Free Sweepstakes Roundup

Free Contests to Try Your Luck, January Week 3 🥇

I'd like to point out something regarding gift card prize. Even if the prize is for a brand or store you aren't interested in, you should still enter! Gift card prizes are easily swapped out for straight cash money with only a tiny drop in value. For instance, if you won a $1,000 gift card for a store you'll never shop at, don't worry! You could sell it on ebay or Raise and put $950+ in your pocket!

In other occurrences, you can get a check in place of the prize! You'd be surprised how many contest fine prints offer to swap out the prize in place of an easy check.

With that said, let's get to this week's Try Your Luck contest roundup!

As always, we keep an updated list of free instant win sweepstakes you can enter as well. These are different types of free giveaways where you find out if you won right after you enter! Also, if you've won anything form this series, please let us know! I'm dusting off our page of lucky winners 🙂

Like freebies, you should use a separate email address for entering giveaways so that your main email isn't spammed. Just make sure to check it once a week to see if you've won anything!

Most of these contests are single-entries, meaning you only enter once. However, there are some exceptions:

  • are contests that allow daily entries.
  • are contests with a close deadline.

PCH Weekly Money Contest

$5,000 a week FOR LIFE from Publishers Clearing House. You get to scream at the winner who isn't you on live television too! – February 28

$10,000 Slumberland credit – January 30

Trip for four to Hawaii worth $12,500 – March 17

Mercedes-Benz cargo van – January 24

$10,000 worth of windows and doors from Renewal by Andersen – January 11, 2022

Cash Prize Contests

  1. $3,125 – January 24
  2. $1,000 Visa gift card – January 31
  3. $1,000 – January 31
  4. $2,500 Container Store gift card – February 28
  5. $2,000 – January 31
  6. $5,200 Save-A-Lot gift cards – February 9
  7. $7,000 Carter's Jewelry credit. Requires an IG follow. – February 11

Travel Prize Contests

  1. Colorado road trip vacation for two worth $7,100 -February 23
  2. Four night trip for two to Riviera Maya, Mexico worth $3,000 – January 27
  3. Two-night stay for four in Nashville – March 15
  4. Two roundtrip air tickets to Palm Springs, California worth $1,000 – January 31
  5. Trip for two to Las Vegas & Shaw's Basketball Fantasy Camp – February 28
  6. Two-night stay in Norman, Oklahoma – February 15
  7. Three nights Airbnb stay all worth $1,310 – February 11

Item Prize Contests

  1. Apple watch – February 25
  2. iPhone 12 – February 15
  3. Playstation 5, 50″ 4K Smart TV and way more – February 7
  4. Craft Beer neon signs from Bud Light worth $2,000 – February 2
  5. Heat pump water heater worth $2,000 – February 15
  6. Fashion, beauty and home goods from female-founded brands worth $1,525 – February 3
  7. Products from Westinghouse worth $1,600- January 27

Free Sweepstakes Roundup

Free Contests to Try Your Luck, January Week 2 🎁

I hope you're feeling lucky, because this week's Try Your Luck contest roundups is ready! And don't forget we have an updated list of free instant win sweepstakes you can enter as well. These are different types of free giveaways where you find out if you won right after you enter!

Like freebies, you should use a separate email address for entering giveaways so that your main email isn't spammed. Just make sure to check it once a week to see if you've won anything!

Most of these contests are single-entries, meaning you only enter once. However, there are some exceptions:

  • are contests that allow daily entries.
  • are contests with a close deadline.

