The weather is warm, the sun is out and there are tons of fun summer activities starting up. From swimming lessons to backyard barbeques, summer is quite easily my favourite season of the year. And who couldn’t use a little extra cash to kick off the season? Northwest Pharmacy is here to help with a fun summer giveaway just for my fabulous United States readers! Enter to win a $200 Visa gift card to kick off your summer in style!
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.
Going to the movie theatre has been one of the most popular activities for couples and families for decades. I always get excited about the chance to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the big screen and my boys enjoy it just as much. But even though we all have a great time at the movies, we really don’t go that often. It’s just so expensive!
Now, SCENE is coming to the rescue! SCENE is Scotiabank’s movie rewards program that lets members earn points that can be used for free movie admissions, concession treats, DVD purchases and much more. And now members can enjoy that special night out even sooner with the SCENE ScotiaCard debit card and SCENE VISA card from Scotiabank. [Read more…]
I think almost everyone gets at least one or two cards every Christmas with some extra spending money inside. Whether it’s a present from a grandparent that doesn’t know what to buy for the kids or a special surprise from a favourite family member, it’s always fun to have the freedom to spend some money on yourself or your family without having to check the budget first.
Like most people, I do a lot of my shopping online and if you are the same, there’s no better way to spend your Christmas money this year than with a 3V Visa prepaid voucher! I had the chance to review these ingenious vouchers last year (you can read the review here) and I absolutely loved them.
Using 3V Visa Vouchers is so simple! Just take that Christmas cash to one of the thousands of retailers across Canada that sells the vouchers and choose the amount of the voucher you would like to purchase. From $20 to $500, the amount is up to you. You can even combine vouchers to save for a larger purchase!
The voucher is a printed receipt similar to a top-up card for a cellular phone and features an eighteen-digit number printed on the top. When you visit www.3vcash.ca, log into your account and enter the activation number, the website provides you with a Visa card number that you can use at your favourite online retailers!
To ensure that your information is secure, the card’s expiry date and CCV number are sent in an email instead of being displayed on the site. I love that feature; there’s nothing better than knowing that my information is as safe as possible when I shop online!
I received a $30 3V Visa Voucher to do a little online shopping of my own and I couldn’t wait to check out some great New Year’s deals at my favourite retailers. Using a 3V Visa number is just like using a Visa card except that it’s much more secure. Instead of worrying about losing your card, the Visa number is stored safely on the 3V Visa website. When I’m ready to make a purchase, I just enter the necessary information as if I was entering a Visa credit card number!
I’m still searching for a great online sale at one of my favourite retailers, so while I’ve activated my 3V Visa Voucher and received my Visa card number, I haven’t spent my money quite yet. But I’ve used these vouchers enough to know just how easy and effective they are. In fact, I used a 3V Visa voucher to buy my BlissDom Canada ticket last year! I didn’t have a credit card at the time and wasn’t sure what payment methods would be accepted. Thankfully, 3V Visa was there to save the day!
And 3V Visa wants to give someone a chance to join me in some New Year’s shopping by offering one lucky reader their own $30 3V Visa Voucher! It’s a great chance to enjoy some post-holiday shopping online while also discovering the convenience of 3V Visa! So check out 3V Visa for yourself today and enjoy peace of mind when you spend your Christmas money this year. No matter what you’re buying, you’ll know your information is safe when you use a 3V Visa voucher!
Buy It: 3V Visa vouchers are available at Esso and Canadian Tire gas stations and other select retailers across Canada. The vouchers can also be purchased online at the UseMyCard website
As a devoted online shopper, I love the convenience of prepaid credit cards. I have never had a problem result from using a credit card online, but I still want to protect my money and my identity as much as possible when I make a purchase over the Internet. But prepaid credit cards do have some downsides.
For one thing, keeping track of prepaid cards can be somewhat frustrating. With all the shopping I do, I purchase many cards and keeping them organized and easily accessible isn’t always easy. Also, far too often I find that I am left with only a small amount of money left on my prepaid card and since I can’t make a partial purchase online, that money is usually wasted. Add to that the processing problems that these cards occasionally encounter, and suddenly a prepaid credit card doesn’t seem quite so convenient. I knew there had to be a better way.
3V Visa Vouchers solve every problem that traditional prepaid credit cards encounter and then some. These fantastic vouchers sounded like an online shopper’s dream come true and I was recently lucky enough to be able to test one out for myself.
I received a $30 3V Visa Voucher to review. The vouchers are available at over 15,000 participating retailers as well as at Esso and Canadian Tire stores and can be used online or over the phone anywhere Visa is accepted. The voucher is a simple paper printout similar to a prepaid cell phone voucher.
Once I had the voucher, I simply visited the 3V Visa website to enter the voucher code and receive my unique 3V Visa number. With that done, the paper voucher could be disposed of. No plastic card to keep track of, and no fuss involved!
After entering the code, I provided my personal details so that when I used my 3V Visa card number I wouldn’t encounter any processing issues. Then, I activated the card with a quick click of a button.
For extra security, the card number was provided to me on the 3V Visa site after I activated my voucher, but the expiry date and CVV2 number (the 3-diget code in a small box on the back of most credit cards) were sent to the email address I had provided. I copied the Visa number with my mouse and then retrieved the expiry date and CVV2 number from my inbox.
With that, I was ready to go shopping! I had been planning a purchase of some children’s back yard furniture for spring, so I decided to use a portion of my 3V Visa Voucher on some adorable children’s outdoor chairs. I pasted the Visa number into the payment information and added the security details. The transaction processed perfectly. I loved how easy the purchase had been, and best of all, the next time I wanted to buy something, the Visa number was safely stored in my 3V Account and the security details were safely stored in my email inbox!
As simple and convenient as the 3V Visa Vouchers were to use, my personal favourite feature of the vouchers is one that solves my biggest pet peeve with traditional plastic prepaid cards. Currently, my voucher has a balance of $9.52. There are very few things that I can purchase online for less than $10, especially since shipping has to be considered. With a plastic card, I would have been in a situation where the balance on the card was slowly eaten away by fees until every cent was gone. But with 3V Visa Vouchers, I can instead transfer my existing balance from one voucher to another! The fee costs $1.95, but considering the fact that the entire balance would quite possibly have been wasted otherwise, it will be money well spent in my opinion. How nice to have a way to save those smaller amounts of hard-earned money!
In my opinion, every online shopper should try out a 3V Visa Voucher for themselves. The voucher was so simple to use, and so much easier to keep track of and manage than a plastic prepaid card. I loved being able to shop online without having to worry about my credit card number being stolen or my identity being compromised. If you’re addicted to online shopping and are looking for a safer and easier way to pay for your purchases, check out the oh-so-convenient 3V Visa Vouchers for yourself. You’ll love how secure and simple online shopping can be!
Buy It: To purchase a 3V Visa Voucher, visit your local Esso or Canadian Tire store, or check the website for a retailer near you
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