NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
As a year-round savvy shopper, the concept of “Back to School” shopping isn’t really a big deal chez Lena. After all, chances are I’ll find better prices on fall/winter clothes during the after-season clearance, and often, Friends & Family Events and other shopping promos offer just a good a deal.
However, I do believe that there’s something magical about starting off the school year with some new threads, so I always make it a point to supplement my boys’ wardrobe with some on-trend pieces at a great price. Of course, there’s no shortage of Back to School sales at the moment; everything from supplies to clothing to (gasp) spray tan. Yes, apparently one needs to have a golden glow while converting fractions to percentages.
Not surprisingly, a Visa Canada survey shows that Canadians are being more frugal in their back-to-school shopping, and are looking online for better prices and deals. In fact, 90% of Canadian shoppers will be setting a back-to-school budget, and 87% of shoppers surveyed admitted to “showrooming” – looking at items in store before buying them for less online. As a long-time advocate of online shopping, I’m thrilled to see that more and more folks are catching on to the money (and time) saving benefits of shopping from the comfort of your home.
This morning was no exception. Armed with a cup of my favourite French roast coffee in the wee hours of morning, I was delighted to take advantage of Old Navy’s Jeans Sale. Until August 29th, you can grab jeans starting at just $10 for the entire family! It’s a great way to stock up for back to school – for less.
Of course, being a money-saving ninja means that I do have a few additional tips for you:
1) Before you start shopping, sign up online for Old Navy’s mailing list (found at the bottom of the home page). You’ll instantly receive a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase! While the coupon did not work for the $10 jeans, it did work for those priced $11 and up. So, I was able to grab a few pairs of jeans regularly priced at $19.50 for just $8.80! That’s a savings of 55%!
2) Check out the SALE section for amazing discounts on swimwear, tees and shorts. Ladies bikini bottoms can be grabbed for as low as $1.99, and I even found some sweet swim trunks for both my little guys for next year. And remember, you’ll receive an extra 20% with your mailing list promo code…. start the car!
3) When you shop at Old Navy until September 4th, you’ll earn SUPER CASH towards a purchase made between September 12th and 18th. (Find full details here.) So, because I spent $50 online today, I received a coupon for $20 off a future purchase of $50 or more. If you whip out your calculator, you’ll see that translates to a whopping 40% off if I spend exactly $50 during the week of September 12th and 18th. WOWZERS.
4) If all that wasn’t enough… you’ll score FREE shipping on purchases $50+! It’s the epitome of awesomeness.
This morning, I found the following toddler jeans at amazing prices… I picked up the following styles marked BOOM!
The jeans, plus a few pairs of underwear for Ryder (they have the cutest boxer briefs!) had me comfortably at the $53.80 mark. So, free shipping + an additional 20% off + $20 off my next purchase in SUPER CASH. Is it any wonder I LOVE online shopping?
(A word about security: Visa cardholders shopping online can count on several layers of security to protect them including Visa’s Zero Liability Policy, Verified by Visa, E-Promise, Address Verification Service and CVV2, the three-digit code found on the back of your card. Or, for those who prefer to shop online using existing funds or for those who lack access to a traditional credit card, Visa Debit offers a safe and convenient alternative.)
I’l be returning to Old Navy during the SUPER CASH redemption period, but this time I’ll shop in-store, as I often like to browse the clearance rack selection that isn’t always available online. It’s knowing when (and where) to shop that can really stretch your dollar, and I am nothing if not a frugal fashionista.
One lucky Listen to Lena reader will win a $100 Visa Gift Card, to help offset some of your Back to School shopping! To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries. Good luck!