Steven says I’m lucky. I may jinx myself with this post, but I have to brag a little about my contest winnings as of late. I guess it all started during our Chicago 2010 trip when I so desperately wanted a Swatch after visiting a Swatch store. We said we’d return the next day to purchase one, the morning before we left home, but we ran out of time. I was so curiously upset about this that I started researching opportunities to lay my hands on a Swatch. I even emailed the company to see how to start a franchise in Indianapolis (creepy, I know!). Following on twitter, I saw a contest to win a Swatch from iVillage.com – all you had to do was email them a photo of your watch.
And then, the day came. It arrived! Steven took video to capture the moment of me opening the winning piece. I look like a complete idiot, as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. This meant I could win other contests, too! So now, I enter contests all the time. I have separate email and twitter accounts so that I don’t get lots of spam and annoy my followers. I know, it’s ridiculous thinking, but luck has been on my side the last few years. Here’s just a few things I have won in the last two years:
- Swatch watch
- OK Go tickets (AWESOME concert, by the way)
- movie passes
- cloth diapers
- laundry detergent, diaper pail refresheners & liners
- cloth diaper accessories
- Crabtree & Evelyn smelly good stuff (lotions, scrubs, etc)
- miir waterbottle (I’m still waiting for this to arrive, 4 months later…)
- and most recently…
A Melissa & Doug package worth $130 from yoyo.com! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. It came tonight, hence this post, via UPS. I got chills as I heard the UPS man walk up our front porch steps. I know, another creepster comment. Anyway, it’s pretty rockin’. If you’re not familiar with Melissa & Doug, they’re pretty much the most amazing wooden toys available. And yes, they have other, non-wooden toys, too, but I love, love, love their wooden puzzles and food sets. I know Wes will eventually grow into these toys, as they’re mainly toddler-age, but hehe! I also have to throw in that I also received my free* $90 jeans from Ruelala.com today!
So what is the “frugal” portion of this post? And how can YOU get in on this stuff? Um, just sign up for things and enter contests as you see them. The best place for contests is twitter. Try searching the hashtag #twitterparty and see what comes up. Seriously, few people enter contests because of the “hassle” and everyone’s afraid of getting junk mail. Well, yes, you may, but just use a different email address. Besides, you usually get coupon codes sent to you, which I love! Pay attention to deals like “free credit upon signing up” and free samples. I find some of the best sources are reviewer blogs – especially for cloth diapers. Manufacturers send samples for critiquing, and many times the bloggers give them away. Two of my go-to blogs for freebies and deals are Bargain Briana (local) and The Budget Mommy. I also heavily reference Slick Deals.
*I signed up for ruelala.com earlier this summer when they had a free $20 credit with new registration. I had saved the credit until now, as they are offering free shipping during the holidays. Scoring a pair of BLANKNYC jeans for $19.90, I didn’t have to pay a dime!