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With the bank holiday weekend upon us, there could be an ideal opportunity to light up the barbecue, so we've rounded up some of the cheapest barbecue deals we could find, including portable charcoal barbecues from £9, disposables from £1 and 5kg bags of charcoal from £3.50.
Disposable barbecues are available for £1 in store at Poundland, and you can also find them for £1.49 at Home Bargains. The next cheapest we've found are £1.99 at B&M or £2 at Tesco*, Morrisons* and Wilko*. They often sell for up to £5 in some supermarkets, so if you want one it's worth making the trip to one of the stores above if you have one nearby.
You should check the quantity of charcoal and burning time if you plan to cook for several people, as there's a lot at steak (sorry), and you may need to purchase more than one – or risk a grilling.
- 13" diameter portable BBQ - £9 at Homebase in store or click and collect only.
- 14" diameter portable BBQ - £14.99 at B&M.
Standard-sized charcoal barbecues
If you're cooking for a family of four, a standard-sized free-standing barbecue should do the job. On Fri 4 May, we found these deals:
- 17" diameter kettle BBQ - £20 at Asda*.
- 17" diameter oval kettle BBQ - £19.99 in store at Home Bargains (sold out online).
- 17" diameter kettle BBQ - £26.99 at Argos*. Incl utensils and cover. Collect in store for free or delivery is £3.95.
5kg charcoal £5 or less
The hottest deals we found on 5kg bags of charcoal, which are sure to get you sizzling, include:
Instant lighting charcoal bags
If you don't want guests barbe-queuing up for a sausage whilst you're still trying to light the grill, then you might want to opt for the easier option of instant lighting charcoal bags. We checked the prices at these retailers:
Go to your nearest Poundland store and hunt for the £1 cables.
Poundland says they are available all year round in all of its 400 stores. The Poundland HDMI cable is 1m long and can be used to connect your PC to your TV, so you can watch online content on your big screen.
Of all the days you could do with a laugh, it has to be Valentine's Day. All that pressure to spend lots of cash can wipe the smile off any MoneySaver's face.
But in Poundland, you can get stand-up comedy DVDs for a quid each. So you can stay in and stick on a DVD - no cash wasted!
We found in our local store:
- Billy Connolly, You Asked For It  (cheapest elsewhere £3.75)
- Andy Parsons, Gruntled Live  (£2.99)
- Jason Manford, Live , (£2.19)
- Ross Noble, Nobleism  (£6)
- Lee Nelson's, Well Good Show  (£2.93)
- Peter Kay, Live  (£4.75)
- Lee Evans, Access All Arenas  (£2.64)
- Chris Addison, Live  (£3.14 elsewhere)
- Russell Kane, Smokescreens and Castles  (£3.43)
- Michael McIntyre, Hello Wembley!  (£2.87)
We've been in touch with Poundland, which told us the DVDs are available nationwide and it has over 60,000 in stock.
As the wonderful Dolly Parton said: "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap". And she's right, buying make-up isn't easy on the pocket.
So we've done the glamorous job of scouring our local pound shops looking for branded beauty bargains. Some are discontinued (they were the hottest trends once, so we think anyway) and others are still in the shops with a big price tag.
Click the image below to see our haul:
- Rimmel Wake Me Up mousse - £5 at Tesco
- Rimmel Glam Eyes trio - £4.99 (incl delivery) elsewhere online
- TOWIE false eyelashes - £13 for a 3-pack elsewhere online, so about £4 each
- Calvin Klein sheer creme eyeshadow - RRP £1.50, but we saw it for £5 elsewhere online
- Rimmel 60 seconds nail polish - was £3.70 at Tesco, now £2.70
This is what we found in our local stores. Speaking to Poundland, it said you can get these items in most stores, while stocks last.
Can cosmetics go off?
The British Skin Foundation says:
"Cosmetic products will remain safe to use provided they are stored under suitable conditions and not subjected to extreme temperatures."
"To ensure the maximum durability of cosmetic products, they should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and with the lids firmly closed."
It also said the use by date on cosmetics, is from when you open the product. So if it says 18 months on the box, it should last for 18 months from when you open it, provided it's been stored correctly.
£2 Kinder Surprise Easter egg at Poundland
Not in all stores - can you find 'em? £4.99 elsewhere
If you look in Poundland stores (find your nearest), you might find Kinder Surprise Easter eggs at £2 each. Available in two designs, 'DC Super Friends' and 'DC SuperHero Girls', the 100g eggs are made from Kinder Surprise chocolate, with its usual milky white chocolate lining and a superhero-themed toy inside.
Poundland says the eggs are only available while stocks last (so go quick) and only stocked in 'selected' stores. It hasn't been able to tell us which stores exactly, so it's a case of 'have a look and see' - though it might not be worth making a special trip.
Although they're not widely available, we spotted the same eggs at B&M for £4.99.
Poundland Black Friday deals
Individual deals on electricals, toys and perfumes
Discount retailer Poundland is running a week of online sales on electricals, toys and perfume on its website for Black Friday.
It’s important to note that most products on Poundland are a smaller size than regularly sold – so bear this in mind when you do any price comparisons.
For the rest of our Black Friday deals and analysis, see our Black Friday 2016 Deals page.
Important: Don’t allow yourself to be taken in by the hype around Black Friday and be sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. And always do your own price comparisons to ensure you are getting the best deal possible – don’t just take a retailer’s word for it.