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  • 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!

  • 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

  • Get Ready For Easter With Poundstretcher

    Get Ready For Easter With Poundstretcher

    EasterBlog-Choc-RabbitIt’s that time of year again when we gorge on chocolate and stuff ourselves silly with sweet treats, of course it is Easter! So let us here at Poundstretcher help you to celebrate in style with a wonderful array of Easter treats, gifts and confectionery. Whether you’re creating a magical treasure hunt, baking up some tasty delights or treating everyone to an Easter egg we’ve got everything you need to have an egg-cellent day (sorry)!

    Easter Eggs

    From The Simpsons to Me to You we have a whole collection of Easter eggs to suit all tastes, styles and ages. Whether your kids are Frozen fanatics, dedicated to the Elsa and Anna frenzy or they’re more of a young Jedi in training dedicated to the Star Wars sagas we’ve got chocolate and gift sets galore.

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    With a whole variety of gifts including traditional egg and chocolate bars, mugs, sports bottles and more, we have everything to suit your friends, family and budget. We’ve also got a fantastic range of Easter assortments for the big kids in your life! Including Match of the Day goodies for footie lovers, The Simpsons choccies for comedy buffs and Gogglebox mugs for those who love nothing more than watching their favourite TV shows.

    Are you looking for something that’ll keep the little ones entertained for more than 5 minutes? We have a wonderful selection of surprise eggs filled with fun toys, games and sweets that your children will love! With puppy, car, mini toys and many more designs you’re sure to find the perfect surprise egg for your vet in training or wannabe race car driver.

    Treasure Hunts

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    If you feel like going the extra mile this year and making Easter a day to remember then an Easter themed treasure hunt is just what you need. Get the whole family involved from the pets to grandparents with a magical egg hunt around your home or garden. Fill every nook, cranny, flower pot, candle holder or whatever you have lying around with chocolate eggs! Why not use our bags of Walkers Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs to scatter around, or place into little mounds of deliciousness?

    If you don’t want everyone to scoff lots of chocolates before lunch or the kiddies to be hyper all day then you easily create paper eggs of all sizes to stick around your home. Make sure they’re colourful so the little ones can easily spot them amongst the flower beds and your jazzy wallpaper. If you’re not feeling very arts and craftsy then there are always stickers – just make sure they won’t pull off the paint or your favourite wallpaper!

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    Let your little ones know that the Easter bunny has made a special delivery at their house with some paw prints dotted around the floor. Simply sprinkle some flour or sugar in a rabbit paw print shape and watch as your children’s faces light up when they realise that the Easter bunny has been in the night. These prints are a great way to start or finish your own Easter hunt, maybe they’ll lead to a bundle of chocolate eggs or a toy rabbit!

    Easter Baking

    Don’t forget the Creme Eggs, it wouldn’t Easter without these little fondant filled beauties! Whether you love them or hate them there’s no denying that their sweet taste and chocolate shell is irresistible when baked into brownies, cookies or a sponge tray bake. Get the kids involved too, they’ll love weighing out all the ingredients, mixing the batter and of course licking the bowl clean!

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    Crispy cereal cakes and fluffy cupcakes wouldn’t be complete without a cluster of Poppets Mini Eggs on top. With their pastel coloured speckled sugar shells and delectable chocolate centres they’re the perfect finishing touch to your bakes - if you don’t eat them all first that is! Or why not pop them into the centre of your cake mix before your cakes go into the oven? Once baked to a golden brown your cupcakes will have a secret chocolatey centre that the whole family will love.

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    So if you’re ready to celebrate with all things Easter, then get yourself over to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some egg-tastic treats today!

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  • Christmas Countdown Checklist!

    Christmas is now just over a month away and you’ll have seen every store getting all their Christmas stuff out (including us!). So we have come up with a checklist that will help you keep stress at bay this Christmas!
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    From getting your Christmas cards sent out to making your home the most festive looking house in the neighbourhood, we are here to help you get Christmas ready while saving so you have money left over to spend on yourself and loved ones!

    Getting Started

    Make sure you have picked out the perfect Christmas Tree for your home. Trees will slowly be disappearing from many stores towards the end of November so it’s best to stock up as fast as you can!

    Christmas Cards can be a pain to get together and you often forget a lot of names! Write out a list of people who you are sending a Christmas card too and you will then know how many you need to buy and who for!

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    Towards the end of November, it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree! Get your Christmas tree lights, tinsel and other decorations out of the attic and on to that tree! Make sure everything is still in great shape and if not we stock an amazing range of Christmas Decorations!

    Don’t forget to light the outside of your home as well and make sure you have all the neighbours’ attention with an amazing display of outdoor Christmas decorations!

