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I am always looking for a bargain, and lucky for me there are two Home Bargain shops in my town. One is a 5 minute walk from my house and the other in my local town centre.
Be warned this shop is addictive! The shop that is close to me is rather large and has so many bargains in there. I will first start with a description of the largest store near me,of which the set up is very similar in all stores.
Aisle 1 - the the first section of isle one is all the bargains for that week, this changes regularly and always has food and drink items at great prices, and some reduced homeward items. The rest of the isle is all your toiletry items.
Aisle 2 - men and women's beauty products, feminine hygiene and basics drugs and first aid.
Aisle 3 - baby and children's toiletries, toys, napiies, infant feeding and sometimes bedroom furniture.
Aisle 4-cleaning,laundry, diy and ironing/mopping/brushing
Aisle 5 - pets items and season items
Aisle 6 - tinned food, cakes, biscuits, cereals...etc
Aisle 7 - sweets, children's toys and soft drinks
And along the end of the store is bread, refrigerated foods, alcohol and freezer items.
This shop is a gem, a lot of poundshop and bargain shops you can accidentally get ripped off with the bargains being outweighed by their overpriced ones. Home bargains is the Lowestoft low prices where you can find current brands at very very low prices.
Join their Facebook page too for tons of competitions and heads up on bargains!
I am a fan of a good bargain and like to shop around for things but Home Bargains brings a lot of those bargains into one place for me.
You can't miss a Home Bargains store with its bright red sign. The front of every Home Bargains I have seen is a line of huge windows so you can see just how popular and busy the shop is while also being a great area for the store to display seasonal bargains.
All year round they sell an array of toys, food, beauty products, alcohol and more. I started shopping there regularly when I saw that I can save a fortune on my hair dye (it's around £2 cheaper for Live XL hair dye than Wilko's), face wipes and other girly beauty stuff. I also pick up sweets, crisps and alcohol when the occasion calls for it (which really helps out when you are entertaining guests).
It doesn't sell the types of products which means you would be able to do your weekly shop there but it can certainly help fill your cupboards as well as providing other cheap homeware
There are only a couple of downsides to Home bargains but they can easily be overlooked.
Fistly, it can be a pretty faceless store. Don't expect fantastic customer service or to be welcomed by a member of staff. If you ask for where certain products are then you'll usually get a point in the right direction and nothing more. You're expected to go in and be out as quickly as possible.
Secondly, with money being tight nowadays and bargain stores being on the rise then it can get pretty busy inside. If you don't like crowds then avoid at weekends and during holidays.
Overall, it is a great company providing cheap but good quality products.
I discovered Home Bargains a few years ago now, when I went back to uni as a mature student and my budget changed accordingly! Home Bargains is a discount shop, selling household items, toiletries, cleaning products, medicines, toys and food at brilliantly low prices.
Home Bargains is really best, in my opinion, for toiletries and cleaning products. These items are so over-priced if you buy brand names, and even the supermarket own brands aren't always much cheaper. Home Bargains sells a mixture of well known brands and bargain (sometimes foreign) brands at much lower prices than Tesco or Sainsburys. For example, I recently bought a bottle of 'sink and plughole unblocker' for 99p, when what is basically the same product would have cost me over £3 at Tesco. Loads and loads of items are £1 or less, so the savings really add up over time.
The food items aren't the strongest selling point for Home Bargains. Its great for things like soft drinks, tinned food, and other non-perishable items that you keep 'in stock' in your cupboards all the time. There isn't generally any fresh food though, you can get the basics but you'd struggle to put together a decent meal with what's on the shelves. There are absolutely tons of sweets and crisps though!
Household items include things such as storage boxes, mops and buckets, pots and pans, some decorative stuff like clocks and cushions. There are also toys, pet products and a stationary section in the Home Bargains closest to me.
You can never be 100% sure that what you're after will be in stock, which is one drawback, as it can mean having to make two trips and go elsewhere. However, with the low prices its worth a little bit of extra potential effort.
The shops themselves are pretty basic, no frills, as you'd expect from a place that is mainly about selling in bulk and selling cheap. No self checkouts, in fact the checkouts look about 100 years old, and no real customer service to speak of. The minimal staff seem to just man the tills all the time, you don't see them wandering helping people or tidying up very much. That's to be expected though, and to be honest, the layouts easy enough, the stores aren't massive, so the chances of needing any help are pretty slim.
