Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes Winning Collage with Numbers

Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. I blame this on my favorite hobby: sweepstaking. Okay, that’s not true (work, volunteering and other commitments are the true reasons behind my slack blogging), but my sweepstakes experiment continues to take up a few minutes of each week. I still haven’t won a car, cruise or cash, but here are some the prizes I have won recently.

1. Grey Poupon Gravy Yacht
Grey Poupon describes the gravy yacht as “perfect for every occasion when ordinary gravy boats just won’t do.” Watch this video to take in the brilliance.

2. Dateline NBC Snuggie
I live in a vibrant and fun part of the city with lots of trendy clubs and restaurants. This gives some the impression that I’m partying it up on the weekends, but most Fridays you can find me at home doing laundry and watching Dateline. This blanket with sleeves is my new favorite accessory.

3. popchips Autographed by Katy Perry
I have a bit of a popchips obsession, so I was really excited to win a month’s supply (24 bags) of katy’s kettle corn popchips, including a bag signed by Ms. Perry herself.

4. $25 Target Gift Card
Target took ordinary tweets and used them in their Everyday Collection Tweet-to-Runway Fashion Show. They chose one of my tweets and sent me a $25 gift card. Somehow I don’t believe that the model reading my tweet struggles with eating an entire frozen pizza in one sitting.

5. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Hoodie
I wear this when I’m feeling angelic. 

6. Litter Genie Disposal System
I don’t have a cat and I’m highly allergic to them, so this prize went to a friend.

The journey for bigger prizes continues, but these random surprises in my mailbox still brighten my day. Have you won anything lately?

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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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My Sweepstakes Experiment

September 19, 2011

My friend Lauren told me about a special on TLC called High Stakes Sweepers.   The show is similar to the craziness of Extreme Couponing, but for people who like to enter sweepstakes.  Some of them have quit their jobs to become full-time “sweepers” and devote their days to winning cash, cars, vacations and other prizes. […]

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