Today I’m delighted to share a guest post with you from my friend Maegen from Sounds Fun Mom. If you live in the greater Puget Sound area and are looking for fun and frugal things to do, please check out her site!
A year ago I had almost quit entering sweepstakes. I was one of those people who, “Never win anything.” Maybe you can relate?
Well, I’m here to tell you that real people do win those things. I know, because thanks to a post right here at The Coupon Project, I tried my hand at an Albertsons instant win sweepstakes last August and watched in amazement as the virtual prize wheel made me the proud owner of a MacBook.
I’d like to tell you I jumped up and down and screamed, but honestly, I just stared at the screen for a while. I think I was waiting for confetti to shoot out of the monitor or something. Finally, I printed out an image. Then I came and left a comment for Angela. Then I called my husband. Yes, my hubby knows I shared here first. He’s o.k. with it.
Several days passed with no call or email about my prize. I was starting to think it was just a big mistake. Finally, I thought to check my spam folder. Sure enough, there was an email from the sweepstakes company confirming that I was a winner as long as my information checked out. Another email followed that one, and then I got an affidavit in the mail that I had to fill out and get notarized.
Finally, I got a call letting me know that my MacBook was on its way. It arrived in late October, about three months after my, “Instant Win.”
Ready to start winning yourself? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- You will have to pay taxes on your earnings. We had to report the value of my MacBook as “other income,” when we did our taxes. As far as I can tell, this didn’t affect our return one iota, but it’s something to keep in mind before you enter for a lifetime supply of sweat socks or something.
- Make sure to follow the directions carefully.
- Check your email-and your Spam folders! A lot of bloggers recommend separate email accounts for coupon offers. If you use this for entering sweepstakes, don’t forget to check it!
Finally, a couple words of warning: There are some sweepstakes that are designed to get your information. Look in the fine print to see if entering will mean your receive a sales call. If something sounds fishy, it probably is!
Also, be cautious of Facebook sweepstakes. While some are legit, others are phony offers by internet scammers impersonating well known companies. Angela did a post on these phony Facebook offers a while ago. Last week I noticed many of my friends entering a sweepstakes for airline tickets, that just looked too good to be true. Thanks to that post, I knew to look closely at the url, and I was able to confirm that it was baloney.
You probably know that Albertsons has launched a brand new contest. If you’re headed that way, don’t forget to take your doublers and don’t forget to grab your game pieces on the way out. I’ll be playing. How about you?