The 10 tips and tricks super shoppers use to save money at Poundland

POUNDLAND is famous for selling most items for, well, a pound – but there are ways of saving even more money at the discount chain if you know how.

Super shoppers have shared their savviest tips for how to bag a bargain and nab the best deals when you visit your local branch.

From the best value products to pick up for 100 pennies to the best time to visit the chain, The Sun has put together a guide to shopping at Poundland to help your money go further.

The discount chain is popular with shoppers – so popular, in fact, there's even a dedicated Facebook fan group called the Poundland Appreciation Society.

The chain already has more than 500 shops in the UK and Republic of Ireland – and last year, it announced it would open another 20 stores in former Poundworld locations.

The business did see sales drop by 5 per cent to €1.32 billion (£1.1 billion) in the six months to June last year, but like-for-like sales actually grew by 1.7 per cent in a challenging retail environment.

It seems bargain hunters are flocking to the chain to pick up discounted items.

Now bloggers and money-savers have exclusively told The Sun their inside tricks and tips that help them save even more money at the already cut-price chain.

Here are the best.

1. The best time to visit

Blogger Francesca Mason, of From Pennies To Pounds, told The Sun that it's best to visit Poundland first thing in the morning if you can.

She explained: "The stock is replenished every day, so you may want to go in first thing before it's all gone."

Opening times vary from shop to shop but many open at 8.30am.

You can find your nearest branch and search for its opening times using Poundland's online store finder.

2. Try and haggle

Co-founder of deals website, Tom Church, encourages shoppers to try haggling to blag money off items, especially if they're edible.

He said: "Poundland sells loads of food items with best before dates.

"If you see something that's pretty close to the end, speak to the manager and see if you can get a bulk buy."

A savvy shopper shared her success story on Tom's Latest Deals, Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook group.

She said: "I get nearly out of date protein bars from Poundland. I pop into the shop and check the dates.

"If they're due to go out of date by end of the month or so I ask to speak to the manager.

"I say I will take the whole lot for 10p a bar and they have not once said no."

3. Sign up to Poundland's newsletter

Claire Roach, the money-saving blogger behind DailyDeals UK said not many people know that the discount chain has a newsletter.

It tells you about the best new products and has all the prices, so it's definitely worth signing up to.

4. Look out for big brands

Money-saving blogger Emma Drew, who runs the Poundland Appreciation Society on Facebook, says there are occasionally amazing bargains on the shelves worth up to £15 that sell for just £1 at Poundland.

She said: "We all know the usual culprits at Poundland that save us money, like toiletries, cleaning products and batteries.

"Be on the look out for big brand products that appear in store for a short amount of time.

"You can often find really decent books that cost over £10 on Amazon.

"The make up and cosmetics always have great bargains, including Nails Inc nail polishes (usually £15 at John Lewis).

"If you have the MySupermarket app on your phone you can quickly compare the prices of items in supermarkets versus the prices in Poundland."

5. Take part in competitions

Francesca says that the discount chain regularly runs contests where you can win shopping vouchers.

These are often highlighted in the weekly newsletter mentioned above, so it's worth signing up.

There's a contest on at the moment where you can win a hamper of pet goodies and six months' worth of pet food if you upload a picture of your pet on social media.

Terms and conditions will apply to both, though, so check the websites and social media accounts before taking part.

6. Look on the clearance shelves

Even in Poundland, there's a clearance shelf, according to Tom – and you can sometimes bag a bargain by rifling through what's left.

The shelf will be in a different place in each shop, though, so you will have to look out for it.

Perishable food will also be reduced to 50p on the day if it needs eating up, and to 25p by the end of the day if it hasn't sold.

Tom said: "The stock is always changing so I try and go at least once a week to see what's on offer.

"Fresh food items are also reduced-to-clear every day, including pies and sandwiches.

"Poundland reduces perishable items every day before the store opens to about 50p.

"If the items are not sold by 4pm, they are reduced further to 25p.

"But every store is different and you should ask a member of staff for advice."

7. It's not always cheaper

Poundland is full of great bargains – but it's not always cheaper, as we revealed last week.

The discount chain actually charges double for some branded goods compared to supermarkets.

We compared prices on like for like products available at Poundland with those at Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Iceland using price comparison site, MySupermarket.

After looking at how much a single item costs – not taking into account two-for-£1 deals – we found that at least 12 Poundland products could be bought cheaper elsewhere.

These included a Pot Noodle, Ambrosia Rice Pudding and Pampers Fresh Baby Wipes.

8. Buy items in bulk

Charlie Stopford Sackville, the co-founder of The Price Drop Alert Tool, said he always bulk buys in Poundland to save money.

He said: "You can save money when buying items in bulk or in multiples – especially in the long run.

"If you're purchasing any household equipment, pick up multi-packs where possible.

"This will save you having to purchase them again within a short amount of time.

"Foods are commonly packed in multiples too, so spend the time searching around to make your £1 last longer."

9. Put the January sale in your diary

Tom says the annual January sale is worth sticking in your diary.

He said: "Every January, Poundland sends customers into a frenzy when they cut prices to 50p.

"The January sale can include everything: tech, food and even school uniforms.

"This year, they even cut prices to 25p on the last day of the sale."

10. Check the website for prices

You can't shop for Poundland's bargains online – but the website can still help you save money.

Claire said: "Poundland has a fantastic website with all their products listed."

All the prices are on the website, so you can easily compare them to other retailers to make sure they really are bargains before heading into town.

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If you really want to save cash then you're better off ditching the branded goods altogether and buying own brands instead – this could cut up to £1,500 a year off your shopping bill.

Last year, Poundland came under fire after it announced plans to introduce more expensive items to aisles, which could cost up to £7 a product.

A new discount store has launched on the high street called Only5Pounds where – yep you guessed it – everything costs £5.

Last year, we also revealed the savvy ways you can save money at B&M.

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