Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Let's get started winning!

Here are a few of my "must enter" instant win games.  I try to do these every day because the odds seem good.  

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries
Here's a great contest for those of us with a morning sweet tooth.  2000 people a week are winning a month of toaster strudels (coupons for 4 free boxes).  With a little persistence you are bound to win!  Enter every day. Good luck! Ends 2/7/11  UPDATE: Forgot to say I won 2X this already.  You can win up to 3 times. Stick with it! There are lots of prizes.

Enter here:
Official rules:

Tony's Pizza
Here's a chance to win all kinds of great prizes including iTunes Gift Cards, a Wii, $50 and $100 VISA cards, pizza, and a chance at a $500 VISA card. Enter every day! Ends 4/9/11

Enter Here:
Official Rules:

Red Baron Pizza
 Do you see a theme here?  I do love pizza, and I'm clearly hungry.

Enter Here:
Official Rules:

ONE ENTRY per person.  I entered and did not win.  I recommend waiting a bit and picking an odd time to take a shot at this (like 4 or 5 AM Eastern).  There are quite a few prizes - pizza for a year and some serious VISA gift cards (from $50 to $750) I wish I'd paid more attention that it was one entry.  This ends 2/11/11.

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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!