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How to Save Your Money: Store Secrets

Christmas is now officially less than a month away which means there are only 3 real weeks left in order to get all your Christmas shopping completed and place your gifts under the tree ready for the big day. However, as enjoyable as traipsing through busy city centres, drinking hot chocolate and gazing at Christmas lights are, you’ll probably find you’ll be ending the day financially worse than what you started.


You don’t always need a receipt


There’s nothing worse purchasing a gift, wrapping it up for the receiver to politely say they don’t like it. You’re then left racking your brains trying to think where you put that particular receipt. Although, all this stress could be avoided as many stores accept other forms of proof of purchase like bank statements etc. It is also down to the shop staff to have the ability to override a receipt.


Don’t forget about outlets


There is often a stigma surrounding designer outlets with the idea that they just sell the previous seasons unwanted stock. However, what many people don’t realise that many designers specifically create garments exclusively for their outlets. So, you never know you may be able to bag yourself a bespoke top-quality bargain!


Sign up to a price drop alert service


Whether you shop online shopping or prefer going into stores and like saving time as well as money, consider downloading a price drop alert service like PIWoP which can take care of all the bargain hunting for you! Simply create lists of items you’d like to know about if reduced and wait for notifications from us!

If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service, then register on our site! Use PIWoP to be notified when repeatedly purchased items (like laundry products from your local supermarket) are on offer and/or "one-off" items that you'd maybe purchase (like a dress or pair of shoes from a department store) but only if the were discounted below prices that you want to pay.

How to Save Your Money: Cut the Cost Online

When it comes to this time of year, shopping online seems like a cheaper, quicker and easier way to purchase your gifts. Although online shopping prevents impulse buys and allows you to cut the queues, you’re not always getting as large of a saving as what you think.

The experts at PIWoP, price drop alert service, are sharing our top money saving tips which help you slash your online spending.


Take advantage of search engines


If you know the exact product you’re searching for, we recommend searching for it on your favourite search engine. They then list all the relevant items related to your search. Make use of the filters present on the left-hand side and you can select your price and retailer in order to ensure that you find the cheapest deals.


Abandon your baskets


Some of the biggest retailers including ASOS and Tesco are well recognised for this trick. If you completely abandon your shopping basket for 24 hours, keep an eye on your inbox and you should receive a discount code to encourage you to purchase your shopping!


Let your app do the money saving for you


If you’re not keen on browsing search engines for hours on end or simply enjoy making your life that little bit easier, then you can sign up to a price drop alert service like PIWoP. By installing our PANDA browsing button, you simply populate a "Christmas'18" list, making sure everything you need is on there, then just wait for the notifications.

 

If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service, then register on our site! Now you can make sure you’re up to date with the latest price drops on items that matter to you. 70% of household purchases are repeated, so use PIWoP for mundane stuff too.

How to Save Your Money: Online Second-Hand Retailers

Everybody loves finding a bargain or that one sort after piece, especially on our favourite online second-hand retailers like DEPOP or eBay. However, what if we told you that there are certain tips and tricks that you can apply which can help you save even more money! This week, the experts at PIWoP, price alert service, are sharing our top money saving tips when it comes to second-hand spending.


Utilise your phone’s camera


If you often find yourself window shopping on a Saturday afternoon with friends and falling in love with items that are a little bit out of your price bracket, you can utilise your phone camera to see if there is a similar item on eBay.


Investigate


Whenever you’re making a purchase, it’s massively important to do your research on the seller to make sure you’re not being scammed. One way to check their legitimacy is through reviews and feedback. You’re going to make sure they have a high score when it comes to selling their products.


Search on social media


Facebook groups are often a great place to search for second-hand goods. You’ll often come across people trying to get rid of things quick. If this is the case, try and haggle to get the item for even cheaper!

 

However, if you’re somebody who doesn’t have time to rummage for hours on end to find the perfect bargain, then you may want to consider signing up to a price drop alert service like PIWoP which takes care of all the bargain hunting for you! All you have to do is tell us, after installing our PANDA Browser Button, the items you’d like to be informed about if they are discounted and wait for the notification from us when they are!

If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service, then register on our site! Start looking for must-have discounts, and make sure you’re up to date with the latest price drops!

