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Your Next Hobby: Entering Contests & Winning Free Stuff


Is there anything better than seeing this subject line pop up in your email inbox? (Along with the knowledge that it’s not a scam – of course!)

For the past year and a half I’ve been sporadically entering online contests. Whenever I have a few moments of free time, I’ll boot up my computer and try to win a free cruise to Antarctica.

The payoff may not always be great but it’s a fun, and best of all, free hobby. From baby gear, to recipe books and crock-pots, cruises and guided tours, cars, electronics, and even cash prizes – there are thousands of online contests available if you know where to look and have a little spare time to enter them.

So before you dive into this new hobby, here are a few tips to get you started:

Most of the things I’ve won thus far have been small prizes from local contests. (My favourite win was my Trapeze Class with WestCoast Flying Trapeze.) I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a new car but I get pretty excited even for my small “movie ticket” wins.

Keep in mind that many contests also enter bonus entries if you share them on your social media account and get friends to sign up. Just try not to spam your friends too much – they don’t tend to appreciate it. 😉

All in all, entering contests is a great rainy-day hobby. It’s free and fun. Who knows – you may end up with a new blender, a bubbling hot tub, or a free trip to Australia.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start entering some contests!

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