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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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