How to Save Your Money: Supermarket Savings

With the festive season only a few weeks away, ‘tis the season for family gatherings, catching up with old friends and of course, spending money. If you like to be the hostess with the mostess, then more often than not, around this time of year you begin to see dramatic increases on your shopping bill. This week, the experts at PIWoP, price alert service are sharing our top money saving tips when it comes to supermarket spending.


Don’t shop when you’re hungry


This may seem like a bit of an obvious one, although, if you set out to do your weekly shop when you’re hungry, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll purchase more food than what’s necessary, leaving you feeling out of pocket!

 


Set a budget, and stick to it


Supermarkets are specially designed to make consumers spend more with strategically placed discounts and spreading essential items far away from each other, thus making you walk past other tempting treats.


If you’re trying to stick to a budget, try making a list and sticking to it. Instead of having the mindset of ‘how many bargains can I get for my budget?’ switch to the mindset of ‘what can I afford in order to stay within my budget?’.

 

Sign up to a price drop alert service


If you’re somebody who prefers to do everything online, which includes your weekly food shop, then you may want to consider signing up to a price drop alert service like PIWoP which does all the money saving for you! All you need to do is tell us, after installing our PANDA Browser Button, the items you’d like to be informed about if they are discounted and wait for the notification from us when they are!

 

If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service, then register on our site! Start looking for must-have discounts, and make sure you’re up to date with the latest price drops!

How to Save Your Money: Our Top 3 Highstreet Secrets

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be spending left, right and centre. Therefore, you’re going to want to look to save those extra pennies where you can. You may have read our previous two blogs sharing our favourite Christmas money saving tips. This week, the experts at PIWoP, price alert service, are going to share with you our top 3 favourite high street secrets that can be used any time of year.


1. Discount codes in plain sight


We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve fallen in love with an item, checked the tag and gasped at the price. More often than not, before a major store is about to hold a sale, staff often write numbers, letters and symbols on price tags. If you see this, hold off purchasing it as the price is likely to be reduced in the near future.


2. Leave items in your online shopping basket


Another handy trick to remember when you’re online shopping is to add one or two items to your basket, completely abandon them and close the window. Keep checking your email account and within the next day or so, you may have a 20% discount code in your inbox waiting for you.


3. Sign up to a price drop alert service


However, if you don’t fancy using the above secrets, simply sign up for a price drop alert service, like PIWoP, and be notified when an item becomes discounted! It really is that simple!


Trying to bag a bargain can be time-consuming! Set up a list with PIWoP for all your must-have items. All you have to do is set your budget and wait for the notifications!


If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service yet, then register on our site! Start looking for must-have discounts, and make sure you’re up to date with the latest price drops!

How to Save Your Money: 4 Steps to Healthy Spending Habits

For any spontaneous spenders, the idea of budgeting can ring alarm bells - after all, the thought of having money left over at the end of the month can seem unattainable.

If you’re planning to budget for a holiday or car, it doesn’t mean you have to cut back on the things you enjoy doing in a month; eating out, going for drinks etc. Instead, money-saving advice experts explain you have to be smart with your money.

At PIWoP - a revolutionary price drop alert tool, we know how important the value is of every pound that you save. That’s why we want to help you understand how to save your money and create healthier spending habits.

1. Start by keeping a spending log.

You may have heard this advice before, but it can be eye-opening if you complete it properly. For a month, keep track of all your purchases and you will soon see patterns in your spending and where you need to cut back.

2. Write down all sources of income.

When you have a list of your income and expenses in hand, you can determine your priorities. This is where you can begin your budgeting process. For example, there will be obvious spending priorities such as housing and other fixed costs. However, you can make changes to your spending habits with things like video subscription services or your daily coffee.

3. Note down your budget in pencil.

When you write down your budget in pencil it will remind you that the budget is a fluid document. As you live with it, you will probably need to make changes in the first few months - but that’s okay! Feel free to set aside a little bit of extra money each month, as it’s better to blow a budget of £20 than to impulse-spend £200.

4. Set a savings goal and make it something specific and important to you.

By setting a meaningful savings goal, it provides you with the motivation you will need to stay on track. Try writing your goals down and leave a reminder of them in your wallet or on your computer. However, be patient with yourself if you do get off track. Developing a new habit takes practice and so you may need to learn to love this new way of saving.

For more money saving tips and advice, take a look at our blogs.

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