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Money Saving Tips: How To Do Christmas On A Budget

Christmas, the most joyous time of the year, right? Well, in an ideal world Christmas would indeed be the pinnacle of contentment. However, the festivities can also bring a great deal of stress, too. Christmas is a stressful enough time of the year before you even start to think of the finances. Perfectly roasting the turkey, getting the decorations up on time, and acting as family mediator to prevent any potential bust-ups will all take their toll; when you pile the expenses and financial anxiety on top of that, what was meant to be a celebration can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Festive Money Saving Ideas

Don’t worry though, here at PIWoP we’ve got a few tips and tricks up our sleeves to help. Unless you’re particularly well-organised, planning things in advance can be tedious, to say the least. However, preparing in advance of Christmas is one of the best things you can do in terms of how to save your money. For instance, the closer you get to Christmas day, the higher that supermarkets will inevitably squeeze the prices on “Christmas dinner essentials”. By buying early and freezing your food, you’ll save money and time. Other simple things you can do include recycling where possible – using newspapers as wrapping paper is a cheap way to save on the shop-bought equivalent, giving your gifts a quirky look in the process! Finally, don’t be afraid to embrace the arts and crafts, especially where your children are concerned; making your own decorations such as paper chains and snowflakes are an easy way to make your home feel festive without breaking the bank.

Making The Most Of Coupons And Deals

It only takes a quick Google search online to see the countless thousands of coupons and deals that are easily available to you and your family. Black Friday for instance, is a fantastic time to buy any gifts as well as things you might need for the cooking on Christmas day. There’ll often be discount kitchen appliances and homeware items available at a drastically-reduced price, but most people miss these as they are drawn to the big-ticket items like TVs instead.

Patience is a virtue and often being patient can save you money as well. By making use of our price drop alert tool, you can keep an eye on something that you want without feeling the need to make an impulse purchase, as the chances are the price will drop to within your budget, you need to have the patience.

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

Money-Saving Tips for First Time Buyers Furnishing New Home

When it comes to purchasing your first home, the excitement of getting your own place is often overshadowed by financial worries. After all, you have just put down a deposit of £30,000 for your new home and now you have got bills upon bills to pay off.

Therefore, decorating and furnishing your brand new abode is not exactly next on your to-do list! However, there will come a point where you get tired of eating takeaway pizza from paper plates on your living room floor.

The experts at PiWoP are here to give you five money saving tips so you can source amazing furniture that won’t cost you an arm and a leg:

1. Check out charity shops - Charity shops often get a bad name, but they can be a treasure trove for amazing, vintage furniture. Nowadays, modern furniture is throwing back to classic styles and so you could find yourself with the original piece at a brilliant price.

2. Keep an eye out for end of season sales - Mid-season, end of season, holiday sales; there seems to a sale every five minutes, but this is a perfect opportunity to get the furniture you love at a discounted price. If you see a sofa you really want but it’s a little out of your price range before the sale, you can use PiWoP’s price alert tool. Users are able to add items they’re after to lists on their account, set prices they are willing to pay and the tool will then continue to track said items and alert you when any reach your price points, or lower. So, once that sofa gets reduced, you'll be the first to know.

3. Don’t buy really cheap items - Unfortunately, “cheap and cheerful” is not always better! If you keep purchasing poorly-made furniture for your home, you will have to replace the items regularly, costing you more money over time. Buying solid, well-made furniture that comes with a guarantee may cost you more in the short term, but you could have it forever.

4. Always have the right measurements to hand - There’s nothing worse than buying your dream sofa and not being able to get it into your home! Before you go furniture shopping, take measurements of the room, front door, internal doors, up the stairs and so on.

5. Stick to neutral colours for large items - You may love the idea of having an orange bed frame, but there are fewer people in the world who would choose bright colours over browns, whites and blacks. While you should incorporate orange into your decoration if you like the colour, stick to neutral colouring when purchasing the large items like beds and wardrobes. Manufacturers are more likely to sell neutral items so they produce them at a lower cost, saving you money!

Are you looking to find the lowest price on your bedroom furniture or discount kitchen appliances? Check out our price drop alert tool today!

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