I definitely recommend this shop to anybody looking to save a bit of money on household products, its surprisingly satisfying coming away with a big bag full of stuff that cost you less than a tenner. Another bonus is that there are always a few completely random and unexpected things for sale, so you never know for sure what bargain you might end up bringing home with you!
I like Home bargains a lot. I used to buy toys for my kids at woolworths when it was still on the high street but I had found it quite expensive even if the products were quality. Home bargains is a discount store aimed at the smaller income bracket of households. For families who are on a tight budget, hme bargains is a fantastic option with it's large array of products.
Home Bargains has a large variety of products, not just toys. I love to paint and I have found that I can get my art supplies at rock bottom prices for fairly decent quality. I wish they would sell more large canvases. The confectionery they sell are really well priced, have good variety and taste nice too.
Other food items available at home bargains are mainly for the food cupboard. It is quite handy to have a lot of different products under one roof. Home bargains also sell cosmetics and healthcare products, garden equipment and household items.
The service at home bargains is surprisingly good with friendly staff. The only bug bear I have with this shop are the queues but it's not the company's fault, it's just very popular.
I have been a huge fan of Home Bargains for several years, although I did go through a stage where I actually banned myself from going more than once a month as I was spending £40 minimum every time I entered the shop despite my very best intentions. I have stopped allowing myself a trolley too, hoping that a basket will limit me.
When the girls where little, it was so easy to pick up a gift for their friends birthday for a fiver whilst looking as though you'd spent a fortune. I went through a spate of buying the £5 Bratz dolls until that fad moved on. Today was to buy 3 party gifts (2x 11 and 1 x14 year old) and although I quickly picked up gifts, I still managed to spend around £50, as couldn't help myself. I bought a paddington outside clock (£9.99) to put away as a christmas present. I picked up several Mary-kate and Ashley perfumes for £3 which I thought smelt nice and will make nice stocking fillers. I have found that if you see a really good HB Bargain grab it quickly, as generally if its very good it will be gone very quickly, which unfortunately brings out the impulse buyer in me.
I am always amazed to see their 99p pregnancy tests as I spent a small fortune when trying for our oldest daughter. Their health ranges are generally very cheap in comparison to other shops.
Their cleaning products are generally very good value, for example star drops is 89p yet well over a pound elsewhere. It also has cheap bleach, washing up liquid etc etc
A word of caution is that not everything in there is as bargainous as you think, so its worth keep an eye on every day prices elsewhere. For example alberto balsam shampoo and conditioner is 99p yet it was 3 for £2 in Asda.
I also find that I can go in and see loads of brilliant things, then the following week there will be very little to choose from.
I always find the shops clean and staff friendly and award them 4 Doo Yoo Stars.
What does it sell ?
Everything, a real good mix from health & beauty, to food, baby, toys, homeware, gardenware, absolutely everything. I think this is the reason why people like the shop so much; due to the complete variation in products for sale, you really can come in here and pick up ALL your household items. I know confidently that if I need a last minute gift for someone, I can stroll into here, pick up a card, present and gift bag (even a cheap pen if I'm really in a rush and need to write it out in the card). I could pick up wine, chocolates, beauty gift set, or some toys or books, if it was a gift for a child.
Value for Money
Another key reason why it's such a popular store to shop in I think, is because you can get a lot better priced products than you would in other stores. For example you can pick up really sweet and cute gift bags for less than £1. If that was in a card shop, or Supermarket they would be more expensive. Another example of this is the food & drink section, you can pick up a 2litre bottle of Pepsi for only 79p, even the popular energy drink Lucazade, can be picked up for a fraction of the price it would cost you in a supermarket.
To conclude it is a shop I would highly recommend for all people. Whether you just get your toiletries from here, or you get everything from here, either way you are going to notice a different in price from were you normally go.
Home bargains is amazing! It is one of my favourite shops and I and the rest of my family visit quite frequently as there are quite a few stores in my local area. They sell products that you can get from any supermarket, just at way cheaper prices so you save money :)
I am not exaggerating when I say it saves you money, it really does. There are an array of different products in-store that are all categorised (e.g. all of the sweets are down one aisle, shampoo/ face wahes etc. down another) just like any big supermarket like ASDA or Morrisons.
