What really is good value in the pound shops?

(48 Posts)
Meglet Sat 15-Dec-12 20:16:28

I know they can be a bit shifty with pack sizes etc so it's not always as cheap as you think but I'm sure the following is ok.

Kids toothbrushes, pack of 5. (they're something like a £1 each in Boots).

4 for a £1 birthday cards. Not seen them much cheaper.

Huge bottles of bubble mix in the summer.

Anything else to keep my eyes open for?

cowardlylionhere Sat 15-Dec-12 20:18:50

Toblerone. Always the toblerone.

Oldladypillow Sat 15-Dec-12 20:21:40

Rescue oil. It's like bio oil but abut thinner and better absorbed its lovely stuff grin

bamboostalks Sat 15-Dec-12 20:22:50

Those toothbrushes are useless though. The bristles buckle after one scrub.

NickNacks Sat 15-Dec-12 20:26:49

Gloves. My dcs go through loafs of them.

HoHoHokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Sat 15-Dec-12 20:27:20

cowardly is right the Toblerone, always the Toblerone!

Also the flash spray, flash/cif/dettol wipes.

Oh and the Listerine mouthwash

RudolphsNoseInMyXmasStocking Sat 15-Dec-12 20:28:20

Cadbury's Brunch Bars - they're stupid money in the supermarkets.

juicychops Sat 15-Dec-12 20:28:54

i always get my batteries from £1 shops. they probably don't last as long as duracel but the panasonic ones do the job and they are £1 for a pack of about 10.
you can also occasionally get nice picture frames for presents etc, and kids art/craft bits and bobs are usually quite good

also... Glowsticks!!! in our one they do a pack of 20 for £1. ive got a pack for ds's stocking!

Poundland do some good DVDs sometimes. ive got ds a few of them for xmas too - football skills ones, Horrible Histories, they do some good books in there sometimes too

always worth a visit!!

Foosyerdoos Sat 15-Dec-12 20:31:29

Pens and crayons
Gift bags
Wrapping paper
Tissue paper
Craft stuff
Pet supplies (pigs ears, chews etc)

PuggyMum Sat 15-Dec-12 20:34:28

Revlon nail varnish.

They have a cocoa oil too which is fab as aftersun / after a bath.

iPhone accessories. They have a USB charger with 4 attachments so I can charge iPhone and work blackberry at the same time.

Meglet Sat 15-Dec-12 21:09:50

Rescue Oil sounds promising. My skin prefers oil to cream, I shall give it a go.

bamboo the dc's are still toothbrush chewers, none of the brands last long with them at the moment. Although, yes, I think the poundland ones aren't the best quality.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 15-Dec-12 23:59:44

* Dog chews
* Kitchen roll-ours does 6 for £1 and its just as good as any other
* batteries
* wrapping paper
* books

ShhBoom Sun 16-Dec-12 00:11:10

Simple & Pampers wet wipes. They're silly money in Boots etc.

I also definitely agree with the kids crafty bits.

bakedbeanqueen Sun 16-Dec-12 09:18:08

I agree with the photo frames. I got 3 in there the other day and in each one put a pic that I had printed using Snapfish. I got 20 6x4 free but the size I needed was 7x5 so I had to pay the grand total of 57p for three for. So for £3.57, I got 3 presents of a pic of my family to give to mum, dad and my sister.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sun 16-Dec-12 09:27:30

Some of the christmas decorations are quite pretty, I got a pack of three tree decorations that are shaped as a gingerbread man, house and tree.

Wild bird food

Oldladypillow Sun 16-Dec-12 10:02:30

Rescue oil is great. You can buy little bottles in £1 shop and bigger ones in the cheap chemists- Savers etc.
I use it for all sorts including on acrylic nails and stretch marks its c good I read about it on here grin

Loveweekends10 Sun 16-Dec-12 11:50:40

Nothing. They make town centres look tacky and they are full of shit that you don't really need but think you ought to buy just cos its cheap.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 16-Dec-12 17:29:20

Gift bags
Rechargeable batteries
Some foodstuffs
Nair hair removal cream

RubbishCrackerPuller Sun 16-Dec-12 19:34:33

Those Lint chocolate bears (yummy chocolate) all the supermarkets are doing them 2 for £5, but 99p Stores are doing them for well ... 99p!

countydurhamlass Sun 16-Dec-12 19:53:42

i have bought childrens books and dvds, children's tote type socks, mens and womens socks for christmas stocking fillers.

neontetra Sun 16-Dec-12 21:09:07

Children's books, pet stuff, stationary, some kitchen stuff (got a nice gravy boat there once, for example). Also nice scented candles and picture frames.

uptheamp Sun 16-Dec-12 21:14:00

toiletries, you can get aquafresh that costs £2.80 odd in tesco for a quid, also radox bath.

Aerial liquid is £2.99 in our cheapy shop and £4.99 in tesco

MamaMary Sun 16-Dec-12 21:14:25

Envelopes, especially parcel ones - a godsend if you are posting books etc. Far cheaper than post office.