$7,000 a week FOR LIFE from Publishers Clearing House. You get to scream at the winner who isn't you on live television too! – April 26

$500,000 – February 4

$70,000 Ford F-150 pickup truck plus $30,000 cash OR $100,000 cash. – January 17

2020 Jeep Wrangler valued at $30,000. Not available to NY, FL, HI, AK and RI residents. – July 31

Cash Prize Contests

  1. $20,000 – January 31
  2. $10,000 – February 5
  3. $5,000 ShopHQ credit – January 24
  4. $6,600 – February 8
  5. $1,000 – January 29
  6. $10,000 – December 31

Travel Prize Contests

  1. Two-night stay for four people in Flagstaff, Arizona – January 24
  2. Six-night stay for two people to Whistler, Canada worth $15,000 – April 15
  3. Trip to Thailand (use code JG6F5N Win airfare and nine night accommodations in three cities worth $1,059 – January 31
  4. Four-night stay for two in Riviera Maya, Mexico – January 28
  5. Trip for four people to Florida with ticket to SeaWorld worth $4,400 – January 29
  6. Five-night stay for four people to Hawaii, worth $12,500. Just watch a short video to enter. – March 17
  7. Trip for two to France or Australia worth $8,400 – January 31

Item Prize Contests

  1. Coleman travel trailer worth $10,995 – February 28
  2. DJ producer equipment and software prize pack – January 31
  3. Yamaha Blu-ray player with a soundbar, wireless speakers and more – January 19
  4. Assorted fitness gear and more worth $2,600 – February 1
  5. Two Velux skylights with installation worth $7,500 – February 22
  6. Western gear worth up to $2,500 – March 31
  7. Custom furniture worth $2,500 – February 1

Free Sweepstakes Roundup

Free Contests to Try Your Luck, January Week 1 🎉

I hope you're feeling lucky, because the weekly Try Your Luck contest roundups is ready a little early!

And don't forget we have an updated list of free instant win sweepstakes you can enter as well! These are different types of free giveaways where you find out if you won right after you enter!

Like freebies, you should use a separate email address for entering giveaways so that your main email isn't spammed. Just make sure to check it once a week to see if you've won anything!

Most of these contests are single-entries, meaning you only enter once. However, there are some exceptions:

  • are contests that allow daily entries.
  • are contests with a close deadline.

$7,000 a week FOR LIFE from Publishers Clearing House. You get to scream at the winner who isn't you on live television too! – April 26

$100,000 – In order to make picks, you'll need to click “Enter Code” then click “Don't have a product? GET CODE.” Do this a few times, then make a few quick guesses. – February 7

GMC Yukon Denali OR $100,000 cash – January 31

$25,000 Winner gets a check cut for the full prize! – June 30

Trip for two to Australia or France worth up to $8,400 – January 31

$8,000 trip for 2 to Switzerland – February 14

Cash Prize Contests

  1. $5,000 check – January 15
  2. $2,500 Diamond Nexus jewelry gift card – January 31
  3. $4,000 gift card – February 26
  4. $2,000 – January 11
  5. $2,500 Amazon gift card. All you have to do is add a minimum of $75 worth of Maxi-Cosi items AND a minimum of $45 worth of Huggies items to your registry to be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes.- February 28
  6. $1,000 – December 31
  7. $1,000 Lulus shopping spree – January 31

Travel Prize Contests

  1. Lady Gaga concert trip for two worth up to $20,100 – April 30
  2. Trip for four people to Nashville worth $4,700 – March 31
  3. Trip for two to Boston worth $5,000 – February 28
  4. Trip for two to Las Vegas worth $2,500 – January 10
  5. Getaway to Santa Catalina Mountains worth $7,000 – January 28
  6. Trip for two to Los Angeles with tickets to Super Bowl worth $6,000. Send an email to [email protected] and include within the email the name of the Giveaway, “2021 American Red Cross Super Bowl LVI Giveaway,” your first name, last name, mailing address and a valid email address. – January 31
  7. Caribbean cruise for two worth up to $5,000 – November 5
  8. Trip to Jackson Hole worth $1,500 – April 3

Item Prize Contests

  1. Cyberpowerpc gamer extreme vr gaming pc – January 18
  2. Gaming computer worth $3,500 – January 20
  3. Infinity replacement windows or doors plus installation worth up to $10,000 – December 28
  4. 70″ big screen TV – February 7
  5. Channellock hand tools worth $2,800 – January 31
  6. Diamond stud earrings worth $5,000 – January 31
  7. Apple iPhone Pro Max worth $1,099 – January 13

Pinecone Earn Money Online Contests

Best of luck! If you manage win something, please share your good fortune with us in the comments!


