Entering Sweepstakes: A how-to guide

Entering Sweepstakes: A How-to guide

Entering Sweepstakes online is one of the quickest, and easiest ways to earn cash and prizes online. Anyone can enter, and anyone can win. In the end, it’s all up to chance, and you can’t win if you don’t enter. In this blog post I will tell you the tips and tricks I have learned about entering sweepstakes quickly, and efficiently, enjoy!

  1. First, I would suggest creating an email address specifically for entering sweepstakes and instant win games, that way your inbox isn’t bombarded by ads from companies. (A lot of sweepstakes and instant wins will give extra entries for signing up for newsletters)

  2. Double check your contact information. Make sure you have put your full name, address, phone number, and email address. If you win, the company will need the correct information to get a hold of you, this may sound like a silly step, but trust me, it is really easy to make a spelling mistake and not get your prize, take a few extra seconds and check over your information!

  3. Bookmark the sweepstakes you have entered. By doing this you will be able to keep up with what sweepstakes you have entered (So you don’t get disqualified for double entries) and so you can check and see when certain sweepstakes are ending, so you can keep an eye on your inbox!

  4. Make sure the sweepstakes you are entering are from a legitimate website and/or company. With all the scams going around on the internet, you want to make sure that the sweepstakes you are entering isn’t going to sell your information to a third party, or simply steal your information for personal gain. (A few things that will help you identify a legitimate company are as follows: They should never ask for a social security number or a credit card number, you should be able to find the sweepstakes on the company’s home page, not from a 3rd party website, and there should be a clear set of sweepstakes rules and regulations. Go with your gut, if it feels like a scam, chances are, it probably is!)

  5. Once you have set up your email account it’s time to find some sweepstakes to enter! A great way to do this is use Google! There is an endless amount of websites that keep track of active sweepstakes. A personal favorite of mine is: http://contests.about.com/od/carsweepstakes/u/carsweepstakes.htm. This website has the sweepstakes broken down into categories so it makes it super easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Another great place to find sweepstakes is Facebook. Check out the Facebook pages for some of your favorite brands, they might have active running sweepstakes and instant wins that you can enter!

  6. Make sure you don’t get burnt out on entering sweepstakes. I suggest choosing 1 or 2 days a week to take some time to enter giveaways. When you do this, it keeps you from getting tired of looking and entering so quickly!

  7. Tell your friends! A lot of sweepstakes will give you extra entries for sharing the sweepstakes with your social networks, and hey, if one of your friends win, maybe they will share their prize with you!

What is the difference between Sweepstakes and Instant wins?

There are 2 types of sweepstakes, The traditional sweepstakes and the instant win sweepstakes.

A traditional sweepstakes has a set Start and End time, and all winners are notified after the sweepstakes has ended. They usually have larger prizes, and less winners.

An Instant Win sweepstakes usually has some sort of game (like spin the wheel, match the images, scratch off tickets, etc) and has multiple winners everyday. The prizes in instant win games usually are not as big as traditional sweepstakes, but can be. You can expect to see gift card, free products, movie tickets, or promotional items in an instant win game. (But I have seen instant win games that give away vacations, TVs, and large amounts of cash, so don’t discount the instant wins!)

Some company’s also do duel sweepstakes. A Duel Sweepstakes is a sweepstakes in which they have an instant win game along with a traditional sweepstakes, thus doubling your chances of winning a prize! These are the sweepstakes I have done the best at, and won a lot of great prizes!

When are the best times to enter Sweepstakes?

Certain times of the year, you will see an increase of the amount of sweepstakes that are available. These times of the year are as follows:

  • Holidays! Any time that is near a major Holiday (Christmas, Valentines Day, New Years, Easter, etc)

  • Sports seasons. A lot of sports and car companies like to put out sweepstakes during the Superbowl, Olympics, SEC Championships, etc. This is a great time to enter sweepstakes for sports and outdoors themed prizes.

  • Back to school time. This is a great time to find sweepstakes for office supplies, electronics, clothes, and toys!

  • The change of seasons. Depending on what seasons coming up, companies like to do sweepstakes for cleaning supplies (spring), grills and outdoor items (summer) Medicines and indoor activities (winter) or cooking and holiday items (fall).

Well there you have it. My tips and tricks and How to play sweepstakes and instant wins, where to find them, when to play them, and what the difference is between the different types. Good luck and remember, you can’t win if you don’t play!!

What are your favorite types of sweepstakes to enter?




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