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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: Cheap Dinners and Free Food

Food is a common ground for a lot of people, whether you love eating, cooking or Instagramming, everybody can appreciate the happiness that food brings. However, if the majority of your social life revolves around cooking or going out for dinner with family or friends, you may begin to discover that it’s a rather large hole in your pocket. With the festive season just a step away, the experts at PIWoP, price alert service, are sharing our top money saving tips when it comes to cheap dinners and free food!


Become a mystery diner


You will probably be surprised at how many chain restaurants take part in the mystery diner experience. The aim is to keep staff members on their toes and to ensure that service and food stay up to scratch. All you have to do is sign up to a mystery dining website and you can dine for free!


Free cake


Many brands like Krispy Kreme, Greggs and Subway will give you a birthday gift if you sign up to their loyalty scheme! If you decide to input your date of birth, keep checking your inbox for a voucher to claim your freebie!


Sign up to a price drop alert service


Although, if you live in a small town or simply do not have the time but still love bagging a bargain, 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 install our PANDA Browser Button and tell us about specific food items from a chosen provider that you’d like to be informed about when they’re discounted and wait for the notification from us!


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 stay up to date with the latest price drops!

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!

Christmas Money Saving Tips

Presents, nights out, decorations, stuffing your face; it’s all a part of the festive fun! However, the joy of the Christmas period is often lost when you don’t have the budget for it all.


Here at PIWoP - providers of a revolutionary price alert service, we’re dedicated to helping you save money. Our team of money-saving experts have created some great tips to help you preserve the pounds over the festive period:


1. Set a festive budget


We all love the trimmings of the Christmas dinner and having lots of presents under the Christmas tree, but these all add up to expensive price tags. Our team’s top tip is to set a budget! We know it can be difficult to save, but it is essential to be able to afford the Christmas that you want.

Start by looking at your bank account now and find places where you can make some cut backs and cut down on some luxuries. We recommend starting this a couple of months before December hits. If you get tempted to spend your savings, try putting your Christmas budget into a separate bank account or savings accounts so you don’t find yourself dipping into it.

 


2. Start early


We all know the horrendous feeling on Christmas Eve when you have to rush around the shops desperately looking for presents and the extras for the Christmas dinner. As previously mentioned, you should start planning and organising for Christmas a few months before December.

Make a list and prioritise what you need to get first and the estimated prices. For your Christmas dinner, remember things like the turkeys will need to be ordered early and can be cheaper this way.

 


3. Christmas sales


By planning your presents, dinners and parties in advance, you can keep an eye out for different shopping deals, discount products and sales. For example, Black Friday (23rd November) and Cyber Monday (26th November) are perfect times to buy expensive presents as the majority of brands and shops will have discounts or sales. The Christmas sales are also a perfect time to shop for the latest game consoles and TVs as you can find the best deals on electronics and appliances - these are usually hugely discounted.


To save on the time spent sifting through the sales, why not set up a list with PIWoP in advance of the festive season for all your must-have items. Simply set your price and await an alert when they hit this price or below!


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


If you haven’t already taken advantage of our price drop alert service yet, then register here. Start looking early for your Christmas, 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: Buying Baby Essentials

Having a baby can be expensive; the average cost of raising a child has topped £200,000, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s all about learning how to save your money on the essential baby products such as baby grows, toys and nursery furniture.

At PIWoP - providers of money-saving advice and a revolutionary price alert service, we’re dedicated to helping you save money. That’s why we have created some tips for saving money before you have a baby:

 

1. Accept hand-me-downs

Don’t be ashamed to take old baby clothing from your friends and family. If your relatives are generous enough to offer your clothes and equipment their children no longer use, take advantage of this. You will be surprised how much money you save by skipping on buying a new Moses basket and baby clothes.

 

2. Find deals and offers online with a price drop alert tool

Fitting out your newborn’s nursery can be a huge investment. According to a study by BabyChild.org.uk, the average parent will spend a total of £1,085.07 on their baby’s nursery. This cost includes everything from the cot and bedding to the paint on the walls and flooring.

If you’re looking to save some money on these essentials, why not look for the best shopping deals using PIWoP! This is what parent blogger, Little Lily Pad had to say about using our price drop alert tool:

“I can't tell you the number of times I have seen a product I want, only for the price to change a few days later. Or get a discount code from a voucher site, then to find it has expired. PiWop takes away all of this guesswork, their universal price-drop alert engine simply tells you when items you like drop in price to or below a level you choose.”

Read more about what she had to say here!

 

3. Don’t buy too much for your baby

You may see a beautiful pack of onesies for your little one but it’s important to remember your newborn will grow out of clothes fast. Don’t go mad buying lots of baby clothes - save your money by trying looking for nearly new baby clothes at NCT sales or on eBay. If you do want to buy new, supermarkets offer the best value for the baby basics.


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 register here. You can find all the best deals on electronics such as baby monitors and the latest price drops on baby clothes with our price tracker app today.

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: 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.

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.

 

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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