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.