What to (and not to) buy at pound shops – Part One: Health & Beauty
Are pound shops worth it?
There are so many around! Where I live, there are at least 4 “Poundland” shops, scattered all over, as well as other cheaper stores, there are so many options to get cheaper products.
They are full to brim of things you need, and things you didn’t know you needed… but are the items they sell really good value? And are they worth that hard-earned £1?
I recently visited a Poundland, and took note of a few things that are worth the money.. and some that aren’t!
For part one, I checked out the health & beauty aisles.
I noticed that in this shop, there were a lot of varying brands of toothpaste – ones that might not exactly be the same in a big supermarket (it seems like these are imported due to the languages on the packet). Most of them were 75ml.
If you compare to a supermarket, 75ml toothpaste can vary between 80p – £2.00
Right now in one of the supermarkets, normal cavity protection is 80p for 75ml, however 100ml of whitening is 79p on offer. It seems that the pricier ones have whitening / cavity / gum protection, and “basic” normal ones are cheaper.
I would recommend shopping around, however if you’re in a pinch and you’re in the pound shop, it may not be too bad.
Again the same sort of issue – price vs quantity – £1 for a bottle of shampoo at first glance seems like a good deal. Sometimes it will be a good deal – right now in the majority of the supermarkets this Herbal Essences 200ml is selling from £1.50 – £2.35, however in one it is on offer for 90p.
A small saving, but still a saving.
Additionally, in the same supermarket a 400ml bottle is selling for £2! So the same as the pound shops, but getting 2 x 200ml at 90p will save you 20p.
So I wouldn’t recommend buying them at the pound shop, unless again you need some ASAP!
Packets of Wipes
This I think is a good thing to buy, as they are usually on 2 for £1, for approx 30 wipes per pack … and you can mix ‘n match them.
They are not flushable, so you will have to bin them once used,
They vary between cleansing, 3 in 1 makeup removal, feminine, anti-aging, antibacterial and others….
If you buy a brand name facial wipe, you can pay up to £3.00 for a pack of approx 25 wipes, and also store-brands can cost around 60 – 70p for even the ‘value’ type.
Ok, I personally think that buying ibuprofen / paracetamol / aspirin yourself is one of the best things you can do instead of getting it prescribed via the NHS. If you need it regularly it is more cost-effective to buy it from a supermarket.
A NHS prescription is now £8.60, and even if you are exempt, it will save the NHS some money to buy it yourself.
Prices are rising in the supermarket, but it is still really cheap if you buy store-brand.
I also don’t buy branded names – as they don’t do anything special, they are usually the same product with the same active ingredients
However in Poundland, they sell ibuprofen 3 for £1, making each packet 33.p each, however in one store, a pack costs 25p! so it will cost you 3 for 75p.
Usually you can only buy 3 packets at a time anyway, so it might be best to buy some elsewhere.
Look out for part 2 next week and see what else is good value in a Pound Shop!
Have you ever found anything really good in the health & beauty aisles at a pound shop?
Let me know in the comments below!
I have compared prices / offers all were correct at the time of publishing.