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FreebiesRGreat 56,135 February 13, 2009 at 08:53 PM
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The intent of this thread is for users, both new and not-so-new, to ask questions, and help with tips/advice. This is not by any means the "Gospel". Please feel free to add your words of wisdom, and if you have questions, just ask! If you have a tip that will make sweeping easier for folks, please feel free to share. This is a community effort. We all will benefit in some way.


The Basic Advice/Tips for the new-to-sweeping folks.
Enter for the items you want/need. If you have no interest in trips, avoid the sweeps where the only prize is a trip. If you know you can't afford the tax on a new vehicle, avoid entering for those.

Set up folders in your bookmark/favorites. Create a separate one for each month, and file any sweeps you are interested in into the folder corresponding with when it ends. Then, if you have a day where you're pressed for time, enter at least the ones ending that day.

Play the instant win games.

Follow the rules! If a sweep is restricted to only females, a certain age group, certain states, etc, make sure you fit the criteria! If you don't, move on to another sweep that you do qualify for. Do not create a bunch of email addresses so you can enter something more than once, or so you can play an Instant win game more. The Sponsors can tell, and will DQ you. You're better off playing by the rules than cheating and getting disqualified and having NO entries.

Don't immediately dismiss essay required sweeps (or recipes, photos, etc)....well, unless you know you don't want to write something. A lot of people pass on them, so you might have a better shot at winning something.

Don't expect this to be lucrative enough to become a job. Yes, a lot of us win, and often, but not nearly enough to quit a job!

Expect things to go slow at first. It takes a while for the wins to roll in. But once they do...look out!

Expect to occasionally hit a dry spell. It happens to ALL of us.

DEFINITELY USE YOUR REAL INFO! If you use a fake phone number, and a sponsor is calling to notify people of wins, you'll never know what you missed out on. I, and many others, have been doing this for a long time, and we have no problems with sales calls. Also, use your real name. If your name is Robert or Catherine, using Bob or Cathy is ok, as they are known acceptable shorter versions of that name. if your name is Matilda, and you go by Fluffy, don't use Fluffy. Looking at your ID to get an affy notarized, they may reject it because the names don't match. The sponsor may also say "Fluffy won, not Matilda". So stick with using your real name, or something close to it.

Most of all, HAVE FUN! And don't be afraid to ask questions. We were all new to this at one time. Any one of us would be happy to answer questions.


For easy form filling, check out Roboform [roboform.com]. Google Tool bar and the autofill feature on IE also work well.

For Mac users, the best form filler is 1Password: http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password (thanks javaFlower!)

FireFox Form Filler browser extensions: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/...ll&cat=all

To set up the autofill feature in IE: Click on Tools, then internet options, then choose 'content'. When that pops up, click on "Autocomplete", and make sure to check the boxes for forms and passwords on forms. This is not a good idea if you are on a shared/public computer!

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Ok, it sounds like they will only mail coupons 1 time if they don't print. (I say that, because I won again this morning, and had no trouble printing)
not to disagree but yes I am disagreeing.Most stores here frown on the print at home coupons(I think they think they are phoney)..and thats what I told Pace...I have received 7 sets to date..and yes before anyone asks..thats ONE email account...MINE
(not my brotherfriendsisterinlawscatsneighborskids3x removedcousinsgoat like some)Wink
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not to disagree but yes I am disagreeing.Most stores here frown on the print at home coupons(I think they think they are phoney)..and thats what I told Pace...I have received 7 sets to date..and yes before anyone asks..thats ONE email account
(not my brotherfriendsisrterinlawscatsneighbors3Xremovedcouisin likesome( Wink

Oh I know you've gotten a bunch. I just wonder if they had problems with non-winners claiming they couldn't print, and are limiting it to mailing out only 1 per person to eliminate a lot of cheaters.

