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  • 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!

    In the Classroom

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    2.  Pencil case fillers!

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

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

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    4. Get the Set!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5. Organising notes and Planning

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

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

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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!

  • 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

  • ‘Thank You, Teacher!’ – The Gifts They Want!

    Say 'thank you' with these great gift ideas

    It’s July, and you know what that means? No, I don’t mean Wimbledon; I’m talking about the end of the academic year!

    Soon kids will be flooding the streets, making the most out of a summer that’s claimed to be scorching, whilst some will be jetting away for holidays to explore new lands and gain new experiences. However, before that happens there’s still the little matter of the last couple of weeks before school actually ends.
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    And so, you may be thinking about buying a little something-something to say 'thank you' to that teacher who has worked so hard throughout the year, put in loads of effort, and has truly made a difference?

    Appreciation for teachers, the ones shaping today’s youth into the future working citizens of this country, is one of those end-of-year traditions that, no matter the age group they teach, ends the year on a high note.

    Due to their caring nature, teachers love any present; it’s true. However, there are gifts that can go the extra mile, and it doesn't have to break your budget and can still come straight from the heart. After all, the last thing you want to give them is something they already have a lot of, and, as a consequence, they won’t even use it!

    So, here are a few versatile gift ideas if you’re still scratching your head over what to get. They’re all useful, they’re all affordable, and they’re all here at Poundstretcher!

    C is for ‘Chocolate’, L is for ‘Lots of it’!

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    Shall we start with the tastiest and most obvious choice? Chocolate! Sweet, sweet chocolate! Why not just end the year with a touch of sweetness and stick to this safe and delicious option? You’d only find a very small handful of people out there who don’t love such a treat; there’s just so much choice when it comes to the sugary stuff.

    If you’re hunting for something simple and classic, then nothing can trump the crispy aspect of Maltesers or the variety of Quality Street. However, if you’re looking for something that looks a little more special, then we at Poundstretcher have you covered with our Cadbury Milk Tray, a small selection of flavoured Cadbury milk chocolate.
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    There’s plenty more where that came from too. We stock a wide range of chocolates, from bars to pouches to eggs (cream eggs to be exact). They all make the perfect snack to feast on in those last few days of after-school marking before that nice, long, well-deserved summer break.

    SATS (Scents A Teacher Smells)

    If chocolate is a no-go, then why not give that special teacher in your life a dash of aromatherapy? No, I don’t mean some fancy spa treatment. Something as simple as a reed diffuser or a candle is more than enough to fill their living space with a fragrance that’ll relax them after a long day.

    Inject some vigour into their home, especially during those long summer days, with some reed diffusers. Coming in lavender, sweet pea, fresh cotton, and French vanilla scents, there’s enough to pick from and a range spanning fresh scents to those sweet-smelling ones.

    Why not say 'thank you' to those teachers with a set of these?

    Also, if reed diffusers aren’t hip enough, then you can always get them a candle IN a Mason jar. Stylish, right? These mini Mason jar candles come in a range of mouth-watering fragrances: cherry, coconut, mulberry, and even marshmallow! The handle makes for easy moving around the home, and the quirky style will fit comfortably in any room. No matter where they go, a relaxing scent can always be there for when they just want to chill.

    However, whilst smelly things are a great gift idea, tread lightly; think long and hard about what fragrance you think the teacher would like, or ask them directly (or be sneaky and have your child ask). Like perfumes and aftershaves, there are many scents out there, and not everyone likes everything.

    Decorating Desks

    Alliteration is great, isn’t it? We learnt it gives colour and a sticking-power in our writing. That’s exactly what these next few ideas will do to your teacher’s desk, be it in the classroom or at home. So, after the edible stuff and the smelly things, here’s some purely aesthetic, handy little things teachers will love.

    Get your teacher's desk looking fantastic with these 'thank you' gifts

    There's one thing that a teacher always needs more of (aside from time), and that's storage. With the mass amount of pens, pencils, toys, books, papers, and inky stamps, there has to be a place to put them all. That's where these practical storage boxes come in!

    Regardless if the teacher in question would prefer pretty butterfliesflowers, or bold geometric shapes, why not allow them to have their things kept safe in a neat and organised way?

