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  • Energy Drinks to Keep you Going at University

    In need of an energy boost at for the beginning of the University year? Energy drinks are a fantastic way of getting back into uni life!

    Having spent much of the summer dancing the night away at festivals, travelling and jet setting or even just curled up with munchies and a ‘Netflix-athon’, getting back into the swing of studying is a difficult transition after so much down time.

    Here are some branded energy drinks that will help kick-start you into the academic year ahead so you can hit the ground running!

    Lucozade

    Let’s start with the old reliable– Lucozade!

     

    Originally, Lucozade started out as an energy source for the sick. Created in 1927, it was sold as ‘Glucozade’ by a Geordie pharmacist, William Owen, until being sold to Beecham’s in 1929 where it became renamed as Lucozade.

    Being a glucose-based water solution, this energy drink was rebranded as a sports drink in 1983 to associate it with health rather than sickness, which was its previous use.

    As an original energy drink on the block, you can trust that it will do the trick when it comes to perking you up in times of weariness.

    At Poundstretcher, we sell the 380ml bottle individually for ONLY 45p EACH.  Or, if you fancy something less sparkling but refreshingly juicy, you can get a 6 pack of the Lucozade Sport Orange 500ml bottles for ONLY £2.89! Refreshing and juicy, these orange bottles are great for those who aren't keen on fizzy drinks!

    So, whether you just need an energy boost to get through a particularly dull lecture or you’re doing an infamous ‘all-nighter’ to finish that essay on time, we at Poundstretcher, have got you covered!

    Lucozade Zero Original

    Obviously, being branded as a sports energy drink, Lucozade original is renowned for high calorie content so may not be conducive to weight watching.

    But don’t worry! We, at Poundstretcher, have also stocked up on Lucozade Zero Original– the calorie free option for ONLY 39p a bottle! So, you can study all night, with the unmistakably awesome taste of Lucozade Original, whilst keeping the calories at bay and looking after your pennies!

    Lucozade Tropical Fusion

    If you’re not keen on the original Lucozade, why not spice it up a bit with some of their fun fusion flavours! Tropical Fusion is a great one for miserable, drizzly days. Flavoured with pineapple–kiwi, this energy drink is a smash of the tropics and is sure to pick you up whatever the weather or however daunting the workload ahead is.

    You can pick up a bottle of Tropical Fusion Lucozade at Poundstretcher for ONLY 49p EACH! So, bring the exotic to your lecture theatre or Library session and add some zest to your studying!We've got a variety of flavours so mix it up for less at Poundstretcher!

    Monster Energy

    Not for the faint hearted, Monster Energy is the MUST-HAVE energy drink for those of us who want to crank up the work-per-hour quota!

    Claiming to ‘Fuel Your Brain’ whilst simultaneously ‘Unleash[ing] the Beast’, this energy drink has become increasingly popular in recent years.

    Originating in America in 2002, Monster Energy, as a company, are known for endorsing many worldwide extreme sporting events such as UFC, BMX, Snowboarding, Motocross (off-road motorcycle racing) and many more.

    The caffeine content in Monster Energy Original is approximately 10mg/oz which is around the same as an average cup of coffee. However, REMEMBER, a can of Monster is ‘beastier’ than the average 8oz cup of coffee at around 17oz per can so you’re sure to get that satisfying surge of energy right when you need it!

    You can pick up a 500ml can of Monster Original for ONLY 79p EACH! At Poundstretcher, we also sell the zero sugar version and many other ferociously tasty variants from the same price.

    GET PREPARED for the dreaded all-nighters before an important deadline.

    When the essay that you’ve been staring at for 8 hours solid has become, what looks to be, a collection of nonsensical wavy lines; when the walls of the library have literally changed state, because you’ve been sitting there that long; when the inside of your brain has turned to soup and your eyes have lost mobility so you’re just staring into the oblivion that is ‘STRESS’ – crack open a can of MONSTER and release your inner geek!

    Red Bull (Gives You Wings)

    And finally, the Powerhouse of the energy drink world– Red Bull. Created in 1987, Red Bull originated in Thailand, being sold by the Austrian company Red Bull GmbH. Based on a cheap Thai energy drink called ‘Krating Daeng’ that was said to be a cure for jet-lag, Red Bull was originally marketed as a trendy, upscale version, first introduced in Austrian Ski resorts.

    Over the years, Red Bull has given itself wings by gaining the highest market share of any energy drink in the world, with 5.387 billion cans sold in 2013!

     

    Often known for being pricey, Poundstretcher have, as always, managed to give you an absolute bargain! At ONLY 95p per 250ml can OR you can pick up a pack of 4 250ml cans for ONLY £3.49 EACH!

    For the ‘toff’ of the energy drink world, we think this is an unmissable deal so study in style for less with Poundstretcher!

    GET YOUR WINGS NOW at your local Poundstretcher and grab that essay by the HORNS!