    Outdoor Christmas Decorations

    With Black Friday and Cyber Monday happening at the end of November, it’s time to grab those bargains! The more you buy in the sales, the more money you save for yourself or for a special someone!

    With December looming, don’t forget to pick the kids advent calendars!

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    This is the time to do your last minute shopping if you haven’t already!

    With Christmas shopping hours put in place you’ll have longer to shop and plenty more time! Don’t leave your Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve, you will be left disappointed - trust us!

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    December is time to wrap up those gifts! Make sure you have all the wrapping accessories you need or even take an alternative approach this year and gift bag them!

    Celebration essentials are also a must! Pick up the table decorations, plates, glasses ect for you ultimate Christmas Dinner. Whilst picking up last minute details, don’t forget the crackers!

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    It’s time to send out all those Christmas presents! With everyone frantically ordering last minute, posting services put out Christmas delivery times so make sure you avoid the delay frame! Alternatively, you can become Santa for the day and deliver your presents in our Christmas sack bags that will look great underneath the Christmas tree!

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    COUPLE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    With final preparations underway, make sure you get the turkey with all the trimmings and everything else to make the best Christmas Dinner!

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    With everything done on Christmas Day, just sit back and relax and be merry!

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    Share your plans for Christmas with us on Facebook and Twitter! Show us how you’re house is decorated this year by @Poundstretcher on Instagram! Don’t forget to check out our website to stock up on our Christmas decorations!  

  • Tips To Stay Safe During Bonfire Night

    Tips To Stay Safe During Bonfire Night

    Remember Remember the 5th of November! That’s right Bonfire Night is fast approaching and we are here to make sure you keep are alert and keep safe during the brilliant night!

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    Keep fireworks away from Children.

    It might sound obvious but many accidents happen to under 16’s and most injuries occur at home displays so make everyone stays well away from the fireworks or even stay inside!

    Keep sparklers away from children under 5 years old.

    Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 2000°C, and children are too young to understand why they are dangerous. If you do let children over 5 use them, supervise them while they use them! After the sparkler dies out, make sure they are put it into a bucket of cold water and no one picks a hot one off the ground.

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    Wrap up warm!

    If you are going to stand outside or go watch a public bonfire, make sure you double up the layers! Wear the warmest coat you own and make sure you stock up on gloves, scarves and or why not wear our snuggle socks  for the ultimate warmth factor!

    Adults- Take care when lighting the fireworks!

    Make sure your firework is secure in the ground and shoot off in the wrong direction! After lighting the firework, make sure you walk away from the firework and stand well back!

    Keep a bucket of water near you.

    Just in case any fire breaks out, always have a bucket of water ready at all times!

    Choose the correct location for a bonfire.

    If you are putting on a bonfire this Bonfire Night, make sure you pick the right location. Make there are no trees or buildings by it. Keep the bonfire at least 18 metres away from the house and sheds as well.

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    Let us know how you are celebrating your Bonfire Night this year on our Facebook and Twitter accounts! Share your Bonfire Night pictures with by @Poundstretcher in them! View our website to view more of our Winter Warmers to beat the chill!  

  • Light Up Your Home This Diwali!

    With the festival of light around the corner, it’s time to light up your home! Diwali might be a holiday Hindu’s and Sikh’s celebrate but this doesn’t mean no one else can join in too! Lighting candles and placing natural lights everywhere will bring a calming atmosphere into your home while staying Eco-friendly at the same time!

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    The festival of Diwali lasts over five days. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Diwali is known as the festival of lights because houses, shops, and public places are decorated with tea lights, candles, and oil lamps called Diyas.

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    To brighten up your home over this festive period, we have a great range of candles and tea lights that will create a warm atmosphere!

    Our favourite candles to use are our Flameless Flickering Scented Candle which provides a lovely fragrance without releasing smoke. You’ll get a relaxing and realistic flickering effort that will convince everyone that it’s a real candle and will create a beautiful subtle scent in your room!

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    Staying with our eco-friendly theme, we also love our Led Colour Change Tea Lights  that come in a variety of colours will light up your home with no wax and no fuss! As you don’t have to worry about a real flame, they can be placed anywhere in your home.

    Add some sparkle to your home with our 4 Pack Glitter LED Tea Lights in red or gold that will be perfect for Christmas as well! Watch the glitter shimmer underneath the LED light for some festive sparkle!

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    Bring the ultimate glow in to your home with our 25 Quality Tea lights  that will add a bright ambience to your living room or pop them into a candle holder for more decoration!

    With all your candles, let them light up your home and enjoy the festivities!

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    How will you be lighting up your home for Diwali? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Share your pictures with us on Instagram. Visit our website to view our full range of candles and other decorations!

