My New Hobby: Entering Sweepstakes & Instant Win Games

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I have a lot of free time since I’m not working regularly right now. I try to keep busy and be productive, but after 6 months it can become a little difficult to find new ways to fill up the day.

Over the past month or so I started seriously considering sweeping as a hobby. I read a few blogs and other articles online and decided this could be something fun I could do and maybe win some free stuff.

Recently the boyfriend and I decided we want to start saving money for the purpose of traveling. One of the goals of my sweeping is to try and win free trips or money that we could spend on trips. Do I expect to win any of this? Not necessarily, but if I do, it will be a great surprise and help us reach our travel goals faster.

How do I do all this? Well, I only spend 10-30 minutes a day entering sweepstakes, usually while watching TV. I keep a spreadsheet of sweepstakes and instant win games I want to enter every day and I work through those. If I have more time I may look for other sweepstakes to enter. It’s not a fancy system, but I’m new at this and it seems to be working.

I don’t necessarily do it every day either. This is a “when I have some free time” kind of hobby. Luckily right now I have lots of free time.

I’ve been doing this for about two and a half weeks now. In my first week I won two free movie tickets from an instant win game and a bag of cough drops. Sure, they’re not big fancy prizes, but I got the thrill of the win. Plus, my boyfriend and I will enjoy a free night at the movies and those cough drops will definitely come in handy over the winter months.

Since I’m no expert, I recommend reading Sweetie’s Sweeps and Contests & Sweepstakes at About.com to learn about sweeping and find some legit sweepstakes to enter.

What do you think of sweepstakes and other contests? Ever win anything?