    And to top it off? Why not utilise the power of the sun itself with this adorable Solar Flower Buddy (also makes for a useful teaching aid)? Watch it dance side-to-side as it soaks up the sun's rays!

    Art & Design Time

    Nothing says 'thank you' quite like some creatively designed gifts like these

    If you’d rather go the extra mile and instead get your creative juices flowing, then why not think about using a Mason jar and turn it into a fantastic homemade gift? How, you may ask? Simple, take some of our delicious sweets (such as our Maltesers, Skittles, or Squashies) and stuff them inside, creating a more personalised gift than simply handing a standard bag over.

    Don’t want to go in the sweets direction? Then you could always fill it with handwritten messages of praise and admiration. Once the jar is empty, it can then serve another purpose: being a quirky pencil pot to keep on their desk, or to simply keep at home for all their marking stationery.

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    The last idea is a keeper; chocolate – wait, did this already get mentioned? It did? Well, can you blame us for wanting to mention it twice? It really is the staple to give your beloved teacher something edible to munch on when they finally get to put their feet up for the summer.

    Say 'thank you' to your teachers with Poundstretcher

    All in all, no matter what you decide on to say 'thank you', make sure to give the gift search a big A for Effort! Head on down to your local Poundstretcher and find that perfect bargain gift today (remember: only a couple of weeks left)!

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

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

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

    The Legend The Legend

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

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

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

    Wake him up with a feast!

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

    A Breakfast Banquet A Breakfast Banquet

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

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

    Pancake Stack with juicy berries and a generous dusting of achievement! Pancake Stack with juicy berries and a generous dusting of achievement!

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

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

    Eggs Benedict Eggs Benedict

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

    The Mighty Full English The Mighty Full English

    Go on— push the TOAST out!

    Get him off the sofa and into a deck chair!

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

    Father and Son in the sun Father and Son in the sun

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

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

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

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

    Family Fun Family Fun

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

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

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

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

  • Five Ways To Use White Chocolate

    Five Ways To Use White Chocolate

    To celebrate White Chocolate Day that happened this week, we thought we’d compile a list of all the ways you can use the chocolatey treat  and share our favourite recipes with you! All products mentioned are Poundstretcher worthy and you won’t need to break the bank to buy our stuff!

    BE WARNED YOU WILL CRAVE CHOCOLATE THROUGHOUT THIS POST!

    1. The obvious way is too of course is EAT it! If you fancy a pick me, we have plenty of chocolate waiting to be eaten in our stores at great prices!

    broken up bits of white chocolate

    2) Drink it- We suggest making White Hot chocolate for that creamier finish for those cold nights! You don’t need to stop just there. You can also use it to make the most delish milkshake!

    All you need to make the perfect white chocolate milkshake is:

    85ml of semi skimmed milk

    170ml of vanilla ice cream

    50g of white chocolate chips

    A bar of white chocolate for garnish

    1. Blend milk with the chocolate chips and keep blending until it is smooth
    2. Slowly add scoops of ice cream and blend until it resembles a slightly melted appearance
    3. Grate the block of white chocolate and use to garnish on top of the milkshake and serve!

     

    vanilla milkshake with whipped cream at the top

    3) Make ice cubes- If you want to add a bit of flavour to your drink, these flavoured ice cubes will do just the trick! They are perfect to accompany with milkshakes.

    You will need:

    200ml milk

    50ml water

    1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa

    1 teaspoon of sugar

    70g of white chocolate

    Ice Cube Tray

    1. Cut the chocolate into fine pieces and set aside in a heat proof bowl
    2. Add all the ingredients together into a large saucepan and allow everything to come to a boil over medium heat
    3. Pour the mixture over the chocolate and then allow the chocolate to melt for five minutes.
    4. Pour the mixture in one of our ice cube trays and distribute evenly to get enough chocolatey goodness in each hole
    5. Freeze the ice cubes

     

    assorted range of ice cube trays in purple, yellow and red

    4) Dip it- Create a white chocolate sauce by melting the chocolate that can be used as a dip or even as a sauce that can be drizzled on to other treats such as cakes, brownies or other goodies that tickle your fancy!

    image of splashing white milk

    5) Mould it- Why not get creative and use it to create some fancy shapes or use our Silicone Heart Baking Pan and share some chocolate loving!

