Food

  • 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!

  • 5 Valentine’s Day Sweets to Try this Year

    Save the date, it's Valentine's Day in 5 days! There's not long to go at all to grab all those roses, and chocolates, and cards, and all manner of gifts for the one close to your heart.

    Being the last weekend before Valentine's, here's a quick showcase of our top gift ideas for those with a sweet tooth. After all, it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a bit of sweetness to it, right?

     

    CADBURY MILK TRAY - £1

    Starting off with a classic, this much-loved chocolate selection has been around since 1915 and is still going strong today! Definitely a national favourite, Cadbury Milk Tray is the perfect gift or sweet treat to go with a nice movie and a cuddle on the sofa.

    Housing a great selection of delicious Cadbury milk chocolates, you can always count on Cadbury for quality milky taste sensations.

     

    THORNTONS CLASSIC COLLECTION - £2.99

    Why not gift someone a box of delicious indulgence this Valentine's Day with this wonderful Thorntons Classic Collection? Coming from Thorntons, the same company that has been providing the nation with delightful chocolates since 1911, this is a box of mouth-watering, tasty goodness is absolutely perfect.

    Lovingly created to include milk, dark, and white chocolates, this is truly one for any chocolate-lover!

     

    THORNTONS CHOCOLATE CONTINENTAL COLLECTION - £2.99

    With the inclusion of divine truffles and delectable pralines, why not check out this lovely collection of the nation's favourite Thorntons chocolates? The Continental Collection is a great way to show your love to that special someone close to your heart.

    Take a trip through chocolate and experience Alpine praline, Vienesse truffles, Seville caramel, and other delightful wonders that all await in this fantastic journey through taste.

     

    MALTESERS CHOCOLATE BOX - £1

    Another classic; Maltesers are surely the go-to chocolate for gifts of all sorts. So why would Valentine's Day be any different? With a sealable box, this great, delicious, and oh-so-creamy little treat is well-loved, and for good reason.

    Made using Fairtrade chocolate, the unmistakable crunchiness won't disturb you as you relax whilst watching Netflix, all huddled together.  It's great for sharing between lovers (but then again, maybe not?!).

     

    LOVE HEARTS GIFT TUBE - £1

    Though, it's not all about chocolate! Sometimes you need something as deliciously sweet as Swizzels Love Hearts and is a great gift for those who might not want any chocolate this year on Valentine's Day.

    Sometimes words printed on delightfully classic sweets can mean a lot more than anything spoken. So, this gift tube of Love Hearts can become a quirky and adorable present for one close to your heart.

    So, why not go with the traditional gift of chocolate this year? Surely this quick list of wonderful sweet treats has given you something to think about? If you need more ideas for gifts and chocolates, then why not check out our Facebook and Twitter for more great Valentine's Day deals and products!

    Also, be sure to visit our Find-a-Store to see where your nearest Poundstretcher is for all your Valentine's Day needs!

  • Recipe: Devilicious Halloween Cookies

    These devilicious cookies are the perfect treat for your ghoulish guests this Halloween!  Use our cookie cutters to create spooky shapes then get creative with your icing to really make these cookies spooktacular!

    Preparation time: 1 to 2 hours

    Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins

    Serves: 20

    Ingredients

    • 250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened
    • 250g/9oz golden caster sugar
    • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour
    • red and black food colouring (optional)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • Halloween-themed cookie cutters
    • red, white and black writing icing
    • 200g/7oz ready-to-roll fondant icing
    • 1 tbsp apricot jam, warmed with 1tsp water

    Method

    1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl, preferably using an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the flour.) If you’re using food colouring, add a few drops to the mixture.

    2. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir the flour into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour.

    3. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface. (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters. Take a few limbs and heads off the gingerbread man for added gore.

    5. Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little.

    6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    7. Once cool, let your imagination run wild. Use the red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood. For the skeletons and mummies, roll the fondant icing out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a work surface dusted with icing sugar and cut out shapes using the same cutters as the cookies. Brush the cookies with the warmed apricot jam and stick the icing onto the cookies. Decorate with the white and black writing icing.

    Recipe credit: BBC Food

  • 6 Easy DIY hacks for spooktacular Halloween decorations!

    Looking for an affordable way to turn your home into a devilishly sinister haunted house this Halloween? Look no further because we’ve put together 6 easy Halloween hacks for spooky decorations below! Scroll down if you dare to discover some amazing DIY decorations, from petrifying painted pumpkins to creepy candles!