All of the times that I have shopped at Home Bargains, the shelves have always been well stocked and the products that I went in for were usually there. If there was a specific product that I haven't been able to find in the store there would usually be other alternatives (another brand etc.)
There aren't a lot of complaints that I have about Home Bargains, well maybe just the fact that I always come out with more than I originally went in for! There are lots of offers that always attract my attention and there is usually a few products that are a classed as a 'Star Buy' that are usually on the end of aisles and at the front of the store that change frequently in order to show you the best deals on specific products sold.
As I said previously there are a lot of stores in my local area and there are a few more that are opening up (for example in West Bromwich.) I can soon see there being even more Home Bargains' opening and people all over the UK getting the chance to shop there!
Home Bargains is a well known discount store which is recognisable by its red and blue signage. I thought everyone knew about it but after a conversation in our staffroom the other day, I'm not so sure now, so I've done this review to spread the word in case anyone is missing out.
I've always loved Home Bargains, but as we've never had one that close to us I've tended to miss out on those discounted goods. Within the last month, however, we've had one open up just down the road from our house on a new retail park development. I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw that we were going to have a Home Bargains on our doorstep - I really should get out more! For us it's ideal because it has free parking, it's close, and the opening hours are excellent with it being open till 8pm on weekdays. Home Bargains is often in town and city centres too, but the opening hours tend to be shorter and you might not be able to park close to the shop which makes it difficult getting those cheap goodies to your car or on the bus.
I would probably describe this shop as "Jack of all trades, master of none". I don't mean that disrespectfully, but basically what I mean by that is that it's brilliant for getting bargains on certain things, but you can't guarantee you'll find what you need. The shops I've been in have always been clean and well organised, which is unusual for discount stores as sometimes they can be chaos and I dread having to rummage though random piles of stock looking for what I need. Home Bargains is a well laid-out store where everything is well labelled and easy to locate.
So, what does it sell? Well, this varies from store to store and the stock is rotated regularly depending on what they can get in. Generally though, they stock certain categories of goods, and although you might not be able to get a specific brand, as long as you're not fussy you should find what you need in each category. Most Home Bargains stores sell beauty products and toiletries, home cleaning products, toys, food, pet supplies, gifts, homeware, clothes (usually childrens) and some are licensed to sell alcohol. Ours isn't unfortunately but we have Morrissons next door so this isn't a big issue for us.
The quality of the goods in Home Bargains is excellent. Generally speaking, you can get branded products for less money than you would spend in a supermarket. This is how I tend to shop, however last time I went I tried some brands I'd never heard of and they were absolutely fine. The food range is quite limited and it's the kind of place you'll pick up dry or tinned food which is cheap and will help fill your cupboards. It's not somewhere you can go if you need something in particular as you can never guarantee what they'll have in stock. I tend to stock up on things like tomato sauce, tuna, rice, biscuits and cereal. Although it's just bits and bobs they are a lot cheaper than supermarkets so it takes the pressure off your weekly food bill.
The products I buy most in this shop are the food items just mentioned, cleaning products, and toiletries. We tend to buy whatever's on offer when it comes to shower gel and shampoo, but in Home Bargains you can pick these items up for very little even at full price. They have brands such as Imperial Leather and Cussons, but they only cost about 89p for shower gel which would be nearer £2 in a supermarket.
Fabric conditioner and spray cleaners are also good value, as is the pet food but they don't always have the one I buy. Although I'm happy to switch brands for myself and my partner, when it comes to the cat I don't like messing with his diet.
In the run up to Christmas, I've noticed there are lots of toys stocked in Home Bargains. I wouldn't normally notice these but we've had our niece up to stay this weekend and she's into Peppa Pig and the character who carries the wand I think it's Holly and Ben, so we've spotted lots of ideal presents for a fraction of the price you'd get them elsewhere. We've also picked up things like sweets and Christmas crackers to help with our stockpiling for Christmas.
I've always found the staff at Home Bargains to be pleasant and helpful. This isn't always the case with this kind of shop because I think they can get quite busy and the staff sometimes look stressed. Home Bargains is a pleasant shopping experience though, and one I'll be able to do more often thanks to our new local store.
