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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!

How To Save Money on ‘Back To School’ Products

Back to School shopping is incredibly expensive for parents. Last year, Tes News revealed that parents spend an average of £244 per child on school essentials in the new year. While it’s no secret that shopping for September comes at an eye watering price, it doesn’t have to be this way.

With this in mind, here are three ways parents can save money on back to school products with the money-saving app, PIWoP.

Avoid Buying Unnecessary Items

You wouldn’t replace your children’s shoes unnecessarily at any other time of the year, so why do this at the start of every school year. According to The Mirror, parents spend £36.50 on new school shoes every school year to avoid being seen as the ‘bad parent’. However, the reality is buying your child new shoes when they don’t need them is a waste of money. Instead, you should save the money you normally spend on shoe shopping and put it towards your savings instead!

Avoid Uniform Shops

Many parents are quick to head to the local uniform shop to stock up on expensive school wear without considering the overall cost. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Thanks to discounted uniforms at local supermarkets, parents are able to buy quality items at a fraction of alternative prices.

Price Tracking Tool

When it comes to finding the best deals on back to school supplies, using a price tracker app can be a great way to find the supplies you want as a price you want to pay. By using a price tracking tool, you will be able to track the price of your chosen item and receive alerts once it’s been reduced.

At PIWoP, we provide an expert price alert service to ensure you never miss out on low prices again. Our price drop alert tool tracks the price of school shoes, uniforms and even stationary to ensure you pay the price you want. If you would like more information about our price drop app, get in touch with our team or visit our How It Works page today.

Easy Ways to Save Money With Your Bank

If you really want to save up some money it is helpful to be more aware of how to make the most out of your bank account. The experts on how to save your money, the team at PIWoP, the price alert service, have come together and outlined the top 3 ways in which you can save money with your bank.

Use your rewards carefully

If you use a cash back rewards incentive programme you are guaranteed a percentage of what you spend back into your bank account to do what you want with. When receiving cash back, it’s a great idea to plan how you are going to spend it instead of splurging your money. With that bit of extra cash you may find it useful to use a price tracker tool like PIWoP. By being smart with your money, you can cut back on unnecessary purchases and only buy when the item reaches the price you want to pay. Simply 'share' with PIWoP if on a phone, or click the 'PIWoP it' button in your browser, of that TV, Ipad or new computer you’ve found
online to a ‘tech’(or whatever you choose) list on PIWoP, set the price you’re willing to pay and the tool will notify you when the item is reduced to or below that price. You can register for free and then download the App and/or browser button at www.piwop.com 

Automate your savings

By setting up an automatic transfer in to alternative accounts on pay day, you are ensuring that those funds are put away safely and not spent. By having your money separated early on, this makes it easier for you to budget and be sensible with your spending. Not only this but you can see how much money you are regularly saving which is a great boost of motivation to keep up your budgeting habits.

Choose the right account

Consider what you are saving for and when you are likely to need the money. If you have short-term goals then you may be more suited to a savings account, however, if you are putting funds away for a house in the future, then consider ISA’s or more long-term investments that tend to tie your money in for a longer period but offer better interest rates as a result. It’s important to choose the right account for you. The team at PIWoP know that every person’s saving journey is unique and their tool is available to support individual’s needs.

If you would like to find out more about our price tracking tools, click here

How to Save Money on Your Summer Wardrobe

Summer is just around the corner and many of us are already eyeing up the latest collections ready to be featured on the rails of our wardrobes. According to Mintel, Britain spent almost £1 billion during the summer and many predict that this year will be no different.

Whether you’re in need of a new wardrobe, or simply need to update some key pieces, you might be wondering how to save your money. With this in mind, the experts at PIWoP have shared their top money saving tips for saving on your summer wardrobe.

Shop With Cash (Only!)

At some point in our lives, we’ve overspent on our credit cards just to have an extra treat. By shopping with cash, you’ll only be able to spend what you can afford. If you don’t have enough money to buy those £120 shoes, then you’ll simply have to save for them instead. Alternatively, find them online, set the price you are willing to pay for them using PIWoP and then all you have to do is wait for it to reach this reduced figure!

Hit The Outlet Stores

If you love designer clothes, but love low price shopping, even more, try shopping at outlet stores instead. Designer outlet stores like T.K Maxx and Gunwarf Quays are a great way to save money on your summer wardrobe but be careful, with so many bargains, it’s easy to load up your cart with non-essential items and rack up hundreds of pounds.

Shop Trends Carefully

That snakeskin dress might look nice now, but can you see yourself wearing it more than once? Some trends are destined to pass quickly and should be avoided by the budget-conscious. Instead of splashing the cash on fast fashion, invest in quality pieces that you can update all year round; not just for summer.

Look For Online Deals

Everyone loves a bargain! When it comes to saving money on your summer wardrobes, look out for discounts from online retailers. You can also sign up for email newsletters, to get exclusive coupons and deals as well as being the first to know when they have a sale on. However, if you cannot find the product you want at a price, you’re willing to pay, why not try PIWoP?

At PIWoP, we have created a revolutionary price drop alert tool that allows you to track the price of products you want until they have reached the price you want to pay. It’s safe and simple to use on both mobile and internet browser.

Start saving and register your interest today!

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