    These are just a few of our suggestions at Poundstretcher for energy drinks to get you through University. We have a huge range of big brands at bargain prices; from Relentless to Rockstar or Mountain Dew. 

    Whether you fancy a set of wings, are planning on contacting– and unleashing– your inner beast or want to party like a 'Rockstar', remember, at Poundstretcher, there are 'no half measures' when it comes to fantastic deals on all big brand energy drinks!

    We also have a huge range of cold drinks; from Coca Cola to fruit juices, as well as a variety of hot drinks such as tea and coffee at great value so get stocked up at Poundstretcher for this academic year – you’ll be amazed at what you’ll save!

    Safety Note: Please consume energy drinks responsibly. These energy drinks must not be consumed by pregnant women, children or anyone sensitive to caffeine.

  • 7 CHEAP and EASY Student recipes at Poundstretcher!

    Students have gained a growing infamy over the years through various Chinese whispers of nightmarish student cooking. From making dried noodles in a kettle to creating an entire spaghetti bolognese from scratch using only a microwave…

    And with the takeaway delivery service at an all-time high, who can really be bothered cooking their tea when you can pay someone to bring you your Lamb Balti, Garlic Naan and Mushroom Pilau directly to your door in less than 45 minutes?

    But, let’s be honest, living off Doner kebab wraps and cheesy chips every night isn’t exactly the best way to look after your body or brain– even if you do get salad on it. Nor is it the most economical way to spend your student loan. So, here is a 7-day plan of cheap, simple and wholesome meals so you and your flat mates can stay healthy as a student at Uni in body, mind and wallet.

    Take heed and you can avoid spending the second half of every semester confined to living off one loaf of bread, 2 questionable onions and half a tin of un-branded Beans between you and your flat mates!

    Essential Cooking Equipment

    Deep frying pan
    Non stick shallow frying pan
    Non stick large saucepan
    Non stick small saucepan
    1L Measuring Jug
    Kitchen Utensils: Stirring spoon, spaghetti spoon, whisk, tongs
    Pyrex casserole dish
    – Chopping board
    Medium Chopping knife
    Large Mixing Bowl
    Colander
    Grater
    Potato peeler
    –Oven Gloves
    Tea towels

    Monday
    Chilli Con Carne – Serves 4

    Spice up your weeknight with this quick and super simple chilli! Talk about Super Student Night!

    Cooking Equipment Required:
    – Large frying pan,
    – Large saucepan,
    – Measuring jug,
    – Stirring spoon,
    – Chopping board,
    – Chopping knife,
    – Garlic press
    Ingredients:
    Tasty Optional Extras:
    –Cheese
    –Sour Cream
    –Salsa
    –Plain Nachos

    Prep

    1. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square. The easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half from root to tip, peel it and slice each half into thick matchsticks lengthways, not quite cutting all the way to the root end so they are still held together. Slice across the matchsticks into neat dice.
    2. Cut 1 red pepper in half lengthways, remove stalk and wash the seeds away, then chop.
    3. Peel and finely chop 2 garlic cloves.

    Cook

    1. Put your pan on the hob over a medium heat.
    2. Add the oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot (a little longer for an electric hob).
    3. Add the onions and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft, squidgy and slightly translucent.
    4. Tip in the garlic, red pepper, 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder or 1 level tbsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp ground cumin.
    5. Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    6. Add the mince and stir in with the spices and vegetables until the mince is browned and evenly distributed
    7. Crumble 1 beef stock cube into 300ml hot water. Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture.
    8. Add chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar, salt and pepper and 2 tbsp of tomato purée
    9. Stir then turn down the heat, cover and simmer for approximately 20mins, checking the mixture every so often to avoid it sticking to the bottom
    10. Add the drained kidney beans (baked beans or sweet corn are good alternatives)
    11. Bring to boil and gently bubble without the lid for about 10 minutes
    12. Add seasoning to taste
    13. Leave to settle off the heat, lid on, for 10 minutes

    Serve

    1. Prepare rice (either microwaveable or follow the packet instructions)
    2. Plate up with optional soured cream, cheese or anything that takes your fancy!

    Tuesday
    Spaghetti Bolognese – Serves 4

    A brilliantly easy but beautifully tasty tea that can transport you straight from student halls to the Med with the first bite!

