Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted by Jennifer L. Thompson at 11:44 AM
Though "sweepstakes" has become something of a generic term, often encompassing the whole realm of sweepstakes, giveaways, and contests, the three are not the same thing. Contests involve some level of skill in a specific category, so are not governed by the same rules or laws. Winning a contest means yours was the "best" entry according to the criteria set, and according to the contest judges.
Someone who is new to entering contests may have doubts about which types of contests to enter. When making the choice as to whether it will be worth your time or not, look at your own interests first, and start with something you feel you'd be good at, or that you'd enjoy learning how to do. There are so many to choose from, you will surely find something to suit your needs.
Of course, if you’re already highly skilled at something, no matter what it might be, entering contests might just bring those skills to the next level. It's a lot of fun, and could earn you a nice amount of cash, or some other nifty prizes. Aside from the prizes, or along with them, it is a very rewarding experience.
There are contests for most anything one can think of, including:
Sand Castle Building
Though this list is just the tip of the iceberg, it will give you some idea of how widespread contests really are. If you have an idea for something you'd like to enter that isn't on this list, you can still quite likely find a contest for it.
Industry news carriers from the realm of your choice are always a good first place to look for any area-specific contest, along with any related websites. Most of the industry-related contests will have an ongoing annual contest, a good portion of them with additional contests throughout the year, in different geographical areas, to gather finalists for the last phase. The majority of the "one-time" contests will be related to the specific sponsor, or to a specific event, such as the grand-opening of a business.
Contests are a fun challenge. I find myself entering certain ones year after year. Each year I learn something, so the next year's entries are better. Some people like crossword puzzles... oh, there's a contest for that!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Concerts are always such fun. Travel is an awful lot of fun, too. Put the two together and let the magic begin! Today you'll find both of them here. Lettuce party!
Moxie Showerhead 'Sing Out Loud' Sweepstakes
*Grand prize includes the following: Two tickets to Bruno Mars Concert in at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on May 24th, 2014. ARV $305.
A two night stay for winner and a guest at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. ARV $700.
Round trip coach airfare for two people to Las Vegas, NV. ARV $600.
One KOHLER Moxie Showerhead. ARV $125.
Total ARV $1730.
Be sure to click the link by the top of the entry form if you do not want the free trial/subscription to the magazine.
One entry per person. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., who have reached the legal age of majority in their place of residence. Ends April 30, 2014.
Pearl Jam UK Flyaway Sweepstakes
*Grand prize is a two or three night (depending upon flight arrival times, etc.) trip for two to see Pearl Jam at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, scheduled for July 11, 2014. Includes lodging and a US$300 pre-paid cash card. ARV US$4,940.00.
Ten entries per person/email address, with the option for up to three bonus entries. Open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada, excluding Quebec, 18 or older, who have a facebook account. Ends May 12, 2014.
Two tickets to the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra May Concert
Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Lettuce at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Survivalist is an interesting word. I think everybody has a bit of survivalist in them. The question is, what do you need to survive? Some want to survive the end of the world, some want to survive the day at work, some want to survive natural disasters, the list is endless.
For myself, I fall into the survivor of natural disasters category. I have survived for weeks, and even months, at home. This, through the number one record flood in our area of the Mississippi River, as well as the number three record flood and numerous others. The house sits on stilts, so I have been lucky that it is high enough to stay dry inside, so far.
For this reason, I generally keep at least two months worth of household supplies on hand. These include things for survival through any number of scenarios that might occur, such as an electrical outage, or an emergency escape from a house surrounded for miles by deep water with an unbeatable current.
My sons, on the other hand, are more into wilderness survival. They can pack a surprisingly light load, with an amazing amount of intricate and often home-made necessities, to cover a plethora of wilderness situations and needs. We have been learning these things throughout a lifetime, and it is not only practical, it is also fun. Yet, being prepared when the need arises has its own rewards.
If you, too, are into survivalism, you'll like these sweepstakes!
My Foray Into Food Storage April Giveaway
*Grand prize consists of one pantry size can of Thrive freeze dried sausage crumbles, and one pantry size can of Thrive freeze dried cheddar cheese. ARV $38.
