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How To Save Your Money: Buying Furniture and Homeware

Moving into a new home is one thing but purchasing furniture is just another expense to add to your list. How often are you trawling through homeware shops and stumble upon a sofa you love the look of - only to check the price tag and it's way out of your budget? Whether you’re looking to completely redecorate your home, or need to make an unexpected purchase, the team at PIWoP - the brains behind a revolutionary price drop alert tool are helping users save money on everything from electronics to clothing.

The experts here at PIWoP have put together a list of money saving tips for you to use when purchasing new furniture for your home.

 

1. Ask for a better deal.

When you go into a store for a certain item, make sure you are armed with prices from their competitors - particularly from online. Don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal and stick to your guns. If you’re a loyal customer of the store, you may be able to negotiate a good discount off the price of your item or some small perks such as free delivery.

 

2. Visit charity shops and second-hand stores.

For quality furniture at low prices, try looking in charity shops and second-hand dealers first. In recent years, vintage classics such as antique brown chairs and cabinets have come back into style. By shopping at charity shops, you could find stylish vintage trends at a fraction of the price.

 

3. Don’t buy straight away.

You may be wondering around the store and find a wardrobe that fits perfectly with your bedroom but the price is way beyond your budget. We recommend taking down all of the details including its make, model name, dimensions and price - then try online. You will be shocked at how much prices vary between retailers so you could be in luck and score yourself the wardrobe you love at a fraction of the price.

If you want to save an extra bit of cash, why not utilise PIWoP’s price alert service, which helps you to track the price of the items you want to buy until they reach a price you’re happy to pay.

To find out more information about PIWoP’s price tracking website, click here.

How to Save Your Money: Travelling at a Fraction of the Price

Going on a family trip can be expensive - particularly when it involves buying specialist equipment for all the family! Whether it’s a ski jacket or secure hiking rucksack, purchasing the right kit for your holiday doesn’t have to be costly. You just need to do your research, plan in advance and get a little creative.

The team here at PIWoP - the developers behind the revolutionary price drop alert tool, have written up all their best money saving tips for buying travel equipment this year.

  

1. Purchase used backpacks and travel kit.

Before you rush off to the nearest hiking shop to buy a brand-new North Face backpack, you may want to take a look at eBay, charity shops and online marketplaces like Facebook. You will be surprised at the number of people selling unwanted items for hiking trips and skiing holidays. It’s definitely worth looking at second-hand shops when buying kids items like walking boots and salopettes. Your children will grow out of these items quickly and you don’t want to spend a fortune without making the most of your money.

 

2. Shop around for the best prices.

You may have found a pair of ski goggles you really like the look of online, but don’t buy straight away - even if it looks like a really great deal! We recommend searching the web and comparing the item you found to other listings on websites like Amazon. You may find you are able to find the items you really want cheaper elsewhere.

 

3. Wait until the right moment to buy.

If you’re looking to purchase brand new skiing gear, avoid purchasing in the prime of the winter season. Instead, look out for end of season sales where you can purchase all of the equipment you like at a fraction of the cost. If you want to keep an eye on certain items, why not utilise a price tracker app like PIWoP. When you find a helmet or gloves you love, all you have to do is add them to your watchlist and set the ‘Price I Want to Pay’. Once the item hits your desired price, you will be notified and you can save yourself hundreds of pounds!

 

If you want to find out more information about how to save your money, check out all of our latest blogs.

 

Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, then sign up here. Our price tracker app gives you access to all the best shopping deals on the latest travel equipment and helps you find the lowest price on expensive ski and walking gear.

 

How To Save Your Money: Preparing for a Newborn

Becoming a parent is one of the most expensive financial decisions a couple can make. In fact, it was reported by the Child Poverty Action group that the cost of raising a child until the age of 18 was £75,233. Even as the pregnancy test hits positive, your bank balance will start to feel the effects of a baby!

 

Whether you’re investing in prenatal classes or browsing baby shops, it has been estimated that pregnant women will spend a total of £1,786 on their baby. However, if you’re looking to save while expecting, the experts at PIWoP - a revolutionary price drop alert tool, have delivered their best money-saving tips.

 

1. Find little freebies and offers.

When you start to buy for your baby, it’s a good idea to sign up to some retailer’s baby clubs who offer a constant flow of coupons to spend on maternity and baby products. For example, a few good clubs include Sainsbury’s Little Ones or Baby & Toddler Club by Asda. You may even receive some free gifts or samples for joining!

Also, it’s important to look out for regular baby events in high street shops and online retailers such as Tesco and Kiddicare. They often slash the prices on everyday essentials and big-ticket items, such as prams by up to 50%.

 

2. Avoid buying too much for your baby.

You may be tempted to purchase a gorgeous pack of linen onesies but remember your newborn will grow out of their clothes quick. Instead, we recommend browsing eBay and NCT Nearly New Sales for second-hand baby clothes. Often, the clothing is in great condition and more than half the price of their new equivalents.

However, if you do want to buy new clothing, try supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsbury’s who offer a range of good for value onesies and vests.

 

3. Be a smart shopper.

As a newborn, your baby will only need a few things for the first couple of months. This includes a cot and a car seat - sometimes even a pram isn’t necessary if you’re comfortable using a sling. Therefore, you can save hundreds of pounds when avoiding buying the non-essentials like fancy comfort cushions and luxury bedding.

