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Earth-Friendly Giveaways

>> Saturday, January 22, 2011

As I continue on this new journey of blog-hopping, I've noticed that a lot of reviews and giveaways are related to Earth-Friendly products.  So I thought I'd gather and share some of this type of giveaways, many of which I have entered, too!

EcoUsable® Review and Giveaway at ABCD Diaries
This is a review and giveaway for stainless steel water bottles in many great designs and colors. Read the review and enter the giveaway at ABCD Diaries  Ends 2/2


Planet Wise, Inc. bags at The Baby Bottom Line
Here you will find a great review and giveaway for reusable bags from Planet Wise, Inc.  I've entered to win these at a few different blogs, but so far no luck.  I really love the sandwich wrap bar which can double as a placemat!  Check it all out at The Baby Bottom Line blog. Ends 2/5/11 

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Love green cleaners?  This one is for you.  Head over to Confessions of an Overworked Mom for a review and giveaway for Simple Green.  I won Simple Green multi-purpose cleaner in an instant win contest some time ago (I think that's how I got it free) and I used it in my classroom. I felt good using something I knew was safe for the students.  You can read more and try to win Simple Green here. Ends 1/29/11.

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I have really benefited from the advice of my sister-in-law, the queen of freebies! I have learned a lot and have decided it's time to start sharing. I plan to share links to contests and sites where you can win stuff for free. Instant win games have been my specialty so that is what I will share about first. There sadly are people who have found ways to cheat in those games, but I have legitimately won a lot of great stuff (ipods, gift cards, gaming systems, etc.) and it really is possible. I have just begun to enter blog contests and will share links to them, but am not yet proficient enough to share advice on them.

My first bits of advice to those who are new to contests:

1. Create an email that is just for contests
This is the MOST IMPORTANT advice. I say this because you WILL get spammed and your email will be shared. Not all sites will share your information, but many will and you just have to accept that. You must use a real email address and a real street address when you register for games because this is where they will send the prize if you win and the way they will contact you about your win.

2. Be persistent
You win by random luck most of the time, so the more you enter, the better your chances. Enter as often as the contest allows. Also, even if you don't win instantly, there is usually a sweepstakes involved and you are entered in that as well. I've won several times through the sweepstakes end of the game (most notably $100 gift cards to online stores!)

3. Timing is everything
Most instant win contests are based on a set time for winners. Random times are predetermined as winning times. If you sign in to play at that moment (or are the first after that predetermined time) you win. SO...if you wake up in the middle of the night, or get up early, etc., that is the time to enter. I have a bookmark folder called "Enter in the Middle of the Night". In that folder are the contests I really want to win and which seem reasonably possible to win, ie. lots of prizes. I open all the windows in that folder and enter all the contests in a matter of minutes (unless I just really need sleep!).


That is my initial advice. I'll add more ideas as they occur to me. Be sure to look at the sidebar (Places for Free Stuff) for links to sites where you can win! GOOD LUCK!

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