B&M Bargains scanner app: How to use it and the best time for 10p bargains
B&M shoppers took to looking for bargains on the Facebook group Extreme coupons and great deals in the UK to share how they saved hundreds of pounds using a store app feature.
The “bargain scanner” tool on B&M’s app allows shoppers to discover seriously discounted items before staff have even discounted them.
Using the scanner, shoppers can see if the item’s price is actually cheaper than advertised on the shelf – with items generally discounted, including seasonal stock.
Luckily for bargain hunters, the scanner is completely free to use and all you need to do is download the B&M app.
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How to use the B&M scanner
B&M Scanner is a free barcode checker available on the B&M Stores app.
The nifty tool lets shoppers find items on sale before they’re discounted by staff.
Then, once logged in, click the “Scan” button at the bottom of your 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 its price.
This is when you will know if it is reduced or not.
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How to find the best deals
Holly Smith, 36, is a coupon queen and regularly shares her bargains online with her thousands of followers.
The mum-of-four is also a huge B&M fan and says she’s managed to source products from just 10p at the discounter.
Holly, who recently posted it money saving booksays the secret to finding the best deals is timing.
Shop off season and when stores try to move stock, and you’re much more likely to find discounts.
For example, you’ll probably see lots of seasonal bargains after Christmas and lots of cheap chocolate after Easter.
Holly said: “By timing visits to your B&M stores and using the B&M barcode scanner, you can save thousands of dollars.
“Some people will claim that ‘the staff do all the good business’, but that’s not true, as they only know when an item is ‘marked’ when asked to change the price tag.
“Using the B&M app, you can find bargains long before staff discover them.”
Here’s Holly’s breakdown of items eligible for discount each month:
January: Scan all Christmas products for the best chance of finding a deal. Holly says she once found Christmas trees which originally cost £40 for £1, as well as Christmas decorations, gift sets and selection boxes of chocolates for 10p.
February: After Valentine’s Day, scan anything ‘Valentine’ themed to find discounted 10p gift sets, chocolates and gift cards.
March April: After Easter, digitize anything Easter themed. More Easter eggs and Easter craft sets will be digitized at 10 p.m.
August: This is when B&M begins to phase out “outdoor toys” to make room for Halloween and Christmas stock. Scan items such as football goals, sand tables and swing sets to find them for £1.
September: That’s when you can get back-to-school items and outdoor furniture as cheap as chips. B&M’s Back to School event stationery sets, backpacks and everything else will be digitized at low prices. People are currently finding rattan outdoor furniture sets, fire pits and barbecues for £10.
November: This is when you can get Halloween decorations and costumes for just 10p. Holly says she always buys costumes to put away for World Book Day.
December: At the end of the month is the best time to scan the toys, as they have to empty the stock for the new year. That’s when Holly says she’s found plenty of bargains at 10p.