Getting Ready for Back to School

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From now until the week after Labor Day, students across the country will be heading back to school. As summer vacation is quickly coming to a close, here are some helpful tips for getting ready for the new school year.

Adjust your schedule

With the new school year approaching, kids can no longer stay up late and sleep in until noon. Soon they’ll have to wake up early and must get a good night’s sleep. It’s not recommended to wait until the first day of school to make changes to your bedtime. Rather, you should start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier several days prior to the first day of school to let your body gradually adjust.

Along with your sleep schedule, you also want to adjust your mealtimes to coincide with your school schedule. This is particularly important for younger children. If you have young children, help them adapt to their new meal routines of the school day before the school year begins. This includes starting the day off with a well-rounded breakfast.

Stock up on supplies

Every school year students have a list of supplies and books they need for their classes. If you know what school supplies you need before the school year begins, it’s best to purchase them in advance. After the school year starts, stores may have a scarce selection of supplies. Before you head out shopping for supplies, make sure you have a list of everything you need. If you need to purchase textbooks, you can save money by buying a used version or renting.

Update your wardrobe

One of the most exciting parts of a new school year is getting to update your wardrobe. In fact, the back to school season is the second biggest shopping season, after Christmas. Similar to shopping for school supplies, make a list of the things you need.

Malls and department stores can get very crowded during the back to school shopping season, so consider doing your shopping online. Online shopping is easy, fast and convenient, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. You can find exactly what you’re looking for and easily compare prices and deals.

At Shopping Blitz you can buy shoes and clothing online for kids, men and women of all ages and get your hands on the season’s hottest brands, such as DaKine, DC, 361 and Capezio. Visit us online to update your wardrobe for back to school today!

3 Ways to Make Online Shopping Both Safe & Fun

What’s easier than finding a great place for all your shopping? Doing it online! If there is one activity that has completely consumed our contemporary culture, online shopping is most certainly it. People all over the world use their smart phones, tablets, and laptops to get almost all of their shopping completed with just a click of a finger. Online shopping can solve most of the problems associated with traditional brick and mortar stores: with its almost endless inventory, ’round the clock availability, and virtual location (no car ride needed), shopping the web can help you find exactly what you need, when you need it, without having to exert much effort or pay much money.online

That said, hacking, scams, and identity theft have all made online security a hot topic in recent months – and potential customers wary. In order to ensure that you and your information remain safe, we’ve provided these three important tips to keep in mind while you shop for clothes online:

  1. Always double-check, then triple-check before clicking a link delivered to you in an e-mail – Can’t wait to buy that new sweater that you got an e-mail about for 60% off? Make sure that the e-mail is from a site you know first! Otherwise, you could be playing straight into a “phishing” scheme, in which shoppers who click through are led to a false site developed to steal their data. If the deal is too good to pass up, enter the website name by hand into your browser and check it out beforehand.
  2. Know the source of your apps! – For safe online shopping, make sure to download your apps from a trusted source, such as the Android Market, the Apple Store or the Amazon App Store. When you download the app, it will ask for permission in several ways. Make sure to read everything over thoroughly and that all of the information makes sense to you; for instance, should an app for online shopping require access to your contact list or Facebook page? Another way to check if an app is legitimate is to read through the comments in the feedback section and check out the general ratings. If you see low ratings and mentions of scams, avoid that app!
  3. There’s no place like home for safe online shopping – Remember that a secure network connection, like the one in your home or office, is going to be the best possible place for online shopping. Try to avoid using public Wi-Fi locations such as the local coffee shop, as these places are some of the most commonly hacked. All it takes is someone with the right skills to expose your passwords, and obtain personal billing information and other private data such as your social security number. If you are using a public connection, try to hold off on making actual purchases until you’re home. Use the “add to cart” button and resist following through with the transaction until you’re in a safe, secure network.

No matter what is on your shopping list, you should be able to obtain it safely at ShoppingBlitz.com. Take the above steps to ensure that no one gets ahold of your sensitive information and shopping online will always be pain free!

Lose the Stress and Start Your Holiday Shopping Early

Nightmares of Malls Danced In Their Heads

I don’t know about you but every December, around the two week mark I start to majorly stress out. Once again I find myself desperate to get all my holiday shopping done in mere weeks. I scour the malls and boutiques looking for the ‘perfect’ gifts to shower my loved ones. However, the joy of giving is almost always obliterated with feelings of maniacal frenzy. What better way to kill the spirit of the season than elbowing fellow shoppers and cutting off old ladies in the parking lot? The thought makes anyone want to skip the holidays altogether.

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Taking Back The Holidays

This year I am calling it quits and taking back my favorite season. I refuse to step foot into one more mall and plan to have all my shopping done by mid-month. How will I achieve this mythical feat you may ask? Why online shopping of course! Online shopping is widely becoming the mode of choice when it comes to season. With the emergence of events like Cyber Monday, the eCommerce marketplace has begun to take its rightful place at the top of the retail food chain. Beyond the obvious convenience factor, online deals are often far more economical than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. An afternoon online, especially on a Lifestyle-centered site like ShoppingBlitz, can destroy a checklist like no other!

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My personal dream is a latte in hand and my shopping done with the click of a mouse. I invite you to join me in my mission to bring peace back into the season. Let’s do ourselves a favor and lose the stress.  Maybe our revolution will inspire others to discover even more ways to add joy to the art of giving, after all isn’t that what it’s all about ?

5824de61f1ac2735de115794cc96a2e2Countdown To The Holidays!