It’s time I come clean and admit it: I’m addicted to freebies and sweepstakes. I’m what’s known as a ‘sweeper.’ Yes, there is a name for it. I enter tons of contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways and you would be surprised at how much I win! I’ve won tons of free products, t-shirts, toys, gift cards, books, a little of everything. “You’re so lucky!”, people tell me. In my opinion, luck has little to do with it…
Here is a typical day for me. I wake up when my kids wake up. They watch about an hour of tv in the mornings while eating breakfast. I use this time to my advantage and scour my email, twitter and facebook for new giveaways and sweeps. Once I find out about a contest, I have a very specific routine, which I’m not going to divulge since you really need to develop your own methods. I get newsletters specifically devoted to sweeps and freebies. I have friends on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest that I met due to our love of all things free. After that hour is up, we go about our day and I periodically check my emails. When the kids are napping, I use that time to my advantage as well. I write a blog, fill out sweeps entries, etc. Then when they wake up, I make dinner and go to work. See, I might be addicted but I don’t spend ALL my time on it either. I love checking my mailbox. It feels like pulling the lever on a slot machine. I love looking on our porch to see if there’s a package out there. It makes me happy.
I look at it this way. Sweeps and freebies are what I do during my spare time. Some people read or craft. Some watch tv or whatever. Sweepers treat giveaways like a part time job and I am no exception. I get a rush when I win something, much like a shoplifter, only my addiction is legal. I keep a running list of everything I win on Evernote so that I can keep track of it all.
My family wouldn’t be able to afford even half of the stuff I win. We’ve gotten so many nice things and experiences due to me winning them. It all began after I had my daughter and I was on maternity leave from my full time job. I really liked being at home with her, taking care of her and also maintaining the household. So I began to work the numbers to see if it would be possible to quit my job and become a stay at home mom. The rest is a different blog for a different day, considering that I was able to cut a substantial amount off of our budget by utilizing social media, giveaways and coupons. The rest is history! My favorite win to date is a free trip to Atlantic City for two! Look for it soon as a blog post!
So now you know. Here is a good article about people like me,but who have won even larger prizes. In it to Win It.
Here are some things I have been entering lately:
Love the City of Light? @potterybarn is giving away a trip to Paris, complete with a luxury hotel stay and $1,000 http://bit.ly/1mFly2M
Win a getaway for two to Kauai, Hawaii + 500 winners will receive travel-sized skincare essentials from Yes To! http://r29.co/1kAhKwL
Win 2 free nights at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside! http://woobox.com/7mutgh/88sj40
So the next time, you ask me how I get so much free stuff, remember that there is a method to my madness. You can’t win if you don’t enter!