Expect to see a lot more stories like this over the course of the next week. We've already pointed out that Greggs, Wetherspoons, and one branch of McDonald's are all offering Valentine's Day meals, but there's an even tackier alternative out there: Poundland.
That's right, the shop where "everything is a pound, unless it's not" is offering its very own Valentines-themed meal deal. It's not unheard of for supermarkets and food-centric shops to do this, but what sets Poundland apart is that it only costs £5. If you wanted a romantic night in on a budget, they certainly have you covered.
You shouldn't expect anything particularly special for that price, however, because this isn't Tesco Finest or M&S quality stuff, Instead your meal deal gets you Heinz carrot and coriander soup as a starter, Prince Chilli with an Uncle Ben's rice pouch, and a Mr Kipling sticky toffee pudding with Ambrosia custard. There's no choice on those courses, and you get what Poundland sees fit to give you.
Naturally, given Poundland's recent innuendo-based approach to marketing, each course has a name laced with double entendre. The starter is 'big spoon or little spoon', followed by 'Netflix and chilli', and finishing off with 'end the night with sticky puddings'. Oh myyy.
There's also a cheaper option that costs £2, which gets you the standard lunchtime meal deal of a sandwich, crisps, chocolate bar, and some sort of soft drink.
This is what Poundland had to say:
"Introducing the cheapest Valentine's Day meal deal on the high street. Share the love with your special someone with a three-course meal for just £2. Or, if you really want to splash out, you can spend big with a luxury dinner for two for £5."
It's like the Valentine's Day offerings just get worse and worse with each passing day. But hey, at least there are people trying to make the day less of an expense. God knows it's been about buying expensive stuff for a very long time. [Mirror]