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How To Save Money: Savvy High Street Tips

It’s fair to say that we all love a bargain and we’ll do anything and everything to find the best shopping deals. The team at PIWoP, a price drop alert tool, have given their top 3, savvy high street tips to help you save money on the essentials!

 

Look for label codes

When it comes to reading labels, and what to look out for, you’re after a specific digit. Staff are often instructed to put a code on labels, signalling that they will be moving into a sale section of the shop.

Typically consisting of a letter and number, i.e. A10, you can safely ignore the letter - these tend to illustrate where in the shop the item will be moved to. The number however often indicates the new price of an item. For example, if you’ve found a top that’s £20 and there are markings with B18, there’s a chance that a sale will soon be occurring and the new price of the top will be £18.

 

Look at the last number

Ever wondered why some stores end item prices in 1, 7 or 8? Well, there’s a method to the madness; it’s becoming common knowledge that when items end in one of these figures, i.e £19.97, it’s due to them being either in the sale or the last of a certain stock.

This gives you a great chance to haggle the price down even further, knowing that the store is desperately trying to get rid of the item, in turn helping you to secure the lowest price.

 

Leave items in your online basket

Receiving marketing emails from online stores irritates everyone... often, the quicker we can unsubscribe the better. However, not all of these emails can be considered ‘junk’! Putting items in your basket and leaving them for a few days could help you land a discount code, sent directly to your inbox in an email that shouldn’t go amiss.

Online stores know when you’ve added items to your basket and how long you’ve kept them for. If they sense you’re unsure about whether to follow through with the purchase, sometimes they’ll send you an email with exciting offers and bundles.

For more information on the price alert service PIWoP, please get in touch today.

How to Save Your Money: Travelling at a Fraction of the Price

Going on a family trip can be expensive - particularly when it involves buying specialist equipment for all the family! Whether it’s a ski jacket or secure hiking rucksack, purchasing the right kit for your holiday doesn’t have to be costly. You just need to do your research, plan in advance and get a little creative.

The team here at PIWoP - the developers behind the revolutionary price drop alert tool, have written up all their best money saving tips for buying travel equipment this year.

  

1. Purchase used backpacks and travel kit.

Before you rush off to the nearest hiking shop to buy a brand-new North Face backpack, you may want to take a look at eBay, charity shops and online marketplaces like Facebook. You will be surprised at the number of people selling unwanted items for hiking trips and skiing holidays. It’s definitely worth looking at second-hand shops when buying kids items like walking boots and salopettes. Your children will grow out of these items quickly and you don’t want to spend a fortune without making the most of your money.

 

2. Shop around for the best prices.

You may have found a pair of ski goggles you really like the look of online, but don’t buy straight away - even if it looks like a really great deal! We recommend searching the web and comparing the item you found to other listings on websites like Amazon. You may find you are able to find the items you really want cheaper elsewhere.

 

3. Wait until the right moment to buy.

If you’re looking to purchase brand new skiing gear, avoid purchasing in the prime of the winter season. Instead, look out for end of season sales where you can purchase all of the equipment you like at a fraction of the cost. If you want to keep an eye on certain items, why not utilise a price tracker app like PIWoP. When you find a helmet or gloves you love, all you have to do is add them to your watchlist and set the ‘Price I Want to Pay’. Once the item hits your desired price, you will be notified and you can save yourself hundreds of pounds!

 

If you want to find out more information about how to save your money, check out all of our latest blogs.

 

Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, then sign up here. Our price tracker app gives you access to all the best shopping deals on the latest travel equipment and helps you find the lowest price on expensive ski and walking gear.

 

Top Money Saving Tips for Refreshing Your Office Stationery

Whether you’re moving into a new office or just fancy a change come the new year, refreshing your office stationery can become a costly job.

 

Our price drop alert tool, PIWoP can be great for finding low prices for office stationery, however, there are more money saving tips you can use. Here is our list of simple ways you can save money when refreshing your office stationery.