    Cooking Equipment Required:
    – Large frying pan,
    – Large saucepan,
    – Measuring jug,
    – Stirring spoon,
    – Chopping board,
    – Chopping knife,
    – Garlic press
    – Cheese grater
    Ingredients:

    Tasty Optional Extras:
    – Dried or shaved parmesan
    – Chopped bacon (add with onions at the start)
    – Garlic Bread

    Prep

    1. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square. The easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half from root to tip, peel it and slice each half into thick matchsticks lengthways, not quite cutting all the way to the root end so they are still held together. Slice across the matchsticks into neat dice.
    2. Peel and chop or crush garlic cloves
    3. Finely chop carrot, mushroom and half the cherry tomatoes

    Cook

    1. Heat frying pan to a medium heat, drizzle some oil and add the onions. Fry until translucent.
    2. Add the carrots and garlic then toss together for a further 5 minutes
    3. Tip in the mince and evenly mix until the mince is brown
    4. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, 1tsp rosemary, 1 tsp dried/fresh basil followed by 200ml of red wine
    5. Bring to boil and then leave to simmer until the alcohol has burnt off (about 4-5 mins)
    6. Next, crumble stock cube into 200ml of hot water, mix, then add to the mix
    7. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp of tomato purée and bring to boil, stirring well.
    8. Sprinkle in a good measure of salt and pepper then cover, turn the heat down and leave to simmer.

    Serve

    1. Prepare Spaghetti
    2. Plate up spaghetti, spoon the sauce on top
    3. Top with parmesan (optional) and cracked black pepper
    4. Serve with garlic bread on the side (optional)

    Wednesday
    Tuna Sweetcorn Pasta Bake – Serves 4

    Classic, simple and wholesome, the humble student pasta bake is the best way to warm your cockles when you're studying on a miserable rainy evening!

    Cooking Equipment Required:
    – Pyrex Dish
    – 20cm saucepan
    – Stirring spoon
    – Colander
    – Grater
    Ingredients:

    Prep

    1. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square. See above for instructions on how best to do this.
    2. Slice mushrooms
    3. Open tin of sweetcorn and chopped tomatoes
    4. Pre-heat oven at 190ºC

    Cook

    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat, then add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Stir in the sweetcorn, tomatoes and tomato purée and simmer for a few minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, stir the pasta into a pan of boiling salted water and cook according to pack instructions, until just tender. Drain, then put it back in the pan. Set the grill to hot.
    3. Stir the pasta into the sauce, then break the tuna into large flakes and gently mix in. Spoon into the dish. Crush the crisps in the bag and sprinkle them over the top, with the cheese.
    4. Put the dish on a baking tray and grill for about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.

    Serve

    1. Serve hot with salad, greens or crusty bread

    Thursday
    Corned Beef Hash – Serves 4

    If there was ever a meal that was made for students, it's this one. You won't believe how cheap it is and it will fill you up for days!

    Equipment needed:
    – Large frying pan
    – Large Saucepan
    – Stirring Spoon
    – Chopping knife
    – Chopping Board
    –Colander
    Ingredients:

    Prep:

    1. Cut corned beef into cubes
    2. Peel and chop potatoes
    3. Roughly chop onion

    Cook:

    1. Put the potatoes in a pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Cook for about 6-7 mins, then drain.
    2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the onion for 3-4 mins over a medium heat.
    3. Add the potatoes and corned beef, and push down with a spatula to crisp up, cooking for about 5 mins.
    4. Turn the mixture over, trying not to beak up the meat and potatoes too much, then add the Worcestershire sauce.
    5. Cook for another 5 mins, pushing down to crisp the base again
    6. Season generously with Salt and Pepper

    Serve:

    1. Drizzle tomato ketchup or HP sauce over the top (optional)
    2. Can be served with baked beans, peas, greens or with crusty bread.

    Friday
    Hand Made Beef Burgers – Serves 4

    Get that Friday Feeling with this classic burger recipe! The only real skill you need when it comes to making your own burgers is the willing to get your hands dirty– literally..!

    Equipment Needed:
    – Large Mixing bowl – Pyrex or plastic is fine.
    – 28cm Non Stick Frying Pan
    – Oven tray/ Oven Dish
    – Chopping Knife
    – Chopping Board
    – Garlic Press (optional)
    Ingredients:
    Basic Burger Mix:
    Tasty Optional Extras for burger mix:

    Herbs & Spices:

    • 1 tsp: paprika/curry powder/rosemary/oregano/coriander/chilli flakes
    • 1 x freshly de-seeded and chopped red chilli

    Antipasto:

    • Chopped bacon/chorizo,
    • Squish a blob of your favourite cheese in the middle for a melting surprise!

    Condiments:

    Prep

    1. Turn your oven on to pre-heat at approximately 180ºC/190ºC
    2. First, you need to finely dice (as best you can) the red onion and put in the mixing bowl. Next, add the mince and crushed garlic. Using your fingers, knead the ingredients together so that the onion and garlic are evenly distributed.

    Note: If you’re squeamish, you can always wear disposable kitchen gloves. Or, if you want to save money, just trick a flat mate into doing it.

    1. Once mixed, add the breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and crack the egg into the bowl. Again, massage the meat mix until it becomes glossy and stiff.
    2. Roll into a ball, then massage out on the work surface into a burger patty.

    Because there are so many preferences when it comes to beef burgers, check out the Optional Extras above if you’d like ideas how to push your classic beef burger to the next level.

