Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Halls Pop a Drop – ends 3/31/11
Use these codes to enter: 1254663237 and 1254663239 (These are the free UPC numbers they give you when you call the 800 number in the official rules)

There are 500 prizes a day.  I won a coupon for a free bag of halls a few times.  You can win that 3 times.  Other prizes are available :
$1,000.00 (awarded in the form of a check) (15)
$500.00 (awarded in the form of a check) (20)
A pair of sneakers (awarded in the form of a $100.00 Foot Locker(tm) GiftCard )(150)
$100.00 Gas Card Prepaid MasterCard (175 available)

Herbal Essences: Something Beautiful is About to Blossom - Ends 2/28/11

250 prizes – include a variety of store gift cards or Herbal Essences product collection including shampoo and conditioner. (You're also automatically entered for a chance to win* the sweepstakes grand prize $500 USD gift card!)

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I recommend starting with "Getting Started." That page contains some information to help you get started and provide the best chance of winning. Good luck!

About This Blog

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!