Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Last Minute Back to School Shopping Made Easy with and PayPal #PayPalURtech {Giveaway}

As you know, we sent our big guy off to college this year. Not only were we preparing for the usual back to school stuff, but we also had to get him ready to move away from home. Thankfully he's only two hours away, and he got a room in residence (with a meal plan!) so that relieved some of our worries. But the process of setting him up for the year was pretty daunting.

Bedding, kitchen gadgets, desk lamps, and more all needed to be purchased for fitting out his room and small shared kitchen. And since he no longer has access to our electronics, we had to invest in those for him as well. A new laptop that would be fast enough and sturdy enough to handle the design software he'll be using, a printer, a TV/monitor combination so he can have a second screen to make his work easier, and also be sure not to miss the Broncos games. And all the assorted cables and accessories that go with those.

We were bound to miss something. Every school year there's sure to be something on the list the teacher sends home that you haven't thought of. But for us, we all found it a little hard to predict what might be necessary for our guy out on his own. Just the change from high school to college is certain to bring with it new requirements in school supplies. So, we told him to take note of things he's missing, and we'll figure out a way to get them to him.

One awesomely easy way to get his last-minute supplies to him in his new home away from home? Buying them online and having them shipped directly to him.  Best Buy is our top choice for tech needs, and shopping with them online is a breeze. Last night I visited, and did a quick search for an extra-long iPad charging cord. I found and ordered a 6 foot model from Startech. The length allows for greater mobility, including lounging on the bed with your iPad to watch a movie while it's charging. And I threw in an external back-up battery to power his devices on the go. (He's in class until 8pm on Thursdays!)
Whether you need a laptop, printer, headphones, or cables, Best Buy is a great place to look. Search, add to cart, then check-out and enter your kid's new address for the shipping. Mom win!

More awesome news - Best Buy now accepts payment by PayPal! Personally, I'm a big fan of PayPal, both for the security of knowing my payment is protected, and for the convenience of not having to drag out my credit card. I like that my card number is saved in my PayPal account, and I don't need to keep entering it on different sites all over the place. You can also transfer money to your PayPal account directly from a bank account, if you don't deal in credit cards. That definitely opens up the options for online shopping!

Here's a special deal for you - until this Thursday, September 12, you can take advantage of a special promotion and get $15 cash back on a $150 purchase or $40 cash back on a $400 purchase when you use PayPal as your payment option at and #PayPalURTech (get it?)

So, I'm done with the shopping for now. Until he asks for printer ink or something. He seems to be settling in well and making friends. An he claims he didn't go out EVERY night last week. Just a lot of them. The first week away from home is a huge adjustment, and a lot of fun as well. Here's hoping the studying kicks in soon!

A Giveaway

Do you still have some back to school shopping to do? Did Little Johnny just realise he needs a keyboard for his tablet, or a set of headphones to drown out the noise of his roommates while he studies? I've got some great news! PayPal is kindly providing three prizes of $100 PayPal credits for my lucky readers. Three of you will win these credits to help you finish up your shopping in the comfort of your own homes. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight, EDT, Sept. 18. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by PayPal. I have received financial compensation for my work. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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