The only downside to this store is the randomness of their stock, you can't always guarantee you'll get what you want, and they rotate the stock often so if you see a good offer it's best to stock up before it gets taken off the shelf. This is the only reason I'm knocking a star off, but for a discount store it is spot on.
As an avid fan of discount shopping I was very pleased to hear that my home town (Worksop) was getting a Home Bargains. I had heard great things about this store but hadn't been in one, mainly due to not being a driver and all the Home Bargains around the area involved travelling. The good thing about my local Home Bargains Store is that it is just a short distance from the Town Centre, on a small retail park which is very easy to walk to. For the drivers, there are plenty of parking space to the front of the store.
The first thing I noticed as I entered the store was how clean, spacious and well lit it is. As I said previously I thoroughly enjoy discount shopping and frequent many stores but I have always found them on the dark and dingy side. This store was completely different. It offers a much more enjoyable shopping experience than some other cheap shops. The aisles are well spaced and there is ample room to manoeuvre. The store provides free shopping baskets and trolleys are available for a refundable £1. The first section of the store contains the current best offers and provides a mix of various different products. The first proper aisle contains Health and Beauty products. I have seen brands such as Tresemme and Charles Worthington alongside cheaper budget brands. The branded products do tend to be discontinued in big stores like Boots or they are the old style packaging but as long as I'm getting a good product at a good price I don't really mind. The next aisle contains Cleaning Products, Baby Care and toilet rolls/kitchen roll etc. Again, there are various brands mixed in with the budget ranges. I find the 18 pack toilet rolls fair quality at £3.59.
The following aisle contains Homeware, Children's Stationary, Books and Pet Care. I rarely purchase items from this section but the Books section is great value and you can pick up some great books for less than half the original price. They run out of stock quickly though. All along the far wall of the shop there are the bigger Children's Toys. As we don't have children I don't spend much time in this aisle but having bought a Peppa Pig toy from Argos for my niece then finding it half the price in Home Bargains I will be going there for future gifts. As far as I can remember the Toy range contains various branded Kids Characters, Ben 10, Peppa Pig, Toy Story etc.
Towards the end of the store are the food/drink aisles. There are two food aisles containing various dry goods, Cereals, Crisps, Wraps, Rice, Pasta, Sauces etc. There is a wide range of items and the branded food products they stock are substantially cheaper than the supermarkets. They also do a full row of sweets/ chocolates/ fizzy pop. This has to be my favourite part, a great selection but I always get the assorted mis-shapes. They are 99p a bag and contain a mix of Luxury chocolate from Thorntons/Milk Tray etc. They are lovely if you don't mind not knowing what you're eating! Opposite this aisle is the Alcohol. They stock a good range of wines and beers and the Alco-pops are particularly good value. As usual all the brands are lots cheaper than the Supermarkets.
Overall, Home Bargains is a great store that saves you money. In tough financial times stores like this mean you can keep some of your branded goods without overpaying for them. I love the clean, bright layout of the store and it's an enjoyable shopping experience. The only word of warning is that the stock can be erratic so buy it while it's there or you may be disappointed next time you go.
After buying my own house nearly 18 months ago, I am quickly learning how expensive it is to live! So one day I decided to go into my local home bargains and I haven't looked back since! Home Bargains, as sad as it sounds, I think it now my favourite shop. (I got back from holiday yesterday and the first thing I wanted to do was go to Home Bargains!)
It is much nicer than other 'bargain shops', in my opinion. It feels more like a supermarket and has all the top branded stuff, but at much cheaper prices. The prices are cheaper than the supermarkets 'value brand' items.
The shop sells:
*toiletries, such as bubble bath, shampoo, deodorant etc
*baby care, such as nappies, cotton wool, talc, baby cream, wet wipes etc
*medication, such as paracetamol, lemsip, covonia, plasters, germoline etc
*household, such as toilet roll, kitchen roll, washing powder, washing up liquid, bin bags, cleaners etc
*food cupboard items, such as tuna, biscuits, chocolate, olive oil, jam, table sauces, rice, crisps, tinned food, sugar, cake mixes
*home items, such as baking trays, kitchen utensils, photo frames, mirrors, towels, batteries, WD40
*drinks, such as cordial, fizzy pop, wine, beer, alcohol, juice cartons
*toys, arts & crafts items, books
*pet food, pet toys, pet treats
*party items, party bags, candles, balloons, napkins
*Wrapping paper, gift bags, cards
Basically everything a normal supermarket would have, except for fresh food and meat.
