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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: 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!

Saving Money on Your Holiday Essentials

Are you jetting off this summer for the holiday of a lifetime? When you have spent thousands on the hotel, flights and transfers, you’re going to want to save a few pounds on all the holiday extras: bikinis, sun cream and suitcases.

At PiWoP, the creators of a revolutionary price alert service, our money saving experts have provided 5 ways you can save money before you go on holiday:

1. Save shopping spree until you’re abroad.

If you’re a fan of clothing and beauty brands such as Zara, Armani and L’Oreal, how about waiting to purchase your holiday wardrobe until you visit their native countries?

For example, if you’re travelling to Spain this year, you can buy from high street favourites, Zara and Mango for a fraction of the price in the UK. Similarly, if you’re a huge fan of luxury, designer brands, you want to head to Italy where there are massive discounts on big brands such as Armani.

2. Avoid buying travel-sized toiletries.

You only have to pop into any health and beauty store before holiday season and you will find a vast array of “convenient” travel-sized products. However, when you compare their prices with the full-sized versions, you will discover they are incredibly overpriced for the amount of product you are getting. In fact, some cost 500% more per 100ml!

Instead of splashing out on overpriced toiletries, decante your existing products into plastic travel posts or try collecting some free samples before you go.

3. Take your own food on the flight.

On average, a round of sandwiches and soft drinks for the typical family of four costs at least £25 when onboard a plane. Therefore, it’s better and cheaper to bring your own picnic with you. Obviously, you won’t be able to take the liquids through security so buy them in the departure lounge or fill empty water bottles with drinking water if the airport provides it!

4. Compare your holiday essentials on price tracking websites.

Whether you’re putting together your holiday wardrobe or looking to buy the correct-sized suitcase, these essentials can increase your overall holiday total. When using price drop alert tools, you can keep an eye on the price of your holiday extras.

PiWoP’s price drop alert tool allows you to create lists for things like your holiday essentials, find items you need online, set the specific prices you want to pay for them and you’ll be alerted once those items drop to your set prices, or below. You can then purchase them and save yourself some cash!

If you would like to register for PiWoP’s price checker and receive five price alerts completely free, click here.

 

PIWoP - Get to Know Us

By now you know that we are a price drop alert tool, but you might not know exactly how we work. When we created PIWoP, we wanted to offer something different to price comparison websites. We put the consumer in charge, where they choose when they want to hear about price drops. So, we called ourselves PIWoP – the Price I Want to Pay tool.

Here’s how it works


If you see an item that you like the look of but you don’t want to pay full price for it, you simply enter its details into our price drop alert tool, along with the price that you would want to pay for it. When a sale or price drop occurs, we send you a notification! This cuts out any time spent searching for discounts and you can be safe in the knowledge that as soon as your desired item comes down in price, you’ll know about it.

What else?


You don’t pay for PIWoP until after you have received your first 5 PANDA notifications! Whatever you find in whatever store, in any currency, you can enter it into your tool. If for some reason the tool isn’t picking up on what you’ve entered, let us know and we’ll do our best to find it for you. Whether you’re looking for cheap appliances or discounted electronics, you can be the first to hear about their new lower price.

 

What’s the PANDA about?


One last thing, you might have seen from our website that we’re a fan of pandas. When your item goes below your PIWoP, you’ll get a Price Alert Notification at Desired Amount (PANDA). Not only this, but every time you save on an item, if you do choose to purchase it, you’ll also have the chance to donate to WWF, who do a lot of conservation work for our favourite animal.

 

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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