So far in the 7 Ways to Pile Up Christmas Money series we have talked about some creative ways to find money for those gifts. Ways to get gift cards. Taking odd jobs. Today we’re going off in a slightly different direction. Let’s talk giveaways.
Chances are that you’ve heard a giveaway of some sort advertised lately. Radio stations are always giving something away. So are companies. And bloggers.
But how often do you act on those giveaways? Do you ever make an attempt to enter, or do you automatically assume you won’t win and you don’t even try?
Well, there are probably some giveaways out there that really are too good to be true. But most of them are legitimate ways to get some free items. If you are careful about entering good giveaways, it can actually be a way to score some Christmas presents or the money to spend on them!
There are bloggers out there who spend a lot of their time and efforts posting giveaways for you to enter. Most of them don’t require much time or effort on your part to enter.
The cost of giveaways
One lesson we try to imprint on our children is that nothing in life is free. And it’s the same for these giveaways! Many bloggers will ask you to tweet about their giveaway, follow them on social media, or leave a blog comment.
Usually these things aren’t required, but they will earn you extra entries. I have no problems with these requirements, because if I follow them on social media, I know I will find out when they have more giveaways that I can enter.
If you find the idea of filling out everything on a Rafflecopter to be tedious, I recommend that you at least try to enter the most interesting giveaways by doing one task. Perhaps you can leave a blog comment or tweet about the giveaway. If your name is in the hat at all, you’ve got a chance at winning! So pick a one or two parts of the Rafflecopter that you don’t mind doing and enter those ways.
Go big or go small?
You might be tempted to only enter the biggies. “Win $500 in Paypal money” or “Win $200 in Amazon dollars” sounds awesome! But keep in mind that it’s going to sound awesome to a lot of other people, too.
Your odds of winning a smaller ticket item are often better, because so many people will consider them not worth their time. If you win a book or a movie, that can still be a great present for the right person. You might even be able to design a fun basket gift around a movie (add some popcorn or candy for some extra punch to the gift).
Where to find giveaways?
Since I do so often enter giveaways, one great way for you to learn about new giveaways is to follow me on Twitter. I often tweet links to giveaways that I have entered.
Another great way is to find a giveaway linkup that a blogger is hosting. It’s a great one stop shop to find a whole list of giveaways, and you are sure to find one or two that look interesting to you or your giftees!
Here’s a blog that keeps a list of giveaways with a low number of entries. You can also search Twitter for the hashtag #giveaways to find a wide variety to choose from.
My friend Elia at Conservamom hosts a weekly linkup that you should definitely visit to get you started. She often hosts giveaways for great items for babies and small children, so if you have people on your present list that fit that category I recommend you check out her giveaways.
Entering giveaways is a great way to save money on Christmas spending.
Have you ever won an item in a giveaway? Do you have any tips for better chances at winning? Leave us a comment and share your advice!