Back before Christmas I was contacted by Sally from Bottle PR to see if I would like to take part in the Poundland Weekly Essentials challenge.
How could I resist? After all I’m a bit of a fan of Poundland and love a challenge especially when it’s to do with saving money.
Poundland have recently increased their groceries range in an attempt to save families money. I consider myself to be rather a savvy shopper, so I accepted the challenge and soon received vouchers worth £15 to spend on groceries.
As I mentioned earlier, I do like Poundland anyway, but have to admit I’d not considered buying food before other than packets of biscuits or chocolates, so I was intrigued to find out exactly what they were selling.
I arrived at the large Poundland store in Coventry, once a former Woolworths. It was a Tuesday afternoon and as usual Poundland was very busy. Before deciding what to buy I spent some time browsing the shelves to see what was on offer. I got very excited when I saw a box of Dorset cereal which I love but don’t buy due to the price. I quickly grabbed a basket and decided now was the time to start shopping!
I decided to choose carefully as I wanted to enhance my weekly shop rather than add things to it that I didn’t need. I first went for staples like pasta, rice and cereal. My kids love cereal and get through boxes of the stuff. As a result I usually buy cheaper own brands so was pleased to see a good sized box of shreddies. That should last us a day or two!
I continued to fill my basket with tea, tomato sauce, tinned salmon, olive oil and finally some treats like biscuits and heinz tinned chocolate pud! In addition to the usual ‘everything for a pound’ there were other ‘mix and match’ offers in the store. For example I bought basmati rice, 1kg of spaghetti and Loyd Grossman sauce all for £2.
One thing I will say, is that some items are not as good an offer as they may appear. For example I bought a multi bag of crisps which stated a special offer of 5 bags for the price 4. The same multi bag in supermarkets usually comes with 6 bags as standard, so it’s still important to shop wisely even if it looks like a bargain.
Once I got my booty home, I did the all important price comparison against two major supermarkets. Shopping like for like, the same products from Tesco came to £23.62 which meant I had saved £8.62. What was interesting with Tesco, was that some of the identical products had been discounted to £1 which made me wonder whether they keep an eye on Poundland and attempt to match the prices.
I then did the same online shop at Sainsbury’s where the total spend came to £30.53 which saved a whopping £15.53, double what I had spent at Poundland.
I was more than happy with what I bought from Poundland and after seeing what I could save I will definitely use it to pick up items like cereal, rice and pasta as well as traditionally more expensive items like olive oil, tinned salmon and of course…Dorset cereals!