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We have shared before how much we love shopping on Amazon and how our teens have their own logins that are linked to our account, which allows setting some parental controls. This has made shopping so much easier and more efficient. Ash has bought everything from new workout gear to dishwashing detergent when she saw we were getting low. I just want to let that sink in for a moment. She bought household must-haves without having to constantly remind me that we were running low. I pretty much felt like I won the lottery the day she did that. Like the world shifted and life started to all make sense.
We really put it to the test when it came to prom shopping.
I had a cold which meant I was homebound for a few days, but life still had to go on. More importantly, prom shopping needed to happen. With me not feeling 100% and Ash's crazy workout schedule, I wasn't sure how we would get it done. Then Maddie and Ash decided to look on Amazon and see if they could get everything she needed there.
The girls grabbed some snacks and had a full-on shopping party in our family room. This was one of the few times Emmy wasn't involved, mainly because the teens knew Em would want Ash to buy a bright pink dress and neither of them is good at telling her “no”. Ha!
Since Ash has her own login that is connected to my account, she and Maddie were able to shop independently on Amazon while I was still kept informed. I am able to set a spending limit for her – it took me two clicks to set it to $100, but you can choose a different amount. I would trust Ash with a much higher limit, but I just can't imagine she would really need it. With the limit set, any purchase under that is charged to the credit card I authorized, and the shipping address I have set. For amounts higher than that I get a text or email that I can then approve, thus processing the order.
I love the flexibility involved so that each family can make the best decision for their own family.
Plus, I receive itemized notifications for every order and can cancel and return any item in accordance with Amazon’s policies.
The best part is that since we have Prime, we can share select Prime benefits with our teens including Free Two-Day shipping, Prime Video, and Twitch Prime at no additional cost.
The girls quickly found a page on Amazon with suggestions for everything she needed for prom. Without that page, they both said they would have forgotten a handbag. Another cool page they showed me was Amazon’s Teen Shop, which is a page curated for teens featuring the latest trends and items from Amazon. It's also a great resource for parents. Hello holidays and birthdays… we have a new tool to make sure our gifts are the best!
It ended up being a huge blessing that the girls handled it all.
I mean, it gave them the independence and confidence to get it all done + they had so much fun! Equally awesome was that I had it in my mind that she needed a short dress for prom when prom dresses are long. Had I been involved I would have totally led them astray!
It was the best thing ever seeing Ash get ready too!
This was a trial run, which is another great idea that came from Maddie. That way you know for sure you have everything you could possibly need, everything fits perfectly, you have the right color lip gloss and that your shoes are comfy for a long evening of fun!
This dress is just so perfect! They ended up buying three dresses for the price of just one we had seen a while back that she liked. Three dresses! She plans to bring them with us on our next cruise or fancy dinner out. The color was exactly what she wanted too. You guys, I just can't believe that she is old enough to be going to prom. I mean she looks so mature too. So bittersweet.
We all said this was better than we could have imagined.
Nobody had to leave the house and we got everything Ash needed. Shopping took just minutes, but the memories of the fun they had doing it will last forever!