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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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#3991
Quote from implode View Post :
I've gone 2 years without winning--always entered religiously and at the same time every day. I have horrible horrible luck with coke. I thought maybe it was because I banked a ton of points, but never spent them on entering. I used to pick up bottle caps at local stadium and max out entries all year long. Pretty sure that was not intentions of the reward program.

At any rate, the Coke contests are run by eprize, so bigger question to ask yourself is do they have a blacklists. I'm pretty sure they do. I don't think they would blacklist people from the the contests specifically, unless it was all of their contests. I think they would directly ban your acct from coke rewards (you wouldn't be able to log in) if they had an issue with you cheating. The MCR thread discusses such situations. So I guess the answer is eprize decided if you are global abuser, or a local abuser within the MCR system.

Since your account isn't locked chances are its just bad luck.
Thanks a lot. This makes me feel better. I have won e-prize sweeps.
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#3992
This is a novice question.. I've been reading in the forum that people are getting "emails" from UPS stating that a package will be delivered soon. Their reaction is that they had no clue about a package being delivered until they received an email. How can I get an email if UPS is delivering to my location? I just created a UPS Profile on ups.com, is this what I need to do? Also, does Fedex do the same?

Thanks guys!
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Quote from jamminsport16 View Post :
This is a novice question.. I've been reading in the forum that people are getting "emails" from UPS stating that a package will be delivered soon. Their reaction is that they had no clue about a package being delivered until they received an email. How can I get an email if UPS is delivering to my location? I just created a UPS Profile on ups.com, is this what I need to do? Also, does Fedex do the same?

Thanks guys!
Yes, sign up with myups.com to get ship notifications for UPS.

FedEx does not offer the same type of program. If anyone else knows of some different information for fedex, clue me in too!
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Quote from jamminsport16 View Post :
This is a novice question.. I've been reading in the forum that people are getting "emails" from UPS stating that a package will be delivered soon. Their reaction is that they had no clue about a package being delivered until they received an email. How can I get an email if UPS is delivering to my location? I just created a UPS Profile on ups.com, is this what I need to do? Also, does Fedex do the same?

Thanks guys!
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For email alerts, the free membership works just fine Smilie
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#3995
Thanks so much you guys Smilie
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#3996
If any part of your address is modified by the sender, then you won't get a UPS email alert. An alternative would be to set up multiple accounts using a different variation for each (they allow you only one address per account); I haven't done this, but you'd probably have to use different email addresses for it. For example, my street address contains two lines with the first one ending in "Road" and the second one ending in an apt number (even though I live in a house!); if the two lines are combined into one line, then I don't get an alert. Instead, I get a surprise delivery. Stick Out Tongue
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#3997
Got an email from UPS delivery alert saying i'll be getting a package tomorrow from HELGESON ENTERPRISES its 4 pounds. Have to sign for it. Anyone have a clue what it could be? Big Grin
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#3998
Quote from Mellah View Post :
Got an email from UPS delivery alert saying i'll be getting a package tomorrow from HELGESON ENTERPRISES its 4 pounds. Have to sign for it. Anyone have a clue what it could be? Big Grin
nursing bopping pillow
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Quote from credmond View Post :
nursing bopping pillow

I just won that a few days ago and i read it would take 6-8 weeks so I didn't even think that would be it. Thank you!!
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#4000
Edited: Mystery pkg is an order I just placed. Smilie
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#4001
Quote from SavinMaven View Post :
Edited: Mystery pkg is an order I just placed. Smilie
Hate when that happens. And it happens to me a lot since I always forget when I order things.
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#4002
Quote from Mellah View Post :
Got an email from UPS delivery alert saying i'll be getting a package tomorrow from HELGESON ENTERPRISES its 4 pounds. Have to sign for it. Anyone have a clue what it could be? Big Grin
I received a UPS that I was getting a package from them also but mine is for 2 pounds.
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#4003
Quote from sandyalip View Post :
Does anyone know if Coke Rewards has a black list? I used to win so many of their prizes, but for the last couple if years i have won zilch. I wrote to them 2x and haven't gotten a response.
I myself wonder WHO is winning mycokerewards?Roll Eyes (Sarcastic). Because it surely isn't me. I won once on their instant. But their instant game is so frustrating to enter and time consuming that I rarely enter those.
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Quote from robonero954 View Post :
I myself wonder WHO is winning mycokerewards?Roll Eyes (Sarcastic). Because it surely isn't me. I won once on their instant. But their instant game is so frustrating to enter and time consuming that I rarely enter those.

I can assure you its not me! shake head I've never won anything with coke.
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Quote from robonero954 View Post :
I myself wonder WHO is winning mycokerewards?Roll Eyes (Sarcastic). Because it surely isn't me. I won once on their instant. But their instant game is so frustrating to enter and time consuming that I rarely enter those.
Quote from Amantria View Post :
I can assure you its not me! shake head I've never won anything with coke.
I've got a drawer full of caps & codes to enter. Can't seem to find the 'want to' to put them in. I entered faithfully for about a year and a half with no wins. Too much effort for no wins. I guess there are too many entries for their contests.
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