I love back to school shopping “season” (it’s a season, don’t you think, like the holiday shopping season?) Not only do I have a massive love of all things stationery, I also love organizing and planning and yes, sending the kids out the door back to school and back to routine in September! Of course, this time of year puts a financial strain on many, and it’s important not to shop last minute in a panic, but rather to be strategic about all your back to school shopping; whether that’s for supplies, clothing or tech.
This is the time of the year to utilize rewards programs, especially ones where you’ve strategically saved rewards points throughout the year, like I do with my RBC Visa. By putting basic everyday purchases (coffee, clothing) as well as the big purchases (winter tires, kid’s sports) on my RBC Rewards credit card, I accumulate rewards for the purchases and then have rewards to use when I need them the most.
RBC Rewards is offering a number of exciting deals to clients from now until August 26, 2018, including deals on the latest tech, merchandise, gift cards and more. With products from Apple, Bose and more than 50,000 products from Best Buy, RBC Rewards can help you meet your back-to-school shopping needs, using points instead of dollars. This way, you can then have more cash for all the other expenses sure to come your way this month (have you done the big back to school lunch and snacks grocery shop yet? That’s a biggie in our household!) I also like that you can also use your RBC Rewards points to purchase gift cards for retailers and then shop in-store – super helpful for all those small items (school supplies in this case!) that are easier to shop for in-store than online.
RBC Offers is also a great way to save money and earn bonus RBC Rewards points when you use your RBC Royal Bank debit or credit card. It’s easy to use – clients can access their offers through online banking or on-the-go with the RBC Rewards app to view great offers from top brands in travel, shopping, dining gas and much more. Visit rbc.com/offers to load your offers, including 3x RBC Rewards points when you shop online at Indigo.ca from August 1 – September 30, and 2x RBC Rewards points when you shop at Apple.
Budgeting can be tough work, but I’ve found for our family (and the core principle that Feisty Frugal and Fabulous is founded on) that it’s about smart use of your cash.
Frugal is not about being cheap, it’s about getting the best deal for your dollar!
You can check my About Me page, it’s in there! It’s so true though, being frugal – smart – is about finding ways to stretch your family budget but still have the items you covet most. Using rewards programs is one of the smartest and most logical ways to get what you want FREE!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with RBC. All opinions and commentary are, as always, my own.
To celebrate (!!!) the back to school shopping season, I’ve partnered with RBC Rewards to offer an awesome giveaway to my readers! Someone is going to WIN a Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch (retail value $399!), one of the many items you’ll find in the RBC Rewards merchandise catalogue! This is an awesome tech item sure to be useful for the older student in your household or, let’s be honest, for yourself! To enter to win, simply fill in your name and email address in the form below and click BEGIN! Then leave a comment below on this blog post answering this question: What are you most looking forward to this back-to-school season?