    1. Melt some white chocolate.
    2. Grab your mould of choice and slowly pour the melted chocolate into the mould
    3. Once filled, tap your mould on to your surface to release any trapped air bubbles
    4. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and voila your chocolate mould is ready!

    red heart mould

    With our tips on how to use white chocolate, we hope this gives you an inspiration on what to do with your white chocolate this week!

    Tweet us with how you used your white chocolate today or tag us in your Instagram pictures! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook 

  • The Great Budget Bake Off!

    The Great Budget Bake Off!

    It’s the moment we’ve all been baking for ladies, gents, and everyone in between: The Great British Bake Off is returning to our screens!!

    A lot has happened since Nadiya Hussain won the last season:  Mary Berry’s infamous floral jackets are now the height of high street fashion, Nadiya has a book epically titled ‘The Chronicles Of Nadiya’, and Paul Hollywood is… well he’s still being Paul Hollywood really.

    Slices of a pecan pie

    On August 24th we’ll get to see the next batch of contestants bake off for the prestigious title of the best baker!

    To celebrate the return of our favourite show, we thought we’d get in on the fun and hold our very own ‘Great Buyer Bake Off’!!

    Five members of our buying team have bravely volunteered to put their baking skills to the test for the next three weeks to be in the running towards become the best buyer baker.

    But how will we decide the winners without Mary Berry?!

    A slice of Victoria sponge cake on a plate next to a cake with the buttercream and jam filling showing

    That’s why we need you lovely VIPs - Very Important Poundstretchers!

    Every week we’ll be posting pics and videos of each cake on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Our office will do the tasting though – sorry guys, technology has not advanced enough for us to send you a cake slice through social media!

    You can vote by telling us your favourite cake from our bake off by commenting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    We feel bad that you can’t eat the cakes so every voter will be automatically entered in to an online prize draw to WIN a £20 Poundstretcher voucher!

    We will pick one person at random each week, good luck to all who enter!

    Cherry topped muffins with pink frosting

    Our buyer bakers’ first challenge is to make a classic Victoria Sponge.

    All of the cake tins and accessories used are Poundstretcher’s very own! Because let’s face it, home baking on a budget tastes amazing and we wanted the buyer bakers to get creative (as well as cause chaos in the kitchen) to show that you can bake cheaply.

    So while you wait for your bread to rise and your cakes to bake, why not log on to our social media profiles and vote for your favourite Poundstretcher baker?

    Visit our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to drool over the buyer’s cakes for this week – don’t forget to like, share, and comment on your favourite to be in with the chance to WIN Poundstretcher vouchers!

    A raspberry cheesecake seen from above on a black background with a slice cut out

    Got baking on the brain? Pop in-store and check out our fantastic value range of home baking accessories from cake tins to whisks to self-raising flower and icing sugar. Find your nearest store here to get all your baking essentials!

  • Back To School Lunch Ideas

    Back To School Lunch Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Mickey Mouse Lunch Box Mix 

    4 salmon wraps with salad and fruit for back to school lunch ideas

    You’ll need:

    Sandwich

    2 tortilla wraps

    Lettuce

    Cucumber slices

    John West Wild Pacific Salmon 212g

    Mayonaise

    Sides

    1 banana

    Peanut Butter

    A couple of handfuls of oats

    Optional nuts and maple syrup

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

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

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

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

    The Panini Disney Princess Lunch Box Mix

    A tuna melt sandwich

    You’ll need:

    Sandwich

    A panini or 2 slices of bread to toast

    John West Tuna In Brine

    Mayonaise

    Lettuce

    Cucumber

    Grated Cheese

    Sides

    Cherries

    Pink Panther Pink Wafer Biscuits

    Strawberries with yoghurt dip

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

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

    The Spicy Spidey Senses Spiderman Lunch Box Mix 

    A healthy back to school lunch idea of leftover pasta

    You’ll need:

    Main lunch

    Leftover pasta or lasagne from the night before

    Baked potato wedges from the night before

    Sides:

    Olives

    Velvet Chilli Crisps

    Cherry tomatoes

    Celery

    Salsa

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Back To School Lunch Boxes By Disney And MarvelTag us on Facebook, use #Poundstretcher in your Instagram caption or tweet us @Poundstretcher1 and we'll share the top Back To School lunch ideas!!