    Cook

    1. Drizzle oil in the frying pan and keep it at a medium heat– your aim is to brown the outside, sealing it, rather than blackening it! Once it has sizzled for a couple of minutes, make sure it is well lubricated and not stuck to the pan. Leave it until it is no longer gooey on the bottom and feels sturdy enough to flip. Then, repeat on other side.
    2. Once sufficiently browned (but not black), get it in the oven. Make sure you put it on the middle shelf so it doesn’t burn. I know this may seem like a faff and excessive washing up– putting it in a bowl, then a pan, then an oven– but it just means that the burger is being cooked through and evenly, whilst still having a crispy outer shell.
    3. It only needs about 5-7 minutes then bring it out and let it settle.
    4. In the meantime, you can get to work preparing your burger bun with your preferred sauce and bits to put on it.

    Serve:

    1. Toast your burger bun either under the grill or lightly in a toaster
    2. Add mayo/ketchup/BBQ
    3. Slice some onion rings, tomatoes and roughly chop lettuce
    4. Salt and pepper
    5. Add cheese or bacon on top (optional)

    Saturday
    Chicken Fajitas – Serves 4

    This is a fabulously interactive meal– perfect for students! Taking your pick with what you add to the wrap, everyone's taste can be catered for!

    Equipment Needed:
    – Large shallow frying pan
    – Mixing bowl
    Ingredients needed:
    Marinade:
    • 4 chicken breasts
    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2 limes, juiced
    • 1tsp chilli powder
    • 1tsp cumin
    • Fresh coriander
    Pepper Mix:
    • 2tbsp oil
    • 1 large red onion
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 yellow pepper
    • 100g cherry tomatoes
    Tasty Optional Extras:
    Other meats:
    • Prawns
    • 4 boneless pork fillets – MONEY SAVER!
    • 4 turkey breast fillets – MONEY SAVER!
    • 500g stir fry beef strips
    • Leftover chilli con carne
    Condiments and Sauces:
    Other additions:
    • Chopped Mango
    • Grilled Courgette strips
    • Roasted aubergine/mushrooms

    Prep:

    1. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally, then cut them into thin strips.
    2. Crush garlic and juice limes into bowl
    3. Add chilli powder, cumin, finely chopped coriander
    4. Massage all ingredients together in the bowl

    Cook:

    1. Heat the oil for the pepper mix in a large frying pan and fry the onion wedges for 6 mins or until softened.
    2. Turn the heat up high so the wedges char slightly at the edges, season well and, using a slotted spoon, lift them onto a baking tray and keep warm.
    3. Add the peppers in batches, cook them the same way, then transfer to the baking tray with the onions. Cook the tomatoes in the same way and add them to the peppers.
    4. Heat a griddle pan or use the same frying pan and cook the chicken in batches over a high heat – allow them to catch a little on the edges but don’t overcook them. Add them to the baking tray to keep warm. 

    Note: For the vegetarians, you can substitute the meat for other veg such as courgette and aubergine; or with chewy cheese like halloumi or crumbly feta.

    1. Heat the tortillas under the grill, then wrap in foil and keep warm in the oven, or heat in the microwave following pack instructions.

    Serve:

    1. Chop lettuce, slice onions
    2. Spoon on chicken, pepper mix onto the toasted wrap

    Sunday
    Sausages & Mash with Caramelised Red Onion Gravy – Serves 4

    Who says you have to stick to 'The Great British Roast' for your Sunday Dinner? This is super cheap, super easy and super 'banging' recipe that'll blow your tastebuds off the richter! The perfect student dish to bookend your week!

    Equipment needed:
    – Large Frying pan
    – Large sauce pan
    – Stirring Spoon
    – Tongs
    – Masher
    – Colander
    – Chopping knife
    – Chopping board
    – Milk pan

    Ingredients:

    Sticky red onion gravy:

    Mashed Potato:

    • 1 kg potatoes
    • 125ml semi-skimmed milk
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 4 tbsp crème fraîche / Single or double cream (depending on how comforting you want your mash!)

    Prep:

    1. Peel and chop onion into thin wedges
    2. Weigh out flour
    3. Prepare stock

    Cook:

    Sausages:

    1. Fry sausages for 15 mins or until browned, then remove from pan and keep warm.
    2. Heat onions in same pan, then add flour, stirring for 1 min.
    3. Gradually add stock. Bring to boil then simmer for 5 mins until smooth.
    4. Add Worcestershire sauce and season

    Red Onion Gravy:

    1. Melt the butter in a large, deep frying pan and stir through the onions.
    2. Cover with a lid and cook gently for about 10 mins, until softened.
    3. Remove lid, add sugar, then cook 15-20 mins, stirring, until all of the liquid has evaporated and onions have turned golden.

    Mash:

    1. Peel, chop and boil potatoes (takes about 15mins approx.)
    2. When potatoes are soft and breaking apart, drain in colander
    3. Return potatoes to pan and place on low heat for 2 mins to dry out the potatoes
    4. Heat milk and butter in milk pan
    5. Remove pan from the heat, then mash potatoes using the potato masher.
    6. Tip in the créme fraîche/cream and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
    7. Season with pepper and a pinch of salt.

