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How To Save Your Money: Cheap Ways to Keep Fit Without The Gym

While your new year’s resolution may be hitting the gym, your bank balance might be saying otherwise. After all, a gym membership is a huge cash commitment, which could set you back £50 a month. That’s a total of £600 in an entire year - just think of all the yoga pants and trainers you could buy!

However, signing up to the gym isn’t the only way to get into shape. The money-saving experts at PIWoP - an easy-to-use price drop alert tool, have listed their favourite ways to get fit on a budget:

 

1. Try a workout DVD.

Long gone are the neon leotards and headbands of the 80s VHS tapes, exercise DVDs can be a fun way to get into shape from your living room! Everyone from Cher to Angela Lansbury has released a workout DVD so it won’t be hard to find one you like the look of on Amazon.

 

2. Download a fitness app.

There’s an app for everything these days! When it comes to health and fitness, there are millions. Apps like Sworkit and 7 Minute Workout are great for squeezing in a quick workout session in between a busy day. Plus, you don’t need anything but floorspace to complete their routines. You can also find free apps with diet plans, recipe tips and weight trackers to help monitor your progress and focus on your goal.

 

3. Embrace the great outdoors.

Whether it’s going for a jog or even just a stroll around your local area, getting outside and into the fresh air can do a whole load of good for your physical and mental health. Plus, you can even download apps that pay you for every step you make.

 

4. Purchase home exercise equipment.

Who needs to pay for a gym membership when you can have one at home? Except without all of the shiny, expensive bits of equipment! Shop online for cheaper versions of gym equipment such as a rowing exerciser and skipping ropes. This way, you can still burn the calories, just for a fraction of the price!

 

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. You can find all the best deals on exercise equipment and workout gear such as the latest price drops on designer trainers with our price tracker app today.

How to Save Your Money: Reduce Your Spending in 2019

This time of year is undoubtedly the most expensive time for everyone meaning that the New Year will spent sat indoors trying to recuperate your money. However, it can be difficult to save when the infamous January sales have absolute must-have bargains. This week, the money saving experts at PIWoP, price drop alert service, are here to show you how to save money in time for the New Year!


Sleep on it


You’ve probably heard this age-old saying before, however, 90 per cent of shoppers frequently buy items that aren’t on their shopping list. So, this timeless phrase may have some value. If you see an item and feel as though you need to take it home then and there, go home and sleep on it. If you wake up and either forgot about it or have fallen out of love, you may have just saved yourself an extra pound or two!


How many hours would you have to work?


If you’re instantly attracted to an impulse buy, take a step back and think about how long it would take you to earn it. If you’re looking to spend £150 on the latest pair of shoes but only earn £7 an hour, it would roughly take you 22 hours of work!


Sign up to a price drop alert service


If these tips don’t quite take your fancy, you can always sign up to a price drop alert service like PIWoP which takes care of all the bargain hunting for you! All you’ll have to do is make a list filled with all the items your interested in and wait for a notification from us to tell you when they’re discounted!


If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service, then register on our site! Use PIWoP to be notified when items that you frequently purchase are on offer. Did you know that 70% of household purchases are repeated? So, install our panda browsing button and start saving today!

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: 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: Managing Your Budget at University

With the excitement of Fresher’s Week over and done with, it’s time to settle into proper uni life - stumbling to 9 am lectures with a banging hangover and eating baked beans with rice for dinner because you spent all your student loan on alcohol!

 

Managing your budget while at university isn’t easy, but there are a number of ways you can keep your costs down. Just read what the experts at PIWoP - creators of a new price alert service had to say about saving your money at university:

 

1. Stay on track with your spending

It may not be the most exciting of jobs, but keeping track of your finances is the best way to make sure you don’t overspend and find yourself calling your parents for extra money.

Start by creating a spreadsheet that shows all of the income you currently receive. This could include your student loan, any scholarships or bursaries, parent funds and part-time job wages. Then you can note down your regular outgoings for the month such as your rent and mobile phone contract. This way, you can see how much you have available to spend each month.

Once you know how much spare you have each month, you can set aside money for things you buy monthly i.e. going out, clothes, food shopping.

 

2. Find deals and offers on your essentials with a price drop alert tool

When it comes to purchasing course textbooks and a new laptop, don’t always buy the first thing you see. You can save yourself some money by shopping around for the best deals on electronics and study materials. This is what money saving tips blogger, I Beat Debt had to say about using our price drop alert tool:

“Anyone who has visited my blog before will know that I love saving money! The advance of online shopping and the competition between retailers can be a good thing, but also it can mean that it can be harder to find a bargain if all the retailers are charging the same price. I am therefore really excited to tell you about a new way of saving money – and it’s free to join up!”

Read more about what she had to say here!