  • Simple Summer Snacks For Family Trips

    Simple Summer Snacks For Family Trips

    The Summer holidays are officially here!

    You’ve probably got lots of fun and exciting Summer holiday activities planned so you’re bound to be doing a lot of travelling across the UK during the next 6 weeks.

    And we all know what that means.

    The familiar sounds of ‘are we there yet’ from the back seats, endless queuing, and of course the inevitable expensive snacks.

    We’ve all been there: you head off to a fair ground or a wildlife park to have a cracking time with the family and suddenly you’re broke for the Summer because a few hot dogs have made you dip in to your overdraft.

    We’re all about saving those pennies and pounds – after all it’s why we’re called Poundstretcher!

    So we thought we’d give you some simple snacks that won’t cost you more than your day out itself!

    Snacks for peckish parents...

    Parents driving in the car with child in back seat

    Running after the kids, keeping granny and grandad out of trouble, and of course let’s not forget making sure your other half is still trailing behind you all is not an easy task. So you’re going to need to remember to eat amongst the chaos and keep your strength up!

    Chances are you’re going to be leaving at stupid o’clock in the morning which means you have to wake up the mini ones and make sure they’re ready on time. You’re going to need a lot of snacks and tons of coffee. Not just any coffee though, you need a sumptuously rich nectar of the gods that will make your soul thank the heavens for those finely ground little beans. In other words, your old friend Douwe Egberts Coffee Pure Indulgence Coffee (£3.99) will keep you awake for the long day. It's strength is measured 4 out of 5 so it'll definitely put a spring in your step! Pick up one of our witty Stainless Steel Travel Mugs for just £1.99 so your coffee stays hot to keep your head cool during the Summer shenanigans.

    If you’ve skipped breakfast, reach for the Go Ahead Yoghurt Break 5 PK (£1.00) just before the big drive for a quick bite. Half way there if you can’t  bear to listen to the kids arguing in the back of the car anymore, open up some Cadbury Crunchie Rocks (£1.00) so your chomping will mute their noise! Snacks the way to handle a stressful road trip!

    For the kids:

    Three Cute Ginger Red Haired Children Wearing Heart Sunglasses In Car

    It’s typical that you’ll get 30 minutes in to the drive and suddenly hear a small voice in the back seat say ‘I’m hungry’. If it’s still early in the morning, a Cadbury Brunch Bar (6 pack for £1.00) is a fantastic way to keep their energy up and the dreaded hunger at bay. After all, it’s not fun being trapped in a car with hangry kids!

    For a sweet pick me up, why not reach for the Oreos Original Biscuits (4 pack for £1.00)? It’s an American classic that’s taken the UK by storm with its sweet cocoa biscuit and creamy filling, plus they come in mini packs in the box so the little ones will be too busy munching to moan and whinge!

    Make sure you give everyone a Robinson’s Fruit Shoot Apple 4 PK (£1.00) half way through your road trip when you know you’re going to stop for petrol soon. Trust me, you do not want any accidents or screaming for the toilet from your tots when you’ve only just set off.

    If the kids are a bit peckish but you’re almost at your Summer day getaway, open up a bag of Scooby Doo Binky Bites (£1.49) to share.  Their fruity filling will be a major hit with the kids and they’re small enough to not spoil their lunch or dinner luckily. Jinkies, prepare for plenty of Scooby and Shaggy impressions coming from the back seat and your other half though zoiks!

    Healthy homemade snacks:

    Trying to eat healthy doesn’t have to be impossibly expensive or hard. So gather up your food storage containers and Tupperware, here’s some quick and easy speedy snacks to boost your energy:

    Banana Energy Balls  

    Banana Oat Ball Snacks

    Ingredients:

    Mashed Bananas

    Oats

    1 Tsp Maple Syrub

    1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

    Recipe:

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

    Roasted Chickpea Crisps

    Roasted Chickpea Snacks

    Ingredients:

    1 can of chickpeas

    Paprika seasoning

    Garlic Seasoning

    Salt

    Olive Oil

    Recipe:

    • Open can of chickpeas, drain, rinse under the tap, and dry them
    • Sprinkle 1 - 2 tbsp of olive oil on them
    • Add the seasoning of your choice. I’ve gone with salt, garlic, and paprika but you can choose whatever takes your fancy!
    • Bake at 300-400 degrees until nice and crispy. Don’t be afraid to put them in for longer if needed.
    • Put in a food storage container and set off on your road trip

     

    Enjoy family time during the Summer holidays! If you'd like to get some road trip snacks, visit our website here to find your nearest store.

