Canadians Go Back-to-School Shopping with Visa Giveaway {Canada Only} #BackToSchoolSpend

It’s the most WONDERFULLLLLLLLLL time of the year!!!  I know that you are singing this right now haha.  No it is not Christmas but it is back to school time.  I love the joy of sending the kids back to school and the joy I see on the kids faces at the idea of going back to school and seeing all their friends they have missed throughout the summer etc.  What I do not like is how stressful back to school shopping can be especially with 3 kids in school.  Chase is heading into grade 8, Blake into grade 7 and Maddisyn into sr Kindergarten, wow my babies are all growing up so quickly.  I am an online shopper for so many reasons but the main one is I am not a fan of the crowds so the more I can order online the better for me, and with Visa it makes it that much easier to order online and I can do it in my pajamas.  What really hits hard though on the pocket book is the cost of supplies.

 I learned recently that according to a July 2012 survey of Canadian online shoppers commissioned by Visa Canada for back-to-school, Canadian consumers are expected to spend just under $700 ($677) on a variety of back-to-school items, but what’s really cool is that 72 per cent of Canadian shoppers plan to take their shopping online.

The Visa survey had some really interesting facts that I honestly was not aware of.

  • Canadians plan to keep the majority of their online spend within Canadian borders (72 per cent) compared to 83 per cent in-store purchases.
  • Clothing is considered the most important item when getting ready for the new school year (43 per cent), with books trailing behind (26 per cent) and computers and computer-related items at 17 per cent.
  • Prairie residents plan to spend the most online ($316) with 68 per cent of their shopping to be made at Canadian online retailers.
  • Canadians are also willing to spend proportionately more ($500+) on electronics including computers, software, tablets and Smartphones.
  • The majority of Canadians do all of their online shopping from a personal computer (53 per cent) while 4 per cent do their online shopping from a Smartphone and/or tablet.

We did a lot of our back to school shopping online, as much as possible anyhow.  Curious as to how much we really need for back to school well here is a picture of our insane shopping.  This is just a start we still need to add some more shoes for kids and another backpack.

Although we are not completely prepared yet for back to school thanks to Visa and a lot of bargain shopping we certainly have a very large start to it.  Have you got started yet with your back-to-school shopping?  Visa wants to help you get going by offering this awesome giveaway.  If your shopping online be sure to visit where you can find coupons and offers from a number of online retailers.

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This post was brought to you by our friends at Visa.  I received a gift card to complete this posting, all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Andrea B. says:

    Definitely Grand River Toys!

  2. Sarah M says:

    I love clearly contacts! I’ve ordered quite a few pairs of glasses from there.

  3. pam r. says:

    Scholar’s Choice

  4. Glogirl says:

    I like Elephoto.

  5. pam says:

    Scholar’s Choice is my favourite.

  6. Jeannie says:

    I like Adidas

  7. Darwin says:

    Love scholar’s choice

  8. Brittney Bradbury says:

    Bath and Body works

  9. Jonnie (JB) says:

    I love shopping for my boys at Adidas

  10. angela m says:

    bath and body works

  11. Tina says:

    La Vie en Rose

  12. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    Love Bath and Body Works the most!

  13. Francine says:

    I like Bath and Body Works!

  14. Karla Sceviour says:

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  15. Cassie Charman says:

    grand rivers toys is my favourite merchant

  16. Adina H. says:

    Scholar’s Choice

  17. Anne Taylor says:

    My favourite merchant would be Cake

  18. Jennifer L. says:

    I really like Grand River Toys.

  19. 409cope says:

    I like Bath & Body Works.

  20. stacey dempsey says:

    LOU LOU is great

  21. elaine bolduc says:

    i like foxy, many great things to be found there

  22. Doris Calvert says:

    I like Adidas & Bentley

  23. Karry Knisley says:

    La Vie En Rose

  24. Jennifer Barata Allen says:

    Bath and Body Works 🙂

  25. lisa bolduc says:

    i like the scholars choice one

  26. ginette4 says:

    Bath and Body Works my fave

  27. gibberish (Julie G.) says:

    Elephoto is my favourite merchant – fantastic photo books & stellar service!

  28. Tooth Fairy says:

    I like adidas old skool and new! ☺

  29. darci says:

    Hi I love Adidas!

  30. Erika E says:

    Scholar’s Choice is my favorite.

  31. Londia says:

    Bath & Body Works is one of my favourites.

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  32. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    Bath & Body works

  33. SueSueper says:

    My favorite is ADIDAB

    and they have a 20% adidas discount

  34. Eva U says:

    Having a fashion conscious 8 year old son – Yikes – our choice Adidas ROCKS.

  35. Fan R. says:

    My fav is Foxy Originals with 25% discount

  36. JLin says:

    20% adidas discount

  37. Ted Kooper says:

    i like Dell

  38. tina manuel says:

    Clearly contacts..have ordered many pairs of glasses.

  39. Amy C says:

    My favourite is Cake Beauty.

  40. Leanne M says:

    Bath and Body Works

  41. Rebby says:

    Cake beauty rocks!

  42. Brenda Penton says:

    Definitely Cake Beauty!

  43. Tammy says:

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  44. Tracy d says:

    Royal Caribbean!

  45. Josie says:

    Cake Beauty

  46. SweetPanda says:

    My favourite merchant is Bath and Body Works

  47. susan says:

    bath&body works 🙂

  48. Mary Beth Elderton says:


  49. Kat E. says:

    clearly contacts

  50. laura andrews says:

    Scholar’s choice is my fav!

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