 

Buy in bulk


Even if your company has a small team, buying in bulk will help you save the pounds both in the short and long run. Suppliers make these sizes for a reason - they work out cheaper per item. The most common bulk buys you can get are pens, pencils and books. If you’re planning to supply a whole office with new equipment, browse around to find an average price and then nail down the companies you trust the most. You may find that some will offer further discounts if you decide to buy all of your stationery from them.

 

Buy generic products


Big name companies aren’t necessarily the ones who produce the best quality products and they’re also usually more expensive because of their audience reach. Many suppliers produce the same equipment so do some research on other websites. Pay close attention to this before going with the usual brand, you may find a bargain.

 

Be specific


Ask yourself whether you’re using the right stationery for the job. Do you need the highest, most expensive quality paper for your printing? Can you afford to print both sides instead? Being more aware of the amount of stationery you’re going through and organising when to use certain items can make a huge difference. This will allow you not only reduce usage but to plan ahead and use monthly subscription services rather than buying weekly.

One of the simplest ways to save money is by ‘PIWoP’ing items you already repeat buy so you buy them at the lowest price and get notified about shopping deals. Why not let PIWoP do this for you? To find out more about how visit our ‘all you need to know’ page.

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!

 

How To Save Your Money: Buying Baby Essentials

Having a baby can be expensive; the average cost of raising a child has topped £200,000, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s all about learning how to save your money on the essential baby products such as baby grows, toys and nursery furniture.

At PIWoP - providers of money-saving advice and a revolutionary price alert service, we’re dedicated to helping you save money. That’s why we have created some tips for saving money before you have a baby:

 

1. Accept hand-me-downs

Don’t be ashamed to take old baby clothing from your friends and family. If your relatives are generous enough to offer your clothes and equipment their children no longer use, take advantage of this. You will be surprised how much money you save by skipping on buying a new Moses basket and baby clothes.

 

2. Find deals and offers online with a price drop alert tool

Fitting out your newborn’s nursery can be a huge investment. According to a study by BabyChild.org.uk, the average parent will spend a total of £1,085.07 on their baby’s nursery. This cost includes everything from the cot and bedding to the paint on the walls and flooring.

If you’re looking to save some money on these essentials, why not look for the best shopping deals using PIWoP! This is what parent blogger, Little Lily Pad had to say about using our price drop alert tool:

“I can't tell you the number of times I have seen a product I want, only for the price to change a few days later. Or get a discount code from a voucher site, then to find it has expired. PiWop takes away all of this guesswork, their universal price-drop alert engine simply tells you when items you like drop in price to or below a level you choose.”

Read more about what she had to say here!

 

3. Don’t buy too much for your baby

You may see a beautiful pack of onesies for your little one but it’s important to remember your newborn will grow out of clothes fast. Don’t go mad buying lots of baby clothes - save your money by trying looking for nearly new baby clothes at NCT sales or on eBay. If you do want to buy new, supermarkets offer the best value for the baby basics.


If you want to find out more information about how to save your money, check out all of our latest blogs.

Or if you haven’t already taken advantage of our price alert service yet, then register here. You can find all the best deals on electronics such as baby monitors and the latest price drops on baby clothes with our price tracker app today.

Money Saving Advice This Summer: Packing Your Suitcase for Less

Summer is slowing creeping up on us and people are starting to book their holidays. Along with this usually comes the desire for a new wardrobe. It’s 2018 and everyone wants to look Instagram ready in the finest summer clothes and accessories. However, with women spending on average of £245 on holiday clothes alone, many are seeking money saving advice.


One excellent use for PIWoP is to use it as a shopping deals app. Found the perfect beach bag or pair of sunglasses but can’t justify paying full price for them? Simply enter the details into the tool along with the amount you’d like to pay and we’ll send you a notification when it meets or falls below the price you specified!


We have a few other handy money saving tips when it comes to holiday shopping and making the most of those few summer essentials.


Buy a few versatile pieces


So you’ve found a pair of sandals or a dress that you can’t do without and you’ve spent a little more than usual on them. Save money elsewhere by choosing affordable accessories to dress them up or down. Rather than overspending and buying a different outfit for every day, save money for the holiday itself.


