Does anyone really win these things?

08/27/2009 6:00 am · 4 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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I have to tell you I use to think everything was a scam, I never entered to win anything till one day I was watching Opera and she had this lady on the show that made her living, from winning sweepstakes and prizes.  She said the key to winning was just beating the odds and entering in every giveaway she found.  She said sooner or later you will win, so I thought I might as well give it a try.  Sure enough over the last few years I have won a trip to Texas, and a flat screen tv.  I was shocked, now I have entered in LOTS of them an never won a thing.   But you can’t win them all!  I think the two prizes I won were well worth the few minutes it took to enter.

Here are a few tips when signing up for freebies, Samples, Entering contests or Downloads.

  • Make a 2nd email account- You will find that as you sign up for free products or contests, that you will start to receive A LOT more spam. But you will also get more offers for coupons, and other use full info. I would HIGHLY recommend that you take a few minutes and set up a 2nd email account. Use a free email service, and use this as you enter in give aways, surveys and contest. This way you can have your personal email account free of all the extra mail.
  • Don’t give out to much personal info- You will need to give them your name, address, phone and email. Many companies want a lot more info too, they want to know, birth dates, how many kids you have, and much more. They want this info to find out more about the people that are using their product. So if they ask how many kids I have I tell them, BUT if they ask their names, will use a different name. I don’t think anyone needs to know what my kids names are, just for a free bar of soap. When they ask for my birthday I always give them the the correct month and year but I change the “real” day. This helps protect my personal info. NEVER give out your credit card or SS# for a giveaway, unless you have done a lot of homework and know its legitimate. If they ask for your phone number, unless you actually want telemarketers calling, don’t give the correct number I normally give them a 555 number it works just fine.

  • Free Trials - Many offers will get you hooked by giving you a free month supply, or free product. Then what they may or may not say is that you are also signing up for a subscription to their product on a continuing basis. If you are not watching carefully, in a short while you get a whole new box of that product and you may not even notice the charge on your credit card bill. Now we don’t want to talk you out of the free products, but you need to make sure you ask questions, or be prepared to cancel the subscriptions. Watch your credit cards that you use. It’s sujested to use one card that you monitor closely, that way you know what you are, and are not getting into.

Here is a link to a site that gives away $1,000 a day.  It takes about 30 seconds to sign in.  Someone has to win, it may as well be you!  Good luck and make sure you follow the tips I listed above.

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Jill
Jill

I never thought anyone one those things. How were you notified of your winnings and how did you know that it was legit? I get tons of emails about winning things but I would never trust them. Just curious. I love your site. I live in Pennsylvania and do not have most of the stores that you talk about but I have saved tons at WALMART and Target with your tips. THANKS!!!

K
K

I follow several blogs (like yours) who have give aways.... I had been entering until I saw one blog announce the winner by giving out their entire email address! Maybe not a big deal to some, but it is to me.... The majority don't do this, but still...

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Jill, I give them correct email just not my everyday one. And my correct address, most of them DO NOT ask for phone numbers but if they do I give them a 555 number.

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

K, yes I try very hard to make sure your personal info is not posted, that is why I only post the name and the comment listed, and they the winner will get an email, that way it is not pubic!

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