 

3. Get smart with your food shopping


You will find that food will be one of your biggest costs while at university, so it’s worth finding ways to reduce your bill. For example, why not buy supermarket value products rather than well-known brands to save yourself a few pennies! Or how about leaving your food shopping until the end of the day where you can pick up some discount items.

To find out more about how to save your money, check out all of our latest blogs. And if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, then register here. You can find all the best deals on electronics such as laptops and printers as well as the latest price drops on your student essentials with our price tracker app today.

 

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!

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.

How To Save Your Money: Designer Clothing For Less

In an age of ‘fast fashion’ and online shopping we, as a nation, are constantly buying new clothes. The Great British Wardrobe Report (2017) found that Brits spend £1042 per year on their wardrobes; women spending an average of £74 a month and men spending £100 in a month.

However, for those with a love for designer clothing, just one luxury piece is enough to break the bank for a month - or a year. If you’re looking to purchase quality clothing that doesn’t cost your life savings, the team at PIWoP have put together their moving saving ideas when buying designer clothing:

1. Create a Budget

The most important thing when trying to save on your wardrobe is to budget. Figuring out what’s important to you when it comes to clothing and how much you would expect to pay will help make that budget sustainable.

Think about your life and spending money on clothes on a per-season basis - rather than by week or month. Double your budget amount and divide by 12 to get your average monthly spend. Then, open a separate shopping account with your bank and transfer your monthly budget directly into there.

2. Sleep on it

When trying to reduce the amount you spend on clothes, try the “sleep on it” method. For example, if you’re shopping and see a dress you want to buy but aren’t sure whether you really need, put it on hold and go home. If you still want it the next morning, buy it if your budget allows.

3. Shop the sales

For statement pieces that never go out of fashion, try purchasing during the seasonal sales. If you see a pair of blue denim jeans or nude high heels that are just a little out of your budget, wait until they are put into the sales.

With PiWoP’s price tracking tool, you can set up lists that include items you’ve got your eye on, even on non-UK websites, set the price you’re willing to pay for each and if the selected product goes down to this price point or lower, you will be notified!

For more money saving tips on everything from holidays to toiletries, take a look at our blog.

Teach Your Children The Value of Money

Understanding the value of money is a basic life skill that your children need to engage in, no matter what their age. At around five and six years old, children begin to develop the cognitive skills to understand basic monetary concepts, such as identifying coins and count change. Equally, teenagers who are gaining control over larger amounts of money or even have weekend jobs, need to grasp a better understanding.

The experts at PIWoP are campaigning to help parents teach their children that things aren’t always ‘on demand’ and that there are financial benefits to patience over this ‘now now now’ approach.

Here is their money-saving advice for parents, as a guide to teaching children and young teens the value of money.

1. Teach them to save

Get your children excited by the idea of saving by purchasing them a piggy bank. They can then put all of the money you give them in their new bank - helping them grasp the concept of money more effectively as they can physically see it.

The main aim of PIWoP’s campaign is to teach them that not everything needs to be now. If your child tells you they want something expensive such as a book or big toy, help them figure out how much they need to save by setting a weekly goal.

Without this understanding of saving, your children might not be able to achieve their long-term goals of buying a car, going to university or purchasing their first home.

2. Set a good example.

When it comes to managing finances, your children will mimic your behaviour. If you’re the type of person who saves up to buy something then it’s more likely that your children will do the same. On the other hand, if you are quick to turn to credit cards when funding non-essential purchases, your children are likely to follow in your footsteps.

One way you can set the right example is by including your older children in some of your financial decisions, especially when they reach their late teens. This could include showing them how you shopped around to find a better deal on your current account, or sitting down with them to work out a monthly budget.

Sharing tales of the financial mistakes you made when you were their age will help to highlight the dangers of poor money management.

3. Start with a small allowance.

Learning to have responsibility for your finances should not be something that’s left until your children are fully-fledged adults with a job. You can help them understand this by providing them with an allowance each month. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just a small amount that would be enough to buy sweets and little goodies.

Then, the next time you go shopping with your children, encourage them to bring their money along in case they want to purchase something. They will most likely blow their first allowance and expect you to pay for the toy they desperately want - but here’s the first money lesson for them: they will have to way until their next allowance day.

4. Let them make mistakes.

Every parent knows how children get when they have free rein in a shop - it’s utter chaos! And this could not be truer when the kids have their own money to spend in the shops.

If they want to waste all their savings on a new Xbox game or cuddly toy they will only play with once, let them do it. This will help them realise that purchases should be considered and teach them the difference between short-term enjoyment and long-term investments.

If you want to read more money saving tips from the PIWoP team - creators of the only universal price-drop alert engine - take a look at our blog.

 

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.

Money Saving Tips for Parents

For kids, summer holidays spell: waking up late, no mention of the word ‘homework’ and staying up past their bedtime. However, while the kids are off enjoying their free time, parents face the struggle of keeping the kids entertained for six weeks as well as keeping costs down. Thankfully, there are plenty of low-cost activities you can do to keep the kids happy this summer.

