Did you know today marks the 218th anniversary of the £1 note? Although not in circulation anymore, you can still find the odd £1 note used in Scotland, which makes for a really interesting conversation starter! Given this peculiar anniversary, I thought to myself what can you realistically purchase these days for just £1? So I went over to Poundland to pick a few of my essential items. Every time I visit this store it boggles my mind as to how they can charge £1 for some of your big named brands, when other retailers charge well above that. Some of the products there are considered a bargain, but thats dependent on whether youre a savvy shopper!
Disclaimer: What I deem as necessary and essential, may not be essential for everyone
on a side note I once watched a documentary about whether it really is a bargain to shop at places like Poundland, and the verdict was that cleaning products are a bargain along with some food items.
Im a fairly frequent tea drinker so teabags are always an essential item in my cupboard. Gladly at Poundland you can get 70 teabags for £1, whereas in your big supermarkets youre likely to pay £2 for 80 teabags of the same brand. I picked PG Tips to make a clear comparison, but other tea brands were on offer at larger quantities.
Due to my ability to forget to eat when Im busy or when Im out and about (most people would think this wouldnt be the case for someone who works at a food company, alas that is not the case), I like to keep emergency food in my bag. And these biscuits fit the job requirements nicely well its either this or Alpen bars.
There is much debate over whether Quavers or Wotsits are better; personally I think Quavers are the bees knees. That said, Im Im not a big crisps eater, so this this 5 pack will do me nicely one for every lunchtime of the week! Plus at only 88 calories what could possibly be wrong with this curly cheese flavoured goodness?
Currently these cookies are in a promotion of 3 packs for £1. Considering I like a cookie with my cup of tea, this works out very well for me; plus like the quote goes you cant buy happiness but you can buy cookies and close enough for me!
If Poundland is good at one thing, its multipacks, and that comes in very handy with tic tacs considering you dont get all that many in those tiny plastic boxes. I like keeping tic tacs in my bag mainly because its refreshing to have something to perk you up if youre travelling and theyre fun to shake!
Even though I rarely eat gravy, sometimes its just necessary for when you cook a Sunday roast. There are plenty of good gravy brands out there, but Bisto is a cut above the rest if only because you get to dramatically say their aah Bisto tagline!
This is also part of the 3 for £1 promotion. These small tin sizes are great because if youre a small eater (like me) eating a full can of beans in one sitting is hard. Same is true if you have no one to share with (well that just sounds rather sad *cue tiny violin*) or if you do split half a can of beans between meals, you can use these small tins to put the spare beans in!
You may have gathered from my previous posts that I have a sweet tooth. Ive made everything from Mary Berrys chocolate fudge cake, to Halloween cookies and sifted through decadent brownie recipes, all in the name of research of course! Anything caramel will make me happy, which is why a whole block of caramel chocolate for £1 is a bargain in my books!
I drink a lot of squash too, sometimes I like to branch out to different flavours if Im feeling adventurous but nothing beats good old fashioned orange squash to relieve the quenching thirst you may have. Its also particularly useful if waters just not your thing (but water should be because its good for you!)
I didnt realise that Poundland did rice crackers, but turns out they do which Im pleased about! Plus theyre a good snack on the side to nibble at when youre in the process of emailing away.