I love the 99p Store. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave full of exciting things and all at the bargain price of 99p. Last week I bought a couple of rugs – one to catch the mud as we take off our wellies as we come in the front door and one where the dog likes to lie after his walk when he is covered in mud. Basically they are there as mud catchers; to be thrown in the washing machine every so often. So a 99p rug is ideal.
I also like to get my shower gel for 99p. Since I shower daily and I’m not a boy I don’t require much more than a bit of lather and a nice smell from my shower gel.
If you don’t require too much from a product you can get it pretty cheap and I’m rather smug about my ability to spot a bargain.
But then, oh dear, I expanded into shampoo. I got a very large container of shampoo and an equally large one of conditioner. I was not impressed. This time I did require more than just a nice smell (and to be honest it didn’t even do that!), but what I got was worse than the worst washing up liquid. A mistake – but thankfully only £1.98 of mistake.
Some mistakes are rather more costly and it can be so difficult comparing products on the internet or catalogue pages. I’ve come to realise the truth in that old adage “You get what you pay for”. Cheaper is not necessarily more cost effective.