Free Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer

HIF Giveaway: iSteady Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer 🤳

The recent HIF giveaway was so popular – congrats to Hiffer Renee for winning! – that I'm back with another.

The folks at TikTech have offered to give away this great Hohem iSteady Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer worth $70! 🤳

With this gimbal, you're able to record amazing videos while walking or moving without any excess choppiness or “shaky cams.” Even better, the gimbal one-hand controls allow you to zoom, rotate, and change camera modes all without touching the phone. It also has a cool face-tracking feature for solo videographers and can easily flip between vertical and horizontal mode with the push of a button.

Winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.


HIF Giveaway: Complete Nonstick Cookware Set GiveawayComplete Nonstick Cookware Set Giveaway

HIF Giveaway: Free Complete Nonstick Cookware Set 🍳

Free Cookware Giveaway

BOOOO! Wait, don't run off, I was just trying to be festive and announce a new HIF giveaway!

The kind folks at KOCH SYSTEME CS have offered to give away this free complete nonstick cookware set!

This giveaway includes the following prizes:

  • 8″ frypan
  • 10″ frypan with lid
  • 5qt stock pot with lid
  • 3qt sauté pan with lid
  • 3qt sauce pan with lid
  • 1.5qt saucepan with lid
  • 5 black nylon cooking utensils

I don't know about you, but I started cooking a heck of a lot more when the pandemic hit. I could have really used these pots and pans a few months ago when I was struggling to cook an egg without scorching it!

This cookware is incredibly solid with a double layer of nonstick coating for amazing food release and unbelievably easy cleanup. I love the speckled red look as well, which has a much nicer appearance than my all-black cookware.

Another nice feature are the Bakelite handles, which stay cool while cooking. They're both ergonomical and have pre-punched holes to make hanging & storage easier.

Winner will be contacted by email on Friday, November 13, 2020.


Free Sweepstakes Roundup

Free Contests to Try Your Luck, October Week 4 🔥

I know, it's November, but we're back with Try Your Luck contest roundsup! Below you'll find a selection of free contests to enter. Most of them have low entries and will end soon, so the chances of us winning them are higher than with most! Also, please don't ignore this tip below like my mom did! 👇

Just like freebies, I suggest you use a separate email address for entering giveaways so that your main email isn't spammed. Just make sure to check it every now and again to see if you've won anything!

Most of these contests are single-entries, meaning you only enter once. However, along with the expiration dates, I've marked contests with special perks.

  • are contests that allow daily entries.
  • are contests with a close deadline.

PCH Weekly Money Contest

$2,500 a week FOR LIFE from Publishers Clearing House. You get to scream at the winner who isn't you on live television too! – December 23

$10,000 for yourself and $10,000 for a friend. – December 27

Trip for two to California plus a set of golf clubs, worth $20,000 – December 4

Custom painted Juice Monster car worth $35,000 – November 30

Video game streamer bundle, including ASUS TUF 144hz monitor, ROG Delta headset, mouse, keyboard, ASUS mousepad and ​$400 amazon gift card – November 25

Cash Prize Contests

  1. $1,000 prize pack of gift cards and products for your dog – November 3
  2. $3,000 and two VIP tickets to an upcoming Major Lazer show – December 18
  3. $500 pre-paid gift card – December 18
  4. $2,000 Visa gift card or Hilton gift card – November 30
  5. $1,000 worth of newborn necessities – November 17
  6. $1,000 plus a virtual VIP party with comedian Mike Epps & host Big Tigger – November 15
  7. Four $250 gift cards – November 15

