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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!

 

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.

 

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