Also nappy bags, they're supposed to be scented but they're not but really good value.

noisytoys Sun 16-Dec-12 21:23:15

Stationary, breakfast cereal, branded toys (Disney princess, moshi monsters, hello kitty etc), shampoo, cleaning stuff grin

queenofthepirates Sun 16-Dec-12 21:23:33

Sequins! They cost a fortune elsewhere
Galpamol (a kids' pain relief syrup)
silicone cookware
seeds for the garden

RedHelenB Wed 19-Dec-12 17:14:34

rechargeable batteries. Going strong years later!!

racingheart Wed 19-Dec-12 22:44:27

Yes to the Toblerone. Also the six packs of McCoys crisps.

I love the art canvases - some are huge - and the 12-packs of wooden handle fine bristle brushes - fantastic value if you have arty DC. Also, the fluffy bedsocks 2 pairs for 99p, arm and leg warmers and wooly caps. DC love them all.

They do brilliant seasonal stuff and stocking fillers: velvet santa stockings and light up velvet santa hats; 20-packs of glow sticks; rainbow slinkies.

If you have a Tiger nearby, they have loads of stuff for £1: mini easels with a tiny canvas on, watercolour brush pen sets, magic colour change pen sets, gorgeous notebooks in gel folders with little pens. Also mini pool tables and bowling alleys for £3 and wooden puzzles for toddlers for £1-3.

Mibby Thu 20-Dec-12 21:16:37

Card Factory are doing nice cards at 7 for £1, better than our 3/ £1 pound shop

MamaMary Thu 20-Dec-12 21:24:00

I have it on good authority from my mother that the reading glasses are good. The exact same ones in Boots cost nearly a tenner!

Mum also bought some turkey foil today and was delighted with her purchases. smile

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 20-Dec-12 21:34:38


Card Factory cards at 7 for £1 are v good.

In Poundland, I only ever buy Toblerones or those Weightwatchers biscuits, which are in little packets so good to take to work.

And my friend loves her Poundland geeky reading glasses!

miffybun73 Fri 21-Dec-12 20:56:06

kitchen foil

Flossiechops Mon 24-Dec-12 18:37:35

Cadburys brunch bars 1.99 in most supermarkets. I love weight watchers cheese puffs 1.85 in tesco for the same quantity. Cadburys highlights, curly wurlys, I could go on forever!

katspaw Thu 27-Dec-12 00:45:22

Vosene, when in stock, half the price of rip-off supermarkets.

MammaTJ Thu 27-Dec-12 02:19:44

Craft supplies.

Child size cutlery.

jellybeans Fri 28-Dec-12 15:04:50

Batteries, their version of 4head is very good, ice packs for first aid, kids books, canned drinks, tea bags, camera cases,

OhDearNigel Fri 28-Dec-12 15:55:42

4 for a £1 birthday cards. Not seen them much cheaper

If you've got a Card Factory they often have 7 for a pound

trixymalixy Fri 28-Dec-12 15:58:39

The kids cutlery is great.

I got polly pockets and squinkies in poundland which were great as stocking fillers.

Reconditioned CD's.

Aethelfleda Sun 30-Dec-12 22:53:10

sparkly hairclips for school. about 24 for £1 in our local one (claire's accessories about a fiver). They usually get lost before they'd wear out anyway!

also tupperware type containers and weaning pots. even Wilco ones cost more than the pound shop types.

2kidsintow Sun 30-Dec-12 22:57:05

Car air fresheners. 2 in a pack. They are little teddies tat are infused with the air freshener stuff. My DDs love them and they look cute in the car.

AfterEightMintyy Sun 30-Dec-12 22:57:48

Finish dishwasher tablets - 10 for £1. That's way cheaper than standard.

cocolepew Sun 30-Dec-12 23:08:15

If you wear make up check out the branded bags, usually hanging up.

Books! I check the new books in my local pound shop every time I go past. I have numerous books with an RRP of £25 or more plus loads of hardbacks that were on my Amazon wish list.

My biggest bargains were 2 x sets of 10 books in October; one set of Phillipa Gregory and one Antonia Fraser, each set's RRP total £70 +. I couldn't believe my luck!

Deux Wed 02-Jan-13 11:29:20

The melamine stuff in ours is really good. I bought plates and bowls for a children's party there as it worked out cheaper than buying branded paper plates that would go straight in the bin. 3 dinner size plates for 99p and 4 bowls for 99p. We have used them lots, in the garden in the summer, taken them on holidays and days out and they are still going strong.

Packs of small brown envelopes are great for sending money and payments into school.

Those magic gloves are great too. And car stuff like large cans of windscreen de icer.

Katisha Wed 02-Jan-13 11:31:51

Do NOT get the cotton buds though. Very flimsy.

MrsTwinks Thu 03-Jan-13 20:04:13

soda crystals in my local one. 99p for a kilo and not in an annoying sack that spills everywhere. I found tea tree oil the other day too, smells right enough but not had a chance to really give it a work out thou.

I find its best too know your pound store and see whats there that isnt usually IYKWIM - a few weeks back i found buffalo mozzarella in the fridge - obviously overstock from wholesalers with short shelf life they'd got a deal on - 2 for 99p when its usually £2.49 in waitrose for exactly the same. Only problem was I has two days to eat it, but thats not a problem ( I have a weakness for the stuff)

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