    Serve:

    1. Spoon mash onto plate
    2. Top with sausages and the onion gravy
    3. Add peas, carrots or cabbage (optional)

    So, there you have it! 7 days, 7 meals, 7 ways to impress your flat mates! Put down your JustEat app and get cooking! It’s fun PLUS it’s a great way of getting to know your flat mates if you’re a fresher in new student Halls!

    If you eat right, you’ll give your brain every chance to get good grades and stay healthy throughout Uni! Get down to Poundstretcher and get your kitchen ware, as well as getting great student-loan friendly bargains on big brands, from tins to spices– we’ve got the discounts to make sure your pennies last!

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

    Argan Oil: The Secret to Gorgeous Hair!

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

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

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

     

    1. Rejuvenating Shampoo with Argan Oil Extracts

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

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

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

    1. Luxurious Conditioner with Argan Oil Extracts

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Heat Defence Spray with Argan Oil Extracts

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    1. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Argan Oil Hair Treatment

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

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

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

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

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    More 'Argan Bargains'!

    Argan Oil Skin Care 

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

     

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

     

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

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  • 8 MUST-READ books that became huge Blockbusters!

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    You’ve seen the stories on the big screen but have you read the books?

    To celebrate #ReadABookDay we’ve put together a collection of MUST-READ books– in all kinds of genres– so that even if you’ve already seen the films, there’s something to suit everyone!

    Whether you’re looking for a meatier novel than your typical holiday read, or you fancy a better way to spend the commute to work than scrolling through Facebook, jump into these page-turners!

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    The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling (1997 – 2007)

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    You might think the whole Daniel Radcliffe/Rupert Grint/Emma Watson combo is gripping, interesting and even, from time to time, quite humorous, but that is just the tip of the Marauder’s Map...

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    You might think, who am I to disregard the films so flippantly—especially since they are, after all, the 4th highest-grossing film franchise of all time—but the books are something else entirely!

    Not only will you discover important details that cannot be found in the films due to screen-time restraints, J. K. Rowling has that sort of infectious writing style that is unpretentious and accessible to most audiences, whilst being nail-bitingly gripping.

    WARNING: Possible side effects include: A clinical inability to put the books down resulting in lack of sleep and the possible hallucination of 'snitches' flying round your head...

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    Harry Potter collection

    Books in order:

    The Philosopher’s Stone

    The Chamber of Secrets

    The Prisoner of Azkaban

    The Goblet of Fire

    The Order of the Phoenix

    The Half-Blood Prince

    The Deathly Hallows

    Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding (1996)

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    Arguably one of the most unlikely yet loved modern-day heroines to hit the screens, Bridget Jones has waddled her way through our screens since 2001. Shining an unforgiving light on the day-to-day trials of a single woman’s reality, she obliviously dresses inappropriately for work, is outrageously clumsy and makes more than one painful attempt to speak in public – and that’s just the tip of the Turkey Curry.

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    As well as this, her choosing of bad relationships is something that anyone—not just women—can relate to… But Renée Zellweger hasn’t always been the face of this fearless female!

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    The thirty-something’s journey began as a column in The Independent newspaper and was so popular it became a fully-fledged novel in 1996. Written by Helen Fielding, there are three books now to match the films and, yes, the films are nothing short of hilarious, but the quick-witted writing of Fielding will have you laughing out loud!

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    REMEMBER: This book series is the perfect antidote to a bad mood. It’s difficult to feel glum when you’re following Bridget Jones and optimism even in the face of the many comical disasters!

    The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien (1937, 1954)

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    You may have sat through many extended hours of Middle Earth’s ups and downs from the comfort of your own T.V. but, honestly, there is no better person to tell those lengthy stories about tiny, shoe-less men, magical jewellery and hugely dangerous journeys than J. R. R. Tolkien himself!

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    Although the journey to the end of the books may seem as demanding as Frodo’s trek to Mount Doom, why not warm up with the smaller, less intimidating-looking The Hobbit, before tackling the toilsome task of the 1000+ paged The Lord of the Rings trilogy?
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    The sense of achievement when that ring finally gets tossed into the molten lava of Mordor and destroyed forever is more emotional than Boromir’s untimely (but necessary) death.

    REMEMBER: “A day may come when the courage of men [to read the book and not just watch the film] will fail… but it is not this day”

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    HOBBIT AND LOTR BOOKS

    Books in order:

    The Hobbit

    The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Two Towers

    The Return of the King

    P. S. I Love you – Cecelia Ahern (2003)

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    You may remember this to be the film that everyone left the cinema screen resembling members of the glam rock band ‘Kiss’, but if you forgot your waterproof mascara to the cinema last time, make sure you remember it this time when you pick up the book!

