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How to Win Contests? And My $14 Laptop…

Posted by Ro · October 1, 2011 5:00 pm

Hi Everybody, it’s Justin here! πŸ˜€

I know I don’t usually speak up too much here but I thought I’d tell you a nice quick little story about an adventure I had. I had some extra free time this summer between college classes. So what did I do? I spent more time on Swagbucks, completing surveys, doing product reviews on EXPOTV, and entering some contests. Believe it or not in 4 short months I earned over $1900 in gift cards! So guess what I got for next to nothing?! A brand new 15.4″ Macbook Pro worth $2000+!!!

In terms of completing surveys, many companies will pay you for your opinion and we’ve posted about many of these survey companies before! As will many Colleges and Universities. Yale, Stanford, and Kellogg Universities will give you an entry to winning amazon gift cards for qualifying and completing surveys. They will tell you the odds of winning. For instance a survey about political views might be 15 minutes long and a 1/35 chance of winning $25. These are very good odds. Enter plenty of these and you might end up winning a few :). If you are looking into survey sites and you are unsure if it is a scam, is a great site to check that out!

So you are probably thinking right now “what are some great tips for contests.” Well, here are some Grade tips on entering online contests:

  • Enter either late at night or early in the morning (When there are less people online, the chances of winning increase)
  • Don’t just enter a contest once and walk away. A lot of contests let you enter once per day. Enter those often.
  • Even if you don’t think you have a chance, consider this: If you don’t enter, you can’t win.
  • You have a much better chance at winning if you have entries in a lot of contests. Much better off having 1x entry in 1000 contests, than 1000x entries in a single contest. Keep in mind it only takes 1 entry to win sometimes.
  • Always read the rules of the contest. When you are required to buy a product to enter to win, the rules say that you can also enter for free by clicking a specific link, or just mailing an envelope!

Here are just a few of my winnings in the past few years by following the above tips:

  • 46″ HDTV from Dunkin Donuts
  • A Year of Subway Subs ($260 Gift Card + another $200 from other Subway contests)
  • A Year of McDonalds Fruit Smoothies
  • A Budweiser Propane Grill
  • 300+ Regal Movie Tickets
  • $200 Visa Gift Card

Now keep in mind, not everybody can do what I’ve done. Contests have random winners, and you have to fit certain demographics to be qualified for certain surveys. But don’t let this discourage you! I’m not posting this to brag, but to inspire! There are millions of contests out there just waiting to be won. All you have to do is enter!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me an email at and I’ll do my best to help you out!

1 Dayna October 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Nice. I do the same and “bought” my Asus netbook for free, my Wii, my DSi, and I’m going to buy a digital camera soon. I also love to use my amazon money to pay for most of my Christmas shopping. It helps out a lot.

2 WickedSteppMom October 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Wow! And I was proud of myself for earning enough in gift cards to get my Kindle for $12…now I know what level to aspire to reach! πŸ™‚

3 Kate October 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Where do you find those contests?

4 Kelly October 1, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Congrats, I’ve got a lot of great things using my Amazon gift cards. My family used to make fun of me for spending time doing this but when I got them things they needed with my gift cards, they were pleased. It’s awesome!

5 CJ October 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I’ve been with Swagbucks for 2 years and have only earned $260 in prizes (Amazon and Southwest gift cards). I also do surveys for a few companies but have only gotten an additional few hundred in cash and gift cards. I dont get how others seem to be able to earn so much more.

6 tanyetta October 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM

wait, WHO is Justin? i thought RO ran this site alone! πŸ™‚

7 Roland October 3, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Hi Tanyetta! I was running this site alone for a while but Justin hopped on board to help. We’ve grown quite a bit so his help is much needed! πŸ™‚

8 Nicole October 2, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I know I’m dating myself, but does this remind anyone else of Laslo from “Real Genius”???

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