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

    MUSIC FESTIVAL - ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l/

    noun

    plural noun: music festivals

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

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

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

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

    Camping Tools: From ditches to Duchess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wake him up with a feast!

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

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

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

    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’?

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

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    Go on— push the TOAST out!

    Get him off the sofa and into a deck chair!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The HOW TO guide: get fired up for National BBQ Week and avoid the backseat grillers...

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    If there’s one thing us Brits are good at apart from complaining about the weather it’s justifying a BBQ the minute the sun comes out. It could be 4°C with gale-force winds but, if there’s a whisper of sunshine, you can guarantee an apocalyptic-type surge will descend on the supermarkets for bread buns and burgers.

    But as national BBQ week is upon us, and, with the weather set to reach fore-head burning temperatures, I feel it necessary to map out the essentials you’ll be needing to make sure you put on a show-stopping BBQ!

    Tools

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    BBQs have come a long way since the days where you’d shove a couple of sausages on a disposable BBQ and wait until they were suitably scorched. Nowadays, even the disposable BBQs are like inexpensive mini-ovens so it’s easier to get your own alfresco grill on the go! Generally, what you pay for is what you get but for those of us not willing to take out a second mortgage for a piece of equipment that, realistically, might only be used a couple of times a year, you can pick up a decent portable BBQ and get change from a tenner!

    Stock your Toolbox!

    shutterstock_400890382Secondly, it’s important to remember the essential equipment to optimise your cooking experience whilst minimising any unnecessary hiccups. The last thing you want is singed fingers because you picked up your Rib-Eye directly off the grill with your bare hands. Be prepared! And get your Barbi toolkit stocked with prongs, tongues and a spatula. You can thank me later when your chicken breasts are evenly cooked and your fingerprints are still in-tact.

    Condiments and Sides

    They say behind every great man, there’s a great woman supporting him and the same applies to a BBQ. It’s not all about the BBQ. To be successful, a BBQ cannot stand alone— no BBQ’s an island. It’s almost become its own culture­— a state of mind, an art-form.

    shutterstock_452355661When you go to a BBQ, you know you’re not going to be sticking to that beach-ready body diet you’ve been miserably following all week. It’s the weekend! Those two beautiful days where Sauvignon flows at lunch time and nibbling becomes a national sport.

    The bits on the side.

    Make sure you kit the tables out with the basics; nuts, cucumber batons, egg mayo, spring rolls, samosas, battered mushrooms, sausage rolls, pork pies! Then, if you’ve got space; crispy sweet potato fries and cheesy nachos, pasta salads and coleslaw are all strong contenders to add to the grazing table too!

    Get on the sauce

    But no BBQ would be complete without an army of condiments ; mayos, mustards, ketchup, BBQ sauces, home-made salsa and guacamole, tangy salad dressings and creamy Hummus. Get ‘on the sauce’ this BBQ season and embrace the benefits of a good Saturday afternoon snacking session!

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    So, give your guests something proper to go with their chicken wings. Long gone are the days when a block of cheddar and a family-sized jar of pickled onions would’ve sufficed. You’re playing with the big [hot]dogs now so make sure you take your spread seriously!

    Remember: This isn’t the charity bingo at your local town hall.

    This… Is… BBQ’ing.

    The Main Event

    Once upon a time, a British BBQ would typically have involved the cheapest of minced beef burgers and possibly a 60p pack of sausages thrown on to be cremated for an added treat. How times have changed!

    So make sure you don’t get a ‘grill’ing from your guests and get creative with what you’re putting between your baps this season!

    Get your guests chomping at the ‘spit’.

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    If you have the time, marinating is a good way to go. Toss a few prawns in with some garlic, chilli and a squeeze of lime for a fiery Thai-style starter. Or maybe give your guests a taste of the exotic with some middle-eastern Lamb Kebabs? If you want to keep it simple yet delicious, tin foil a seasoned Sea Bass fillet with a lemon wedge nestled in there for zest or why not go the whole hog and get sizzling some Sirloins?

    The world, as they say, is your oven.

    And for the foragers…

    BBQ’s are not just about catering for the carnivores anymore. No longer do the vegetarians of the group have to sit in the corner, sadly crunching through blackened bean burgers and bread sticks whilst everybody else gnashes at chicken drumsticks with a Henry VIII - type vigour.

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    Set to overtake Prosecco in terms of trendiness this summer: the dawn of Halloumi. Get those skewers piercing through peppers and courgettes and fire up some ‘squeaky cheese’ for a tasty veggie alternative to chicken! Mushrooms, aubergine, beef tomatoes- with the right herbs and spices, you can finally make your veggie mates’ mouths water because, after all, they deserve to enjoy a BBQ too!