When stored in a cool, dry place, these can have a shelf life of 25 years!
Enter by commenting on the blog, one entry per day. Open to U.S. residents with a U.S. mailing address, of the legal age of majority in their place of residence. Ends April 20, 2014.
Win a "Welcome to the Jungle" Survival Pack
*Grand prize is a "Welcome to the Jungle Survival Pack". It includes a flask, bandana, bug spray, sunscreen, water bottle, chapstick and a poster signed by Jean-Claude Van Damme. ARV $50.
Those little necessities always come in handy, along with something easy on the eyes for a little inspiration...
One entry per person/email address per day. Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., of the legal age of majority in their place of residence. Ends May 7, 2014.
Rising S Survival Bunker Giveaway
*Grand prize is an underground survival bunker. Its size is 10 feet by 30 feet, and it is equipped for living off the grid. Stated to sleep four people comfortably. No value is stated.
This is one amazing prize!
One entry, with bonus entries for friends who enter. Open to residents of the United States, it’s territories, protectorates and commonwealths, excluding Florida and New York, 18 years or older. Ends December 15, 2014.
For survival writers...
The Survivalist Blog Non-Fiction Writing Contest
Survival Teens Vids4Kids Contest
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
With the onset of warmer weather, anyone who loves to fish has likely been getting ready, if they haven't been able to get out yet. So, today, fishing sweepstakes are taking center stage. New gear, fantastic fishing trips, and other fabulous prizes all await the winning entrants. Dive in, and maybe you'll end up with a new tale to tell... about winning the big one!
WFN Catch of the Day Sweepstakes
This month, World Fishing Network is offering a free preview, for those who are not subscribed. On Dish Network, you can find it on channel 394. Each hour, they are displaying a code word, which you can use for bonus entries and prizes in this sweepstakes.
*5 grand prize winners will each receive:
One full day (approximately six hours), local guided fishing trip.
$100.00 spending money in the Grand Prize winner’s local currency (CAD or US only)
ARV of each Grand Prize is $520.00 USD and $561.65 CAD, based upon the Bank of Canada CAD/USD exchange rate on March 20, 2014.
*30 daily prizes are being awarded, each consisting of:
WFN Lip Balm
WFN Sunscreen Packets
WFN Water Bottle
WFN Sports Duffle Bag
ARV of each Daily Prize is $65.00 USD and $70.21 CAD.
*15 Instant win prizes are being awarded, of one each $25.00 gift card (in the local currency (CAD or US only) of each Instant Win Prize winner) to an outdoor retailer of WFN’s choice.
Code words will change periodically, throughout the sweepstakes. The current code word is good from April 6 through April 12. Check the rules for other dates.
One entry per person/email address per 24 hours, plus bonus entries for code word and social sharing. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., and to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), who have reached the legal age of majority in their locale.
Kombo Tool Giveaway
*Grand prize is a Kombo Tool. Prize is listed on sponsor's website for $29.99.
This looks like a pretty cool fishing tool!
Entry form offers multiple ways to gain entries. Open worldwide, to entrants 18 or older. Ends April 15, 2014.
KeepAmericaFishing Costa Rica Sweepstakes
*Grand prize is a trip for two to Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica. Includes one night at San Jose, Costa Rica, and six nights all-inclusive stay at the resort. Also includes three days of charter fishing while at the resort, and more. ARV $11,282.
One entry per person. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, 21 or older. Ends April 30, 2014.
For those who like to enter fishing contests, and can make it to Shabbona Lake in Illinois, some time in April...
Mega Big Fish Contest
For those who enjoy fishing for Delaware River Shad in the Bi-state area...
The Bi-State Shad Fishing Contest
Monday, April 7, 2014
It looks promising that spring might actually be here, at least in this neck of the woods. Being cautiously optimistic, a person still might just want to play the ukulele and tiptoe through the tulips to celebrate!
Hence, with spring finally in the air, after a long hard winter, today's sweeps are for spring things.
Epiphone's April Ukulele Bonanza
*One prize awarded each day in April, consisting of an Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele Outfit. ARV $198.
Daily entry. Open to legal U.S. residents who have reached the legal age of majority in their place of residence. Last day to enter is April 30.
