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.

  • Toothpaste

    toothpaste at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

    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.

  • Shampoo
    shampoo at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

    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.

  • Pain Relief
    pain killer at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

    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!

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I have compared prices / offers all were correct at the time of publishing.






  1. Suzy C

    July 25, 2017 at 09:00

    Really helpful! Pound shops can be overwhelming and you can end up missing bargains. Thanks for doing the research and legwork 😊

  2. Dean of Little Steps

    July 25, 2017 at 09:14

    I love having a nosey around Pound shops, but must admit haven’t been to one lately. Been meaning too… I agree about the shampoo though, sometimes you can get really cheap ones when the shops are on sale 🙂 x

  3. Abi Howard

    July 25, 2017 at 09:44

    I have always wondered whether it would be more cost effective to buy these types of products from pound stores, but have never properly looked into it. This was really useful and I will definitely be shopping around more now 🙂

  4. Helen

    July 25, 2017 at 10:18

    Such a helpful post – I’m a big fan of nipping into pound shops to pick up things like toothpaste 🙂

  5. Hannah

    July 25, 2017 at 11:12

    I’m always surprised at the bargains I can find in that shop! Including these ones 🙂

  6. Tori

    July 25, 2017 at 12:29

    Pound shops can be deceptive in their pricing sometimes. I do love a good rummage around them though and seem to always come out with a basket full of stuff I “need”

  7. Cynthia

    July 25, 2017 at 13:14

    I think it’s not a bad idea to buy the shampoo and even the toothpaste from pound shops, supermarkets abuse customers sometimes!

  8. Kizzy

    July 25, 2017 at 16:23

    The best thing we ever bought from a pound shop was a handled dust pan and brush!

  9. Charlotte

    July 25, 2017 at 19:47

    I’m so glad you wrote this! The amount of times I have actually wondered whether the £1 is worth it or not and clearly sometimes it is worth it and others it isn’t!!

  10. Helene

    July 25, 2017 at 21:32

    I guess this is a great discount store. We have similar concept stores in Greece but i can’t find toothpaste and wipes in this price. Great money savers.

  11. Emma

    July 25, 2017 at 21:52

    I never think to go into the pound shop for things like this, but it would save a fortune on our supermarket shop.

  12. Claire

    July 26, 2017 at 08:19

    I love pound shops. You can get some real bargain here, especially on things like this. A lot cheaper than some places 🙂

  13. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    July 26, 2017 at 20:46

    I agree you need to shop around for the best bargains 🙂 so I always price compare my fave brands before shopping

    1. Jenny

      July 26, 2017 at 21:44

      It’s best to ! Sometimes the allure of £1 can be too good to be true

  14. Claire

    July 26, 2017 at 20:57

    Omg I didn’t know about pound shops but that’s so cool. Is it like a dollar store in US? Anyways, for the brands, I also use Colgate for toothpaste and herbal essences for shampoo!!

    1. Jenny

      July 26, 2017 at 21:43

      Yes I think the US equivalent is a dollar store 🙂

  15. Ana De- Jesus

    July 26, 2017 at 23:38

    For me Pound shops are best for food but I do like that they do great deals on wipes! x x

  16. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    July 27, 2017 at 18:39

    Its amazing how much money can be saved (or wasted) by shopping around. We are always conscious of how much the things that we regularly buy cost at each supermarket. Then we usually know if it’s a bargain or not. We usually stick to brands at discount stores as well.
    (hubby helping out)

  17. Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid

    July 27, 2017 at 20:06

    It’s never occurred to me that the quantity might be different, I always just assume it’s the same!x

  18. Stephanie

    July 27, 2017 at 21:47

    Helpful post, as you automatically think they would be a good buy from there.

  19. Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    July 30, 2017 at 13:03

    Love this idea for a post! I think taking note of the sizes is so important in Poundland deals – it can sometimes be misleading like you said. Thanks for the tips.

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    August 2, 2017 at 07:46

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