    The final act.

    shutterstock_103581095Obviously when it comes to desserts, it’s up to you how you do it. Everyone loves the great British summer classics; Eton Mess, Victoria sponge and, of course, the illustrious tinned fruit trifle. But if you’re looking for scrumptiousness with minimal effort, then BBQ’ing a banana in foil with some chocolate works a treat! Obviously you can improvise with your choice of chocolate- anything from Lindt to a chopped up Crème Egg, and when it’s ready, you’ll have a delicious gooey treat to demolish. A guaranteed crowd pleaser!

    It’s messy but it is so worth it.

    Revive your refreshments!

    For many connoisseurs of the 'Bar-Be-Cue' realm, the food is the main event but if your drinks station isn’t properly  prepped, you may end up with a small rebellion to mediate. Having a crate strewn in the corner with a couple of bottles of warm pop for the drivers just won’t cut it anymore.

    People are a lot harder to impress nowadays. So, don’t fall short of the order and give your guests something to fizz about! In recent years, this retro-quirky-chic style has become immensely popular but can sometimes be pricey to replicate.

    278841-mason jar with straw_group on chopping boar_1000x1000Getting some fun glasses, though, can be a cheap way to create a ‘wow’ factor. Drinking your Orange juice out of a cute mason jar with a straw or an old-fashioned style milk bottle would definitely put a smile on your face- even if you are the designated driver. And from 49p a glass, you can plug a cork in your spending.

    And if you want to be really impressive, get your hands on a fabulous drinks dispenser for the table. Whether your style is vintage or quirky, a dispenser is an incredibly easy way to tart-up that homemade fruit punch you probably should’ve followed a recipe to make…

    Jazz up your drinks and make your guests feel special — it's a party, after all!

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    Give your garden a spring clean.

    Nobody’s expecting a ‘Mrs Bucket’ type approach when it comes to tidying up your garden after the grotty winter months, but there are a few economical and simple ways to inject some life back into your garden.

    Firstly, make sure you’ve got enough furniture.

    shutterstock_104506379Although most people tend to end up milling around the garden lazily, chatting, nibbling and slurping their Pimms, you want to give your guests the option of a comfy seat. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some nice chairs. Outdoor furniture has come on leaps and bounds since those abominable plastic white yard chairs that your Grandma always brought out for garden parties.

    Pick up a few panama chairs – they come in loads of bright colours and actually make you want to sit down— not like their predecessors. But if they don’t take your fancy, there are loads to choose from, varying in colour, material and comfort, so you can give your guests a proper place to curl up when the sun sets and everyone’s eaten their fill!

    Twinkle under the stars…

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    And for when the sun goes down, sprinkle some solar onto your garden. With gorgeous fairy lights, hanging bulbs and stake lights from as little as 75p, it’s easy to give your garden a sparkling make-over without blowing your budget!

    So, there you have it —

    —a guide to not getting a ‘roast’ing this summer by bettering your neighbours’ BBQs and making sure yours is the best BBQ your street has ever seen!

  • 5 Tips To Get Your BBQ Party Started!

    5 Tips To Get Your BBQ Party Started!

    Things are heating up now it’s May with National BBQ Month!

    We love any excuse for a good ol’ knees up in the garden with family, friends, and a whole lotta food. And what better reason is there than the sun coming out just as BBQ month begins? Clearly it’s fate.

    So are you a Grill Sergeant Major or a beginner about to feel the burn for the first time? Either way, we've got some tips and tricks so your budget BBQ party is red hot without going up in flames.

    1. Be safe and appoint two grill operators

    Always be safe when operating a grill. You can get portable BBQs and grills from Poundstretcher at a cheap price

    Let’s get the boring but necessary bit out of the way: be safe. When using a barbecue you are literally playing with fire. If you add small children, pets, and a bunch of relatives who have probably had one or two cocktails, then it’s bound to get hectic. First place your BBQ away from any branches or trees and keep young children and pets at a safe distance. Make sure any bits of fat and residue from your previous BBQ meal has been cleaned so your grill isn’t going to be too flammable and never leave your grill unattended. Two pairs of eyes are better than one so appoint two people as the main grillers so even if one person leaves to grab a Coca-Cola, the barbie is still being looked after.

    1. Make your guests pitch in

    Love your mum’s mulberry gin fizz recipe? Does dad have a top secret seasoning for ribs? Ask them to bring their culinary talents to the table! Cooking has long been a fabulous family activity and something that brings people together with a sense of community. Layer all your dishes buffet style under a gazebo away from the bugs or – in typical British fashion – the rain. With a pot luck style BBQ, everyone can try new dishes and still enjoy their old favourites.