1. Summer holidays.

A week in Spain for a family of four can cost an arm and a leg - £1,212 to be exact. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way. Why not stay a bit closer to home?

Britain has plenty of beautiful (and affordable) holiday spots. Whether it be historical villages packed with hidden gems, or coastal towns that offer spectacular views and entertainment for the whole family. Plus, they are extremely affordable, meaning you can save on the pennies.

2. Camping in the garden.

Perhaps you don’t have the time or money to go on a UK holiday break - that’s fine! How about camping in your back garden for a night? With just the same excitement as going on holiday, the kids will love grabbing their sleeping bags, roasting marshmallows and star-gazing (and you can go inside if it starts to tip it down!)

3. Free theatre tickets.

How about giving the kids their first theatre experience this summer? Throughout August, you can get your hands on free theatre tickets for your little ones to lots of West End shows. It’s a great way to get the kids out and about during the summer holidays without having to splash out loads on activities.

4. Start a decoration or decluttering project.

This activity is both productive for you and keeps the kids entertained. Whether it’s redecorating the kids’ rooms or getting rid of toys in the playroom, involve your children in the process. Purchase three plastic tubs and label them; keep, get rid and give to charity. You can even make it into a fun game for the children, tasking them to see who can get through their pile of toys first.

At PiWoP, we pride ourselves on helping individuals and families with unique money saving tips by providing a handy price alert service.

Our revolutionary price drop alert tool keeps an eye on the price of products you want to buy so you don’t have to. Find the item you want, add it to your PIWoP list with the price you want to pay for it and if this product drops to your set price or below, the tool will alert you!

To register for PiWoP’s price alert tool and receive five price alerts completely free, click here.

 

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!

Money Saving Advice This Summer: Packing Your Suitcase for Less

Summer is slowing creeping up on us and people are starting to book their holidays. Along with this usually comes the desire for a new wardrobe. It’s 2018 and everyone wants to look Instagram ready in the finest summer clothes and accessories. However, with women spending on average of £245 on holiday clothes alone, many are seeking money saving advice.


One excellent use for PIWoP is to use it as a shopping deals app. Found the perfect beach bag or pair of sunglasses but can’t justify paying full price for them? Simply enter the details into the tool along with the amount you’d like to pay and we’ll send you a notification when it meets or falls below the price you specified!


We have a few other handy money saving tips when it comes to holiday shopping and making the most of those few summer essentials.


Buy a few versatile pieces


So you’ve found a pair of sandals or a dress that you can’t do without and you’ve spent a little more than usual on them. Save money elsewhere by choosing affordable accessories to dress them up or down. Rather than overspending and buying a different outfit for every day, save money for the holiday itself.


Think about what you need


If you’re going on an adventure holiday and as a result will only need a couple of evening outfits, don’t be tempted to fill your suitcase for the sake of it. If you’re going to be lying by the pool every day, how many handbags do you really need? Thinking about what’s essential is a quick and easy money saving tip as it helps people to identify where they are spending unnecessarily.


Find the shopping deals yourself


Using a shopping deals app like PIWoP will allow you to find discounted clothes as soon as they go down in price. You no longer have to wait for emails about sales or browse the stores, instead, we’ll notify you when the item you are looking for meets the price you’re willing to pay for it!


For more about how you can get the best shopping deals, check out the rest of our website!

Money Saving Tips with PIWoP

When it came to designing PIWoP, we wanted to create a tool that would help consumers save money as well as save time.


Our tool enables users to list an item they want along with the website it is from and state the price they want to pay for it. When the item has met or fallen below that price, we send you a notification! However, we have plenty more to offer when it comes to money saving advice.


We know that savvy shoppers love grabbing a bargain – the place with the best deals is influencing where people do their shopping now more than ever. Last year it was found that two thirds of British shoppers chose discounted brands such as Lidl and Aldi.


So, here are a few money saving tips for both online and offline shopping:


1 - Be savvy towards what is really most affordable


If you’re wondering how to save your money when doing your food shopping, check if special offers really are saving you cash. For example, sometimes a larger pack of something might be on offer, but you might actually get more for your money if you buy two or three smaller packs of the same item.


2 – Leave items in your basket


One piece of money saving advice that is becoming popular across the internet is to leave items in your basket on shopping websites. While this frequently happens because people abandon their baskets when they see the price or simply forget, it can actually be a way to purchase the product for cheaper. When a website picks up on the fact you have left items unattended, it’s been found that some will send you a discount code or coupon to encourage you to complete the purchase.


3 – Don’t be tempted just because something is on offer


Everyone knows how tempting it is to buy something because the offer seems too good to be true, but remember not to get sucked in just for that reason! One easy thing to do when it comes to knowing how to save your money is to be sensible and quite simply only make the purchase if it’s something you really need!

 

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