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Tips for Choosing a Halloween Costume on a Budget


For a day that comes around just once a year, the amount we spend on a single-use costume can seem outrageous. In fact, it was reported in 2018 that Britons spent a total of £400 million on Halloween and this number is set to rise this year. Despite the obvious desire to have the best costume at the party, our wallets may start to protest!

The idea of sticking to a budget will often go out the window as we start to piece together our perfect costume. After all, what harm could come from spending a little extra on your dream fancy dress outfit! However, it’s important to think about where the money you spend on a costume could be better spent. Whether it’s the house deposit you’re saving towards or paying off your next lot of bills, here are four money saving tips from PIWoP, low price shopping experts, on how you can keep your costumes exciting yet affordable.

Go homemade

Homemade costumes are often kicked to the curb in favour of rubber masks and other pricey, store-bought items for the sake of ease, but the charm a homemade costume can bring is unsurpassable. Buying items you find around your home, as well as a few other cheap bits from craft stores, you would be surprised at the infinite number of interesting, hilarious and even thought-provoking costumes you will have at your disposal. Plus, your wallet will thank you for letting your creative side run wild.

Hold a costume swap with friends

It can be difficult to clear out old costumes – mainly because you’ve spent so much on them and feel that you haven’t got your money's worth. However, you are bound to have friends and family who feel the same way! If you’ve got friends eager to find new Halloween costumes, it’s only logical to start swapping. Why not host a swap party where everyone brings the costumes they want to get rid of and they must leave with something new! It doesn’t get much more satisfying than winning the costume contest without spending a penny.

Visit local charity shops

Charity shops aren’t only for discounted shoes and scratched DVDs. They also happen to be a goldmine for anything costume related. After all, the endless supply of second-hand clothes available makes for an infinite selection of new costumes. If none of the clothes tickle your fancy, then the fabrics might. A velvet jacket or floral-patterned skirt might just the perfect print or material for a DIY costume.

Try a price tracking tool

Let’s face it, it can be very difficult not to splash when you’re determined to get the spookiest look. By using a price drop alert tool, you can keep track of the price of any costumes you want to buy. You will receive an alert when it has dropped to a price you want to pay and from there you can purchase it.

At PIWoP, our low price shopping experts provide a unique price alert tool that tracks the price of the item you want. Our price tracker app scours the web every six hours until it finds the price you want to pay.

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

PIWoP’s Money Saving Guide

Managing your finances isn’t easy. Struggling to pay your bills and put money aside for a rainy day is something almost every person in the UK goes through at some point in their life. In fact, according to Money Saving Expert, there are millions of Brits right now who are struggling to pay their household bills and save up their money.

With so much money saving advice out there, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do and when. In order to help ease your financial concerns, PIWoP has provided a helpful guide on how to save your money in the long term.

Set Up A Budget

The best way to take control of your finances is setting up a budget. While this will take a little effort and getting used to, it’s a great way of controlling how much you have coming in and out each month. By doing this, you’re more likely to improve your credit rating and less likely to end up in debt.

Set A Savings Goal

Finding the motivation to save can be difficult. But by having a goal, you will quickly find saving to be easier than you first thought. Even £5 a month can quickly add up! While it’s good to have some emergency savings set aside, it’s important to enjoy yourself once in a while. Whether it’s money to take on holiday or buying a car without a loan, having the money set aside can give you the help you need.

Price-Tracking Tools

For those trying to save money, the last thing you want to do is overpay on regular purchases. By using PIWoP’s price tracking tool, you will be able to save money on your regular purchases like never before. At PIWoP, our low price shopping experts provide a unique price alert tool that tracks the price of the item you want. Our price tracker app scours the web every six hours until it finds the price you want to pay.

Saving money has never been so easy. If you would like more information about PIWoP, get in touch with our team or visit our How It Works page today!

How To Save Money on Your Wedding

In the UK, weddings are becoming increasingly expensive. According to MoneySavingExpert, the average wedding is estimated to cost a heartbreaking £30,000. While it can be difficult to save money and stick to a budget when planning your special day, there are ways you can cut back on your spending.

With this in mind, PIWoP, low price shopping experts, reveals how you can say ‘I Do’ to saving money on your wedding day.

Something Old

When it comes to engagement rings, most people are expected to spend at least three months salary. However, family heirlooms can be much more meaningful than a new ring. If your considering proposing to your significant other, or starting to look at engagement rings, why not ask family members if they have ones tucked away for the special occasion.

Something Borrowed

For catering, suits and even cakes, there are a million possibilities to save money. For suits, you can reuse one from a previous event to cut down the overall cost. Instead of paying over the odds for the venue to cater your guests, why not outsource to a catering company to create a menu that fits your budget. You can even ask a talented family member to help create the wedding cake of your dreams; without the hefty price tag.

Something New

There are some things that simply can’t be borrowed. When it comes to making those important wedding purchases, it’s vital not to overspend. That’s why PIWoP have provided an effective price tracking tool to help you plan your big day. By using our price alert tool, you and your partner will be able to track the price of your coveted wedding items and receive alerts once they have reached a price you want to pay.

When it comes to your special day, our price drop alert tool is the best way to track the price of wedding dresses, favours, shoes and suits. If you would like more information about our price drop app, visit our How It Works page or get in touch with our team today.