    Made some of our healthy Summer snacks? Tag us on Instagram with #Poundstretcher and we'll repost the best!

  • Simple Overnight Oats: Summer’s Coolest Breakfast

    Simple Overnight Oats: Summer’s Coolest Breakfast

    So the kids are preparing for the Summer holidays while you’re stuck in a rut for the final fortnight.

    When you’re trying to get the little ones ready for school, it’s easy to forget about something as important as breakfast.

    After all, it’s going to be a hectic 6 weeks trying to juggle work and child care so you're already stressing about it all.

    You need something quick, healthy, hearty, and cheap.

    Sounds too good to be true?

    Wrong.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of overnight oats.

    3 Mason jars with yummr overnight oats recipes including banana, strawberry, and peanut butter

    Overnight oats have been taking the internet by storm and unlike traditional porridge that you need to stir on the stove for a good 20 minutes, the prep time for overnight oats is 10 minutes or less before you go to bed.

    Kids will also absolutely adore this healthy breakfast treat and they’ll love all the random colours you can make with this dish.

    However this grab-and-go breakfast on a budget is sure to help busy mums and dads like you to get your 5-a-day, calcium, and to stay energised until lunch time.

    Sometimes they’re called Summer oats because in the warmer seasons this brekkie can keep you cool.

    If the weather turns typically British with the cold and rain, you can just pop them in the microwave for a minute and a half for a hot comforting meal.

    All you need is:

    • Porridge oats (of course)
    • An air tight container like a Mason jar
    • Toppings
    • Milk, yogurt, water or a dairy alternative of your choice

    We’d recommend using a measuring jug to roughly measure out 200ml of your liquid and 35g of your oats but to be honest you can be flexible with how much you put in.

    The best part is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your tastes.

    Not sure what toppings you want? Here’s some of our favourite overnight oats recipes:

    1. The Cinnamon Staple

    A woman holding a spoonful of overnight oats

    Ingredients:

    • Desiccated coconut flakes
    • 200ml of milk or a dairy alternative of your choice
    • 35g or more of oats
    • 1tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp of sugar
    • Chopped banana

    A sweet breakfast that will fast become a staple in the kitchen, you’ll get a bit of your 5-a-day with the banana but can also treat yourself to a bit of sugar with that half tea spoon.  This recipe is so easy, even the mini ones can do it to help you out in the kitchen! Put all of your ingredients in the jar in no particular order – leave the banana out though! Put the lid on the Mason jar, shake it like a Polaroid picture, and leave overnight. When you wake up in the morning, give your oats a stir, chop a banana and add to the top.

    1. The Fruity Fresh One 

    A Mason jar with yogurt, blueberries, and oats

    Ingredients:

    • Yoghurt
    • Oats
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries
    • Milk
    • ½ tsp sugar

    This one needs a bit of layering so it can look pretty! Layer your yogurt and oats one after the other, occasionally add chopped fruit to the yogurt layer. Mix and match your flavours but always remember to leave enough for your top layer to decorate it. Put the lid on and shake your Mason jar like you’re holding maracas, put it in the fridge, and leave it overnight. Add your fruit to the top in the morning!

    1. The Pecan Pie Porridge

    A Mason jar with pecans, bananas, and overnight oats

    Ingredients:

    • 1tbsp peanut butter
    • 1 tsp maple syrup
    • A handful of pecans
    • 1 mashed banana
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • Optional: A splash of milk or dairy alternative of your choice

    Is it a dessert or is it a breakfast? For everyone who has always wanted to eat cake for breakfast (hopefully not just us), this is a healthy overnight oats recipe that tastes like you’re indulging in a cheeky pudding. First you need to mash your banana up in a bowl – the spottier that nana is the better because that means it’s super sweet and ripe. Then add all of your other ingredients apart from the pecans to the mix and go stir crazy! Make sure that peanut butter is even, it’s easy to miss a spot in your jar. Shake your Mason jar like your busting out a Gangnam Style move, put it in the fridge, and leave it overnight. If you want your brekkie to be creamier, add a splash of milk to taste then stir before you leave it in the fridge. Remember the oats will swell and soak all of this mixture up so your Summer oats will be thicker in the morning after you’ve left them out, so don’t add too much milk because it’ll end up like a milkshake! In the morning, sprinkle some pecans on top, dig in, and enjoy!

