Monday, January 9, 2017

The Year of the Giveaway: Tips For a Winning 2017

As a blogger, there is nothing I love more than sending out those messages to say, 'Congrats, you are the lucky winner!' There is just something about brightening someone's day, even just a little bit, that brings a smile to my face as well. Perhaps that is because I don't just post giveaways, I love entering them too! I know firsthand the excitement of opening my email to find a winning announcement. In fact, as a stay at home mom, giveaways have been a really fun way for me to contribute to my family! Throughout the years, I've been able to bring home many amazing prizes- gift cards, a car seat, a stroller, a play pen, a coffee maker...even a bounce house for my kiddos! It's allowed us to stretch our primarily single income budget that's for certain!

Because of that, I'm often asked, 'What's your secret? How are you so lucky!?'

To answer that question... it's not just luck! Yes, of course luck plays a part, but there are also some great strategies that you can use to increase your chances of winning too! Today, I wanted to share some of my personal tips with all of you so that you can make 2017 the most winning year of all:

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Enter. A Lot.
First and foremost, you cannot win if you don't enter, so take that first step- even if you think you never win anything. I have had so many winners throughout the years that have told me they had never won before in their life. There is a first time for everything. I've also had many winners who won with just one entry. So, even if you cannot or choose not to follow ALL of the steps listed, at least make that initial entry, it could be the lucky one! And enter a LOT of giveaways. For as many giveaways as I've won, I've entered even more!

Here are some great places to find giveaways to enter:

Giveaway Promote
Family Focus Blog
2 Wired 2 Tired
The Review Wire (Super Saturday Giveaway Linky- posted every Saturday)
OurKidsMom (Monday Morning Giveaway Linky- posted every Monday)
Mommies with Cents (Giveaways in Blogland Linky- posted every Wednesday)
Change Diapers (Cloth Diaper Giveaway Round Up & Linky- posted every Friday. Don't let the name fool you, this is a GREAT resource for finding cloth diaper giveaways around the web, but the linky also features family friendly giveaways too... NOT just diapers!)
Sarah's Blog of Fun (Friday Giveaway Link Up, posted every Friday)
Must Have Mom (Sunday Sweeps Giveaway Linky, posted every Sunday)
5 Minutes for Mom (Around the Blogosphere Giveaway Linky, posted every Sunday)

Complete As Many Entries As You Can.
While it may only take one entry to win, your chances DO go up with each additional entry. Most giveaways will have several different options available, so do as many as you are able. This step alone can make a HUGE difference.

Take Advantage of Daily Entries.
If a giveaway offers daily options such as tweeting or sharing the giveaway, take advantage of them! This goes along with the previous tip in getting you as many entries as possible--- sometimes there are even free daily entries. All you need to do is come back! Some of my most frequent winners are those that make sure to come back daily! I suggest making a bookmark folder on your browser so that you can do so easily.

Share for More Entries.
Some giveaways will give you the option to share the giveaway post for more entries. Simple as that. Again, this goes with completing as many as you can, but for some giveaways this can give you an even greater advantage- giving you extra entries for every person that enters via your link!

Follow the Rules.
There is nothing I hate more than going to choose a winner only to discover that the winner has not followed the rules- be it not completed mandatory entries or claiming an entry they did not complete. Not only does it stink for the would be winner, but it also takes up more time for the blogger too! Make sure you read everything carefully so you don't miss out! (On occasion, things happen and maybe you get a little click happy- its happened to me too. A simple comment letting them know about your mistake can make a big difference to me as a blogger!)

Check Your Email.
Finally, after you've gotten your entries in, followed the rules and came back's time to watch your inbox! There is nothing worse that going through all that effort and missing out by not responding in time. Many blogs require a response to winning emails within 48 hours, some are just 24. Either way, you want to be certain you are providing an email that you check frequently. I'm not saying you have to sit and refresh every 5 minutes, but you'll definitely want to check once a day at least. Also check your spam folders. I have found many giveaway announcements in my spam, and have been lucky to catch them in time! I know that many people like to have a separate giveaway account so that they can sign up for newsletters, etc without bogging down their primary account, and this is long as you remember to watch it closely.

Do you love entering giveaways? What are some of your favorite wins? What tips and tricks would you add to the list?


  1. This is a great post! I am not a blogger but sweeping is one of my favorite things to do. I do it at work to pass the time. I win somewhat often too and am also asked what to do and how to get started. I am excited to share this post with some friends! My favorite win is a tie between a $400 REI gift card and a really nice Casio keyboard that my daughter really wanted. I love your tip to take advantage of the daily entries, that is my go to. And to enter more often...I usually skip giveaways that look exhausting, haha. I am going to start the "at least one entry" theory!!! Thank you so much and lots of luck to you in 2017!


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