Get Ready for the First Day of School with a Little Help from Visa-Giveaway #BackToSchoolSpend

In just a week, my boys will be heading off to school. Where did the summer go? This year is a bit of a monumental one for us; Zackary will be starting Grade One so this will be his first year going to school for a full week and Benjamin will be starting Playschool so this will be his first time in any type of school setting!

While I’m nervous for my boys, the fun of getting ready for back-to-school really helps my boys and me feel excited too. And this year, Visa sent me a $150 gift card so that I could get ready for that important first day with ease!

The first task we had for back-to-school shopping was checking off the items on Zackary’s school supply list. This is one shopping trip that I find easiest to do in an actual store. We started out at the nearby Real Canadian Superstore (Western Canada’s version of Loblaws) and then headed across the street to Walmart for the items we hadn’t been able to find when grabbing groceries. I scored a sweet Angry Birds pencil case for Zackary’s desk and a cute box of Phineas and Ferb bandages for any minor injuries he might have during the school year.

angry birds pencil case
Zackary loves Angry Birds so I knew this pencil case would make him smile every time he pulled it out!

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How could any child look at all these fun and colourful products and not get excited about heading back to school?

For clothes this year, though, we did something a little different and went online to stock up. For the most part I love shopping with my boys but when it comes to clothes shopping, online is definitely my top choice! Supervising one child while trying to help another try on a new outfit is not my idea of fun! Zackary needed a few pairs of pants and some sweaters while Benjamin needed some new t-shirts. I used the Visa card online to get some great deals from Old Navy and from some of my favourite momtrepreneur-owned boutiques.

Old Navy back to school clothes
I can’t wait for Zackary’s clothing from Old Navy to arrive! He’ll be able to beat the chill this fall with these stylish sweaters and hoodies!

Visa recently commissioned a back-to-school survey of Canadian online shoppers and the results showed that when it comes to combining store purchases with online shopping, I’m not alone! The study found that 22% of Canadians believe shopping online is the number one stress reliever when preparing for school. And my fellow prairie residents plan to spend the most online with 68% of their shopping to be made at Canadian online retailers! Yet even when making online purchases, 72% of those surveyed make their purchases from Canadian merchants. I love that even when shopping online, Canadians believe in supporting each other!

No matter how you decide to prepare for that important first day, using your Visa card is a great way to ensure that every purchase you make is secure thanks to Visa’s layered approach to security and fraud prevention. Visa uses a variety of programs including Verified by Visa (VbV), Zero Liability and E-Promise so that making purchases with your credit card has never been safer. A prepaid Visa may also help you stick to a budget since you can’t spend more than what you have loaded on the card! And did you know that Visa offers special deals at select online merchants when you use your Visa card? The program lets you take advantage of exclusive savings on your favourite items, from clothing to toys to sporting equipment!

first day of school outfit
Zackary’s outfit for the first day of school: trendy dark jeans and a DC t-shirt from an online Canadian boutique!

To help you purchase all those last-minute school supplies, Visa is very generously offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader their very own $50 Prepaid Visa Card! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about whether you prefer to do your back-to-school shopping in stores or online.

So this year, check out some of the great online deals as well as the ones in stores and get ready for a fun-filled, budget-friendly first day of school! With the security of Visa, great deals from visaperks and the convenience of shopping either in a store or in the comfort of your own home, getting ready for school is something the whole family can get excited about!
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