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SavvySleuth.com: Online-Sweepstakes

Online-Sweepstakes.com is the BEST place online to get contest and sweepstakes leads of every kind.  The Savvy Sleuth has been a member since 2000, and seen it grow over the years into a place that welcomes newcomers and seasoned ‘sweepers’ alike.

“What’s a ‘Sweeper’?”

Anyone who enters contests and sweepstakes on a regular basis, either by mail or online is qualified as a ‘Sweeper’.  Sweepstaking is a fun hobby that virtually anyone online can do for fun and free stuff!

To jump into entering sweepstakes you really don’t need to do anything except sign-up at Online-Sweepstakes and start clicking to read about the existing sweepstakes in their extensive database.  There is a ‘Premium’ membership – paid – that allows you access to even more sweepstakes, but it’s really not necessary to get started.

If you do sign-up, be sure to check the ‘Forum’ for tips, leads to sweepstakes and comradare with other sweepers.  In the Forum folks post promo codes to share and wins to keep you going.  It’s fun… and free!

A cool feature at Onliine-Sweepstakes is that you can add to ‘My Sweeps’.  A feature that lists the current online sweepstakes you’re entering and keeps track of when those sweepstakess expire.  It’s an easy place to check in once a day to enter a bunch of sweepstakes.

“No one ever wins.  Why should I bother entering a sweepstakes?”

First, people win all the time.  The Savvy Sleuth won over $15,000 in prizes in one year!  Trip to Hawaii for 4 for 8 days, a dishwasher and year’s worth of soap, cash… all good stuff.

It’s really, really cool to get that call that tells you you’ve won, but it’s even more of a rush to have the FedEx truck pull up when you’re not expecting it and have them hand you an affidavit to sign – an acceptance of a big prize.

Prizes big and small are great, and if you ‘sweep’ consistently enough, they seem to roll in throughout each month.  It’s a fun hobby, and if you’re doing online entering exclusively, the only cash you are out is for your Internet services which you have already.

The Bad: Taxes

The bad part about winning, and the part you really don’t hear about,  you do have to pay taxes on the big wins.  For example, if you win something valued at $5,000… you may pay as much as $2,000 in taxes.  No kidding!

The point: “Don’t enter any big prize contests unless you really want to win it.”  Sometimes the contest sponsor will work with you on lowering the estimated retail value – which is what the taxes are based upon, not the ‘actual’ value.

Savvy Sleuth Clues to Successful Sweeping:

  • Get a web-based email to use exclusively for entries.  Keeps spam out of your main email box.
  • Enter only those big sweeps you really want to win.  Consider taxes.
  • Read the rules for each sweep to make sure how many times you can enter and to note any age or residency restrictions.
  • Join Online-Sweepstakes.com for the best sweeps forum on the Net.  Lots of seasoned sweepers with great advice are there to help and inspire you.
  • Don’t get discouraged.  It takes time for contests to be processed and prizes given out.
  • Enter ‘skills’ based contests if you possess the ‘skill’.  Writing or recipe contests fall into this category of sweeps.
  • If you enter mail-in sweepstakes the odds are in your favor because fewer people enter them, but it will cost you mailing supplies so budget and stick to it.
  • Check your local stores for mail-in sweepstakes on products and displays.  These often go unnoticed by shoppers, giving you better odds.
  • Never pay to enter a sweepstakes or contest.  Entering is free – anything else is called a ‘raffle’ or a scam!
Winning is a mindset.  Believe you can get tons of free stuff  by entering sweepstakes and contests, and with time… you will.  Enter to win and have fun!