Travel Prize Contests

  1. Seven-night stay for two people in Riviera Maya including an intimate moment bath with house wine, an eco-boat tour and more – November 16
  2. Trip for two to the Daytona 500 worth $3,000 – December 26
  3. Trip for two to the Ohio State University's team training facility, worth $2,000. You can only enter this contest on a mobile phone. – November 29
  4. Trip for two to Redcrest 2021 in Oklahoma includes airfare, cash, gift cards and more worth $18,350 – December 31
  5. Trip for two to the filming location of a Hallmark Channel – December 31
  6. Trip for two to the National Comedy Center in NY worth $2,500 – November 20

Item Prize Contests

  1. A1 Home Music System worth $199 – November 22
  2. 9-LP 180G super-deluxe edition of Wildflowers by Tom Petty, worth $250 – November 8
  3. Milwaukee M18 Blower – December 31
  4. Three Cleveland golf wedges, worth $420 – December 31
  5. Lenovo Smart Tab M8 Tablet – November 7
  6. XCVI Outfit – November 6
  7. iPhone 12 64GB – November 23
  8. $150 Visa gift card and Darcy Coates Collection of 17 books – November 30

So, have any Hiffers won anything recently? 😊


Free Instant Win Sweepstakes Giveaways

Free Instant Win Sweepstakes

During last year's freebie drought, I picked up two new habits.

  1. Making nude, moonlight dances to the Freebies Gods.
  2. Entering free, instant-win sweepstakes.

Only one has produced any positive results! But that didn't stop me from compiling a full list of instant win contests.

Since I originally started this, I've won 14 different contests for about $440~ in prizes! It's not a lot, but I only do it a few minutes each day, like while I'm watching TV or waiting for something to download. Over $400 in winnings isn't too bad with such a low investment.

With instant win contests, you can enter at least once a day, usually with nothing more than an email address. The trade off is that instead of winning a car or a house, you win a gift card or a prize pack.

However, I've had better results with these types of contests. If you think about it, companies never have trouble getting people to enter contests for mega prizes. Everybody and their cousin wants a free vacation, duh. But when companies offer multiple smaller prizes. every day, your odds go way up. Why?

  1. There are way more total prizes.
  2. There are less people entering.

So try your luck with these instant win contests and see if you can't pad your stocking a little this Christmas 😉

Free Instant Win Giveaways





ContestPrizesEntryExpiration
Miller64 Dry-ish January200 T-Shirts or Cash PrizesDaily01/31/21
Camel ArtAffect In Residence200 $500 Gift CardsDaily01/27/21
Coca-Cola “Sip, Scan & ReFresh”100 Cash Prizes +PlusDaily02/01/21
My Dunkin’ Mood11,004 Gift Cards +PlusDaily02/01/21
Tic Tac ‘Shake Up Valentine’s Day’75 Various PrizesOnce02/26/21
Circle K "Tap & Win"2 Million Various ItemsDaily02/26/21
Frito-Lay "Snack a Little Smarter"2,500 Spotify SubscriptionsDaily02/28/21
Corona ‘New Year’61 Prize PacksDaily02/28/21
Heineken Holiday Koozie5,000 KooziesDaily02/28/21
Woodbridge Baseball Home Cave101 $100 MLBShop Codes +PlusDaily03/01/21
Kraft Mac N’ Color516 Crayola ProductsDaily03/01/21
Wyndham "Key to Wyn"9,477 Amazon Gift Cards +PlusDaily03/01/21
Lucky Charms "Just Magical Marshmallows"5,133 Pouches of Marshmallows15x Total03/31/21
White Claw “Find A New Wave”475 $180 Gift CardsDaily04/02/21
Oreo “Sing it with Oreo”2,922 Prize Packs +Plus10x Daily04/30/21
Newport Payday Spin to Win2,223 Gift Cards or ChecksDaily05/11/21