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    Like the film, the book by Cecelia Ahern is funny, quirky and fresh, as well as being devilishly sad. Not for the faint-hearted, Ahern tells the story of a wife learning to deal with the death of her beloved husband through love letters sent seemingly from ‘beyond the grave’.

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    But, despite the film being, at times, inconsolably sad, thanks to The Pogues and some very convincing acting, the book will do more to your emotions than you could ever imagine. The jokes are magnified, the characters are deeper and the grief is suffocating – a MUST READ. Yes, there is a distinct lack of Gerard Butler’s cheeky charm and Lisa Kudrow’s raw wit, but what the book lacks in performance, it makes up for in words. Trust me.

    TOP TIP: Probably best to avoid reading it in public but, if you do, waterproof mascara is a MUST!

    Nothing Lasts Forever – Roderick Thorp (1979)

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    Whilst Die Hard is arguably one of the highest ranked Christmas films, why not have a read of the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever that was the inspiration behind the blockbuster hit?

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    Following a similar story arc, a retired NYPD detective finds himself in a sticky situation on Christmas Eve, becoming targeted by a group of terrorists within the walls of a skyscraper. But even without the classic eighties happy ending and Bruce Willis in a tank top, you’ll still be on the edge of your seat, ‘Yippie Kay-Yay’ing all the way through!

     

    The Jurassic Park Series – Michael Crichton (1990, 1995)

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    Now, most people have seen the timeless Spielberg adaptation, Jurassic Park that stormed the cinemas in 1993, however not many people might have bothered to pick up the two Michael Crichton novels released from 1990 that inspired the whole concept.

    Strip away the exhaustive arrogance of Jeff Goldblum, the dramatized backing music and Richard Attenborough’s ‘Father Christmas’-esque portrayal of the park owner, John Hammond and you’ll begin to get a sense of how the books differ.

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    Strangely sinister, epically exciting and action-packed, the books are not to be missed out on. So, fasten your seatbelts because this story will be bumpier than a ride in one of those Park cars being chased by a herd of Raptors!

    Books in order:

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    The Lost World

    One Day – David Nicholls (2009) 

    SPOILER ALERT!

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    Now, this film became famous for more than just the heart-wrenching story. This was the film to prove that, no matter how many acting awards you’ve won over the years, a Leeds accent is still a tricky one to execute.

    The film’s story is a close parallel to the book’s—a typical story of boy meets girl, then life takes over and drives them in different directions, naturally creating a ‘will they, won’t they?’ scenario throughout.

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    Whilst the film managed to maintain some of the warmth and intelligence found in the book, it is dreadfully let down by Anne Hathaway’s uneven West Yorkshire accent. Described as ‘totally inconsistent’ by fans, the heroine, Emma Morley (Hathaway), dips between an uppity BBC news reporter and a non-descript Lancashirian, which gets so irritating towards the end that the shock of her death is more of a relief that she’s stopped talking than anything else.

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    At least in the book, you don’t have to wince every time 'Emma' opens her mouth, plus it sparks ounces more charm, humour and emotion than the films captures so grab a copy!

    The Shining – Stephen King (1977)

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    You may remember a frenzied Jack Nicholson shoving his head through the axe-wounded bathroom door and introducing himself as someone called ‘Johnny’? Well if you thought that was scary enough, you obviously have never read the Stephen King original novel.

    Hold on to your crayons because it’s about to get ‘redruM’!

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    “Surely it can’t be as scary as the film…?”, you might say. Without the screechy music, snappy edits and Nicholson’s gut flipping, core-shaking performance at being a nutcase, it’s surely nowhere near as scary!

    But you’d be gravely mistaken.

    King is known for many things but mainly that he is THE scare-King when it comes to his stories. Horror knows no boundaries with his writing. This book will literally reach up from the page and, with unyielding hands, drag you in to the nightmarish Overlook Hotel where everything is ten times scarier and the caretaker Jack is even more chilling.

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    TOP TIPS: Make sure you have a good supply of soothing drinks (Hot Chocolate, Horlicks – you know the kind), try to avoid reading it when you’re home alone and, for goodness sake, DO NOT read it before bed!

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    So whether you’re a bookworm or a film fiend, these books will have you either gripped, giggling, sobbing or cowering behind your sofa so switch off the tele today and get reading!

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    GO ON, BE A HERMIONE!

  • 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!

    Fun in the Sun!

    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

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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!

  • Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    It’s nearly May and we’ve got a spring in our step and our fingers are turning a lovely shade of green. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting longer and we’re enjoying sitting out in the evenings – even if we are wrapped up in a fluffy jumper!

    So it’s time to fall in love with your garden or outdoor space again, and no it doesn’t matter how small it is you can still bring it to life with a few well-placed solar lights and garden ornaments. Whether you want to transform your balcony, window boxes or decking into a relaxing haven, here at Poundstretcher we have plenty of ways for you to brighten your garden.