Sometimes they don't always have in the same items, for example I like to buy Ribena from there but they don't always have it in. Therefore when they do, I stock up!
Some examples of the prices are:-
Nutella - 69p (RRP 99p)
Filippio Olive Oil - £1.99 (RRP £4.99)
Imperial Leather Bubble Bath - 89p (RRP £1.99)
Duracel AA Batteries - £1.99 (RRP £5.99)
The prices have saved me so much over this past year, I am so glad I found it.
Nicky toliet roll is the best! it is £3.99 for 18 rolls which as quilted and look like a more expensive brand - every time i go i stock up!
If you have a Home Bargains near you, it is definatley worth a visit!
Well as I review so many products I have purchased from Home Bargains I thought it was only fair that I review the shop itself.
I have visited many Home Bargains since they opened and there are now 200 over the country Home Bargains is as the suggests a bargain shop which is run by TJ Morris Ltd. Each Home Bargain store I have been to is pretty much laid out in the same way with clear isles, products clearly labelled with the price and the rrp which is always more than you will actually pay for the product in store.
Home Bargains stocks a wide variety of products for you and your home. Products include -
Health and Beauty - Shampoo / Conditioner, Serum, Face wash, Toothpaste you name it and all at great prices they often have one off products really cheap as well so its worth checking on a regular basis for the special products.
Food, Drinks, Alcohol - All branded they cereal, chocolate crisps, sweets again they have special one off things like easter eggs around Easter and Lindt reindeer at Christmas and you do again save a good price on the the retail one. Also tea bags coffee and in my case they sometimes have green tea in there for 29p for a big box which is a bargain so I have to stock up on that when I see it because its not always stocked. Alcohol is also cheap in here so always stock up for parties from here. Not every store I have been in has sold alcohol but my local one does so thats good for me.
Toys, games, books - They stock a good range of toys and games for children and they are not poor quality ones either I often pick up Barbies and High School Musical dolls for my friends little girl who loves them and they are again a bargain.
Household - Towels, bed sheets, scales, kithen utensils, mixing bowls, pots and pans, pictures, cleaning products, scented candles you name it they stock it I especially like the cheap glade scented candles I can buy but again it is luck what they have in on the day the stock is constantly changing.
Seasonal - Home Bargains is the first place I head for anything Halloween, Easter or Christmas not just for presents but for fancy dress outfits, wrapping paper, cards everything I need for each occasion.
As you can see they stock alot of products every year me and my friend go Christmas shopping and we always begin here and normally spend at least 1 hour browsing and buying presents and we always come out with bags full of gifts which have cost us no where near how much they would have cost from the high street.
The key with the store is to check often I think the stock probably changes aleast once a week but I couldn't say for definate. They also stock pet food and cages and accessories sometimes so its a good place to check for those as well.
I give Home Bargains 5 stars for quality products and great prices.
As you may have surmised from a few of my other reviews, i do enjoy a good bargain. I'm a student so i'm always on the look out where i can save a few extra pennies here and there to go towards a drink or two at the pub. Therefore, i frequent homebargains a far amount!
Homebargains is usually my first port of call when i need basics like handwash, shampoo, conditioner etc.
However, i have also bought towels from there in the past which have proven to be decent quality and soft to the touch. They have stood the test of time when i have put them through many washes which just proves that while Homebargains are a cheaper priced store, their products still remain of equal quality to slightly more expensive stores such as Wilko.
I like how you can buy branded products as Homebargains for a much lower price than at a supermarket. For example i bought some two sachets of pot noodles (not the ones in the pot - the ones that are packaged like supernoodles) for 19p each. What a saving!
I have also found much of their alcohol to be of a cheaper price too - for example i bought a 50cl bottle of Martini for 2.99. While a 75cl bottle might be bought for 7.99 in supermarkets, this is a great bargain because even if i'd bought two, that would be 100cl of Martini for just £6.98 - a saving of at least £1.
I'd always recommend homebargains to anyone passing because it's guaranteed you'll save money.
The stores themselves are fairly tidy and basic in interior - probably no frills in order to reduce unnecessary spending which ensures prices are kept low.