    Want more delicious speedy breakfasts? Visit us online and browse our food section for your bargain hunting prep before heading in to your nearest store.

    Why not tag us with #Poundstretcher on Twitter and Instagram to show off your own overnight oats? We love seeing how creative you are!

  • 7 Signs You're Addicted To Coffee

    7 Signs You're Addicted To Coffee

    Are you cuckoo over coffee? Can’t go a day without that sweet nectar of the gods?

    You may have a problem.

    It’s going to be okay because the first step to breaking a habit is admitting you have a problem… a delicious, smooth, rich, creamy, cup of a problem.

    We’re probably the worst people to lecture you about bad habits, we LOVE coffee here at Poundstretcher HQ.

    It’s one of the reasons we like giving it to you for such a bargain price!

    Despite all of us loving coffee a bit too much, let’s at least warn others of this affliction.

    So while we go and top up our brew, why don’t you read through these 7 signs you’re obsessed with coffee to see if you’re truly a coffee-holic.

    1. Coffee is the first thing you think about when you wake up 

    A coffee cup with 'Good Morning' written in the foam and a pile of coffee beans in the shape of a heart

    Especially when you’re an early riser awake who needs to be out the house by 6am. Coffee is something that’s often used to keep us going throughout the day but why do we feel so energised after drinking it? Caffeine has a total of 2 calories which means it contains hardly any energy boosting properties or nutritional value.That coffee buzz you feel after an espresso is because caffeine stimulates your brain’s wires to wake up your mind. So while you think you can do ten marathons after 1 cup, in reality your muscles are gaining zero energy.

    1. You have your very own cupboard full of espresso cups and a ‘special mug’ for the really good stuff…

    A coffee cup with a heart design inside the drink

    …while guests are relegated to the peasants’ cupboard for their bog standard brew.

    1. Some people want to go wine tasting but your dream is coffee tasting.

    A selection of coffees, cappuccinos and lattes with a bowl of coffee beans

    It would be the ultimate excuse to have multiple cups of heavenly coffee. Because one cup and one type of roast is never enough. I can guarantee your brain is now probably imagining giant pools of 100% Arabica dark roast coffee. Okay, maybe Team Poundstretcher’s brains are... please don't judge us.

    1. Speaking of alcohol, your drink of choice is an espresso martini…

    A wine glass full of coffee beans

    Your favourite dessert is coffee cake and you’re always the first one to reach for the coffee flavoured chocolates in the box. Anyone else actually getting hold of some coffee with you about is playing a losing game.

    1. You’ve got more than one fancy pants coffee machine. 

    Latte art that looks like a cute panda

    Sure you have the kids, the marriage, and the car but you didn’t feel truly alive until you got your Nescafe coffee machine. You haven’t made it in life until you can enjoy every layer of a macchiato without leaving the house.

    1. If there’s no coffee left, you’ve been known to reach for the Coca-Cola after a brief meltdown.

    Coca - Cola cans and soda in two glasses

    Let’s face it, when you go without coffee your wobblers make your 3 year old’s tantrums look like Christmas. Coca-Cola may pacify your caffeine craving but it’s no cappuccino.

    1. The first person or object you’d save in a fire? Coffee. Every time. 

    An anxious man clinging on to a coffee cup

    And you know what? You’re not even the least bit sorry that you’d protect your precious Tassimo coffee stash first. To some this is the true sign of a coffee addict but you don’t think you’re obsessed at all – you’re just too dedicated for decaf!

    Got your hands on some of our incredible coffee at bargain low prices? Send us a pic on Instagram with #Poundstretcher in the caption.

    To stock up your kitchen cupboard with your beloved coffee, pop in to your nearest store and check our value Nescafe and Tassimo drink offers! Find your local Poundstretcher here.

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