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    If you’re the type of person that can’t keep plants alive, maybe you’ve even killed a cactus in your time (you’re not alone), then our great range of garden accessories, including artificial plants are just the thing for you! Turn your garden into a Mediterranean paradise with our lemon tree or if you're a fan of more exotic climes our artificial orchid is perfect for you.

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    Express your fun side and release your inner child with our adorable array of solar animals, charming windmills and sun catchers. Place them by your front door, in flower pots and flowers beds and watch as the animals come alive at night and the windmills turn in the breeze – the kids are sure to love these fun additions too.

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    Light up garden paths, front doors, pots, borders and more with our collection of solar lights. Whether your tastes are modern and elegant or more outlandish we have lights just for you. From crackle effect round stake lights and bollard style lights to impressive light up flowers and diamonds - all without annoying wires they’re sure to revitalise your outdoor space.

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    Why not create a real feature flower bed full of light up tulips? With their vibrant colours and realistic designs they’re sure to enhance your garden during the day and at night too.

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    For those looking for a more subtle way to light up their garden our super fairy lights are great for hanging in bunches, around trees or along your garden fence to add a touch of sparkle to your garden. They’re easy to install, weather resistant and automatically come on as the natural light starts to fade – perfect! Or how about a light-up topiary ball? With their compact design they're ideal for hanging outside your front door to add a pop of colour and style to your home.

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    So if you’ve been inspired to get out in the garden and transform yours into a relaxing haven then head on down to your local Poundstretcher and grab some supplies today!

  • Get Ready For Easter With Poundstretcher

    Get Ready For Easter With Poundstretcher

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

    Easter Eggs

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

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

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

    Treasure Hunts

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

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

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

    Easter Baking

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

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

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

    Easter - Sunday 16th April

  • Winter Wonderland Your Home For Under £30!

    The festive season is well and truly upon us!

    Which means it’s time to deck the halls and make your home shine bright like a diamond so Santa can see where to stop on Christmas Eve.

    Plus you’ve probably wanted to out-Christmas your neighbour’s house ever since the epic Christmas lights battle of 2015.

    Outdoor Christmas Decorations

    Your Winter wonderland doesn’t have to cost the earth!

    So we’re here to guide you on the best Christmas lights and decorations for your garden – for less than £30!

    Start from the bottom and work up.

    The front porch is the best place to begin your Winter wonderland makeover. It’s the face of your home so it has to look welcoming to guests and show just how in to Christmas you are to neighbours.

    Bauble Christmas Wreaths

    Our beautiful Christmas wreaths create a sense of warmth to your home before your friends and family have even stepped inside. Our 30cm Luxury Bauble Wreath (£7.99) is a quirky take on the festive tradition that is sure to make your home stands out on your street. For fans of the more traditional Christmassy look, an alternative can be our 20 inch Christmas Wreath (£6.99) is a subtle nod to the classic Christmas motifs of pine cones and holly.

    Why not put some of our fabulous pack of 50 Solar Fairy Lights (£3.99) in red around your door or gate too? They’re eco-friendly, will charge during the day, and automatically switch on at dusk! Each LED berry light will look like glowing holly, so these are the perfect Christmas lights for a subtle glow on the porch.

    Let it snow… even if it isn’t.

    Outdoor icicle Christmas lights

    One magical ingredient for a Winter wonderland is hard to come by: snow.

    It never seems to snow when we want it to, after all doesn’t everyone dream of waking up on Christmas morning to see blankets of fluffy white snow covering their garden?

    Well you’re in luck because with our 100 Icicle Sculpture Christmas Lights (£12.99) you can create the perfect snowy atmosphere with the light up faux icicles. They look gorgeous along the edges of your home and truly add a cute igloo-like vibe to your Winter wonderland theme.

    Want to decorate your home for the festive season? Check out Poundstretcher’s fantastic value decorations and Christmas lights online now and find your nearest store!

  • Kids Fashion: Bonfire Night Essentials

    Fashion and Bonfire Night aren’t always the first words that you imagine to mix together.

    However a HUGE part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations are all about wrapping up in the right gear. After all this November looks set to be a right chiller after our fantastic Summer weather of 2016.

    So let’s have a look at some top kids Winter fashion trends to keep your little one warm from Bonfire Night and beyond!

    A family around a bonfire in the woods

    Animal Magic

    Autumn is a time where Britain’s wildlife is in the final stages of prepping for the harsh Winter.

    So it’s no surprise that cute woodland inspired animal clothes become a sought after Winter accessory for the little ones. Cosy knitwear that will also bring out the inevitable cuteness of your little cherub is definitely one of the positives of Winter… which makes the whole standing in front of the school gates at stupid o’clock with icicles forming on your nose seem worth it.

    Kids wool Knit Animal Hats

    Our cute Animal Hats available in Two Tone Knit (£1.99) in cute owl and mouse designs are perfect for kids who love to look catwalk-ready even when off to Bonfire Night celebrations! For the kids who favour a quirkier look, our Unicorn and Pom Pom Bear Hats (£2.99) are a colourful, cute, and a far more vibrant out-there version of our classic Two Tone Knit hats.

