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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 the Winter


As the cold, and potentially snowy, months draw nearer there are certain expenses that rear their ugly head. Whether we’re spending because we have to, or just for pleasure, the money leaving our pockets is never a nice feeling. Especially when we feel like we’re paying more than we should be, which is often the case.

There are plenty of things to pay for in the winter months. Christmas is an obvious one but there are a great deal of other things that can cause our bank balance to plummet. Here is some insight and advice on how to save your money and avoid these hefty expenditures:

A Winter Ready Car

Upgrading your vehicle in preparation for the harsh change in weather may feel like an unnecessary waste of cash at first. But, getting your car ready for the worst is certainly preferable to getting in a nasty accident due to the various dangers that winter offers to the average driver.

Spending a little time performing some basic checks on the lights, screenwash, oil levels, coolant levels, tyres and windscreen wipers is likely to cost you very little, or maybe nothing at all. Any other payments you make to prepare your car for winter will definitely be well spent, and a lot cheaper than the costs of repairing a damaged car.

Research Energy Suppliers

Energy consumption is at its highest over the winter months, and you’re going to need to switch to the cheapest supplier in your area to really see the savings building up this season. It’s easy to assume you’re getting the best deal possible when the warmer months go by without any drastic cash-loss, but come winter you’re likely to see a change.

Switching to the cheapest energy supplier in your area can help you save hundreds of pounds throughout the year, and leave you with more money to spend on the festivities of the season, or to sensibly put away in your savings.

Energy saving tricks

As already stated, your energy bill will be highest over the winter months, but there are several easy to tricks worth remembering to keep your energy-spending to a minimum. Rather than relying on your heating, time your radiators to heat up for a few hours when you wake up, and again in the evening. In the meantime, wrap up warm with jumpers, blankets and thick socks. Not only will this save you money, it will also leave you feeling quite festive in preparation for Christmas!

Some other simple pieces of energy-saving advice are to make sure to turn off any lights, heaters or electrical appliances left on in empty rooms. Also, turning down your thermostat by just 1 degree can help reduce your heating bill by 10%!

Try a price tracking tool!

There are plenty of other things to drain our bank accounts over the winter months, like Christmas shopping, winter sports and thick coats. A price tracking tool can help you save a lot of money when looking to invest in any of these things, and a lot more!

By using PIWoP’s price tracking tool, you will be able to save money whilst getting the best shopping deals there is. You can easily keep track of all the items you’re interested in, and when any of them drop to a price you want to pay you will receive a price drop alert and can purchase your discounted items online from there.

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

 

Good Habits of a Money Saver


Everyone wants to be a gifted money saver. Everyone wants to find themselves still flushed with cash two weeks after pay day. Everyone wants their bank account to be prepared for the worst, but without the right habits it can be near impossible to suddenly start saving like a pro.

According to the Guardian, 70% of the UK’s working population are “chronically broke”, and on top of that, 30% of these poor souls living paycheck to paycheck say that they are concerned about their level of debt, or simply not managing to get by.

Learning how to save your money effectively is paramount in regrettable situations like this, but jumping in at the deep-end is a good way to get in over your head. So, here are a few good habits of a successful money saver to get you started:

Keep track of the little things

It’s vital for a low-earner to understand that everything adds up. A cup of coffee here, and a £0.79 app there; they don’t seem like much at the time, but when you’re wondering where all the money went, these small daily expenses are often to blame. If you are going to spend a little here and there on these cheap luxuries, make sure to keep track of each cost so the resulting damage to your bank account doesn’t come as such a shock.

Understand the difference between wants and needs

It’s certainly okay to treat yourself every now and then, but if you end up treating yourself daily then your bank balance is going to plummet. Understanding the difference between wants and needs is the answer to this problem. Although it can feel miserable to limit your once-regular luxuries, it will feel wonderful in the long-run when you see all the savings you’ve accumulated from the simple practice of not spending.

Have a budget

Creating a budget is one of the best pieces of money saving advice you will hear and is probably the biggest step towards a full piggy-bank. Although you will have to push the boat out a little to draw up your budget. It’s worth preparing a written chart or spreadsheet that you can update and balance regularly to help you fix your messy spending habits. This is an essential tip as you can’t begin to save if you don’t know how much money you have to begin with.

Try a price tracking tool

The last thing you want to do when trying to save money is overspend on a regular purchase. By using PIWoP’s price tracking tool, you will be able to save money whilst getting the best shopping deals there are. You can easily keep track of all the items you’re interested in, and when any of them drop to a price you want to pay, you will receive a price drop alert and can purchase your discounted items online from there.

