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How to Find Online Freebies and Contests

I’m a freebie and giveaway lover – I love anything that has to do with the opportunity to win. You’ll often find me participating in contests, entering giveaways or playing bingo. It’s been like this since I was very small and I now have about 20 years of experience in winning! Among the prizes I’ve won are:

  • Living room set (three couches – one large three-seater, 2 small one-seaters)
  • Plates (a 24 set)
  • A TV
  • A beautiful, huge Swarovski crystal
  • Clothes
  • Kitchen appliances (mixer, toaster, etc.)
  • Gift certificates ($25, $100+)
  • A hammock for two
  • A netbook
  • Money!
  • So many others, that I can’t even remember.

As a matter of fact, just this week I won two gift certificates to a bagel restaurant. I can’t live off of my winnings, but it’s a fun on-the-side hobby and the thrill of the win is worth it.

Without further ado, I’ll share my secrets on how I am able to find awesome freebies, contests and giveaways!

1)     Just because you live outside the US doesn’t mean you can’t win.

Look for sites that list contests, giveaways and freebies available worldwide. They won’t be the huge US sweepstakes, but you will be surprised by the variety of great prizes and freebies that are available all over the world.

My recommendation? Well, my personal website, of course! It lists giveaways and freebies  open worldwide – my volunteers and I do the work of finding contests, freebies and giveaways for you. http://www.internationalgiveaways.com

2)     Follow companies on Facebook and on Twitter

Look for social media profiles of companies that sell items that you would want to win. You can also follow supermarkets, restaurants, events/activities, and so on.  They often run contests and giveaways, or offer freebies or coupons. Aim for the local companies as they tend to have the least amount of participants. For example, I try to find as many Israeli companies as possible. You would be surprised by the amount of competitions and giveaways that companies run on Facebook and Twitter.

3)     Search and target

What kind of freebies are you looking for? Food, coupons, samples? Look for websites and forums that list general or specific types of freebies through a simple Google search. In my experience, you have the best chance of finding relevant freebies if you look for websites/forums that list freebies in your region. When I put an actual effort into this, I receive dozens of packages of free goodies each month!

4)     Follow websites through RSS

Rather than having to go to each site individually, add all the sites’ feeds to an RSS reader.  That way, you don’t have to worry about missing freebies, contests or giveaways. Plus, it’s all nicely organized in your reader.

5)     Look for sweepstakes

Thousands of people may participate in sweepstakes, so your chances of winning the big prize are very small. However, sweepstakes tend to have dozens to hundreds of smaller prizes, so you may end up winning something small. I’ve won gift certificates, moisturizers, shirts and other goodies from these. Just remember to follow the rules and take advantage of the entry options – if they say you can enter once a day, then do it!

Winning tip: Be very selective about the giveaways & contests you enter
I don’t enter every contest or giveaway I find. If I did, I wouldn’t have enough time for anything else in my day. There are literally thousands of new giveaways running every day worldwide, so your best bet is to evaluate your chances of winning and time it right. I only enter the ones that I know I have a good chance of winning, and I try to avoid challenging my competition into beating me. The less time they have to add more entries against mine, the better… It’s all about strategy!

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Ave

    Thanks for great tips! I have received a lot of free baby food and other samples by following those companies in FB. The winning tip is really useful! 😀

  • Great post – I’m loving giveaways but have a lot to learn since I’m new to them 🙂 Shared.

  • thanks for the tips
    certainly will be picky and looking out for those items I really need or crave

  • I should be following the giveaways that you enter! Wow! I think the top prizes that I have won are less than $50 individually. A TV and living room set sounds like awesome wins! Thanks for sharing the giveaway tips 🙂

  • I’ve had some luck with building up a Amazon and Target GC collection saving for the holiday’s and got a few nice pieces of jewelry. But NEVER a whole living room set!! WOW I understand your “rules” when I first was entering I’d spend a good four hours entering things. Now I’m more selective =) But winning takes work for sure!!

  • SHauna

    What great tips… there are so many sites and opportunities out there so having you put it all in one place is great!

  • Gwen Mulholland

    What great tips and ideas.

  • Dawn Justice

    I’ve been entering giveaways for almost a year :). These are some great tips! Its nice to look in your email and be a winner :)!

  • Rita VonCoupon

    These are great tips. I’ve become much more selective about the sweeps I enter. Even though I rarely win, when I do…woohoo the excitement lasts for months.

  • Tom

    Nice summary. Came from livingaswe…

  • lilyk

    Great tips! It’s fun getting freebies and prizes.

  • Stacy Peart

    Great article!

  • veronicalee

    I’ve only started to participate in giveaway contests recently and I’m loving it already! These are really great tips. Thanks!