B&M IS the bargain shop where you can buy everything from sweets and ice cream to garden furniture for low prices, but there are ways to save even more money.
Savvy shoppers have shared their thrifty tips with The Sun that ensure they grab a bargain whenever they visit a branch of the discount retailer.
From having your shop delivered to the best time to visit and using an app to find reduced prices, see the best tips below.
Get lesser known brands for cheaper
One of the best things about B&M is to get dupes of expensive brands for much cheaper, Lynn James of money-saving blog Mrs MummyPenny, told The Sun.
“One great tip is to get electric toothbrush heads from this shop,” Lynn said.
“Four heads are normally £2.99 rather than £10+ for the official Oral B heads, and these non-branded toothbrush heads fit and work perfectly.”
Get cheap cleaning products
Another must-buy to keep your kitchen and bathroom tidy is Viakal, which costs just £1.99, Lynn added.
She said: “Viakal is a very good kitchen and bathroom cleaner that my cleaner swears by.
“I get it from B&M as it always costs less than £2 – far cheaper than at Tesco or other big supermarkets.”
“B&M is totally one of those shops where I go in for my Viakal and come out with £20 of stuff that was such a bargain I had to buy it,” she added.
Download the app
It’ll let you keep updated on price changes as well as the latest offers and promotions.
Naomi said: “Use the barcode price check in store to see extra details about the item and if the price is lower than shown on the shelf.”
Just keep in mind that you’ll have to flag the app’s prices to the cashier on the till, who will likely have to check with the store manager.
Some stores will honour whatever prices come up on the app’s product scanner, but not all will.
Contact the store before making the trip
Not all B&M branches store the same items, so it’s worth checking in advance before you make the trip, Naomi also recommended.
She said: “You may see a bargain on their Facebook page or in their newsletter, but not all stores stock the same things.
“If you’re after a particular item then call the store first so you don’t have a wasted journey.”
B&M has 650 stores across the UK. You can find you nearest one as well as contact details using its store locator tool.
How to find the cheapest deals
FOLLOW our tips and tricks to cut the costs of your shopping:
- Find the cheapest online prices: Google Shopping is a good tool for finding the cheapest price – it searches a wide range of retailers of various sizes
- Abandon online shopping baskets: Don’t go straight to check-out after putting the items in your basket – it may tease retailers into giving you discount codes
- Ask a site to negotiate a fee for you: If you’re struggling to find a deal, Flubit is a free site that aims to negotiate discounts for you
- Sign up to retailers’ newsletters for big discounts: It sometimes means a percentage discount code, or a straight discount off your first shop
- Check when stores discount groceries: Check with your local store when they discount food items that are about to expire – this is the perfect time to nab bargains
Best time to shop
B&M is already fairly cheap as it is, but you can save even more money by going on specific days of the week.
Here’s when you should go to make sure you snap up bargains.
For reduced items – Wednesdays
The official line from B&M is that even its staff members don’t know what will be reduced until the day itself, with products marked down in price every day.
But on Facebook, savvy shoppers think they’ve cracked the formula for when the discount chain lowers prices.
It’s said Wednesdays are the best day to head to B&M as this is when it reduces the most products, according to bargain hunters in the Latest Deals Facebook page.
But reductions happen on other days too with Tuesdays thought to be when staff reduce food, pet items and cleaning products, while Friday is another big clearance sale day.
You might also see reductions on Thursdays and Saturdays as apparently these are the days staff try to flog old stock and seasonal items at lower prices.
It’s best to head in on these days in the morning, as insiders say staff will start reducing products from about 7.30am.
Find out when your nearest store opens using B&M’s online shop finder tool.
For new items – Everyday
B&M says it stocks its shops with new items every day and will often make a deal with a supplier to then have the item in store the very next day.
This confirms what B&M fans have said, too, as thrifty shoppers spot new deals in stores every day.
They recommend regularly looking at the B&M website, which lists nearly everything in stores right now.
But don’t rely on it too much, as not all products will be on the website.
You can also sign up to B&M’s newsletter which will tell you about its latest offers.
At the moment, there’s the chance to win £100 worth of shopping vouchers if you sign up.
The quietest time to shop
Footfall is at its lowest at 3pm and 6pm, B&M staff told us.
Perfect if you already know what you want from the chain – but you might miss out on deals that come in earlier in the day.
Get your items delivered to your home
B&M generally doesn’t offer home delivery, but some stores organise this themselves, the chain told The Sun.
But as you can’t buy a majority of its things online, you’ll need to go into store to buy your items and then ask for home delivery to be arranged.
The only exception is B&M Garden Buildings, which is selling items online.
Simply add what you want to your basket to see your delivery options, which vary depending on where you’re based.
Delivery is free to most UK mainland destinations on orders above £100.
If you spend less than that, you’ll have to fork out a whopping £24.99 in delivery charges.
Look out for special buys
Just like Aldi’s special buys, B&M offers similar offers, which includes various cheap limited-edition products that change each week.
You can often choose from electricals, toys, furniture and homeware.
Some of them aren’t even listed on B&M’s website though as they usually fly off the shelves, B&M has told us, so it’s best to be quick if you don’t want to miss out.
B&M is expanding in size and currently has 650 branches across the UK with plans to open another 50 new stores this year.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, an ex-Home Bargains employee revealed seven tips to save money while shopping at the discount store.
We’ve also shared eight secrets to shopping at Argos including getting discounts via eBay and where to get voucher codes.
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