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

Tips For Buying Birthday Gifts on A Budget

Giving your loved ones the perfect birthday gift always makes us feel good about ourselves. But while most of us are happy to go the extra mile for our loved ones on their special day, our wallets think otherwise!

When it comes to buying birthday gifts, it’s important to try and stick to a budget. With this in mind, here are three tips from PIWoP, low price shopping experts, on how you can keep your gift sentimental and affordable.

Plan Your Gift Budget

Before you set off to buy your loved ones birthday presents, it’s important to set a limit to prevent you from overspending. Many people splurge on birthday gifts without thinking about the damage to their bank account. By making a plan of what you’re going to buy and how much you’re willing to spend, you will be able to keep track of your spending and get the gift they truly want.

Resist Temptation

When it comes to buying gifts for our loved ones, it’s always tempting to splurge and spend everything we have to show them how much we appreciate them. But you must resist the temptation! According to The Daily Star, the average parent will spend nearly £5,000 on celebrating birthdays between the ages of 4 and 11. While it might be tempting to buy your children everything they desire for their birthdays, try to stick to the items you know they will continue to use. That way, you can stick to your budget and avoid wasting any money.

Try A Price Tracking Tool

From Xboxes to designer shoes, there is always a highly coveted item that’s simply too expensive. By using a price drop alert tool, you can keep track of the price of gifts you want to buy. You will receive an alert when it has dropped to a price you want to pay and from there you can purchase it.

At PIWoP, we specialise in providing customers with the tools to help them find discounted items online. Our price tracker app sends out a price drop alert when your chosen items have reached a price you want to pay. That way, you can continue to shop on a budget without the worry of overspending.

If you would like more information about our price alert services, check out our How It Works page and install PIWoP in your browser or download its app today, and start making savings!

Four Easy Ways To Save Money on Holiday Shopping

You have finally booked the holiday you needed all year round. Now it’s time to start holiday shopping! However, while we’re quick to look for shopping deals on locations and scrimp on the cost of flights, 90% of travellers admit to overspending on the luggage they take with them abroad.

As money saving experts and the developers of a revolutionary price drop alert tool, the team at PIWoP have provided four money saving tips that will help you stay in budget on your travels.

Take Advantage of Sales.

Before you rush out to purchase your holiday clothing straight away, take advantage of the seasonal sales. They are a great way to save money on your holiday shop, especially if you’re travelling during peak season. With plenty of retailers holding sales every season, there’s little reason why you shouldn’t find discounted items online.

Look For Free Shipping.

Another way to save money on your holiday shopping spree is to look out for websites that offer free shipping. Some clothing shops, such as Nordstrom and Zappos, offer free shipping all year round. Others may offer free shipping during holiday seasons so make sure to check before you click ‘purchase’.

Don’t Procrastinate, Make Plans.

Did you know that last minute holiday shoppers spent £250 more than those who planned ahead? When you race against the clock, you are far less conscious of what you’re spending. It also means you are more likely to pick up items you’re unlikely to use or wear during your trip. Instead, create an outfit plan to ensure you buy exactly what you need and prevent overspending.

Use Money-Saving Tools.

When it comes to holiday shopping, it can be difficult to find a price you want to pay for certain holiday essentials like suitcases and swimsuits. If you’re looking to save money on your holiday shopping purchases this summer, why not try PIWoP? PIWoP is a responsive price alert service which allows users to track the price of the products they want. PIWoP (via its app and/or email) will then send an alert once the product has fallen to the price you would be willing to pay so you can purchase it (or not!) at its new price (that may actually be lower than your target price!)

For more information about our price drop alert tool, visit our How It Works page.

Saving Money When Travelling The World

It’s no secret that travelling the world is at the top of a lot of people’s bucket lists and 2019 is the perfect time to start planning. However, whether it’s exploring a brand-new city for a weekend break or organising a 6-month round-trip to Asia, the costs can be high! Travelling requires equipment, planning and ultimately, unavoidable expenditure; keeping on top of your to-do list is essential if you hope to enjoy an affordable adventure.

To help you plan a holiday that doesn’t break the bank the experts here at PIWOP, a price drop alert tool, have put together a list of their top tips for saving money on your travel gear.

 

1. Buy Second-Hand Camping Gear

We all like the luxury of buying new items and if it’s your first time travelling, you’ll want to buy equipment that survives the whole trip. However, this doesn’t mean you need to opt for brand new, outrageously priced equipment; buying second hand from like-minded people who have already travelled is easily the best way to get discounted products. Think of travelling like a community, fellow travellers can not only give you tips and advice but they can also share their equipment with you.