Free Sweepstakes Giveaways

ContestPrizesEntryExpiration
Rachel RayRachel Ray CookwareOnce01/20/21
Garnier “Watermelon Treats”300 Prize PacksDaily01/21/21
Sunbelt Bakery Flavor Freebie22 Cases of Snack BarsDaily01/22/21
Tasty Rewards “New Year $2,021”1 $2,021 CheckDaily01/23/21
Gerolsteine Sparkling ‘New Year’100 Cases of WaterOnce01/24/21
Bud Light NFL Squares62 Grills, Coolers +PlusDaily01/24/21
Alex And Ani ‘Live Your Love’1 Prize PackOnce01/25/21
Food Network Flavortown $10,0001 $10,000 CheckDaily01/25/21
TBS Ford ‘Go Big or Go Home’1 2021 Ford TruckOnce01/27/21
Community Coffee ‘Krewe of Community’3 Prize PacksOnce01/27/21
Ray’s Gameday16 Prize PacksOnce01/28/21
Zebra ‘Make Your Memories’40 Prize PacksDaily01/28/21
OrganicGirl Get In Gear20 Prize PacksOnce01/29/21
Bonne Maman “Better Together”5 Prize PacksOnce01/31/21
No Cow Peloton Bike1 Peloton BikeOnce01/31/21
Tea India Chai “Box-A-Day”31 Boxes of TeaDaily01/31/21
Lifetime Killer Combo1 Peloton Bike +PlusDaily01/31/21
Avon ‘Romantic Beauty’ Prize Pack4 Prize PacksOnce01/31/21
Peltz Shoes “New Goals” Sneaker31 Pairs of ShoesOnce01/31/21
Ann Taylor $1,000 Gift Card1 $1,00 Gift CardOnce01/31/21
Absolut Holiday16 Prize PacksOnce01/31/21
Garnier “Find Your Winter Blend”4 $1,000 Gift Cards +PlusOnce01/31/21
Walmart November-January750 $100 Gift CardsDaily01/31/21
John Soules Big Game10 Cases of Product +PlusDaily01/31/21
Good to Go “Feel Good”502 Products +PlusDaily02/01/21
Roku Ultra50 Roku Ultra DevicesDaily02/01/21
HGTV “Home Town: Ben’s Workshop”21 $250 Gift Cards +PlusDaily02/01/21
Travel Channel $10,000 “Dream Big Daily”1 $10,000 CheckDaily02/02/21
Weston Super Chute Juice Extractor1 Juice ExtractorOnce02/02/21
Cabot Cheese “Shape Up”40 Prize PacksOnce02/04/21
EatingWell’s “Healthy Habits for Life”1 $500 CheckDaily02/04/21
Muscle Milk “Upgrade Your Strength”50 Prize PacksDaily02/05/21
Husqvarna Winter Apparel5 Prize PacksOnce02/05/21
Mars Wrigley “Candy Call It”159 Various Prizes3x Daily02/07/21
Pero Family Farms Healthy Made Easy7 Prize Packs or ProductsOnce02/07/21
Planters Pick ‘Em $100k Challenge250 $100 Cash PrizesOnce02/07/21
Bud Light Seltzer NFL Homegate95 Prize PacksWeekly02/07/21
Mineragua New Year’s8 $500 Gift CardsDaily02/07/21
Save-A-Lot ‘Groceries For A Year’52 $100 Gift CardsOnce02/09/21
Butterfinger Xbox Series X10 Xbox Series X ConsolesDaily02/15/21
Henkel “Ask Team Clean”1 $4,000 Gift CardOnce02/16/21
Henkel “Ask Team Clean”1 $4,000 Gift CardOnce02/16/21
HGTV Dream It Lowe’s Gift Card8 $500 Lowe’s Gift CardsDaily02/17/21
Food Network $5,000 Wayfair Gift Card1 $5,000 Gift CardDaily02/17/21
Garnier “Sulfate Free Remedy”150 Prize PacksDaily02/26/21
White Claw “Exercise Bike”5 Exercise BikesDaily02/28/21
19 Crimes ‘Find the 19th Cork’4,861 Pop Sockets, Speakers +PlusDaily02/28/21
Toyota x Burton One World1 Vehicle + Prize PackOnce03/14/21
Pik-Nik “Wonder Woman 1984”1 Prize PackOnce03/14/21
Hill’s Science Diet Every Great Day’660 Product Coupons +PlusMonthly03/31/21
MXD Cocktail Co Mystery160 Headphones, Speakers +PlusDaily03/31/21
Costa Sunglasses52 Pairs of Sunglasses +PlusWeekly03/31/21
Tina’s Burritos TV31 Prize Packs or Movie DownloadsOnce03/31/21
VSP Vision ‘See Happy’44 Gift Cards +PlusDaily04/30/21
General Mills PlayStationNow300 Playstation Now SubscriptionsDaily04/30/21
Little Debbie LEGOLAND21 Prize Packs +PlusDaily06/30/21
Starbucks Customer Experience1,200 $100 Gift CardsMonthly09/30/21
Tuesday Morning Perks Card4 $500 Gift CardsDaily12/31/21
Heineken ‘Star Quality’12 $1,040 Gift CardsDaily12/31/21
Oriental Trading “Your Big Day” $1,00012 $1,000 Gift CardsMonthly12/31/21
Tito’s Golf2,620 Golf Bags, More +PlusDaily12/31/21