    Creepy Candles

    These creepy candles are super easy and a great decoration to place anywhere around the home this Halloween! Simply take a permanent marker and draw on two eyes and a mouth to create ghastly faces! No matter how simple or complex your designs, these candles are bound to creep out your guests!

    via www.growingspaces.net

    Painted Pumpkins

    Want to create some petrifying pumpkins without the mess? Grab a paintbrush and get creative with some painted pumpkin designs! Take inspiration from these amazing creations and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. So easy but SO effective!

    via www.thismama.co.uk

    Mason Jar Mummies

    These mason jar mummies are a great way to create a spooktacular atmosphere this Halloween. Simply wrap bandages around your jar and secure with glue (or even tie in a knot!), then glue on some googly eyes and pop in a tea light! You can even place in our colour changing LED tea lights for a twist on the classic lantern! Browse our selection of mason jars here!

    via www.alittleclaireification.com

    Wall of Bats

    A simple yet fangtastically effective Halloween project is to create a terrifying wall of bats! Print out this bat stencil, then take some black card and fold in half. Place the edge of the stencil marked ‘FOLD’ along the fold in the black card and cut out your bat shape. Unfold and stick to the wall with blu tack! Create as many bats as you like in as many sizes as you want…the more the better!

    via www.madeeveryday.com

    Tangerine Pumpkins

    A cute and quirky alternative to the classic pumpkin, these tangerine pumpkins are perfect for Halloween! Simply take a black marker and draw on your scariest pumpkin design!

    via www.pinterest.com

    Lollypop Ghosts

    We love these cute lollypop ghost creations and they’re super easy to make! Take a lollypop, like one of these Swizzels fruity pop lickables, and wrap a tissue around. Secure with ribbon or an elastic band and draw on your spookiest face! The perfect Halloween treats for your party guests!

    via www.onelittleproject.com

     

     

  • Trick or Treat? Get all the Halloween Sweets You Need from Poundstretcher

    Trick or treat! That's right, it's that time of the year once again; Halloween is almost upon us!

    What better way to celebrate this horrifying season than with mouth-watering Halloween sweets?! Whether you wish to hand them out to trick-or-treaters or use them during spooky-scary Halloween parties, Poundstretcher have you covered with a selection of deliciously terrifying Halloween sweets!

    Halloween, formerly known as All Hallows Eve, has been thought to have its beginnings in pagan festivals held around the end of October here in the UK. People originally believed that the spirits of the dead wandered amongst the living. To avoid any nasty confrontations, they dressed in costumes whenever they had t go outside.

    Trick-or-treating arose from these beliefs. The tradition of going from house-to-house 'trick-or-treating' in the UK goes as far back as the 16th century. Throughout the years these customs were outlawed, changed, and developed into the celebrations we see today.

    So, if you're seeking for more treats than tricks this year, why not celebrate this  Halloween in 2017 with Poundstretcher? Our range of affordable and fantastic Halloween sweets will surely be a pleasant shock.

    M-M-M-Murder Motel!

    Want a great mix of spooky Halloween sweets that are themed accordingly and absolutely amazing to sink your fangs into? Well then, our Murder Motel range is just what you're looking for!

    From cyclops eyeballs and gummy body parts to shrunken skull lollipops, you'll find a spine-chilling array of terrifying and gory delights that any little (or big) monster will love to snack on. Or maybe you prefer some brain food instead? Have a mind-tingling sensation with these brain rot sherbet bottles. They're all perfect for Halloween parties and are all just £1 each!

     

     

    Spooky Scary Swizzels

    Maybe you don't want to be feasting on body parts and eyeballs? Maybe you'd rather have a Halloween that's full of Swizzels sweets instead?!

    We have a wide array from Squashies to traditional drumsticks, but why settle for the same old stuff? It's Halloween, try something themed for the occasion! Like this Swizzels Trick Or Treat Lolly Mix, or how about some Squashies with their special orange & blackcurrant flavours?

    Fancy something in higher quantity? We have you covered with these Swizzels Monster Treats of pure hair-raising delight!

     

    Gooey And Oh-So Sweet Marshmallow Cakes

    Maybe you don't want confectionery? Perhaps you'd rather have some delicious chocolate on Halloween instead? Well, if that's what you're after you can have that and so much more with these products from Mammoet Cakes!

    If you're in the mood for a chocolate coating that covers a soft centre of marshmallow filling, then why not give these Marshmallow Chocnight Cakes a try? Or better yet, try these that have been sprinkled with coconut!

     

    Chocolate in Nets!

    Or if you'd rather keep it on the small-scale, then these chocolate pumpkin balls (or eyeballs if you feel gruesome) are perfect as party favours or for giving out to trick-or-treaters.

    Want to find where your nearest Poundstretcher is so you can plan your horrifyingly great Halloween? For all your goodies (be they decorations, costumes, or sweets) then head on over to our Store Finder. You'll be able to find store locations, opening hours, and Google Map directions!

    Happy Halloween! Poundstretcher

  • 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!

  • Handy Food Storage Hacks For Your Home

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

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

    Keeping Your Lunch Fresh

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

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

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

    Keeping Your Food Ready For The Reheat

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

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

    What You Can Store in Food Storage Containers

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

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

    Where To Keep & How To Organise Your Food Storage Containers

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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    1. Backpacks

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

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

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

    Only £1.99 each!

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    2.  Pencil case fillers!

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

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

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    4. Get the Set!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5. Organising notes and Planning

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

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

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

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

    Time for Lunch!

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

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

    6. Lunch Storage Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

    7. Lunch Box Fillers

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

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

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    8. Cold Drinks

    Keep your kids hydrated with Poundstretcher!

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

    But, where did it all start?

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

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

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

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

    Where Do Cereals Grow?

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

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

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

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

    Importance of Cereals

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When to Eat Cereals

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

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

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

    Where Should Cereals Be Stored?

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

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

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

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

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    Where to Buy Cereals?

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

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

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

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  • 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!

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    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!

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