I’ve always had expensive taste. I blame spending a year living within walking distance of Selfridges on Oxford Street and its far-too-temping Gold Card.
Then I spent over a decade living on one of the most expensive parts of Surrey, and once worked in a store that sold £4000 handbags in its Bond Street branch.
Life is not quite so luxurious now but I will admit that I’d never set foot in the 99p Stores, or any type of bargain store in fact, until yesterday. This isn’t to say I shouldn’t be bargain hunting; my bank manager would actively encourage the idea. It just never really appealed.
So how did I find my first taste of bargain hunting? I absolutely loved it. My eyes have been opened and already I’m hooked.
Without doubt there’s something very addictive about hunting down bargains, and you get a real buzz when you find something you know is more expensive elsewhere.
Armed with a complimentary £50 voucher, we bought enough in the Nottingham branch of the 99p Stores to fill a kitchen table. This is what £50 gets you:
More importantly, I suspect I saved at least that price again if you consider what I would have paid for identical brands elsewhere.
We bought everything from shampoo, soap and pedicure sets to weed killer, children’s toys, pens, diaries and calculators.
Next time we are planning to stock up on cleaning products and kitchenware, which were substantially cheaper than the supermarket prices I normally pay for the same brands.
My favourites included the sports bottles, mugs, storage tubs, luggage scale and ice cream bowls.
IJ really liked the Polly Pocket toys, beach shoes, calculators and toy princess furniture.
Every single item cost 99p. The only real problem we had was carrying it all home.
For someone who never really embraced the idea of discount shopping, I would without doubt visit the 99p Store again. This visit has genuinely changed the way I shop and will no doubt save me a lot of money in the future.
Now for that handbag …