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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: Travelling on a Budget!

In recent years, the idea of exploring the world by backpack has grown in popularity - especially with young people. In fact, travelling was seen as more important than buying a house for 47 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 34. And it’s easy to see why backpacking is so popular!

Travelling around the world is a great experience; allowing you to meet new friends, gain life experiences and try new things. However, as this section of tourism grows, it is becoming increasingly expensive to jet off to places like Australia and South America.

With an average trip costing anywhere between £5,000 - £10,000, the money saving experts at PIWoP - an easy-to-use price drop alert tool, have suggested their tips for saving money before your travels:

 

1. Keep your travelling money separate.

If you are serious about travelling, it’s important to work out exactly how much you need to save and open up a savings account. This way, you can set up a standing order to put small amounts of your paycheque into the savings account each month. It should also help you avoid spending your travel money on takeaways and clothing throughout the month.

 

2. Sell any unwanted belongings.

Say you have just finished University and you have a number of textbooks which you no longer need, why not sell them on? Websites such as eBay and Depop allow you to advertise your unwanted items and get cash to put towards your travelling fund.

 

3. Cancel any unnecessary Direct Debits.

We all have Netflix accounts or gym memberships we could do without. If you’re looking to save yourself a little bit of money ahead of your trip, why not cancel the Direct Debits you no longer need or use! Just think that £40 you spend on unused gym memberships could towards your quad biking experience through the jungle in Thailand.

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 to keep you entertained on long flights and helps you find the lowest price on all of your travel essentials.

How To Save Your Money: Fitting Out Your First Home

The excitement of purchasing your first home is often overshadowed by financial worries. After all, you have just put down a huge deposit on 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 need to swap eating takeaway pizza from papers plates on your cold living room floor for lovely homemade dinners at the dining table. The experts at PIWoP are here to give you some clever money saving tips so you can find amazing furniture that won’t cost you an arm and a leg:

 

1. Browse the charity shops

Charity shops often get a bad name, they can be a treasure trove of amazing, vintage furniture at a fraction of the original price. Nowadays, modern interior design is throwing back to classic styles of furniture and so you could find yourself with the stylish piece at a brilliant price.

 

2. Wait for the furniture sales

There seems to be a sale every five minutes when it comes to furniture stores; mid-season, end of the season, holiday sales, 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 service - which allows you to list specific products safe in the knowledge that once the sofa has gone into the sale, you will be alerted when it matches the price you want to pay.

 

3. Stay away from really cheap items

While it may be a popular phrase, “cheap and cheerful” is not always best! After all, if you keep purchasing poorly-made furniture for your home, you will have to replace the items regularly, in turn, 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. Keep room measurements to hand

Imagine you’re out shopping and you spot the one, the sofa you have been looking for all your life. You jump at the opportunity to purchase the sofa then and there, but then you get it home and you’re not able to get it into your home! Before you go furniture shopping, remember to take measurements of the room, front door, internal doors, up the stairs and so on.

Are you looking to find the lowest price on your bedroom furniture or discount kitchen appliances? Try our price drop alert tool now.

Or if you want to find out more money saving tips, read our other blogs.

 

How To Save Your Money: Running Your Car for Less

For many people, owning a car can be a larger personal expense. However, there are many ways to save money on regular car costs such as insurance, new parts and fuel.

 

As with all personal finance, the more cost-saving measures you adopt now, the more money you will save in the future. The money-saving advice experts from PIWoP have put together a list of ways you can start saving money on your car expenses:

 

1. Get cashback on fuel purchases

Fuel is easily the most expensive part of motoring - so why not earn a little while your spending on this necessity! There are a number of cashback-card options available for purchasing petrol such as Tesco Clubcard credit card or Santander 123 credit card. While they only offer a small return percentage, you will be surprised at how much it add ups throughout the month.

 

2. Purchase economical tyres

When the time comes to replace your car tyres, it may be tempting to go for the cheapest available. However, this can prove to be a mistake in the long run. Not only do such tyres perform poorly against more expensive tyres but they may also hit your fuel economy and need replacing more regularly.

Look out for the EU tyre label. All tyres sold are fitted with one and it includes the fuel efficiency rating of the tyre. An ‘A’ rating means the tyre decreases the energy lost through the tyre while a ‘G’ rating is the worst performing - resulting in increased CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

 

3. Haggle on your car insurance.

Car insurance is one of the biggest motoring costs you face annually. Figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) revealed that, on average, comprehensive cover costs £462 a year.

Don’t just accept your auto-renewal quote once you receive it. Give your insurer a call to see if you can haggle and reduce it. However, before you do so, make sure you see how well your quote and benefits compare against other insurance providers.

 

If you want to find out more information about how to save your money, check out our latest money saving tip blogs. Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, then sign up here.

For example, with your car parts and auto-related purchases, you can use our price tracker service. Once any of the items you are
watching hits your ‘Price I Want To Pay’ (PIWoP) you will then be notified via email (and/or an App notification) of the new reduced prices. Tyres are a brilliant thing to PIWoP; you know you'll be needing another pair or a full set, well in advance of the winter weather. So why not PIWoP them from you favoured supplier or suppliers?

How to Save Your Money: Dream Wedding on a Budget

It’s meant to be your fairytale day - but the cost of the cake, venue, dress and the other, special touches can really add up. While the average wedding is estimated to cost £25,000, you don’t need to spend a small fortune to have your dream wedding day.

