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How to Date When You’re Trying to Save Money

We all know that feeling of wanting to go on fun dates and holidays with your partner but not being able to do it due to not having enough money. Unfortunately when it comes to relationships, there will always be the added pressure of costs – whether you earn more than your partner or one of you is trying to save money!

In fact, a study by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that 70% of people spend £600 or more annually on their partner. If you’re looking to save money and maintain your relationship, the team at PIWOP – the developers of a revolutionary price drop alert tool, have a list of top money saving tips for couples.

Keep on top of your finances

One way to stay happy and save money is to keep on track of your spending habits. You will need to use shopping deals and buy discount products to save in the sales when possible. We recommend creating a monthly spending budget and stick to it! This list could include the essentials for you and your partner like food deals and other necessities such as spending for date nights.

Plan your weeks

It’s known that planning ahead can save you lots of time and money. For example, if you have a date night planned for a few week’s time and know the costings, it’s a great time to put money aside each week in the run up to the big event. If you both have birthdays it’s a great excuse to do something together and set a limit to what you can buy – all whist keeping the costs low! You could even try searching for money saving ideas online to really find the way to saving some cash.

Be honest

It’s important to be honest with your partner. The most effective thing you can do to save money is to tell your partner and let them know if you are struggling with money. Plus, it’s important to tell them about your future plans so they can understand why you’re saving. For example, you could suggest an alternative, low-cost activity to do if things get a bit pricy.

Use vouchers

If you’re keen on enjoying experiences with your partner, you should research into exclusive discounts and offers for holidays and activities. Perhaps you want to visit someplace new, or you have always wanted to eat in a certain high-class restaurant, now is the time to find the cheapest vouchers. By using coupons and deals, you can enjoy fun dates with your partner while saving money.

Instead of rushing out last minute and spending over the odds on something your partner may not actually want, why not plan ahead and PIWoP things that they do want.
That way, you are notified of a price drop on one of the items, the present chooses itself! If you are interested in knowing how a price alert service can keep you and your partner happy whilst saving money this month then visit https://piwop.com/

How To Save Your Money: Festival Season

Speak to anyone who is a regular music festival go-er and they will talk about how much of an amazing experience it is; acres of mud, flower crowns and lots of drunken antics. However, festivals aren’t exactly the best for your bank account.

Chances are, you have already forked out a fair bit of cash for your weekend ticket, and on top of that you have to think about your travel arrangements, camping supplies and of course, booze. Plus, you will actually have to feed yourself while you’re there too!

If you’re a festival newbie, it’s easy to spend way more than you planned at a musical festival. The experts at PiWoP, a revolutionary price alert tool helping you to save money, have put together our money saving tips for festival season:

1. Set yourself a daily budget - In the crazy atmosphere of a festival, it can be easy to get carried away and spend silly amounts of money on alcohol and food. However, coming home to find you spent £70 on a round of drinks is less than fun!

Before you head off, decide your budget for the whole weekend and divide this across each day. Either take this amount of money in cash (but make sure you keep it safe!), or use a budgeting app to set limits on certain things and notify you when you’re overspending.

2. Leave designer clothing at home - We’re under no impression that festivals are just as much about looking good as it is about the music - sparkly shorts, bejeweled accessories and glitter-covered body parts are what festivals are all about. Yet one of the biggest expenses of the weekend can be replacing your entire wardrobe that has been covered in mud around the campsite, so leave your expensive gear at home and go for some cheaper alternatives.

3. Book travel arrangements in advance - As with any journey, it’s simple: the earlier you book, the cheaper your travel will be. People often make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to book their train tickets in the hope that prices will fall, but everyone else will have the same idea - sending the prices skyrocketing!

As soon as you know the dates of the festival and opening times of the campsite, book your travel. Then you have one less thing to think about later on.

4. Volunteer to get a free ticket instead - As an alternative, volunteering to work at the festival itself can be pretty economical, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. Every year, festivals look for volunteers who will help with tasks like giving out wristbands, selling programmes or helping to clean up litter. In return, you will get free access to the festival and in some cases, free travel, accommodation and food.


5. Plan in advance - Camping and festival essentials such as tents, foldable chairs, sturdy suitcases or bags to carry your weekends worth of alcohol and spare clothes can soon add up - Plan in advance and use tools like PIWoP! If you know you’re off to a festival over the summer, start searching for your stuff online now. Create a ‘festival’ list on our price alert tool and set the price you are willing to pay for each item. We’ll notify you when any of your festival essentials match that price or go below it, saving you time and money!

Take a look at more of the team’s money saving ideas here.

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