Home Bargains is a must visit store for all those looking to save money just now , I visited the one in Bathgate at the weekend and have to admit it impressed me even more this time than it did when I visited it before Christmas.
An example of a great find I got this weekend were blank stretched canvases for painting upon , normally in places like the works the best you can get is 4 for £9.99 , so imagine my surprise when I stumbled across these for 99p in Home Bargains !
The same for tubes of paints normally these are about 1.99 and I got them for 99p
But of course thats not of interest to every one , Home bargains also sell a variety of food stuffs , home furnishings , and cleaning materials , it can be safely said that the majority of the things on sale are cheeper than you would find in the supermarkets
I find that this store is very busy most days yet the aisles are wide enough to maneuver around the hordes of bargain hunters who pick up every thing from pots and pans to mattress toppers , some small things are also found to be under one pound
The one thing I've noticed is that these stores don't seem to be on the high street but in more obscure parts of towns , I think there is only 2 in Scotland according to their web site ( http://www.tjmorris.co.uk/) they have 190 stores throughout the UK and plan to have a whole load more over the coming years so if there isn't one near you now there may be soon
We're lucky enough to have a Home Bargains just a few minutes bus ride away & I've picked up some great bargains over the last few years so I'd recommend having a look if you're ever passing one of these stores.
If you've shopped at QualitySave then HB is very similar only they seem to have a greater variety of goods for sale & the aisles aren't littered with boxes/piles of stuff waiting to be put on the shelves. Although they may not all be the same I've noticed that the staff are friendly & helpful, the aisles are fairly wide & the shop is well planned & generally there's a good atmosphere even when it's really busy.
They sell good everyday home goods such as crockery, pans, cooking utensils, teatowels & a good selection of bakeware etc plus books, craft items, envelopes & stationary, tinned & packet foods & sauces, DIY materials, toiletries, tissues, loo rolls, chocolate, pens, cards & gift bags etc. The prices are good too - many items are less than £1.
It seems to keep up well with seasonal items so if you like to plan ahead you can start buying Christmas decorations, gift wrap & little 'surprises' from September, buy your Easter eggs in February & have a good stock of toys & birthday/ special occasion cards etc all year round. They sell out quickly though so it's worth grabbing something when you see it - or miss out!
I've also bought packs of bulbs from Home Bargains & have been pleasantly surprised at how well they grew - I bought 150 assorted bulbs for £1.98 (would have cost SO much more elsewhere!) & most are still going strong after 3 years. Last month I bought 20 lily bulbs for £2 & they're growing well - roll on July!
They're pretty trendy in terms of what they sell - eg they sell a cheaper version of those velour-coated coathangers which you see on the shopping channels ( may not be the same quality but 1/5 of the price) & I noticed that a lot of their stationary & kitchenware has a theme of cupcakes (very 'in' this year).
As an cardmaker & seller on eBay I find it a very useful shop for buying packing materials such as bubblewrap, brown paper, brown tape in addition to glues, sticky foam pads & labels etc. Once again these are well-priced & much cheaper than the post office or local stationers.
It's very easy to fill up my basket with necessities as well as the odd treat for our daughters, cat & dog & I'd definitely say it's worth looking around if you're tired of shopping in the pound shops!
Home Bargains is a discount shop which is part of the TJ Morris chain. There are currently 190 stores nationwide and plans have been put in place to expand this to over 500 stores by 2018.
My nearest Home Bargains is in Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is situated near an Aldi and drive-thru McDonalds. It is not central to the other shops however I am not sure if this is the case with all stores.
*What Do They Sell*
Home Bargains offer top branded products at discount prices. Here are the departments in my local store :
Toiletries and Healthcare - a huge selection of bath, hair and body care products. Brands include Gilette, Dove, Garnier, Radox etc. They also stock a range of baby products such as nappies, wipes and bath stuff as well as medicines and tablets ( painkillers, Calpol etc).
Toy and Games - including Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank and Lego to name a few. There is little pocket money toys through to larger toys for buying for birthdays and Christmas. They also sell stationary for school bags and books for children.
Household - probably the biggest part of the store is dedicated to stuff for the house. This includes cleaning products such as sprays, cloths, scoury pads etc to laundry products such as Lenor, Comfort and Surf. The household sections also includes laundry baskets, storage boxes, bed clothing etc.
