When you have three children heading back to school, it can get expensive! In order to save myself some money this year, I have been scouting out the bargains online. I signed up for emails from some of my favourite stores and I’ve learned about some great deals this way. Liking the facebook pages of the stores we shop at has also opened us up for more savings.

first dayVisa Canada did a survey about back to school shopping and they found that many Canadians are looking online for better prices and deals. The survey says that 90% of Canadian shoppers will be setting a back to school budget this year, which means we need to find ways to save and stay on budget.

Some of the deals that I’ve found are only available online, while others are only in store. I prefer to shop in a store for clothing shopping because I want to make sure everything fits the kids okay and that it feels nice. Visa Canada found that 87% of shoppers go to the store to look at items before buying online, and that is a great idea with clothing shopping. See it, feel it and try it on in the store, and then buy it online with any extra savings you can find. This time I picked up a lot of great outfits for the kids by using a Visa prepaid card in the store, but next time I may do a little showrooming before shopping online.

The Visa prepaid card makes online shopping a breeze. I try not to use traditional credit cards except in emergencies, so a Visa prepaid is the perfect alternative and it offers several layers of security including Visa’s Zero Liability Policy, Verified by Visa®, E-Promise, Address Verification Service and CVV2. I used mine to order some pencil crayons and printer paper from a stationary store and I had no problems with the order, plus I saved money using a coupon code I found when I did an online search. I may have to start looking for coupon codes for all stores and doing my purchases online.

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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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