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Contests & Sweepstakes Tips, Advice, and Questions

FreebiesRGreat 56,135 June 2, 2008 at 07:50 PM in Other
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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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Now that I'm on a new computer, I'm using firefox. I followed your instructions after being told I'd already entered. Then, I returned to those links and got the same messages. Frown Any advice?
Guess its not a corrupted cookie...maybe email the site you are having issues with and ask for advice--could always be internal issue with them.
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Is there a thread here for the Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers Club? I found nothing by searching.
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Now that I'm on a new computer, I'm using firefox. I followed your instructions after being told I'd already entered. Then, I returned to those links and got the same messages. Frown Any advice?
There's two things that I do when I have those types of problems, first I use this: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner to clean out temporary files, history, cookies, download history and then if that doesn't help I change my IP address.
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There's two things that I do when I have those types of problems, first I use this: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner to clean out temporary files, history, cookies, download history and then if that doesn't help I change my IP address.
Thanks, I'll change the IP address since I ran ccleaner earlier today - before I tried to enter those sweeps. Smilie
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Thanks, I'll change the IP address since I ran ccleaner earlier today - before I tried to enter those sweeps. Smilie
One other Firefox add-on that I use is: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/...erprivacy/
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Also I was curious, have any of you won from entering magazine sweepstakes, or are they a waste of time? Many have multiple to enter. Thanks!
I won headphones from a Latina holiday sweeps this month, 2 prizes from Lucky since they opened entries to Floridians (finally!), a couple of small things from Self, and a few years ago, I won lawn/gardening stuff (trimmer, edger, etc) from, I think, Good Housekeeping. And Allure's "First xxx" contests have been pretty good to me over the years.
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Got a call this morning from UPS as they had our address in correct. I wonder if they called today if it could be delivered today still? Hope so!

Also I was curious, have any of you won from entering magazine sweepstakes, or are they a waste of time? Many have multiple to enter. Thanks!
I have won a pair of sunglasses from Woman's Day (daily) and lip balm from Lucky (single entry) in the past nod
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I posted this in the things I won thread but it probably goes better here. I got a notice that I have a certified letter to pick up at the post office. It says it is from PL magazine. I can't even find anything called PL magazine. Anyone ever win anything and get it via certified mail? Could this be a contest win? Any ideas on where it is from?
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I posted this in the things I won thread but it probably goes better here. I got a notice that I have a certified letter to pick up at the post office. It says it is from PL magazine. I can't even find anything called PL magazine. Anyone ever win anything and get it via certified mail? Could this be a contest win? Any ideas on where it is from?
I've received checks and gift cards that I have won by certified mail, I just got a gift card from Pepsi (PrizeLogic) yesterday by certified mail. I'm actually a little surprised that a lot of companies just throw gift cards, even high value ones, in an envelope, and send it without requiring a signature.
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I've received checks and gift cards that I have won by certified mail, I just got a gift card from Pepsi (PrizeLogic) yesterday by certified mail. I'm actually a little surprised that a lot of companies just throw gift cards, even high value ones, in an envelope, and send it without requiring a signature.

Oh I bet you it's that! PL magazine maybe is Prize Logic? It came from Michigan. I won $50 from the pepsi game.
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Oh I bet you it's that! PL magazine maybe is Prize Logic? It came from Michigan. I won $50 from the pepsi game.
That's what mine was, a $50 Shop Etc. American Express Gift Card from the Diet Pepsi Refreshing Rewards IWG. That came certified mail and the same day I got a $25 California Pizza Kitchen gift card from the same game but that just came by plain first class mail. They were from Michigan.
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That's what mine was, a $50 Shop Etc. American Express Gift Card from the Diet Pepsi Refreshing Rewards IWG. That came certified mail and the same day I got a $25 California Pizza Kitchen gift card from the same game but that just came by plain first class mail. They were from Michigan.
Yep, I'm certain that is what that is. No idea why my mail carrier wrote PL magazine but thanks so much for solving the mystery. Glad is it something fun and not a bill of some sort!
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I just won the $5 Starbucks e-gift card from this:http://slickdeals.net/f/5798212-Cigna-RECIPE-FOR-FUN-Sweepstakes-18-void-NH-3-14-13?v=1

Rules say one prize per person. So should I stop bothering to enter this daily?
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I just won the $5 Starbucks e-gift card from this:http://slickdeals.net/f/5798212-Cigna-RECIPE-FOR-FUN-Sweepstakes-18-void-NH-3-14-13?v=1

Rules say one prize per person. So should I stop bothering to enter this daily?
Yes, get blacklisted from a major judging agency like eprize would be a horrible disaster
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Yes, get blacklisted from a major judging agency like eprize would be a horrible disaster
Thanks implode! I appreciate the help/advice/quick response!
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