There are plenty of money saving tips and tricks you can try out when planning your big day. As experts in money-saving advice, the team at PIWoP - also creators of revolutionary price drop alert tool, have put together some of our best tips for saving money while wedding planning.

 

1. Pick your date carefully.

Don’t be turned off by the idea of an off-peak wedding, it will be as beautiful and special as a summer wedding. If you haven’t already set the date of your wedding yet, try looking into alternative dates and times during the “unpopular” months and days of the week.

In the UK, about half of all weddings taking place are in August. Other popular months are July and September. If you can avoid the summer months and embrace the cosiness of a winter wedding, you will save a significant amount of money.

 

2. Do not mention the ‘W’ word.

When booking your reception venue or DJ, avoid mentioning the word ‘wedding’ - just call your big day an ‘event’ instead. It may sound odd, but suppliers will add a substantial markup on the price if you let slip you’re planning for a wedding. This is because most businesses know that you want the best for your big day and that you will be willing to pay a premium.

 

3. Call in the favours.

Do you know an amateur Mary Berry with a passion for wedding cakes? Or have a friend with a fancy car? Don’t be afraid to ask Auntie Tracey if she wouldn’t mind making your wedding cake in place of a gift, or Kevin with the sweet wheels to give you a ride to the church. The more people you can get to do things for free on your wedding day, the more you can spend on the important things such as your dress and venue.

 

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

Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service yet, then register here. Start looking early for your bridesmaid dresses, wedding jewellery and decor, so you can catch them cheaper if they are dropped in price before your big day.

 

How To Save Your Money: Lose lbs Without Spending £s

For many, losing weight feels like an uphill battle - especially if going for a run isn’t exactly on your list of priorities. Most turn to personal trainers and a gym membership to help get them motivated. However, these come with a hefty price tag.

There are plenty of great alternatives to getting fit without breaking the bank. The experts at PIWoP - creators of revolutionary price drop alert tool, have put together some money saving tips for getting into shape:

1. Choose an activity you enjoy.


One of the best ways to lose weight and get fit is finding an activity you enjoy. After all, when you enjoy the activity you’re doing, it feels less like exercise and more like fun!

This could be cycling, running or even walking a circuit in your local park; all can be done for free and require little to no equipment. Activities like these are a great way to improve your cardiovascular system and get you on the road to weight loss. Trying out a few different activities is a good way to find out what works for you and what makes you feel the best.

2. Find a fitness buddy.


When starting out, it’s important to have a support network who will be there to encourage you and push you further. Studies have shown that working out with friends increases the amount of exercise you do.

Even if you’re boycotting regular (expensive) gym sessions, it’s still good to have a friend there who will keep you in check and ensure you’re not slacking! It’s even handy to have someone that can hold you to that run you promised you would do on Saturday morning; even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time!


3. Buy affordable workout clothes.


You don’t have to spend a great deal of money to have nice workout clothes, there are plenty of ways to save money on trainers and gym leggings.


For example, PIWoP is a price drop alert tool that allows you to make lists of items with the ‘price I want to pay’ feature. The online tool will notify you when they hit your desired price or below. For many, new workout attire is enough to get motivated and jump-start the fitness journey - plus everyone feels good when they discover a bargain!


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

Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service, then sign up here. You can find the lowest price on all of your workout equipment and running gear with our price tracker app today.

How To Save Your Money: ‘Back To School’ Clothes

The ‘Back to School’ rush is the ultimate nightmare for parents across the country. From pencil cases to a completely new school uniform, it can definitely add up very quickly - especially if you’re not keeping an eye on your purse.

Fortunately, the money saving experts at PIWoP - founders of revolutionary a price drop alert tool, have put together this guide of money saving advice for buying back to school supplies.

1. Start At Home

Before you head out to the shops, try looking around the home - especially in your child’s wardrobe and drawers. Pull out all of the school clothing they already have and get them to try it on. You may find that there are a few stainless shirts and trousers that aren’t too short yet in there, so these won’t need repurchasing. However, their school shoes may be completely worn out and you need to buy them again.

As you clear out their wardrobe, make a clothing list of what you need, including the sizes, so you know what to buy when you shop. There is nothing worse than picking up a skirt or trousers and then you find out it’s the wrong size the morning of your kid’s first day back!

2. Clothes Swap

In an effort to save your money, why not organise a clothes swap with a group of your friends? Our money-saving experts recommend organising a meetup with parents from the school and ask each person to bring school uniform that no longer fits their children.

You will inevitably find what doesn’t fit your friend’s child now going into year 5 will fit yours in year 3. Swapping clothes not only helps you get rid of the clothing that doesn’t fit your kids but you can go home with a school uniform that does.

3. Look Out for The Sales

When it comes to buying brand new school uniforms, children’s shoes can be a huge expense. We recommend looking for discounted shoes in the sales. As we’re heading into the autumn season, there will be plenty of sales in shoe stores like Clarks and Schuh. You can also find discount shoes online where you can sign up to mailing lists to receive offers and codes for extra money off.

For more money saving tips and advice, take a look at our blogs. Or if you haven’t already, try our price drop alert tool. You will be able to enter the price you are willing to pay for an item into our tool and find the lowest price on all the back to school supplies you need as our price tracker app notifies you as soon as that item reaches your desired price points or below!

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