Mum-of-four Holly Smith, 36, says she has saved wads of cash using the B&M barcode scanner to find ‘reduced to clear’ bargains costing as little as 10p. Using the scanner, Holly says she has purchased over £2,500 worth of toys for less than £250, various homeware items for 10p, and a BT Home Phone Set for £1 instead of £39.99.
Holly told The Mirror: “The secret to finding bargains is by scanning as much as possible. Products can still be reduced, even if the price tag states the full price. It just means the staff haven’t had the chance to update the labels.”
The B&M scanner is a free barcode checker available on the B&M Stores app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
Once you are logged in, click on the “scan” button at the bottom of the homepage. This will then bring up the camera on your smartphone.
Point your camera at the barcode of the item you want to check, then the app will tell you what price it is and whether it is reduced or not.
Here is Holly’s breakdown of what items are likely to be reduced each month:
January: Scan all Christmas products for the best chance of finding a deal. Holly says she once found Christmas trees that were originally £40 for £1, as well as Christmas decorations, gift sets and chocolate selection boxes for 10p.
February: After Valentine’s Day, scan anything ‘Valentines’ themed to find gift sets, chocolates and gift cards reduced to 10p.
March/April: After Easter, scan anything Easter themed. Most Easter eggs and Easter craft sets will scan at 10p.
August: B&M starts clearing out ‘outdoor toys’ to make room for Halloween and Christmas stock. Scan things such as football goals, sand tables and swing ball sets to find them priced at £1.
September: You can get Back to School items and outdoor furniture at bargain prices. Stationery sets, backpacks and anything from B&M’s Back to School event will scan cheap. People are currently finding rattan outdoor furniture sets, fire pits and BBQs for £10.
November: This is when you can get Halloween decorations and fancy dress costumes for only 10p. Holly says she always buys fancy dress costumes to put away for World Book Day.
December: At the end of the month is the best time to scan toys as they need to clear stock for the new year. This is when Holly says she has found many 10p bargains.
Additional reporting by Levi Winchester.