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Raffle

$25 Amazon Gift Card Raffle

I've got some cool giveaways and raffles lined up as we approach the holidays. However, today, I wanted to kick things off with a simple Amazon gift card giveaway!

The gift card giveaway ends Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3pm est. The winner will be notified by email and announced on Hey, It's Free! on Friday, October 11.


Free Shell Fuel Rewards Penske Giveaway

Shell Fuel Rewards Giveaway

Free Shell Fuel Rewards Penske Giveaway

Shell Fuel Rewards is a free rewards program where members save $0.05 on every fill up at Shell stations. On top of being a great way to lower your gas bill, Shell Fuel Rewards also supplied me with a Team Penske gift pack to give away, which includes signed merchandise from NASCAR No. 22 driver Joey Logano!

Use the widget below or click here to enter for your chance to win the following items:

  • Joey Logano signed Pennzoil No. 22 hat
  • Large team Penske shirt
  • Joey Logano signed No. 22 action racing collectables car

Shell Fuel Rewards Giveaway

The giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on Nov. 16 and one lucky winner will be contacted via email on Nov. 18. Good luck!


$100 Checks in the Mail Giveaway

Checks in the Mail Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and giveaway on behalf of Savings.com and Checks in the Mail. However all opinions written below are 100% my own. I ate a bug once in the 1st grade. I also had a huge crush on Christine Taylor when she was in Hey, Dude. How much more do I have to share here?

Actually, let me share one more thing. I used to hate checks. Like, really, I hated them. It wasn't for the typical reasons though. Sure, I thought they were antiquated and I couldn't understand why anybody in their right mind would use, let alone prefer them.

It probably didn't help that my typical interactions with them always involved giving away money too. Making a car payment, insurance, probably a few repairs in there as well. Bills, which apparently come every month. Students loans! HAHA! I paid how much for what exactly again?! I still don't know.

No, the reason I grew to hate checks was because they were forced on me. Some bills could only be paid by check, because that makes sense. Others weren't as macabre, but they charged a few dollars to pay by card.

As a broke 20 year old, I didn't just pinch pennies, I named them and there was no way I could justify giving away Frank, Yolanda, George, Stephanie, Little P, Maryanne, Sir Elton of Dover, Little P Jr., and Winkin' Lincoln as punishment for rejecting what I considered dinosaur technology. “Fine,” I meekly mumbled to myself as I paid $30 I didn't have for a box of checks I didn't want, “I'll buy these, but I'm drawing the line at faxing in my payment!”

Flash forward a decade.

I don't know how it happened, but I developed a habit of saving. I squirreled money away, got a steady job (or whatever the heck this is!), and even *gulp* drank cheap liquor. When my lease ended in August, I kicked around the idea of getting my first apartment alone. I'd always had some sort of roommate situation, be it friends, family, or strangers. (There've been some characters. Remind me to tell you about Phil one day.) It was never a huge deal, but hey, I like walking around naked after a shower or drinking milk from the carton as much as the next guy. Unfortunately I learned the hard way both are activities others frown upon.

