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Great Contest, & Contesting Tips

05 Mar

Not only am I one of those ‘crazy coupon ladies,’ but I also enter every contest I can get my hands on.  Contesting is fun, and it brings things to our family that we would otherwise never normally have.

Here is a great contest to enter, and if you win, I win too!  Win a $1,000 Mexx gift card!  It is a one time only entry, open to Canadians.  I will share contests like this every once in a while with you.

I’ve won trips, ipads (3 of them!), jewelry, gift cards galore, household goods, you name it and I’ve likely won it, even the perfume giveaways I’m having now were sponsored by my contesting habit.  When I tell people some of the things I’ve won, I get, “Wow you’re lucky,” or “you win everything!”  What I then have to try and explain, is that luck doesn’t really have anything to do with it.  It’s a hobby, but it’s a hobby that requires a lot of hard work.

In the thick of it, when I was really winning a lot, I was spending a minimum of four hours a day entering.  I don’t do that anymore as it was just too much to keep up with, but even now I spend about 2 hours a day finding and entering.

If you’re new to the contesting world, here are some things you might not know.

Roboform or Lastpass are an absolute must for any contestor.  These are both software that will help you fill out forms rather than doing them manually.  They are both free, and very easy to use.

-Find yourself a forum.  There are *many* contesting sites out there that will list available contests, find one that you like and visit regularly to keep up with what’s out there.  Some good one’s are Contestgirl or RedFlagDeals.  I prefer Contestgirl, but it’s a personal choice.

-Read the rules.  Always, always, always read the rules and try to take advantage of the maxiumum ways to enter.  How many adults are in your household?  If the rules say that you can enter once per day, per person, then you can enter both yourself, and your husband increasing your chances.  By the same measure though some will be once per household and if you enter too many times, you risk being disqualified.

-Stay organized.  You will find a system that works for you, but try to stay as organized as possible so you can stay on top of things.  I go through Contestgirl once per week.  Any contest that I can enter more than once is bookmarked in their respective folders (daily, monthly, weekly), with an end date in the title.  Some contests will leave their form up long after it’s over so your time is being wasted if you don’t know when it ends.

-Don’t bother entering for things that you don’t really want or need.  Some people can get carried away, entering for the sake of entering, especially at first.  Try to reign yourself in and skip over contests with prizes you can’t use.  After all, someone else might need it, and why waste your time entering a contest for something you don’t even really want?

Contesting can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work.  You don’t have to spend hours a day entering, but you will get out of it what you put into it.

Don’t forget to enter our Vera Wang perfume giveaway!

 

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8 responses to “Great Contest, & Contesting Tips

  1. Sarah Carroll

    March 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips.My sister is one who is always winning. She does have her own system and spends a minimum of five hours a day. Wish I had that kind of time. But even with only a little time each day, agree that having a system or plan helps.

     
  2. kim korte

    March 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Most of all remember to have a little fun. I spend about 3 hours a day entering contests, I usually do them on my laptop while I am watching some silly TV show, this way I get to do things I enjoy.

     
    • Adventures in Miscellany

      March 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      So very true Kim! Some take it way too seriously, it’s a hobby and is supposed to be fun 🙂

       
  3. belinda m

    March 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Great article and so helpful for those that are new to contesting. I agree that it can be soooooo much work at times but I am addicted and would be lost without it. The key is to be organized!

    Best of luck with the new blog Natoma

     
  4. Scarlett M

    March 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am new at entering contests and I’m already feeling confused overwhelmed! I like your folder with end date idea. I’m looking forward to more suggestions!! Thanks again!! 🙂

     
    • Adventures in Miscellany

      March 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Good luck on your new endeavor Scarlett, it can be a lot of fun, especially when you win 😉

       

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