Now that the new year of entering online sweepstakes, blog giveaways, text sweeps, Twitter contests, local giveaways, and mail-in sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes has started I thought I would give you a recap some of the prizes I won in 2008.
Overall it was a good year of winning prizes in our household. We won right around 200 prizes in 2008. We generally range from 200 to 300 prizes in a year so that is about right. The value of prizes ranges from year to year. Some years the total value can be around $2,500 and prosperous years may range from $20,000 to $30,000 in value. This year was right around $9,000 but I really don’t look at the value as much as I look to see if we are winning prizes we can use, want or can give away to family and friends.
I keep detailed records using Excel for my sweepstakes wins. I keep information like where I won the prizes, time of day if it is an instant win game, date won, prize received or not, breakdown by month, etc. If there is enough interest from my readers I will make a blank copy of it available for download. Even if you don’t have Excel installed on your computer you can use Excel and this spreadsheet for free with Google Docs.
I don’t enter for everything I post here on Sweeties Sweeps. I only enter those online sweepstakes and giveaways that I want to win prizes for and I leave the rest for everyone else. I figure that there is plenty to go around for everyone and I don’t need to try for prizes that are better suited for other folks. There are people who win lots more than I do and others who win less. I win what I am supposed to win so I don’t look at it like a competition to see who wins the most.
Here are some of the prizes we won in 2008:
- A 19″ flat screen HDTV
- A year of Netflix
- A Sony portable DVD player (gave to my son to take to Iraq)
- A 37″ flat screen Sony Bravia HDTV
- A Sony Bravia home theater
- A $1,000 American Express gift card
- $250 in Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards
- $250 American Express gift card
- A private phone call from Aida Mellonkamp from the Food Network
- $100 to local grocery stores (twice)
- Wireless Microsoft Multimedia keyboard and mouse
- Wireless WebCam
- Fuji Z100 Digital camera, Camera case, 1GB memory stick
- $25, $50 (5 times), $88, $100 Visa card (twice)
- A backyard barbecue that featured us on the local TV newscast
- Lots of other prizes too like gift cards, books, and free product coupons
As I said before, this hobby has been great for our family and we couldn’t do some of the things like visiting France, Hollywood, Bahamas, going on cruises, getting free hotel stays, groceries, TVs and other electronics, or even getting free food coupons if it wasn’t for sweepstakes. We aren’t rich and winning these prizes has helped our family tremendously by letting us enjoy things we can’t afford and helping us to live a champagne lifestyle.
When at all possible, I try to give back, help others win prizes, write thank you letters to sponsors, and use products and services from sponsors because they make it all happen. I know that sponsors are using online sweepstakes, contests, and blog giveaways to promote their product and service so they can run their business.
I have found many products and services I didn’t know about until I found their sweepstakes so it definitely works – like the vacuum cleaner we purchased (Dirt Devil) because I entered a sweepstakes or a new domain name I purchased from NameCheap because I heard about their Twitter contest. I purchased the domain name and then won another one through their Twitter contest – isn’t that always the way it works. We have been exposed to all kinds of products and services we didn’t know about and it was all because of sweepstakes.
What did you win in 2008? I would love to hear from you. Hey, it doesn’t matter how much or the value of the prize, just let me know that you have won something, anything, and I’m happy.
Let me know how I can help you win more in 2009!