Giveaway: $50 VISA Gift Card
Anyone out there Back-To-School shopping? The question is… do you shop in-stores or online?
There are perks to both – the hassle free on-line shopping works for me – but particularly with clothing there is always a sizing gamble. I am not an elbows out get in the fray kind of shopper either. If a store is too busy, I usually walk away unless the deal is simply too good to miss.
I do like taking the kids shopping (one at a time) so I can have them try on clothes for size – and to ensure they like it, though (cross you fingers) we are still usually on the same page in terms of clothing tastes… I know The Boy will wear mostly anything – minus buttons thanks – and The Girl will wear pink. ’nuff said.
Back-to-School Online Shopping
- Canadians plan on spending an average of $240 for online back-to-school purchases between now and Labour Day. (um- wow – am I the only one who buys on a needs and sale only basis?)
- Online and in-store shopping combined for Canadians is estimated to average at $403.89.
- Ontario residents are planning to spend the most, on average, at $447; British Columbians are planning on spending the least, at $362.
- Clothing (48%), travel (45%) and school supplies (41%) are the top three items which shoppers plan on purchasing online before Labour Day.
- Males are more likely to shop online for back-to-school, with an average spend of $280, compared to $196 on average for females.
- In total, males plan on spending an average of $451 on back-to-school shopping this year, compared to $353 for females.
Back-to-School In-Store Shopping
- Back-to-school shoppers cite two main reasons why they dislike in-store purchasing – crowds and expense (58% combined)
- 85% of back-to-school purchases in-store will be from Canadian retailers. Just over half of Canadians (53%) plan on purchasing 100% of their in-store purchases from Canadian retailers.
- 43% of females point to lack of accessibility (store not available in my area) as a key driver for shopping in the U.S., compared to 31% of males.
Canadian Shopping Trends
- 50% of back-to-school shopping is done by mom, and 38% is done with parents and children together.
- Clothing is considered the most important item when shopping for back-to-school (43%), while books (24%), pens and pencils (17%), and computers and computer-related items (17%) are considered less important to shoppers.
Fascinating results. I am realizing that I am
cheap, no… frugal, no a ‘cautious spender’ when it comes to back to school.
To help with YOUR Back-To-School shopping, VISA is giving away one $50 prepaid VISA gift card to a lucky Practicalmum.com reader! The gift cards can be used at any retail outlet that accepts VISA payments- even on VISA’s deal website visaperks.ca to get discounts on a super helpful stuff like new shoes from SoftMoc, some fall fresh fashions from Gap Kids and school supplies from Scholar’s Choice.
How to enter? Easy! Leave a comment telling whether you do your Back-To-School shopping in-store or online and why! That’s it!
Want extra entries? No problem…
1- ‘Like’ Visaperks.ca on Facebook . Leave a comment telling me that you have!
2 -Follow @practicalmum on Twitter and tweet this giveaway (once a day!). (Leave me the link to your tweets below)
#Win a $50 VISA gift card to help with your Back To School Shopping! #giveaway from @Practicalmum http://ht.ly/6hoIh
3 – Become a Practicalmum fan on Facebook. Leave a comment below telling me you’ve signed up.
4 – Create an account at practicalmum.com. Leave me a comment with your username once you’ve signed up.
5- Post or share about this giveaway on your blog, or any of your social media outlets. Leave me a comment for each post you shared.
Contest is open to Canadian readers through September 20th, 2011. Winner will be chosen using the “… and the winner is” plug in and contacted via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond.
About Shelagh Cummins
Shelagh Cummins is the founder, editor and Mum-in-chief at Practicalmum.com – an online community parenting resource & blog. She is also the Principal at BizTrainHer.com, a boutique firm specializing in designing, developing and facilitating training for women in business.Web | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | More Posts (452)
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