Troybilt Think Spring Bracket
* 7 winners will each receive the following:
One Lowe's Gift Card - ARV $50
One TBFT Flower Trowel - ARV $7.49
One TBPT Planting Trowel - ARV $7.49
One TBCV Hand Cultivator - ARV $7.49
One TBWB Weeding Blade - ARV $7.49
One TBPN Weeding/Planting Knife - ARV $7.49
One TBPP Professional Bypass Pruner - ARV $19.99
One Pair of Troy-Bilt Gardening Gloves - ARV $4.99
Total prize package ARV $112.44 each.
Vote daily. Open to legal residents of the continental U.S. and D.C., 18 or older. Ends April 14, 2014.
Planet Bike Spring 2014 Giveaway
*Grand prize is a Planet Bike Superflash Micro USB Tail Light. ARV $29.99.
One entry per household. Open to U.S. residents 18 or older. Ends May 31, 2014.
For the colors we love...
Crayola Springtastic Color Basket Giveaway
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Whether you're crafty or not, you've likely upcycled something. Re-using those old coffee cans for storage containers, turning old leggings into "draft-stoppers" for doorways, making old CDs into ninja stars... whatever it is that you like to upcycle, here's your chance to share it, and maybe win a nice prize package while you're at it.
Snapguide and Graphic 45 Upcycling Contest
The theme for this contest is “How to Give New Life to Old Things.” For it, you will need to create a "Snapguide" account, then create a "how-to" to teach others how to make your creation.
Entries will be judged based upon the following criteria:
1. Overall creativity of Submission
2. Consistency of Submission with the Contest Theme
3. The most apt, interesting, and original Submission
4. The overall quality of presentation of the of the Submission
5. The clarity of the process described in the Submission
In the event of a tie, the higher score in "Consistency of Submission with the Contest Theme" will be the tie breaker.
Prizes are as follows:
*One grand prize winner will receive 12x12 Matchbook Box, 12x12 Easel Album, Washi Tape Set, Antique Brass Metal Keys, Antique Brass Metal Keyholes, Antique Brass Metal Label Holder, Typography 12x12 Paper Pad, Botanical Tea 12x12 Paper Pad, By The Sea 12x12 Paper Pad, By The Sea Cling Stamps 2, 2 Botanical Tea Cling Stamps, Typography Cling Stamps 3, 4 Alphabet Sticker Staples, and a $750.00 Etsy Gift Card. ARV $908.50.
*One second prize winner will receive Book Box, 8x8 Easel Album, Regular Tag Album, Washi Tape Set, Good Ol' Sport 12x12 Paper Pad, Botanical Tea 12x 12 Paper Pad, Couture 12x12 Paper Pad, Good Ol' Sport 6x6 Paper Pad, Botanical Tea 6x6 Paper Pad, Couture 6x6 Paper Pad, and a $400.00 Etsy Gift Card. ARV $508.50.
*One third prize winner will receive Book Box, 8x8 Matchbook Box, Washi Tape Set, Metal Clothes Pins, Antique Metal Door Pulls, Mother Goose 12x12 Paper Pad, By the Sea 12x12 Paper Pad, Mother Goose Tags and Pockets, By the Sea Tags and Pockets, and a $100.00 Etsy Gift Card. ARV $185.50.
*Three honorable mentions will each receive 8x8 Matchbook Box, Washi Tape Set, Ornate Metal Label Holders, Good Ol' Sport 8x8 Paper Pad, Good Ol' Sport Die-Cut Banners, Good Ol' Sport Alphabet Stickers, Typography 12x12 Paper Pad, Typography Cling Stamps 1, Typography Pockets and Tags, and a $50.00 Etsy Gift Card. ARV $127.50 each.
Up to five unique submissions are allowed per entrant. Open to individuals 18 or older, or the legal age of majority in their place of residence. Void in Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and where prohibited by law. Ends April 30, 2014.
For those whose creativity works with Eggos...
Eggo Your Way Contest
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Sign up for a free account through the link above, then enter all your store loyalty cards. Activate the coupons you want, then shop, and SavingStar will track your savings. Request the payout option of your choice when your savings reach $5.
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