Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sweepstakes and Giveaways!

The other day, I was watching TV, and one of those new sweepstakes shows came on. It was showing two people who spend their days entering sweepstakes. One man makes a living from it by spending 8 hours a day entering sweepstakes. The things that he wins, he either keeps or sells. He has won trips and even a $50,000 car! This peaked my interest. I like to get free samples, so why wouldn't I like to win free stuff?? I always overlooked the giveaways on blogs because I just thought it was too much work to like this and follow that, but I gave in. I've started entering sweepstakes and giveaways. I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to it right now because I am doing my externship for school, but I will be done with that at the end of this week and then will have some time to put into entering sweepstakes. The things that I don't want, I will attempt to sell on ebay or craigslist. Well, that's assuming that I win something, haha. I have to admit, it is a bit tiring entering so many forms, but if I start to win some things, it will hopefully be worth it. This is just something I'm trying out; if nothing comes out of it, I will give up, but I will never know without trying.

My first suggestion is to make a separate email address for the giveaway and sweepstakes entries. You will most likely get a lot of spam mail from signing up for things, so if you don't want your regular email cluttered up more than it probably already is, make a separate address.

Do any of you enter sweepstakes and giveaways? I want to hear your story! Have you won anything? Tell us about your experience!

Here are a few of the websites I am using to find giveaways. Feel free to add your favorites in a comment and I may eventually make a big list for everyone.

About.com Contests

The Buck List

Giveaway for Prizes



Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter as I will sometimes post about specific giveaways I am entering, and you can enter, too!

Oh, and I may be hosting my own giveaway soon, so keep coming back, especially if you love to scrapbook!!

6 comments:

Easy-2-Save said...

I enter sweeps as a hobby. This is the site I use http://www.online-sweepstakes.com/
They have a free membership which is a great starting point and a paid one.

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MileyandMe said...

I started entering sweeps last week. I am pretty sure I saw the same program that you did and it got me pretty excited to test my luck. The day after I began entering blog giveaways and sweepstakes on Fsacebook I won a $75 gift certificate to embroideryandvinylcreations and that was such a rush! I knew I was hooked already.

There are a couple of apps on facebook "sweepstakes on facebook" being one. It is super user friendly. Even keeps track of how many sweepstakes entered and how many won/lost.

To make filling out forms easier, if you use Mozilla Firefox try using the Autofill addon. You put your information into its form then when you come across a sweepstakes form to fill out its a simple one button click.

Thank you for the links to other sweepstakes sites I'll check them out tonight! Good Luck!

Inez Cegelis

crazedmama said...

Thanks for the info, Inez! Wow, lucky you winning something so quickly! All I've won so far is some protein bars, lol!... Also, thanks for the info on the Sweepstakes on Facebook! I'm definitely going to check it out!!.. I use Chrome, but do use the autofill whenever I can.. it's a time saver. I love rafflecopter giveaways because it's so quick to do!

HolliLynn said...

I love online-sweepstakes as well best investment ever (I only have the free version) :) I will get the paid in a bit. None the less my blog is all about my winnings. I started a month or so ago. So you can take a gander I will update it as things arrive.
http://sweepsforkeeps.blogspot.com/

Good Luck

I love Rafflecopter. I have won stuff through Facebook as well. Via sweepstakes apps. There is a present one and a four leaf clover one. Both of them I have won on.

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