Last week I got to visit Pep & Co for the first time. The store is always positioned by a Poundland and offers discount clothing.
It was founded in 2014 and is backed by the large South African retail group, Pepkor. The group was established in 1965 and now employs over 32,000 people in 3,800 stores across Europe, Africa, and Australasia. This is important as we want to know that it’s got a good chance of being around for a while!
PEP&CO recently opened a store in Solihull and says it will open 150 branches inside Poundland stores across the UK, Ireland and France. That would make the total of their stores 330 by June 2018.
Their aim is to become a major high street fashion player making Primark their rival. The shop assistant said …
I was travelling to see my friend’s new born baby and had forgotten to buy a card, so in the petrol station on the way there, I picked one up, and then tried to put it back when the check out assistant told me it was £3.70.
Wow, what a rip off. Unfortunately I had to buy the card as I didn’t have much of a choice. It was nothing special and I’m sure that it’s either safely tucked away in a box or already recycled.
I decided not to be caught out again, so heading to my nearest cheap card shop in town and I got myself a couple of baby boy cards and also some standard birthday cards. The deal I liked the best was £1 for seven cards at The Card Factory. …
On 3 March, the Two Together Railcard was officially launched.
Now I am a fan as I was one of the people who trialled it when it was being tested a year or so ago in the Midlands.
Basically you and one other person (can be anyone) have to both have your photograph on the card to get the discount on most travel after 9.30 am and on weekends/weekends….even on advance fares.
The card’s benefits made travelling to London cheaper for me definitely. However, since the trial and the official launch, there was a lull of about a year, so I went on the hunt for an alternative.
As most of my travel to work is to London, the Network Rail Card has proved very useful. From Banbury onwards, I get a discount. I did …
I like Next clothes but they sometimes seem expensive, so I have been hunting around for a discount or money off code and the only thing I found was £20 off when referring a friend. They have to buy something over £50 and both you and the friend get a code for £20 off.
I tried this with a friend and two weeks after my referral, my mate got a code for £20, but it did have a short date, so watch out.
Remember you can get clothes delivered free to store next day, so you can avoid postage costs.
Here are the words from the referral page
Introduce a friend to Next and you’ll both receive £20 off. Your friend must be new to Next and place a first order of £50 or more …
I got free cake and hot drink vouchers from December 2013 to June 2014. I went with my friend and we used our vouchers to save over £11 for a carrot cake, Victoria sponge and two hot drinks.
I just need to produce the card when I go into the shop and if I shop online, the card is already linked to my online account. If I shop on the phone, I just need to give them the number on the back.
The advantages of having the card while you shop
Along with your membership card, as a member you’ll get
- John Lewis to understand your
Now as well as a bargain, I love convenience, so when I found the HOME2HOME service on Facebook, I thought I’d give it a try.
Basically, it’s a closed group that provides “quality professional cleaning and toiletry products in wholesale sizes at household prices delivered free to your door.”
I am based in the Midlands, and I think that this group (currently with 2,400 members) may only deliver to the wider Midlands region, but there must be others like it around the country.
Anyway, you have to ask to join the group and once accepted, you will get their offers in your feed of cheap cleaning supplies and toiletries, and they will also send you a price list of items they have available at the time. These items range from shampoo, washing powder to stain …
I am a couponer I must admit. Not an extreme one though. You know the types that can get their shopping for £5 a week and have stacks of stuff that they didn’t really want just because it was free or cost next to nothing – that is too much effort for me.
I do however save coupons, look out for them in the post and in magazines, readily accept them when handed out around town and have no problem rummaging in my bag to save 20p off an item, get a bogof or some free loyalty points on a purchase.
Invariably I have some coupons floating around in my bag or purse at all times. I do cull them and remove the out of date ones. I also stick ones that are not really …
Now showrooming to get cheaper prices sometimes doesn’t feel too moral. It’s the practice of going into a high street retailer and then using your smart phone to surf the internet and locate a lower price, often online or where you can order online and pick up from store.
I don’t always use showrooming, for example, if I’m in M&S and they are offering new season stock, I just buy it. I think it’s really only worth it on large purchases. Once I was in a dress shop and the frock was going to set me back £150, so I was having second thoughts. I searched for the said dress on eBay and bought it for £40.
I’ve used showrooming at Homebase too, where I found that a Karcher pressure washer cheaper online at Argos …
I am a fan of eBay. Before buying anything online, I will see if I can get it on eBay. It’s even more enticing now that I can collect Nectar points for my purchases.
Recently, I picked up a brand new steam generator iron for £50 less than the cheapest online store, and that was Argos. The item has a guarantee card and arrived within a couple of days. I also recently bagged some Berghaus walking boots for £35 inc postage and package. They had been worn but were in fantastic condition (as good as new as far as I was concerned) and better than paying £115 for boots I will wear only a handful of times a year. I buy lots of other things and price is nearly always the reason I choose eBay.…
When I was a young child my mother would take me around this horrid shop in town and along to the markets. Neither the shop nor the markets exist any more, instead car parks and Iceland have taken their place.
The horrid shop was managed by a ghastly and rude man who obviously thought that we were going to steal his precious trashy products. My mother took me as she must have inherited the bargain gene which I also have. She would look for cheap scourers and kitchen goods, biscuits and beans. I would follow behind in the hope that maybe I would get a nice ribbon or sweet.
Now today, that shop and market have morphed into Poundland for me. My secret pleasure. The town I live in is fairly nice with barber jackets …