Update! My Sweepstakes Experiment

March 26, 2012 in Freebies,Frugal Fun,Thrifty Tips

Remember my Sweepstakes Experiment?  Let me refresh your memory…back in September I watched High Stakes Sweepers on TLC and was inspired to regularly enter sweepstakes.  The people on the show entered sweepstakes all day and made a living out of “sweeping,” but my version of sweeping has been limited to entering sweepstakes a few minutes a day while watching television.  Sweepstakes hobbyists suggest that it takes about six months of entering sweepstakes to yield some good wins, so I’m ready to update you on what I’ve won so far.  Spoiler alert: I didn’t win any of the sacred 4 C’s of Sweepstakes-Cash, Computers, Cars or Cruises.  Here’s what I’ve won, by order of awesomeness:

  • $500 Target Gift Card
  • Nestle Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine
  • $75 Victoria’s Secret Gift Card
  • Tea for Two at the Four Seasons
  • Memphis the Musical Tickets
  • Atlanta Greek Festival Tickets (including lots of great Greek food)
  • Two-$25 Macy’s Gift Cards
  • $25 American Express Gift Card
  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • Free Personalized Business Cards
  • Giant Popcorn Tin
  • Shaving Prize Pack
  • Casino Buffet Passes
  • March Madness T-Shirt
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card
  • Smorgasboard Tickets at IKEA
  • Pet Treats
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • L’Oreal Mascara
  • Era Detergent
  • McDonald’s Fries
  • Twix, Snickers and Skinny Cow Candy

The results of my experiment weren’t too shabby, and I may be a little hooked on entering sweepstakes when I have some downtime.  I just may have to keep trying until I win one of the 4 C’s.  Until then, here are my top 4 tips for entering sweepstakes:

1.       Embrace Auto Fill
You’ll be entering A LOT of forms.  Using Auto Fill on a browser like Firefox or Google Chrome will save you a ton of time.  Auto Fill software is also available.

2.       Follow Companies You Love On Social Networks to Learn About Sweepstakes
I learned about the Target contest I won from following them on Twitter.  Several of my prizes came from entering contests through Twitter or Facebook.

3.       Check Out Sweepstakes Websites
Instead of searching the internet for new sweepstakes, I regularly visit websites like SnazzyWin.com to find instant win sweepstakes.

4.       Enter Giveaways on Your Favorite Blogs
Several of my favorite bloggers host giveaways on their sites.  Your chances of winning a contest on a blog are typically higher than entering a big national contest.

Have you ever won a contest or sweepstakes?

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Lauren March 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Your winnings list is very impressive. Perhaps I should start sweepstaking!

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Single & Saving March 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

You should! I think of “sweeping” as a random online adventure. I know you share my love of adventures.

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Kalee March 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Wow! You did good girl!! :) I love sweepstakes/contests! I’m not a sweepster or anything, but they are pretty cool! I would have loved that $500 target card! TOO cool! The VS one wouldn’t hurt either :p I have won several pairs of concert tickets, a $300 dinner to Bucca di Beppo for graduation, almost a motorcyle (I was one of the 10 chosen then they had a reverse drawing and I lost), and all kinds of little makeup. Love it! :)

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Single & Saving March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Thanks, Kalee! That Target gift card has come in so handy and I still have a little money left on it. It sounds like you’ve been pretty lucky too! Thinking about $300 for Bucca di Beppo is making me hungry. I’ve always wanted to try their Colossal Brownie Sundae.

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Melissa Say What? March 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I started sweeping when I was pregnant with my son in 1999. I carried on for years, eventually gearing my towards radio contests. I took a few years off of regular entries and have begun focusing on blog contests.

Here’s what I’ve won so far:
A shelf stereo (in store raffle)
$500 Gap Gift Card (Gap.com)
$700 Cash from Star 94 (radio)
A 7-day Cruise for 2 on Carnival Glory including airfare) from 95.5 The Beat (radio)
$1000 Cash from Dave 92.9 FM (online/radio)
$250 Sephora Gift Card (Sephora.com)
4-pack of tickets to the Ringling Brothers Circus from Star94 (online/radio)
A lottery ticket prize pack from Q100 Atlanta (online/radio)
Sex & the City 2 Prize Pack (valued at nearly $1000) from Q100 Atlanta (online/radio)
A Day Planner (blog)
$25 Amazon GC (blog)
MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software (blog)
NetiPot Prize Pack (online @ smiley360.com)
Cook’n Recipe Organizer Software (blog)

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Single & Saving March 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I need to get some sweepstakes tips from you, Melissa! Those are great prizes and it’s so cool that you’ve won a couple of the “C’s.” I haven’t entered any radio contests yet, so thanks for mentioning them and for the link.

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Melissa Say What? April 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Hopping back by from MelissaSayWhat to let you know that I’ve won some more goodies! I’m super stoked. I really started hitting the blogs hard and I’ve won the following since March 27th!!

Hot Tamales (candy)
Harvey Prince Ageless Perfume (ARV $98)
Kodak Easyshare M23 14mp Digital Camera
5Pk of Picasso Cruelty-Free Hair Feathers
$25 Amazon Gift Card

Since it’s still semi-early in the year, I was able to log my previous wins for 2012 and I’m now keeping track at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsTRwilE6XrldG5QVFdTdVJ4WHE1dm5jV0xJLVN3OXc#gid=0

Get your own Sweepstakes Win Tracker here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsTRwilE6XrldC1PRlFSRlFZLVpVbUNGR0QwMlJHV0E#gid=0

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Single & Saving April 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

That’s a lot of stuff for under a month! Thanks for the link to the win tracker, Melissa!

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Melissa Say What? March 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

P.S. My favorite totally free site is http://giveawaysandsweepstakes.com/

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Jai Catalano March 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I can see that if you put enough time in to it you can be successful no matter what you do. It took me 4 years to have a viral video. 4. Count that… 1 2 3 4. It’s a long time but fun when it happens.

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Single & Saving March 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

It’s good to know that persistence can pay off. Do you have a link to your viral video?

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Jai Catalano March 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

It went viral during the super bowl and the pay day was NICE even if I didn’t win…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPMIt0ynUVg

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Single & Saving April 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Doritos and cute babies? You should’ve won that thing! That’s really exciting; maybe there’s another viral video in store soon?

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Brenda October 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I really love your blog. You have amazing and entertaining info in it….out of curiosity, do you still do sweeps from time to time? I just started back Feb. of 2012 after a 15 year hiatus and was curious if you had further adventures? Your win list is awesome..

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Single & Saving October 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thanks for the compliment, Brenda! I haven’t been “sweeping” with the same intensity lately, but I’ve won a few gift cards, pens and coupons. Not a new car or a trip, but it makes checking my mail a little more fun.

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