TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Back-to-school shopping can not only be
time-consuming, it can be one of the biggest expenditures of the year
for many families.
Shopping online can help save time and money. From school supplies to
clothing to computers and electronics, Interac Online is
available at a wider variety of retailers than ever before this
back-to-school shopping season, including national retailers such as
Roots.com, Chapters.Indigo.ca, TheSource.ca, and HMVdigital.ca.
For those trying to navigate their way through the back-to-school
shopping frenzy, following are a few online shopping tips to help make
back-to-school shopping easier on themselves and their wallets.
1. Look for Deals
Look into whether your
favourite retailers offer email alerts or newsletters about upcoming
specials to keep you informed of good deals. Many retailers also have
Twitter accounts and Facebook pages that are great resources for online
2. Stick to your Budget
Take inventory of
supplies remaining from last year, set a budget and then make a list of
only the items you need in order to avoid overspending. Paying with Interac
services is a great way to stay on budget because you're paying with
your own money.
3. Get it Right the First Time
Reduce the need
for returns by checking if the merchant has a sizing guide. A sizing
guide provides the various measurements to help you understand how the
different fits compare, helping you choose the best option off the bat.
4. Shop Throughout the Year
Sale items and
bargains can often be found in the "off-season", so continue
back-to-school shopping throughout the year and pack it away until next
5. Leverage Online Services to Save Time
back-to-school season is often a busy period, so free up some valuable
time by taking advantage of online services, while paying directly from
your bank account. For example, some colleges/universities accept Interac
Online for tuition payments, which can save you a trip to the
6. Shop Securely
Keep your card data secure.
With Interac Online, your personal financial information remains
secure because the payment service is integrated with online banking.
When you're ready to check out, you are re-directed to your financial
institution's trusted online banking website to make the payment from
your existing bank account.
How Interac Online Works
Online service is secure, convenient and easy-to-use because it works
with the consumer's existing web banking service. Consumers who are
registered for web banking services with a participating financial
institution can use the Interac Online service in just a few easy
When checking out on a merchant's e-commerce website, select the Interac
Online payment option
Select your financial institution;
Log onto your trusted web banking site using existing login ID and
Select your account to process payment;
Confirm the payment (you are logged out of online banking and
automatically redirected back to merchant's website);
Print confirmation page for future reference and proof of purchase.
Interac Online is currently available to customers of BMO Bank of
Montreal, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank, and TD Canada Trust. More
information about Interac Online and a complete list of merchants
can be found at href="www.interaconline.com">www.interaconline.com.
About Acxsys Corporation
Acxsys Corporation, comprised
of eight large financial institutions as shareholders, is headquartered
in Toronto, Ontario. The Corporation's shareholders are the architects
of the Interac network, Canada's national debit network. Acxsys
specializes in the development and operation of new payment service
opportunities, as well as consulting and management services in the
field of electronic payments. Acxsys Corporation businesses include the
operation of the Interac Email Money Transfer service, the Interac
Online service, and Cross Border Debit. For more information, please
® Interac and the Interac logo are trade-marks of Interac Inc. used
SOURCE Interac Association
For further information: For further information:
Tina Romano, Acxsys Corporation/Interac Association
416-869-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Noel Garcia, Hill & Knowlton
416-413-4759 or email@example.com