil is naturally packed with nourishing oils, vitamins and fatty acids– a formula that ensures complete protection of your hair’s nutrients and moisture under hot temperatures.

    All you do is apply it generously to damp hair from root to tip, to ensure your entire head is thoroughly protected.

     

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    So, if you’re a busy bee who hasn’t got time to sit around and wait for your hair to dry naturally or you love styling with straighteners or curlers, this is the perfect product to make sure you hair stays looking bouncy and healthy, whatever your lifestyle!

    1. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

    Everyone needs a good pampering session every now and then. Whatever kind of hectic life you live, it’s important to have some time out to treat yourself!

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    This Argan Oil hair mask is one of those ‘low capital, high yield’ type beauty investments. Although there is the minor process of massaging the sumptuously creamy mixture into your hair and ensuring it covers it from root to tip, that is basically it.

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    This hair mask relies specifically on leaving it alone for a length of time on your hair so is a fantastically low maintenance beauty product for those ‘no-fuss’ type people!

    You can even wrap your hair in a towel and leave it in over night! Then just wash it off with shampoo and conditioner to reveal nourished, rejuvenated and incredibly shiny hair!

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    This pot of ‘magical’ cream is a bargain from Poundstretcher and requires barely any effort with truly amazing results!

    Who says you have to spend endless hours and hundreds of pounds to get healthy, beautiful-looking hair?!

    1. Argan Oil Hair Treatment

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    No matter how well we try to look after our hair, life can still take its toll so sometimes you need to put a little extra time and effort into keeping it healthy.

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    With this intensive hydrating hair treatment, the Argan oil is high in antioxidants, which means it is great for repairing and rejuvenating damaged hair! As well as this, it helps lock in much-needed moisture, leaving your hair shiny and strong!

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    This hair treatment is also a miracle worker if your hair has frizzy tendencies, too. You can use it like an ointment to transform your hair, whatever the weather, leaving it smooth without losing volume.

    Basically, forget Harry Potter or Unicorns– this Argan oil hair treatment is magic in a bottle!

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    More 'Argan Bargains'!

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     We also have a range of skin care products if you want your skin to be as soft and supple as your hair!

     

    Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream, 100ml/Moisturising Shower Cream, 300ml/Moisturising Hand & Body Wash, 300ml Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream– 100ml, Moisturising Shower Cream– 300ml, Moisturising Hand & Body Wash– 300ml.

     

    So grab an 'Argan bargain' at Poundstretcher and revitalise your hair and skin TODAY!

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  • Poundstretcher’s Guide To Skin Care

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    Taking care of your skin is no trifling matter. We all want our skin to look its best. And even whilst you may not feel you’re that bothered about it, you still wouldn’t want to have bad skin that's dry, unhealthy, and tired, correct?

    Well, what if I were to tell you there’s a way to look after your skin for less? That’s right, with loads of products from big brands available to you (all for a good price, I might add), Poundstretcher is here to help!

    From nourishing creams, facial scrubs, body lotions, and more, there's a world of skin care products that are great for your daily life.

    When To Start Using Skin Care Products

    There is no defined or set age when you should or shouldn’t start using skin care products. It's all about a matter of turning to them when and if your skin needs attention.

    For example, if you have dry skin then you should make sure to moisturise. Or if you start to develop acne then you can use exfoliating products to combat it. Everyone is different and unique; no matter your gender, race, or ethnicity, no one's skin is exactly the same.

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    With children, there is less of a need for skin care in regards to blemishes or exfoliation. Usually, dry skin issues and products such as sunscreen and aftersun is all they'd need. However, it’s when you arrive at your teens onwards where your skin becomes more of a priority.

    As mentioned before, the focus is to use it when you need it most and continue to apply it long enough for the desired effects to show.

    Which Skin Care Product Is The Great For Oily Skin?

    So, for those with problem skin, why not grab a product that'll make you feel like you're in some luxury, relaxing spa but for an affordable price?

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    This 7th Heaven Blemish Mud (other varieties available) in a delightfully soothing aloe vera fragrance is just the item to help combat oily skin. Its deep cleansing & soothing formula is paired with its aloe juice extract, making for an effective, tranquil mask that will help relieve troubled skin from dirt and grime.

    So grab a glass of bubbly, light some candles, reach for a good book, and just let your mind and face be soothed.

    Which Skin Care Product Is Great For Clearing Pores?

    Want something specifically designed to help clear blackheads and clear your clogged pores? Well then, get a load of this T-zone blackhead fighting facial scrub, the perfect way to battle skin issues head on and give your face a deep cleanse.

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    With the tea tree extracts, you can rest assured this naturally anti-bacterial face scrub is effective at getting rid of blackheads and other facial blemishes. It's great for daily application and a perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet.

    Just squeeze it out, lather it on your hands, and slather on your face before washing it off and feeling refreshed. Is there any better way to start a morning?

    Which Skin Care Product Is Great For Anti-Aging?

    Want to defy the appearance of wrinkles and the passage of time? Then why not give these Eden age defiance cleansing wipes a try; they're an easy to use, effective, and will make your skin feel and look so much younger.eden-age-defianceWith the use of vitamin E, these wipes help nourish and moisturise your tired skin and helps smooth out wrinkles to give you a younger looking complexion. The fact there are 25 per pack means you have ample to use whenever you feel your body needs a good cleansing.

    And there you have it, a great affordable anti-aging solution. There are also other varieties available in the Eden line, such as the deep cleanse and make up removal wipes. Keep your face and body feeling cleansed and healthy whilst also making sure your make up doesn't stay on and clog your pores up even more.

    When To Use Skin Care Products

    So, you know of some of the products that are available to you, but when is the best time to apply them?

    It all depends, once again, in when you feel the need to use them. However, when it comes to moisturising and facial scrubs, it's best to use them every day, all year-round. That's right, even in the colder months in the year it's a great idea to apply moisturisers, body butters, lotions, or creams to help your body stay hydrated for silky smooth skin for the whole year to come.

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    The matter is that just how often is healthy? When should you be applying these facial scrubs and recovery oils?

    Well, your face needs to be ideally cleaned and moisturised every morning and then once again in the evening. First, wash your face and apply the cream to your cleansed face, and from there gently rub it into your skin until fully absorbed.

    With facial scrubs, it's the same except without the absorption element and you end with another wash. Cleanse with warm water, apply with a good rub, and then clear it off your face. Simple.

    With your body, you could use the aforementioned macadamia oil extract body butter to hydrate and soften your skin, leaving it feeling healthy and smooth. Apply to your entire body (or in areas where you feel needs the most attention) and rub gently.

    It all boils down to never neglecting your skin on a daily basis. Applying moisturisers, creams, and cleansers to your body year-round is a great way to keep it silky, whilst making sure to add daily scrubs twice a day for day and night effectiveness.

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    Additional Extras

    A great way to apply some of these products? With the help of these Simply Cotton round cotton wool (160 pack), a set of 100% pure pads that are strong yet soft, and completely perfect for all manner of purposes.

    Cleansers and face washes are fine to use from childhood upwards, but be wary of relying too much on it. We must also remember that our skin and the pores need to breathe, and sometimes an excess amount of creams and cleansers can clog them, which would then create further issues down the line. It’s all about finding balance as to when and how often you apply it.

    You can find your nearest Poundstretcher using our handy Store Finder! So, with desires of having smooth, healthy skin, why not come on down and check out some bargains today? Your skin will appreciate it; trust us.

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  • 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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