Clothing - quite a small section with various underwear products and Pjs for kids.
Seasonal - this section will depend on when you are buying and could range from Christmas stuff to Halloween to Easter.
Food - a selection of branded foods such as Batchelors pasta, Pot Noodles, Tunnocks biscuits to name a few. There is a huge selection of biscuits and they also sell cereal, condiments and tinned goods.
Drinks - from bottles of water (plain and flavoured) to cans of 7Up and Coca Cola. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea is also on offer.
Sweets and Snacks - this is a brilliant section with huge choice. You have your individual chocolate bars, multi-packs, variety packs and boxes of sweets. Cadbury, Nestle, Haribo..you name it..they have it! They also have various packs of crisps and popcorn snacks.
I am sure most stores will be the same. Trolleys are outside and require £1 to operate. You can also opt for a basket. My local is clean and well ventilated. It is very spacious and there is enough room to manoeuvre my buggy or trolley. The shelving displays are from floor to near enough the ceiling and there are some baskets at the front with bargain goods. The items for sale are arranged into aisles by type (beauty/household etc) and then arrange on the shelves by type of item (shampoos together, conditioners together etc). Toys are generally along the back wall. My local shop has 5 tills at the front which you need to pass to get out the store.
I personally seen 2 members of staff on the shop floor who were stocking shelves. They were well presented and polite. The shop was very busy when we went in and yet there were only 2 tills open which resulted in queues and impatient servers calling for more staff through the speaker.
This is a discount store and prices are amazing! Here is a few of the items I bought and what I paid.
Perfectly Clear Water 500ml - 26p
Golden Wonder Crisps - 15p
Haribo Star mix - 59p
Cadbury Time Out Bar - 29p
Thomas the Tank 3pk Vests - £1.99
The prices are very cheap and are visible underneath or above the product.
If you visit www.tjmorris.co.uk, they have a section called Star Buys which tells you all the latest Home Bargains offers and allows you to locate your nearest store.
Until last year, I had never heard of Home Bargains. I came across it by chance when I was at McDonalds in the town next to my own. I was intrigued and had to go in! Needless to say, I left with bags and bags of stuff (to the annoyance of the hubby). Home Bargains is very similar to B&Ms which is another store I love! Today we popped up to pick up some stuff for ours sons upcoming birthday.
I like the layout of the store. It is bright which means you can see what you are buying and clean which is always a bonus. The aisles are very spacious and there is more than enough room to fit 2 trolleys or prams down at any given time. The bargains hit you when you first walk in and there is certainly a wide range of products and brands to choose from.
My favourite sections are the health and beauty and the food sections. The beauty section has my favourite brands such as Dove and Radox at silly prices! Much cheaper than supermarkets and slightly cheaper than the likes of Wilkinsons. I picked up a hair dye for £1.99. I spotted some amazing deals such as Mens Face Wash sachets for 10p, body butter for 49p etc.
The toys section was a good size though there wasn't a lot which would interest my son though we did pick him up some Thomas bits and pieces. The household section is huge and there is a great choice. The cleaning products and laundry items and pretty much on par with Wilkinsons for price and there is some lovely bed linen for childrens beds for less than £10. I also spotted some beautiful scatter cushions for my living room at £2.99 each which I will buy when money is better.
The clothing section is pretty minimal but there is some ok plain knickers and the Pjs for kids are nice and well priced. From here we picked up the Thomas vests at a bargain £1.99. The food section is by far the best and the main intention of my trip today. They sell lots of foods that I buy normally and well cheaper than the supermarkets. Pasta for 49p, biscuits from 10p-£1.
Snacks and drinks was the section I picked most things on my receipt from. I was looking for crisps and little snacks for my sons party and managed to pick up a few multi-packs of crisps and Haribo sweets at really cheap prices. I also selected some cans of juice which where a bargain at 25p. Think how much you pay in shops and you know you are getting a bargain!
One thing I was unhappy about is a Roc product I spotted at 99p. I though bargain until I seen the date was expired in February. Surely shops should not be allowed to sell expired beauty products?
Being served at the till was quick and fuss free. We filled our bags, I paid with my card (also except cash/credit card etc) and we trotted off to McDonalds for some lunch. Bargain shopping is hungry work you know!
Overall I am incredibly impressed with Home Bargains and would recommend this store to anyone.
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