Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School with Zulily

Don't let the new school year stress your out. Zulily is here to help make you transition from summer to fall a little easier.  Their kids fashion expert Shawn Anderson has compiled a list of tips and ticks
about how to save during Back to School Shopping and the Best Apps to use for Back to School Shopping.

       How To Save During Back to School Shopping
o   To prepare your kids to head back into the classroom, zulily kids fashion expert Shawn Anderson recommends:
§  Plan in advance: Don’t wait until August 15 to start your back to school preparation. Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by getting started now and finish before all the good deals are gone.
§  Get organized: Pull together a back to school checklist so you don’t forget any of the necessities.
§  Shop online: Sites like zulily.com offer parents a wide variety of back to school essentials for kids, including clothes, shoes, accessories, supplies and toys, at incredible prices. You can find everything your kid needs (and more!) and save money at the same time.
§  Stockpile your favorite items at a discount: When you find something your child loves and needs each year for school at a great price, be sure to buy a few extra. Take advantage of these deals for years to come!
§  Check in with the kids: It is never a good feeling to buy your child new clothes and school supplies, only to find out that their favorite color or cartoon character has changed. Involve your kids in the shopping process so you make sure you’re buying items they like and want to use.
·        Best Apps for Back to School Shopping
o   Using the zulily app is like opening a hand-held treasure chest every day. You never know what you’ll uncover but you know you’re bound to find something great.
o   Shop back to school for your kids on any mobile device to save money and discover the items you need and want – even when you’re on the go.
o   zulily App Highlights:
§  Educational Tutorial – after first installing, users are displayed a brief, informative tutorial on how to use the new application.  
§  “New Today” Event Accessibility – a clear, easily accessible layout displays a customer’s personalized list of “New Today” events directly through the application.
§  Personalization zulily has built upon its proprietary personalization technology to create a completely individualized homepage view, from top to bottom. The app learns customer’s preferences and then features the most relevant sales events and information front and center for quick, meaningful shopping.
§  Daily Refreshment of New Events – the shopping platform refreshes every morning at 6 a.m. for customers to shop newly curated events.
§  “Bookmarked” Favorites – while browsing zulily’s events, customers have the ability to select favorites and “bookmark” for easy access.  A “bookmark” ribbon will be displayed on the watch application and instantly synced with the “New Today” tab on the existing iPhone application. This feature allows shoppers to easily customize events to shop at a later time on the iPhone app.

I also got to experience shopping at Zulilly for myself.  I can't believe I never checked them out before. They have a huge selection of clothing from top brands, all available for a fraction of retail prices.  I had a $50 gift card to work with, and I was amazed at how much it got me.

The first item I picked out was the Black & Red Power Rangers Hooded Layered Tee. I snagged this shirt for only $8.99.  My son loves it because it features characters from one of his favorite shows. Plus, the hood has an awesome built in mask. 

For my daughter, the Aqua Frozen 'Elsa' Hoodie was the obvious choice. This sweatshirt was originally $40, but we picked it up for only $6.99.

Next, I took a look at the jackets at Zulily. With four kids, this is always a huge expense, but I was able to find some really great deals.  The Navy & Orange Camo Hooded Jacket is the perfect wind breaker for the fall, and a steal at only $12.99.

Last but not least, my daughter is ready for even the harshest winter storm in her Pink Glo & Purple Leopard Puffer Coat. Not only does it keep her warm, it combines both her favorite colors. All this for only $19.99.

Wow, that is a lot of stuff for only $50.  In most stores, I would have spent more than $50 for just one winter jacket. I am definitely happy with my purchases, and I'll be sure to visit Zulily first every time I need to go school shopping. These are only a few examples of the amazing products available  from Zulily. To see all they have to offer, be sure to visit their website or follow them via their social media.

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