Think about what you need


If you’re going on an adventure holiday and as a result will only need a couple of evening outfits, don’t be tempted to fill your suitcase for the sake of it. If you’re going to be lying by the pool every day, how many handbags do you really need? Thinking about what’s essential is a quick and easy money saving tip as it helps people to identify where they are spending unnecessarily.


Find the shopping deals yourself


Using a shopping deals app like PIWoP will allow you to find discounted clothes as soon as they go down in price. You no longer have to wait for emails about sales or browse the stores, instead, we’ll notify you when the item you are looking for meets the price you’re willing to pay for it!


For more about how you can get the best shopping deals, check out the rest of our website!

How to Save Your Money Part 1: How to Avoid Negative Spending Habits

Everyone loves grabbing the best bargains or a bit of retail therapy. We know the feeling of achievement when you find something at a discounted price and feeling happy that you’ve saved some money.


There’s also nothing wrong with hitting the shops if you need a little pick me up or just fancy treating yourself. There’s nothing like getting a weekend takeaway after a stressful week at work or getting a new outfit for an upcoming event.


However, if you’re wondering how to save your money, sometimes the best thing to do is think about your spending habits and if you need to change them. If you’re always waiting for payday, there a few things you can consider to save the pennies.


When we developed PIWoP, we wanted to help people get the best bargains. But with our industry knowledge, we also have some top tips for avoiding negative spending habits:


Do you really need the item?


Sometimes, an item can be appealing because it’s on offer and you don’t want to miss out on the discount products. Think about if you’re buying the product because you really need it or if you’re just tempted by the money off sticker. This will quickly stop any unnecessary purchases!


Do you need to buy it now?


If you don’t need something immediately, think about if you can wait until the end of season sales. The best shopping deals usually appear in January or on events like Black Friday, so if it’s not an urgent need, you’ll save the pennies later on! While it’s easy to feel excited when you find the product you’ve been looking for and rush to buy it, it could be beneficial to wait.


Why are you buying it?


There’s nothing wrong with making the most of shopping deals every once in a while, especially if you know you deserve a treat or are rewarding yourself for something. However, if this is happening on a weekly basis, it might not be the right way to go about making yourself feel better. If you spend money when you’re stressed or bored, there are plenty of other activities you can try that won’t cost as much!

With PIWoP, you can have the thrill of the bargain-chase without the financial pain. If the item you want does get reduced you can review your buying decision in the cold light of another day!

 

PIWoP: Shopping Trends to Look Out For

It has been found that 67% of millennials prefer online shopping to browsing stores. It’s becoming increasingly easy to scroll through our phones and add items to our basket, then at the click of a button they’re on their way to our house with next day delivery. However, many still head out into the chaos of the end of season sales in order to get the best shopping deals.


Consumer habits are changing now more than ever. The stats show us that young people are on the lookout for discounted items online, but what about those who still prefer to look at things in person? Lots of people still want to head to the shops, but without the hassle of navigating crowds and piles of sale items. As a result, changes to shopping trends are imminent, so whether you’re a growing business or savvy shopper, here’s what to look out for:


1 – Integrated payment systems

If you’re out and about and find a bargain on your phone but don’t have your purse or wallet to hand, items can often get abandoned; who wants to stand around entering their card details or rummaging around trying to find their card. Integrated payment such as ApplePay and face recognition mean that consumers can get their discounted items online completely hassle free.


2 – Dressing room apps


Some shops now enable you to see your item on a mannequin that you’ve selected as being a similar size to you. So, if you’ve spotted a shopping deal that’s too good to miss but you want to be sure it will look right on you (and you don’t want to risk the no returns policy on a sale item) this could prove very helpful.


3 – Social media


Gone are the days of being over-sceptical about making purchases over social media, it’s now a legitimate place that people look for all kinds of items, from low price TVs to cheap electronics.


4 – Making consumer experience as convenient as possible


Whether that be shop assistants having more specified knowledge on sale items to assist shoppers faster, or businesses adapting their marketing strategy to alert people via an app rather than an email of the latest shopping deal, retailers who keep up with consumer demands and aren’t afraid to adapt to trends are the ones that will succeed.

 

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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