    1. Consider your audience

    Even vegetarians and vegans can enjoy a gorgeous summer BBQ with these veggie kebabs!

    Think about whether your guests will be able to let loose and party together. For instance, it’s probably not a good idea to invite your conservative uncle Pete if he’s going to end up arguing with your ultra-liberal hipster BFF Cindy, leading to a duel with chicken drum sticks. After all, nobody likes their pulled pork served with a side eye and some shade. Consider if anyone has any allergies to foods or if they’re vegan and vegetarian. There are still plenty of recipes for veggie BBQ foods like vegetable kebabs, grilled stuff mushroom burger, BBQ Jamaican Jerk corn and more!

    1. Fashionable themes

    Themes can really set the mood for a get together. You can keep it classy and simple with solar lights and mason jar centre pieces or go all out by making your friends and family dress up in costumes. If it’s someone’s birthday BBQ you could all dress as that person (complete with wigs etc) in a strange twist on the popular Where’s Wally parties or wear t-shirts with an embarrassing baby picture of them on. Broader themes like TV, film, and video game BBQ parties bring about a wider variety of costumes for you to be amazed by. My personal favourite? A Mario Kart themed party.

    1. Delicious desserts 

    Desserts in a barbecue? Why not?! Get your sweets like chocolate and sprinkles to decorate your marshmallows, from Poundstretcher

    Don’t fancy tucking in to hot dogs and pulled pork? Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings by making smoked marshmallow smores with melted chocolate. Why not put some foil on the barbie, split open a banana and cover with marshmallows, chocolate, and nuts for a grilled banana boat? And if you’re not too sure what to do with that leftover birthday cake, put it on a kebab skewer with some strawberries and grill it to sweet perfection. Roll out those left over powdered doughnuts on the grill and let those babies burn up with a caramelised coating. Who says a BBQ is all about the wings and the burgers?

    Enjoy all your favourite dishes, make sure to stock up on cutlery, plates, and more from Poundstretcher.

    If you’re planning a BBQ for the warmer weather, come along and visit us to stock up on your supplies from garden furniture, grills and tools, food and more! Find your nearest store here.

    Want to tell us your fave BBQ dishes? Use the hashtag #Poundstretcher so we can see your beautiful barbie shindigs in all their glory on Twitter and Instagram!

  • The Perfect Summer Barbecue

    Summer is almost upon us, and national barbecue week has arrived. In great British tradition, many of us are sure to be out in the garden trying to get the barbecue going before the rain comes back.

    It's easy to get barbecues wrong – so much so that some people claim it's a British tradition. struggling with a lukewarm barbecue grill and wondering whether the burgers are finally cooked is hardly the stuff that great social events are made of. A few simple steps will help you put together the perfect barbecue this summer.

    The Perfect Summer Barbecue

    Get the Right Barbecue

    For the perfect summer barbecue you need to get, well, the perfect barbecue grill. For back garden barbecues, Poundstretcher have an ideal yet very affordable solution. The Kettle Style BBQ Grill is compact enough to be easily stored when not in use, yet offers a spacious grill with room for plenty of food. Kettle barbecues are a great choice because they offer a number of useful features over their more basic cousins. These include a removable lid and air vents, helping you better regulate temperatures for perfect cooking.

    Others prefer to hold barbecues outdoors in local parks, woodlands or other spots of natural beauty. For these sorts of occasions, Poundstretcher sell a compact and lightweight portable barbecue. It folds down to a handy backpack-ready size when you want to carry it, then unfolds into a fully functioning charcoal barbecue grill.

    Useful Utensils

    Like so many of life's challenges, staging the perfect summer barbecue requires the right tools for the job. Utensils may seem like a minor detail, but they actually play a crucial role in making the barbecue run smoothly. If you lack a good spatula or pair of tongs, for example, you may find you struggle with the simple task of flipping your food without it disappearing sideways through the gaps in the grill. A good, sturdy cooking fork, meanwhile, is useful for more than just spearing sausages and picking them onto plates. It can help you probe right into the centre of your bangers and burgers, making sure they are cooked through and will give your guests pleasure instead of food poisoning.

    If you don't have a good kit of specialist barbecue utensils, then you might want to add some to your Poundstretcher cart alongside your chosen barbeque. You have a choice of a basic, affordable yet functional set of value barbecue tools, or a higher-quality deluxe selection. There are also some useful specialist tools on offer such as a broiler for quick, easy flipping. While you're at it, you might also want to pick up some wooden or metal skewers, which make for a nice way to serve vegetables, diced meat or even marshmallows ready for toasting over the still-glowing barbecue once the main dishes have all been happily eaten up.

    Click here to shop the full range of barbecue available Poundstretcher

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