Savvy shopper bags £290-worth of wood flooring for £70

Bargain-hunter bags £290 of wood flooring for £70 by snapping up planks from open packets – and is delighted with the ‘beautiful’ mismatched result

Ellen Humphries, 56, from Glasgow, told how she bagged wood flooring for £70 Revealed trick is to go into store and ask for opened packets in different shades Ellen added as long as it’s all from the same manufacturer they will all fit together

An ingenious bargain-hunter has revealed a clever way to bag wooden flooring for less. 

Ellen Humphries, 56, from Glasgow, wanted to redo her dining room and kitchen floors, but buying new packets of wood in one shade would have cost £290.  

So the thrifty homeowner asked the shop’s manager if they had open packets in the back that she could choose from, and ended up getting 18 square metres of wood flooring for just £70. 

‘I need to find as much as I can on sale or come up with ways to afford what I want and need,’ the retired mum-of-one said, speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk. 

‘To buy this floor from any walk-in shop would have been £290. I didn’t have this. So, I was thinking outside the box.’

Ellen Humphries, 56, from Glasgow, has told how money was tight, so she thought up a clever plan to bag wood flooring on the cheap. Pictured, the new flooring in the homeowner’s kitchen

The thrifty homeowner asked the shop's manager if they had open packets of wood flooring in the back that she could choose from. Pictured, the finished result

The thrifty homeowner asked the shop’s manager if they had open packets of wood flooring in the back that she could choose from. Pictured, the finished result

A chuffed Ellen (pictured) told how she ended up bagging 18 square metres of different coloured wood flooring for just £70, whereas purchasing new packets of wood in one shade would have cost £290

A chuffed Ellen (pictured) told how she ended up bagging 18 square metres of different coloured wood flooring for just £70, whereas purchasing new packets of wood in one shade would have cost £290

Savvy Ellen went on to explain how she began to wonder whether shops had any open packets with scratches or dents.  

‘I realised the shop would not have enough of the same colour, so I thought I would ask for different shades of the same wood,’ she explained. ‘I told my family and friends, but they didn’t think it was a good idea.’

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