Over the past year, I've won an all-expenses-paid trip to L.A., a $1,000 shopping spree, an athletic shirt, a t-shirt for my daughter, and a $50 gift card.
My wins, though, are minuscule compared to the winnings of Laura Williams (pictured above), a Tennessee resident and mother of seven (ranging in age from 13 months to 19 years old). "In September, I almost averaged one [win] a day. In October, there were five days that I didn't win anything, but I had a few days that I won twice...so it averaged out to once a day at least."
I asked Laura to share some of her brilliant contesting tips with my readers here at Metropolitan Mama.
ME: Approximately how many contests do you enter per day?
ME: What kind of contest do you enter most often - blog contests, regular contests (some task or activity is required, i.e. essay or photo), or sweepstakes?
LAURA: Mainly blog contests. If it requires emailing, leaving a comment, signing up for RSS feed, posting about the contest on my blog, essays, signing up for email, etc.
ME: What type of contest brings you the most success - blog, single entry, daily entry, sweepstakes, photo contests, etc.?
LAURA: Blog contests.
ME: Where do you go to find contests and sweepstakes?
LAURA: The majority of them are contests from blogs that I have in my feed reader, or I may find a link on a blog to another blog with the contest. I have done blogsearch.google.com searches as well (just type in giveaway or contest).
ME: What is your biggest or best win to date?
LAURA: A $250 gift card to Williams-Sonoma was my biggest win, but I've also won books, cash (paypal), amazon g.c., toys, gift cards for Starbucks, and various other items.
ME: What tips would you give to a mom who wants to start contesting?
LAURA: You can't win if you don't enter. Read the contest details to make sure of the requirements.
Where do you go to find contests and what have you won? Share your best tips here!