Those advertising second-hand products will be looking to sell at a cut price which can hugely benefit you. Search around on apps and Facebook ‘buy and sell’ pages, you’ll be sure to pick up a bargain!

 

2. Use Price Tracking Tools

Organising your trip takes time and patience. We understand that the initial hype can leave you searching the internet 24 hours a day, finding the best shoes, backpacks and clothes. However, it’s important to play this down a little. You have time to plan ahead so take the time to be strategic with your shopping! Money saving alert tools like PIWoP are designed to help find discounted items online. Create lists of the items you like the most, set prices you’re willing to pay and let the tool do the rest by notifying you when any of the items are reduced to (or below!) your desired prices.


3. Visit thrift shops

It’s probably not the best idea to take your fanciest, best clothes with you as you travel through the mountains. Utilise thrift shops to find comfortable and relaxed clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. You can always find a hidden gem in these stores and more importantly, they’re crazy cheap.

Tops and bottoms need only set you back only a few pounds and charity shops are a great way to double up on items that you feel you’ll be wearing often. What’s even better is that thrift shops are constantly updating their stock as people donate their pre-loved items. This means you can visit several times in the lead up to your trip to help fill your travel wardrobe.

For more information on the price tracking tool PIWoP, please visit www.piwop.com.

PIWoP: Shopping Trends to Look Out For

It has been found that 67% of millennials prefer online shopping to browsing stores. It’s becoming increasingly easy to scroll through our phones and add items to our basket, then at the click of a button they’re on their way to our house with next day delivery. However, many still head out into the chaos of the end of season sales in order to get the best shopping deals.


Consumer habits are changing now more than ever. The stats show us that young people are on the lookout for discounted items online, but what about those who still prefer to look at things in person? Lots of people still want to head to the shops, but without the hassle of navigating crowds and piles of sale items. As a result, changes to shopping trends are imminent, so whether you’re a growing business or savvy shopper, here’s what to look out for:


1 – Integrated payment systems

If you’re out and about and find a bargain on your phone but don’t have your purse or wallet to hand, items can often get abandoned; who wants to stand around entering their card details or rummaging around trying to find their card. Integrated payment such as ApplePay and face recognition mean that consumers can get their discounted items online completely hassle free.


2 – Dressing room apps


Some shops now enable you to see your item on a mannequin that you’ve selected as being a similar size to you. So, if you’ve spotted a shopping deal that’s too good to miss but you want to be sure it will look right on you (and you don’t want to risk the no returns policy on a sale item) this could prove very helpful.


3 – Social media


Gone are the days of being over-sceptical about making purchases over social media, it’s now a legitimate place that people look for all kinds of items, from low price TVs to cheap electronics.


4 – Making consumer experience as convenient as possible


Whether that be shop assistants having more specified knowledge on sale items to assist shoppers faster, or businesses adapting their marketing strategy to alert people via an app rather than an email of the latest shopping deal, retailers who keep up with consumer demands and aren’t afraid to adapt to trends are the ones that will succeed.

 

The Cyber Changes in Shopping Habits

It has been found that 67% of millennials prefer online shopping to browsing stores. It’s likely that this percentage increases when it comes to shopping in sales as people strive to avoid the chaos that ensues in store.


It seems that even major sales fail to bring people out onto the high-street as they did in previous years. On Black Friday last year, pictures were shared online of empty shop floors and staff at a loose end, prepared to tackle queues when there weren’t any to handle! On the other hand, Cyber Monday saw hundreds of websites crashing due to too much traffic. Year on year, Cyber Monday sees a 4.8% increase in shoppers, with the number of people making purchases increasing by 12.4%. These consumers aren’t just browsing; it would appear shopping online means more purchases are made!


What does this tell us about the changes in shopping habits?


Although people weren’t keen on leaving their houses to get the best bargains, they were happy to scroll through their phones late into the night, with most shopping being done between the hours of 8pm and midnight.


What does this really mean?


Cyber shopping is happening more commonly and the speed at which people make purchases on their phones is largely due to the fact that they already know what shopping deals they are looking for. On the occasion that people do browse the shops, they simply spot what they’re after and take note of its details so they can easily search for it online to keep up with any price reductions at a later date.

 

Where does PIWoP come in to this?

 

Our price drop alert tool takes away the need to even search for discounted items online. Know what you want? Simply share the webpage the item appears on with PIWoP via our online tool and enter the price you want to pay for it. When that items drops to below that price, we’ll send you a notification! This can be anything from clothes to electronic goods and supermarket products. With the accelerated rate that cyber shopping is changing, PIWoP is the next step in cyber shopping and cutting out any time-consuming browsing!

 

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