Rise of the 99p/pound stores.

I think it’s quite safe to say that 99p and Poundland stores are pretty awesome. If you haven’t yet stepped inside one and still perform that act of feeling embarrassed that you were even looking at the store, then I think it’s time to drop that act because Poundland and 99p stores are officially cool. Who made it official, you ask? Well, I did.

These stores, which are now located within walking distance of your home, unless you live somewhere really closed off, have so many useful (and sometimes useless) items inside. This means you could spend an awfully long time browsing and then buying things you probably don’t require.

Recently, I’ve found myself attracted to these stores and wondering about their popularity. I’m a sucker for a bargain, and if you’re not, then I seriously doubt your authenticity. I’ve taken up baking as a hobby recently, and when wanting to bake my first cake, it was a 99p store that I headed to when I saw the high cost of baking tins in Tesco. My arrival in the 99p store bought me three extremely useful items needed for my baking adventure for the beautiful sum of just £2.97. While browsing the store I found so many things that potentially, I would need at some point, but being the good girl that I am, I resisted the temptation to spend in excess at a store that is very good at attracting customers who only “popped in to buy one thing!”.

Places like 99p stores and Poundland are opening branches pretty much everywhere. Personally, I find them really very handy. Although some of the products may be low quality, there are some things in there which you can get at an absolute bargain! You just have to think about whether you’re willing to spend more than what is being thrust at you.

I don’t think that in this day and age, we can afford to think about being cheap or appearing cheap, or somehow feeling that spending less is a negative thing. During a period where we need to be money-savvy and save as much as possible, I think pound stores are vital to keep us going. Being a student with a debt of £9,000 a year just to attend University, I cannot fault a 99p store at all. Also, I can’t be choosy.

So, the next time you find yourself needing something to buy, head to one of these stores first and keep it mind!


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