  • Halloween Sneak Peak!

    Halloween Sneak Peak!

    Halloween is almost upon us and it’s fair to say our range of fang-tastic treats have got us really excited for the spooky season to arrive!

    We have put together a spook-tacular guide on how you can use our decorations during the haunted month!

    First up we have our Trick or Treat sign  (£1.00) that will be great to place on the front door to invite all the trick or treaters to your home on the eve of Halloween!

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    To create some spooky vibes in your house, we have a selection of mini battery operated ghost and skull lights (£1.00) that will lighten up your haunted house and will add the final touches to the Halloween décor.

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    Our personal favourites to use around the house this year are our Glitter Pumpkin Lights (£2.49) that will be perfect to place on the food table to jazz up the food bowls!  If you want to add more gothic glam to your haunted house, you can also grab our Glitter Skull Lights (£2.49)!

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    To create that extra scare factor, we suggest placing our hanging Pirate Foam Skulls (1.49) around your house that will leave your guests feeling spooked out. The hanging decorations makes a great touch to your haunted house or even hang it at the front to give those trick or treaters a fright!

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    Take it that one step further and decorate your house of terror with our 1m Hanging Skeleton (1.49) that is sure to be the highlight of your guest’s spooky night!  The freaky statues are available in orange and green, so you can that little bit of variety!

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    For those who are going out to trick or treat on the eerie night, we recommend using our Hanging Pumpkin LED Light (£1.00) to carry around with you as we all know how dark the nights become in October! Stay safe and spooky all at the same time!

     

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    Trick or treating isn’t complete if you don’t have anywhere to stash the treats? We particularly love our Pumpkin Sweet Bucket (79p) that look great and will fit in all the goods the kids will collect on the night!purple and orange trick or treat pumpkin bucketsWe hope that this guide gives you a great insight on how to use each decoration to get you prepared for Halloween this year. We have a huge range available on our website.

    Visit your local store to stock up on our bargain value Halloween products. Tweet us your with your favourite decoration or tag us in your Instagram pictures! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!  

  • Poundstretcher Arrives In Aylesford!

    Poundstretcher Arrives In Aylesford!

    The red carpet was rolled out for us in Aylesford!

    It was wonderful to meet our local customers who came out in force with their families and friends to shop for some value bargains.

    We have new stores popping up nationwide to bring you all our fantastic offers.

    So we thought we’d show you what to expect from a Poundstretcher grand opening!

    Our NEW #Aylesford store is now OPEN!! #Poundstretcher #Saturyay

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    Our Aylesford store celebrations kicked off early in the morning with the first 100 customers in line receiving £5 off their first Poundstretcher purchase.

    There was quite a buzz in the air as people waited outside after spotting our online event page and hearing our adverts on the radio!

    The mayor arrived for a ribbon cutting ceremony in his ceremonial bling to officially announce that the store was open.

    He had a lot of kind words to say, which you can hear on our fabulous Instagram account.

    The mayor of Maidstone has officially opened our brand new #Aylesford store!! #Poundstretcher

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    There was plenty of fun for kids with free face painting by Aylesford resident and professional artist Charlotte Savage.

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    She painted adorable designs like Hello Kitty, butterflies, floral designs, spiderman, and many more for FREE all day!

    Even Team Poundstretcher got involved and enjoyed a bit of glitter with matching flower designs while giving out party balloons!

    Two little girls in our Aylesford store with their faces painted

    Our best-selling magnetic fishing game proved to be a big hit with the little ones as they played to WIN fantastic prizes from our selection of kids’ toys.

    From colouring books and sweets to Star Wars activity sets and Disney’s Frozen lunch boxes, there was a prize for everyone to pick!

    Don’t worry, we didn’t leave out the grown-ups!

    We had a special tombola game where if you picked a winning ball out of our jar, a mystery prize would reveal itself!

    We loved seeing your faces light up when you were WINNING your Coffee Tables, Mason jars, Bistro Sets, and more.

    Some lucky Aylesford customers managed to WIN one of our biggest sellers and store favourite, the Jack & Jill Bench Set!!

    Our lucky winners from Aylesford

    A family winning a Jack & Jill Bench Set at our Aylesford store opening

    We love making a fuss of you all by giving you incredible value for money with our big brands at big discounts with bargain deals on all of your kitchen, home, food, and garden essentials.

    If you want to visit one of our fabulous store opening events, keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

    We always post an event online to tell everyone about the dates we’ll be arriving in a town near you!

    Find your nearest Poundstretcher stores on our website here.

    Good luck to our Aylesford staff, welcome to the Poundstretcher family!

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