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They say you can never get anything for free. I say it doesn’t hurt to try. Entering sweepstakes is now faster and easier than ever before. Even the infamous Publish House Clearing sweepstakes can now be done online through email. First things first, set up an email account that is separate from the email you use everyday. You are going to get spam mail from this. There is no way around it. Unless you want to spend ten minutes hunting for that email from Aunt Betty among the many, many spam emails for car insurance and other, less G rated, offerings, you want to set up a different email for your sweepstakes entries.
Next, find some sweepstakes and online games to enter. Surprisingly, you will not be the only person doing so and there are a few websites dedicated to listing sweeps. There is also less danger from getting sweeps and games from a third person that’s looked these things over before you. My favorite is Sweeties Sweepstakes. Sweetie is very popular and I’ve never had a problem with the contests she has posted. Visit often because she posts a lot of new sweepstakes. She even has them listed by prize, be it money or products. It’s a very nice site.
Next, play the game or post your entry. Most contests will let you enter every day. Some sweepstakes will just clear the decks at mid-night, while some will track your IP address or email and mark the 24 hours by the time you last posted an entry. If this happens, just watch the clock and make sure it’s been 24 hours since your last entry or you will get an error message. Get in the habit of entering your chosen sweeps everyday. Set up a routine of doing it during a break or lunch or in the evening after dinner and the kids are asleep. Do not miss a chance to get your entry in. Every entry counts.
People will also pay for your opinions through survey sites. You won’t make a lot of money but you’ll make a few extra bucks. Be wary of sites that say you can make big bucks by doing this. They are mostly likely scams. Most of my survey work is done through InBoxDollars. They offer cash for surveys and other things. Using their coupons for groceries, for example, will net you about 10 cents a coupon. Most surveys offer you a return of 50 cents and limit you to just one survey a day. Like I said, you aren’t going to make a lot of money doing this. If you have the time, join several survey sites. Some offer straight money rewards for the surveys and others offer points toward gift cards and other things. It’s up to you how far you take it. Check your email often because site will send you special surveys that may offer higher returns but these run quick and if you aren’t on the ball then you may lose out.
Realistically, I make about $10 to $30 doing surveys every month. I win sweepstakes less often. The last thing I won was some jelly beans from an instant win game attached to a bigger money prize that hasn’t ended yet. Before that was a $25 gift card to a restaurant. It can’t hurt to try and you can’t win if you don’t enter.