Four Ways To Save Money With Friends

How many times have you gone out with friends, only to realise you have spent more than you originally intended? Organising your finances is important as it helps you budget for the future and saves your money for more important purchases.

With this in mind, here are four money-saving tips from the PIWoP team on how you can save money with friends.

Don’t Throw Change Away

While it might seem like nothing throwing away unused pennies, it’s important to save them. According to Finder, Brits waste £100 million each year throwing away spare change, with 14% of us throwing them in the bin. By looking after your pennies, the pounds will look after themselves; saving you a lot of money in the long run.

Avoid Peak Times

Spending time with our friends is important, but the pounds spent can quickly add up. From travelling by train to eating at a restaurant, avoiding peak times can help you save a substantial amount of money. If you’re able to be flexible with your travelling times, try catching the train after 10AM, to avoid paying hefty peak time charges when you travel.

Dining out doesn’t have to be expensive either. In fact, eating at any time other than Friday or Saturday can actually save you money. Restaurants are more likely to run promotions during their slowest times to try and entice customers to visit.

Don’t Impulse Buy

We all have that friend that encourages us to buy products we don’t actually need. Before making a purchase, try waiting 30 days before buying something. You’ll quickly realise how many impulsive purchases you will have avoided and save yourself some money in the long run.

Price Tracking Tools

When planning a night out with our friends, we often want to make makeup repurchases or find the dress to impress. By using a price tracking tool, you will be able to save money on coveted items by paying a price you want to pay.

Saving money with friends has never been so easy. At PIWoP, low price shopping experts, we provide a price alert tool that tracks the price of the item you want. We scour hundreds of online retailers every 6 hours to help you find the price you want to pay and save you money.

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

How A Price Alert Tool Can Help New Parents

You have passed the 12-week mark and now it’s time for the excitement to begin; you’re going to be parents! When it comes to new babies, mums and dads spend around £1,000 preparing for their bundle of joy. In fact, according to The Guardian, one in 20 new parents spend more than £3,000 on baby essentials.

Thanks to Instagram and the rise in influencer marketing, new mums are being encouraged to splash the cash on their newborns. However, you don’t need to break the bank to bring a baby in the world. With this in mind, PIWoP, low price shopping experts, reveal how a price alert tool can help new parents cut the cost of preparing for a baby.

Save Money on Repurchases

It goes without saying that there are lots of baby products you will need to repurchase in the first few months. Whether it’s nappies, baby bottles or dummies, finding the best price for these can help cut down your spending and save you money. A good way to find cheap baby essentials is using a price drop alert tool like PIWOP. Using the tool, you can save the products you frequently buy and get alerted when they drop to a price you are happy to pay.

Find The Best Deals

It’s no secret that babies are expensive. Therefore, getting a good deal on cots, prams and other baby essentials is a must! However, shopping around for them can be incredibly time consuming, especially when you have got a baby on the way. Price drop alert tools are a great way to find the best deals on coveted items without spending hours searching for a price you want to pay.

Price I Want To Pay

At PIWoP, we understand the pressure many new parents feel to give their baby the best in life. That’s why we provide a price tracking tool to help them shop on a budget without the worry of overspending. Our price tracking app sends out a price drop alert when the pram, cot or nappy bundle you love has reached a price you want to pay.

If you would like more information about our price alert tool, head over to our ‘How It Works’ page. To start saving money, install PIWoP in your browser or download the app today!

Money Saving Tips for Furnishing Your First Home

You have saved for years and years, spent months stressing with solicitors and liaising with sales reps, but the time has finally come! You have finally bought your first home. However, when it comes to furnishing your home, it’s easy to get over excited and buy everything in sight. Although the cost can quickly add up and without looking for shopping deals, your bank account is likely to take a massive hit.

With this in mind, PIWoP - the low-price shopping experts, have provided five money saving tips so you can furnish your room with style, without breaking the bank.

Stick To Neutral Colours

Snakeskin and animal prints are all the rage at the moment, but will you still want that tiger print sofa in years to come? While it’s good to incorporate different colours and textures into your decoration, try to stick to neutral colouring when purchasing bigger items like sofas and wardrobes. That way, no matter how you change the decoration of your rooms, you won’t have to repurchase the furniture essentials again. Ultimately, saving you money in the long run!

Don’t Buy Cheap

When people try to save money, they often think buying cheap is the way to go. However, cheap and cheerful items are not always better. In fact, 43% of people later regret buying cheaper items as they have broken or not as useful later down the line. When it comes to furnishing your house, saving up and buying well-made furniture will ensure your items don’t fall apart as soon as you have bought them. As a result, you can save yourself from spending money replacing your broken furniture.

Seasonal Sales

We all love a good bargain! Seasonal sales are the perfect opportunity to get the furniture you love at a discounted price. If you find the perfect sofa for your home while browsing but think it’s a little out of your price range, why not try PIWoP’s price alert tool? At PIWoP, users are able to create lists of must have items on their account and set prices they are willing to pay. The tool will then track their chosen items and alert them when they have reached the chosen price.

If you would like more information about how our price tracking tool works, head over to our ‘How It Works’ page and start saving today.

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!

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