When you’re buying online, utilise a price tracker app like PIWoP that will help you find the items you’re looking for at the best price. When using PIWoP, all you have to do is make a list filled with all the items you’re interested in and wait for a notification from us to tell you when they’re discounted!

 

If you want to find out more information about how to save your money, check out all of our latest blogs.

Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, then sign up here. Our price tracker app gives you access to all the best deals on electronics for your baby’s room and helps you find the lowest price on all of your newborn essentials.

How to Save Your Money: Getting Designer Clothes for Less

For fashion-focused individuals, there is nothing worse than having Prada tastes on a Primark budget. In fact, it can often leave you flipping through the pages of Vogue feeling green with envy. However, while designer fashion isn’t cheap, there are ways you can get designer brands into your closet - without breaking the bank!

 

The team at PIWoP - a unique price tracker app, have provided three money-saving tips when shopping for designer clothing:

 

1. Buy unworn, second-hand clothing.

It’s possible to find designer clothing for less than half of their original price when you shop second-hand. Rather than hitting up your local charity shop, try shopping sites such as Depop and eBay to find unworn designer clothing for cheap prices.

If you’re looking for some antique pieces, try browsing vintage fairs and antique shops to find designer clothing from every era.

 

2. Shop for off-season pieces.

When you shop with your favourite designer in the off-season, you can often score major discounts on clothing. For example, retailers will clear out their stock from summer in September to make space for any new merchandise. Keep an eye on all your favourite pieces throughout the year and then make your way to the sales at the end of the season to purchase them at a fraction of the price.

 

3. Wait for the sales.

Say you have your eye on a certain handbag, or pair of designer shoes, but you don’t have £300 to drop on clothing right away; we recommend using a price drop alert service like PIWoP. When you spot something you’re looking to purchase, but it’s a little outside of your price range, all you have to do is add it to your PIWoP list. We ask you exactly how much you want to pay for the item and then, our tool will alert you when it hits that price in the sales – easy!

 

If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service this year, then register on our site. Previously, our users have used PIWoP to purchase discount shoes and low price watches - and you could be next!

How to Save Your Money: Turn Small Savings into Big Bucks

At this time of year, the success of your new year’s resolutions is looking bright. You have succeeded in not snacking on your leftover Christmas chocolate and the gym is your second home. However, with 80% of new year’s resolutions predicted to fail by February most of us will fail to achieve our new year goals. So how can you be sure you implement and stick to your new year’s goals?

When it comes to paying off your debt, saving for a house or getting a job with a higher salary, it’s important to set realistic goals so you know you can achieve them. At PIWoP our easy-to-use price drop alert tool saves people money all year round. Here is our list of small, simple strategies to help you save money every week:

 

1. Bring your own lunch to work

Making your own lunch is one of those goals that many people talk about doing but tend to struggle with when it comes to following through. However, bringing a homemade lunch to work is one of our favourite ways to save money every single week.

When you think about the amount of money you spend on meal-deals every day, the pounds definitely start to add up. For example, a year’s worth of meal-deals is around £1,095 - a huge sum that could buy you a holiday. Even if you decide to bring your own lunch once a week, you will still be saving at least £5 a week.

 

2. Only use cash

We have become increasingly used to tapping away on our cards, which often leads to overspending. When it comes to trying to save money, personal finance experts have pointed to using physical cash as one of the best ways to save.

Next time you’re going to the shops, make a list of the things you need to buy and withdraw enough cash to cover that amount. Leave all of your cards at home and pay in cash. This way, if you’re tempted to buy any unnecessary extras, you won’t be able to spend more than what you budgeted for.

 

3. Automate your savings

If you’re not keen on using cash or hate the idea of a rigid budget, one of the best things you can do is to automate your savings. There are plenty of apps that will complete all of the budgeting for you and set aside money to put into your savings. Within no time, you will be putting money towards your saving goal without even realising it’s coming out of your account.


For more tips and tricks about how to save your money, check out all of our latest blogs, or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, sign up here.

Top Money Saving Tips for Refreshing Your Office Stationery

Whether you’re moving into a new office or just fancy a change come the new year, refreshing your office stationery can become a costly job.

 

Our price drop alert tool, PIWoP can be great for finding low prices for office stationery, however, there are more money saving tips you can use. Here is our list of simple ways you can save money when refreshing your office stationery.

 

Buy in bulk


Even if your company has a small team, buying in bulk will help you save the pounds both in the short and long run. Suppliers make these sizes for a reason - they work out cheaper per item. The most common bulk buys you can get are pens, pencils and books. If you’re planning to supply a whole office with new equipment, browse around to find an average price and then nail down the companies you trust the most. You may find that some will offer further discounts if you decide to buy all of your stationery from them.

 

Buy generic products


Big name companies aren’t necessarily the ones who produce the best quality products and they’re also usually more expensive because of their audience reach. Many suppliers produce the same equipment so do some research on other websites. Pay close attention to this before going with the usual brand, you may find a bargain.

 

Be specific


Ask yourself whether you’re using the right stationery for the job. Do you need the highest, most expensive quality paper for your printing? Can you afford to print both sides instead? Being more aware of the amount of stationery you’re going through and organising when to use certain items can make a huge difference. This will allow you not only reduce usage but to plan ahead and use monthly subscription services rather than buying weekly.

One of the simplest ways to save money is by ‘PIWoP’ing items you already repeat buy so you buy them at the lowest price and get notified about shopping deals. Why not let PIWoP do this for you? To find out more about how visit our ‘all you need to know’ page.

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