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What with all the daily deal websites now live, a lot more attention is being brought upon coupon websites thanks to such shows as TLC’s Extreme Couponing. There are definitely many, many ways to save money out there! This hasn’t appeared too much in mainstream media yet but it definitely will… as it is just an extension of couponing and daily deals. What the heck am I talking about, you ask? I'm talking about contest websites. You just enter in a contest and run the chance to win a great prize. No need to buy anything!
I had a period of time where I was ADDICTED to entering contests. I think I entered contests for about 30 minutes to 1 hour each day. I even downloaded a toolbar where I could automatically enter my information (instead of typing out my name, address, phone, email etc.) with a click of a button.. I think it was called roboform. I would go on the Red Flag Deals forums and enter the contests users on the forums post. I didn't enter the daily contests because I knew that the chances of me winning one of those was slim to none. I did enter the “one time only entry” contests. I'm not sure where the thrill was, I think it was knowing that there stood a chance for me to win something by paying nothing. Except for spending my time….
After a few months of this addiction (yes, I have an addictive sort of personality), I didn't win anything. At the peak of my contest entering addiction, I even called into the local television station when they announced giveaways, but I never got through the phone line. My friend (who shares the same interests as me, including admitting to entering contests overzealously a few years ago) actually was lucky enough to win something. She won a getaway spa package for two to Toronto. She got flown to Toronto, got to stay in a four star hotel, and got to have three days of spa time… for free. Now that's what I call BLISS… especially since it was FREE.
Back then (again at the peak of my contest entering addiction), my favourite Canadian contest website is Wannawin , which features both daily and weekly free contests . Wannawin’s contests are simple: register, play and win. All new prizes as well as winners are announced through Wannawin’s newsletter as well as on the website, which shows accountability. I often wonder if the contests I enter have real “winners” since they never announce who wins…however, this website does which puts my little-contest-entering-heart at ease.
Wannawin has actually been on the market for about 10 years and has gained a very strong following. They are apparently the largest contest entering website in Canada. They showcase the traditional prizes, such as electronics and travel, but they also offer many gift cards. I find these to be the most interesting prizes as you can choose exactly what you want from the store. This is especially important for stores like clothes retailers.
I recently had a look again (haha, a relapse into my addiction?) and found out something very exciting about Wannawin. That there’s going to be a new way soon to get those gift cards other than the contests. Wannawin will soon give you points every time you click on an email, participate in a contest or survey as well as send an invitation to a friend. Very soon, a boutique will be created within the site where you can exchange the points for gift cards. What does this mean? This means that it doubles the chance of winning because participation in contests fuels the points. Can you say free gift cards?!
Readers, have you ever entered contests? Better yet, have you ever entered contests and actually won? What was your best prize?
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