That said, if you print your coupons, watch when they scan. I had one scan for only $1 tonight. The cashier was like "WTF?", so she just hand keyed it, no questions asked. had I (and the girl) not caught it, I'd have been screwed out of $3.
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Another issue with those coupons is that they say $4 off... not "Free". So when a normal jar of Pace is around $3, that totally discombobulates the cashier. Which I understand - they don't exactly know how much to take off. Why would Pace do that? Why not make it 'free up to x dollar amount' like other companies do when they give you a free product coupon. I've had some real problems redeeming these because of that issue.
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Another issue with those coupons is that they say $4 off... not "Free". So when a normal jar of Pace is around $3, that totally discombobulates the cashier. Which I understand - they don't exactly know how much to take off. Why would Pace do that? Why not make it 'free up to x dollar amount' like other companies do when they give you a free product coupon. I've had some real problems redeeming these because of that issue.
BUT lol..if they mail them to you ..ya get 2 $2 coupons for anything?I dunno..has worked fine for me Wink

discombobulates~I haven't heard that in forever guilly LMAO
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Hey all, i hope someone could help me. I am trying to upload a video to a website but the only option on the webite is that it comes from my computer not a web hosting site. It's not working, I don't know what my other options are. Any help would be great! Thanks!!

This is my error message

my error message:
File format not allowed. You must choose a file with a proper filename extension.
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about the Pace issue - I wonder if the change to only sending one coupon is a financial issue.
After all, they set their sweeps up so that you print your own winnings,
saving themselves paper and mailing costs.

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Hey all, i hope someone could help me. I am trying to upload a video to a website but the only option on the webite is that it comes from my computer not a web hosting site. It's not working, I don't know what my other options are. Any help would be great! Thanks!!
sorry, I can't help...
if you don't get an answer here, you might try asking in the SD Tech Support Forum
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Hey all, i hope someone could help me. I am trying to upload a video to a website but the only option on the webite is that it comes from my computer not a web hosting site. It's not working, I don't know what my other options are. Any help would be great! Thanks!!

This is my error message

my error message:
File format not allowed. You must choose a file with a proper filename extension.

I don't know what you have it saved as right now, but you could try changing it to wmv or avi format (whichever one you're not using now)
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Another issue with those coupons is that they say $4 off... not "Free". So when a normal jar of Pace is around $3, that totally discombobulates the cashier. Which I understand - they don't exactly know how much to take off. Why would Pace do that? Why not make it 'free up to x dollar amount' like other companies do when they give you a free product coupon. I've had some real problems redeeming these because of that issue.
I think they went with a flat $4 off, because different stores sell stuff for various prices (ex: I can get a jar of salsa at Wal-Mart for $2.48, but Wegmans charges $3.99 for the same item). By giving the flat amount, you're getting the item for free, or close to it. Since it can be used on ANY Pace item, you could get more expensive stuff, and just take the dollars off.
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I won a Loacker sportbag on 12/16. I responded right away to confirm my info, but I still haven't gotten the bag. (It's been a little over 8 weeks and the email says to expect it in about 30 days.) Should I email them? Thanks so much! Wink
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I won a Loacker sportbag on 12/16. I responded right away to confirm my info, but I still haven't gotten the bag. (It's been a little over 8 weeks and the email says to expect it in about 30 days.) Should I email them? Thanks so much! Wink
I would. I'd word it like this: "I won on 12/16, and confirmed my information. Since the email says to expect the bag in 30 days, and I still haven't received it, I wanted to make sure there wasn't any other information you needed. Please let me know if you need more info, and if possible, how long it will be before I receive it. Thank you!"

Include any authorization number from your email too.
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Hey all, i hope someone could help me. I am trying to upload a video to a website but the only option on the webite is that it comes from my computer not a web hosting site. It's not working, I don't know what my other options are. Any help would be great! Thanks!!

This is my error message

my error message:
File format not allowed. You must choose a file with a proper filename extension.
Like freebies said, you'll need to find out what format it's in before you can do much of anything. Most videos will either be .avi, .mpeg, .mov, or .wmv... then once you determine what kind it is and what kind the site needs, maybe we can suggest some ways of converting it for you to upload.
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Has anyone had any problems with the kraft coupons? I had to wait 30 minutes while they verified the coupons =/ [[went to Meijers]]
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Has anyone had any problems with the kraft coupons? I had to wait 30 minutes while they verified the coupons =/ [[went to Meijers]]
Nope. My local Wal-Mart has no problems taking them. Their policy with the internet printed coupons is that as long as it scans, they take it. If it doesn't scan, they won't take it.
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Has anyone had any problems with the kraft coupons? I had to wait 30 minutes while they verified the coupons =/ [[went to Meijers]]
Yes. I got into an argument with the manager of schnucks who was calling them 'internet coupons'. I had to inject I had been seen them through the mail. What a hassle...
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