Yesterday we nipped into Poundland for some batteries; and I came out with several other things on my 'need' list (and no extras, happily), coming in significantly under budget:
Lee Stafford hair products are £5.99 each in Boots (not that I would have ever paid that much!) and vegan to boot. £2 under my budget for decent shampoo and conditioner.
Nair facial hair removal strips cost £6.00 in Boots. Some shops do their own version but they are cellophane backed and don't seem to work very well. Another £5.00 under budget.
My favourite toothpaste - £1.80 under budget.
The new LED lightbulb is for the hallway. £3.00 under budget - and more economical to use too.
Insoles - £1.50 under budget.
3 9V batteries for the smoke alarms - £3.00 each in B&Q, £2.00 in
the local 'cheap shop'. You can't put a price on safety, but it sure is
nice to cut it by two-thirds - £4.00 under budget.
All in all we saved a spectacular £17.30 today. Poundland is not automatically going to be the cheapest for anything; which is why I stick to my list and don't browse for 'bargains' that I don't actually need.
Having a longterm 'need to buy' list keeps me focused; and keeping track of which stores are good value for certain things keeps me under budget. Being loyal to one convenient supermarket - and shopping off-liste - on the other hand, rarely pay.