Today, I want to follow up on Ways to Make & Save Money #10: Enter Blog Giveaways and Sweepstakes. Shortly after I published that post, I won a $25 Visa gift card by playing Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards. And then a few days later, I won a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
Not long after that, A Thrifty Mom wrote that her husband won a cruise (!) from JetBlue. I was particularly struck by her reaction to her brother's comment that she always seems to win:
HELLO you have to enter, yes MOST the time we do not win….but sometimes we do!!!It's so true. I usually don't win, but sometimes I do. As I mentioned in my original post, I don't drive myself crazy over it, but it's a more productive way of spending my time than just sitting around, and most contests take just a couple of minutes to enter.
One thing to keep in mind: I never pay to enter anything. That means I never play the lottery, gamble, etc. There's no risk to what I'm doing, so it doesn't matter if the odds are long. (Note: I am careful to only enter contests and giveaways that seem legitimate and don't ask for more information than necessary. There's no sense in taking unnecessary risks with my privacy and identity.)
Have you ever won anything?