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Budget DIY Tips for Improving Your Decor

Switching up the interior design of our homes can often be the solution to all our problems. It releases our creativity, relieves our stress, gives us a fresh perspective and leaves us with the decor we’ve been hankering after. But what can we do if one of our problems is the fact that we can’t afford this interior update?

As it happens, a shortage of funds does not mean we shouldn’t indulge in a little refurbishment. There are plenty of simple ways to give your space a fresh look without breaking the bank, and sometimes all it takes is one idea to bring about the change you’ve sought after.

Have a Rearrange

Despite sounding quite obvious, the simple (yet tough in practice) act of moving all your furniture around can drastically change the atmosphere of your room without a single difference in decor.

The decor might be specifically what you want to change, but if you’re unsure about your home’s fresh look, rearranging your furnishings could be the place to start. It’s advisable to have a little think about your furniture’s repositioning before you start wildly dragging them around the room, but once you have an idea in mind, the only way to know if it will work is by trying it out!

Fresh Coat of Paint

A single, well-chosen tin of paint won’t set you back far and can be the key in positively adjusting your decor. There’s no need to restrict yourself to a plain coloured wall either. You could always try out an accent wall, or use some masking tape to create clean stripes.

It’s easy to forget about your ceiling when touching up the paintwork, but the addition of a lighter ceiling can really help to open up your room. Alternatively, if you have high ceilings or a tiny room, a darker shade can immediately make the room feel cosier - and all at the cost of a single tin of paint.

Floor Improvements

Vacuuming your floor often doesn’t make a huge amount of difference, but have you ever imagined what it would be like if you could transform your carpet or laminate flooring back to its prime? A cheap, natural alternative to a lot of carpet cleaners is bicarbonate of soda, which will absorb any dirt and smells just the same as name brands.

Alternatively, rubbing some vinegar across your faded laminate flooring with a soft cloth has the potential to bring back its original shine! If this doesn’t do the trick, then a few coats of floor polish will instantly brighten up the atmosphere of your room, without any huge and unnecessary expenditures.

Shop With A Price-Tracking Tool!

These handy, money saving tips are all well and good but sometimes what you really want is a new lamp, or chair, or some other kind of furnishing. When you have your heart set on something like this, a rearrange and a fresh coat of paint simply won’t cut it. However, this does not mean you should overspend on your desired items. Do you ever find yourself thinking ‘where is the price I want to pay’? Then perhaps it’s time to try a price tracker app like PIWoP!
By using a price alert service, you will be able to track the price of the item you want. Once it reaches a price you want to pay, you will receive a price drop alert from us to purchase your discounted items online.

At PIWoP, we provide an expert price tracking tool to ensure you always pay the price you want. If you would like more information about our price drop app, visit our How It Works page or get in touch with our team today.

Money Saving Tips For Uni Students

After the harsh reality of emptying their bank account for the pleasures of higher education, the last thing the average uni student wants to think about is spending more of their precious cash. However, whether they like it or not, more spending will definitely come their way. Whatever the reason, it’s important for students to learn how to save their money.

Money management is crucial for students as they’re in a position to spend rather more lavishly than they might be used to. Plus, spending habits can be difficult to control when enjoying the freedom university provides. On top of this, it can be beneficial for a student to learn how to control their savings earlier rather than later, so they’re further prepared for later life. In fact, a whopping 70% of students wish they’d had a better financial education in preparation for university, and 78% worry about making ends meet. Claiming they hardly have enough money to eat or drink, let alone do anything else!

But all is not lost! PIWoP can provide the struggling student with a few simple tips in helping them save their much needed cash!

Take advantage of student discounts

There are student discounts for almost everything you could imagine. Whether you’re looking for savings on food, clothes, health and beauty products, entertainment, technology, subscriptions, school supplies and even travel, a simple flash of your student card can help make all the difference.

Although virtually all those with access to a student card make sure to get a little money off their bus ticket in the mornings, and then perhaps save a little on lunch, the truth is that most don’t fully realise how much money they could be saving. Make sure to do your research online of what discounts your card will offer - and if you’re ever unsure of what you’re entitled to, there’s no harm in asking at the till. You might even be surprised!

Learn to Cook

A huge money waster is unnecessary spending on food. This can be hard to hear for some people, and they will undoubtedly respond with ‘I need to eat!’, but the difference in cost between multiple take-aways, meals out or even shop-bought ready meals and a variety of ingredients ready to be made into many tasty dishes, is simply staggering.

Learning a few simple recipes that are cheap to make and satisfying to eat is an easy and achievable goal. The money you save will be immediately noticeable and incredibly satisfying.

Use a price-tracking tool!

There’s nothing wrong with wanting something you don’t need, and there shouldn’t be anything wrong with buying something you don’t need. There is something wrong, however, with over-spending on something you don’t need… or do need, for that matter. University is full of extra expenses; some compulsory, and some entirely personal, but you should never spend a penny more than the fairest price, and PIWoP’s price-tracking tool is the answer to this problem.

By using a price drop alert tool, you can keep track of the price of any items you want to buy. You will receive a price drop alert when it has dropped to a price you want to pay and from there you can purchase it. At PIWoP, our low price shopping experts provide a unique price alert service that tracks the price of the item you want. Our price tracker app scours the web every six hours until it finds the price you want to pay.

If you would like more information about PIWoP, get in touch with our team or visit our How It Works page today!