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.

$50 VISA giftcard giveaway practicalmum.comVISA Canada has done a survey on Canadian Back to School Shopping habits.  The results are interesting.

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.

 

Did you like this? Share it:

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)

Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::prepare(), called in /nfs/c06/h05/mnt/86782/domains/practicalmum.com/html/wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-core/bp-core-filters.php on line 77 and defined in /nfs/c06/h05/mnt/86782/domains/practicalmum.com/html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1192

176 Responses to Giveaway: $50 VISA Gift Card

  1. Twitter: hellokitty121
    I do my shopping in store because like you said it’s easier to get the right size when you are in person (for clothes) :)

  2. Twitter: hellokitty121
    I also Liked Visaperks.ca on Facebook .

  3. Twitter: hellokitty121
    I have become a Practicalmum fan on Facebook

  4. I like to do a mix of both store and on-line shopping. I find there is more selection of sizes on-line for clothing and if I can get free shipping, I’ll probably save money in the long run!

  5. I follow you on Twitter @glogirl3 and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/108962476846092288

  6. I am a Practicalmum fan on Facebook. (Amy M)

  7. GFC follower (Anne-Marie T)

  8. Online for most things. Small town and no time to go to stores.
    “liked” VISAperks.ca on Facebook.

  9. I shop in store. I am on a very tight budget this year so I have been taking my time and getting everything on sale to keep cost down

  10. I like Visaperks on fb as Caroline W

  11. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about giveaway

    http://twitter.com/#!/Carolineinbc/status/109107391924158464

  12. I like you on fb as Caroline W

  13. I do most clothing/footwear shopping in store.

  14. Liked Visaperks.ca on Facebook . (Anne-Marie Tvete)

  15. I liked your FB page (Anne-Marie Tvete)

  16. i usually do it instore so i know i have what i need and that i wil have it in time, also if it is shoes or clothes i know it all fits, and the kids like to do it too, helps them get in the back to school spirit
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Giveaway: 5 Boston Pizza Gift Cards (5 Free Kids Meals!)

  17. i Like’ Visaperks.ca on Facebook . stacey dempsey
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Giveaway: 5 Boston Pizza Gift Cards (5 Free Kids Meals!)

  18. i -Follow @practicalmum on Twitter @roswello and tweeted’
    http://twitter.com/#!/roswello/status/109982073166626816
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Giveaway: 5 Boston Pizza Gift Cards (5 Free Kids Meals!)

  19. i am a a Practicalmum fan on Facebook stacey dempsey
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Giveaway: 5 Boston Pizza Gift Cards (5 Free Kids Meals!)

  20. i have an account here i sign in with roswello but my name says stacey dempsey lol so i guess both?
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Giveaway: 5 Boston Pizza Gift Cards (5 Free Kids Meals!)

  21. I do my back to school shopping in store

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. I like Visaperks Canada on facebook – Belinda M

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. I like you on facebook – Belinda M

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  24. I follow on twitter as Prairiebelle and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/Prairiebelle/status/110199775554568192

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. I have an account created – prairiebelle

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  26. I do my shopping in stores, so I could look for more better bargains and deals
    spdls0215@yahoo.com

  27. 1- ‘Like’ Visaperks.ca on Facebook
    suzie p. santos
    spdls0215@yahoo.com

  28. 3 – Become a Practicalmum fan on Facebook.
    suzie p. santos
    spdls0215@yahoo.com
    Suzanne delos Santos´s last [type] ..Giveaway: 5 Boston Pizza Gift Cards (5 Free Kids Meals!)

  29. 4 – Create an account at practicalmum.com.
    spdls0215
    spdls0215@yahoo.com

  30. Twitter: leanne_mac
    I shop both online and in stores

  31. Twitter: leanne_mac
    ‘Like’ Visaperks.ca on Facebook

  32. Twitter: leanne_mac
    Practicalmum fan on Facebook

  33. I do all my back to school shopping in store because I like to see the items in person before I buy them!

  34. I follow practicalmum on Twitter! @rebthecatsitter
    Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/RebTheCatSitter/status/110527676124631040

  35. Shop in store it’s more exciting!

  36. Like’ Visaperks.ca on Facebook .

  37. Like you on facebook

  38. Already created an account at practicalmum.com

  39. I ‘Like’ Visaperks.ca on Facebook
    Amy C

  40. I follow @practicalmum on Twitter and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/Butterfly_012/status/113153908876132352
    @butterfly_012

  41. I’m already a Practicalmum fan on Facebook
    Amy C

  42. shared on FB

  43. in store- fun to have an outing, and they can choose what they want!

  44. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/roswello/status/114630805401243648
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Seventh Generation Cleaning Products

  45. In store!

  46. I like Visaperks on FB.
    robin´s last [type] ..Giveaway at Little Miss Momma

  47. I’m a fan on FB.

  48. I usually do half and half,some instore and some online,I do try to do the most I can online,its less stressful,but with a picky 12 yr old,I do have to do alot in store as well,so he can get the things he wants!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  49. I like visaperks on facebooK(Karla Sceviour)

  50. I like you on facebook(Karla Sceviour)

  51. I have an account at practical mom(ksceviour)

  52. I do my Back-To-School shopping in-store and online since I can always find deals for both.

  53. I “like” your Facebook page.

  54. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/roswello/status/115148795959975936
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Seventh Generation Cleaning Products

  55. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/roswello/status/115341992829009920
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Seventh Generation Cleaning Products

  56. Twitter: edmontonjb
    I do back to school shopping both online and in store because I like to find the best deals and by using both I am able to get the best prices.
    edmontonjb´s last [type] ..Walt Disney’s Spooky Buddies is Coming to DVD (Giveaway)

  57. Twitter: edmontonjb
    I like visaperks on facebook as Jb Hartling
    edmontonjb´s last [type] ..Walt Disney’s Spooky Buddies is Coming to DVD (Giveaway)

  58. Twitter: edmontonjb
    I like practicalmum on facebook as Jb Hartling
    edmontonjb´s last [type] ..Walt Disney’s Spooky Buddies is Coming to DVD (Giveaway)

  59. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/roswello/status/115731650062725120
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Seventh Generation Cleaning Products

  60. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/roswello/status/116073494881644544
    staceyx at telus dot net
    stacey dempsey´s last [type] ..Seventh Generation Cleaning Products

  • Welcome to PM

    It is a community of parents helping each other. We ask when we need help, and we respond when we can help. It is that simple. The best source for help with raising your children, is other parents. Practicalmum.com is a growing collection of the best practical parenting ideas and advice out there. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.