    Kids Animal Wool Knit Hats

    They’re perfect for keeping your little one warm and making them stand out from the crowd on Guy Fawkes Night!

    They’re perfect for keeping your little one warm and making them stand out from the crowd on Guy Fawkes Night!

    Getting A Grip With Gloves

    Gloves are a must-have for Bonfire Night shindigs, especially if your kids have got their eyes on having some sparklers.

    A little boy with a sparkler

    Our Guy Fawkes Safety Blog has some great tips for keeping the little ones safe around the Bonfire and tips on how to properly hold sparklers.

    Everyone must wear gloves if they’re going to hold sparklers. Our Magic Grip Gloves are perfect for keeping a grip on those sparklers and to shelter little hands from the cold!

    It’s All Good In The Snood

    Being outside watching the dazzling fireworks exploding across the night sky is magical, however you don’t want the aftermath being sniffles and coughing.

    With the air getting colder, it’s important to wear a scarf to keep the cold off your chest.

    Ladies Kids Checked Snood Scarf

    Our fab Tartan Print Snoods (£3.99) may be for adults but the kids can benefit from wearing them too thanks to their smart wrap around design and snuggle soft material!

    They’re stylish, cosy, and most importantly they’ll keep you warm during Bonfire Night celebrations!

    An assortment of multi colour gloves

    Heading out for Bonfire Night? Visit our website to find your nearest store to stock up on your hats, scarves, and gloves!

  • Our July Garden Sale Top Picks!

    Our July Garden Sale Top Picks!

    Would July-ke some more bargains in your garden?

    Well, you’re in luck because we’re slashing the prices on our garden gear ready for Summer!!

    Okay so in typical British fashion, our Summer is a wash out one minute and a heatwave wipe out the next.

    At least with all that English rain your garden will be freshly watered throughout the season!

    We figured we’d give you a sneak peek at all the fabulous things you can get for your back garden for a bit of green inspiration.

    Check out our favourite July Garden Sale buys below:

    1. Gardman 4 Tier Green House 

    Was: £12.99    Now: £8.99

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    We love it when you send us all the tasty fruit and veg you’ve been growing, especially when you’ve used a greenhouse to make these healthy eating essentials. Our Gardman 4 Tier Green House is brilliant if you’re new to gardening and if your green fingers haven’t quite yet ripened up. For first time growers, we would recommend starting with something simple. Herbs like basil prove to be a good first try and they don’t take up a ton of room, so if you’re growing with the greenhouse on your balcony it’s a bit safer.

    1. Fruit Trees

    Was: £3.99   Now: £1.99

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    With all this ‘clean eating’ malarkey that’s on trend at the moment, you might want to think about investing in a Fruit Tree so you can save some money on fruit for your breakfast smoothie. Not only will you be getting a bit of your 5-a-day but you can also enjoy the benefits of growing your own! Studies show that gardening reduces stress and it’s also a wonderful way to teach children about nature as well as healthy eating. You could use it as a really sweet way of commemorating the birth of a new baby in the family by planting the tree in your garden and watching it grow taller alongside the little one. Even His Royal Highness Prince Charles loves to potter about with his plants! So go make a right royal mess in the garden and get growing those delicious fruits and veggies.

    1. Solar Lights 

    Starting from: £1.49

    5 friends relaxing in a garden party with some drinks and a guitar in the evening

    Planning a garden party or BBQ that looks likely to last from dusk til dawn? Make your garden glow with our gorgeous selection of solar lights at unbelievable low prices! The Deco Solar Lantern (£5.99) is the perfect patio table centrepiece for adding a bit of a 1920s Mediterranean vibe to your evening.

    Rustic silver garden solar lanterns

    For a bit of a Gothic tone the Solar Flickering Candle (£4.99) will let you enjoy a cosy candlelit night without worrying about it being a fire hazard. If you’re going more for a cute party atmosphere, the Solar String Bells (£4.99) will be more your cuppa tea. They can be hung up for a bellisimo background that’s Instagram worthy or put them inside one of our Mason jars for an adorable garden table light.

    Bell string fairy lights and a flickering faux candle, both solar powered garden lights

    1. Kids Gardening Tools

    From: 99p

    A mother an her child gardening together

    Half term is approaching which means you’re going to have 6 whole weeks with your favourite monsters in the whole world! That means all you mums and dads out there need to try to keep them occupied, which let’s face it with all these passing fads is even harder nowadays! So get them growing some fruit and veg, we’ve got some cheap Kid's Gardening Tools from 99p that will have them pitching in to help you out in the yard in no time! With their cute designs, your little ones won’t be able to resist planting their own little veggie patch.

    So pop in to say hello and join the bargain hunt! Find your nearest store here and why not show off your finds by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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