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On a super tight budget this Valentines Day? Why not have a Poundland Date Night. . . Here’s what happened when my husband and I tried it.
If you’re on a super tight budget this Valentines day then don’t despair – I have the perfect solution for you. Why not try a Poundland Date Night challenge? It’s easy, fun and should also get both your romantic and creative juices following. In this post I’m going talk about what my husband did for ours – don’t worry, there’s not anything NSFW here! (Although Poundland do sell sell one vibrating love ring PER SECOND so if that your thing then go for it!) You can find Poundland’s Valentines range here.
While there are no hard and fast rules for this – we both wanted to spend the same amount. As we’d both already bought Valentines elsewhere and because our date night was going to take place sooner so I could write this post we decided on just £3 each. I also decided to look at whether the items we each bought offered good value for money or whether it would have been cheaper to go elsewhere.
We didn’t discuss any ideas we had beforehand – I just explained the idea to hubby and he was happy to give it a go. Luckily my hometown has two Poundland stores so when we went into town over the weekend we choose one each and went our separate ways with a plan to reconvene once we were both done.
I had a couple of ideas so wasn’t hugely worried and he seemed quite confident too. Is £6 too little to put together a decent date night? It is certainly cheaper than going out for a meal or to the cinema. It was also nice to try and think outside the box a little bit and maybe do something different to the norm.
What I bought
So, heading into this challenge I had three roughly formed ideas for my part of our Poundland Date Night and felt fairly happy that I would be able to achieve a least one of them
My first idea was that it might be nice to do some baking together and get to feed each other what gooey yumminess we cooked each other afterwards. Generally speaking baking can be quite an expensive hobby but I was fairly certain I’d seen ready-made cake mixes in Poundland so headed straight to the baking section. Unfortunately for me they had nothing of the sort in stock and buying all the ingredients separately would have cost a fair bit so I gave up on that idea and went for Plan B.
Plan B was also food based – I was thinking we could attempt to make some sort of Homemade Chocolate Fondue and I could pick up some yummy treats to dip in it. I found a huge bag of marshmallows before remembering that Pete doesn’t actually like them. Nothing else seemed to provide quite the same amount of food for the same price so I abandoned that idea too.
On to Plan C, which I must admit was probably the most boring and generic of my ideas – Movie Night. I headed to the DVD section and was able to pick up ‘The American Hustle’ on Blu-Ray. I knew neither of us had seen it and figured being a Blu-Ray rather than DVD the resale value would be better if we decided to get rid after watching. I then found a HUGE bag of Disney’s Frozen themed Popcorn. Microwave popcorn was also available and may well have been better value portion wise, but we don’t actually have microwave to cook it in! Finally I picked up a bag of Haribo and a pack of Oreo Biscuits for 50p each to complete our bundle of Movie night snacks.
What He Bought
Credit where it’s due, Pete’s idea for his date night was much more about me than him. He bought a nice bottle of bubble bath, Vanilla Scented candles and a box of Guylian Praline chocolates with the intention of offering me a relaxing and romantic bath. A pleasing thought at six months pregnant! Originally he had planned to buy massage oil instead of the candles but the Poundland store he was in didn’t have any.
I was also really pleased he hadn’t gone for the same as me and bought a DVD for a movie night – putting all of our items and idea together would really make for a nice ‘proper’ date night.
While we often watch movies together, calling it a proper date night and including treats like the sweets and popcorn and a nice bath beforehand really made us focus on each-other and spending quality time together. It can be so easy to get caught up in day to day life and while we often focus on each other if we go out on a dinner date, at home it can be easy to end up doing other things, tidying up etc. It might go without saying but having a no phone rule for your date is also a must – we don’t turn them off just make sure they’re out of our immediate reach.
We both both actually really enjoyed our Poundland Date Night and it’s definitely something we would try again the future when we wanted a super budget date idea.
Value For Money
Being the super money saving sort of girl I am, I did want to make sure everything we bought for our Poundland Date Night provided value for money and that we couldn’t have bought the items much cheaper elsewhere.
Here’s what I found.
- American Hustle Blu-Ray – Currently selling for £3.30 on Amazon
- Popcorn – 195gram bag – Supermarket own brand equivalent was 77p for 100grams so poundland was much better value.
- Haribo Starmix 140grams – These were the same price in Morrison’s but more expensive by 30p-40p in all other supermarkets.
- Oreo Biscuits x 10 – These were probably the worst buy we made as a bigger pack was available at both Asda and Morrison’s for the same price.
- Carex Bath Soak 500ml– I couldn’t find this anywhere else but the same size Carex Shower Gel was £3 in most places making this quite a bargain!
- Guylian Chocolates x 8 – While the ones Pete bought weren’t the seashells most people are familiar with there was almost double the amount of chocolate than in the small packs of seashells that retail for the same price.
- Vanilla Scented Candles x 8 – I’ve not price compared these as they aren’t branded and I know cheap candles available in a lot of places. They smelled nice and did the job and that’s enough for me!
Overall most items were much better value in Poundland than the supermarket equivalent.