The lease I signed last month only had one signature when I submitted it for approval. My new apartment isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Drop a ball in my living room and I know the exact spot it'll end up. The guy next door loves blaring the television at volumes most high orbit spy satellites pick up. Oh and windows are apparently optional!

But it's all mine 🙂 It's my first “home” that I get to make completely my own, something that excites me, and that is something I never saw coming in a million years.v

Landlords are probably one of the biggest holdouts in the “Vive la Checks!” camp. However when I pulled my checkbook out last month while signing the lease, I wasn't filled with hate or annoyance or even apathy. There was happiness and pride and excitement and holy crap it felt stupendous!!!

I'd never had that experience while holding a check. I'm thrilled to say those emotions carried over to the first of this month as well. I guess you can say I don't hate checks anymore.

 

Discount Code

I've never personally used Checks in the Mail and I'm not in the market for more at the moment, but I've bookmarked them and will use them next year when I run out. They've got good reviews online and an A+ rating with the BBB to boot. If you happen to need checks now, you can't go wrong with their current offer. New customers get 60% off plus free shipping via code GET60. Sounds pretty rad to me.

 

Awesome Giveaway Details

Most of us get monthly Valpaks stuffed with coupons, which is already great enough. However Checks in the Mail got in touch with them recently and offered to place $100 checks in Valpaks across the country. So make sure to open your Valpak ASAP the next time it arrives

As if that wasn't enough, Checks in the Mail has teamed up with a few bloggers to give away $100 to 10 of our lucky readers. You can enter via the widget below and the fine print can be found beneath it.

I hope all 10 winners are Hiffers. Okay, I'll settle for 9. So go enter, good luck, and just for fun leave a comment saying what you'd spend your winnings on! Just a warning: if you say Macallan, we might become best friends.


2010 Freebies Review & $50 GC Contest

So, let's see. 2010 for HIF saw:

  • 1,242 Freebies Posted
  • 1,026 Freebies Received (including movie rental codes and online free points)
  • 268 Magazines Received
  • 1 $50 Gift Card being given away in this post

These stats don't count anything I got in January 2010 since I didn't start the Freebies Received series until February. It also doesn't count freebies that were posted in the past few weeks that I'll receive in the future, so I have to be ecstatic with those numbers.

One thing I noticed while going over the past year was the number of food items given away this year. Granola bars, oatmeal, cookies, tea, coffee, cereal, crackers, popcorn, candy, gum, deli meat, bacon, macaroni, Bisquick, chips, energy bars. I've always food is one of the three most common freebies, but geez, you don't realize how much we got until you add it all up.

But what about my absolute favorite freebies? I thought for a bit, looked around to see what freebies I still use to this day, and came up with the following.

Top 10 Favorite Freebies of 2010

  1. US Postal Office Sample Showcase – This box came with 12 freebies and it was glorious. Coffee, shampoo, steak seasonings, lotions, soap, and more – it was all put to good use!
  2. Uniball Super Ink pen – I haven't used a different pen since the day this baby arrived. I actually lost it a few weeks ago and bought a few packages of them at the store. Anybody who says freebies don't convert to paying customers should think again.
  3. Multi-tool pocket knife – No more opening packages with my teeth!
  4. Kraft Sample Pack – Ten food products (including three free full-sized ones) came in the box. I buy Wheat Thins now due to this freebie alone.
  5. Kraft Coupon Book – Kraft again? You better believe it. One tiny brochure brought six coupons for free full-sized Kraft products from deli meat to macaroni to a free pizza. I ate well that week.
  6. American Apparel thong – Only because I had a heck of a time explaining it to my friends who saw me open it.
  7. Tena Adult Underwear – These freebies helped me execute a longterm prank where I convinced my youngest brother that I wasn't potty trained. It ended when his teachers started sending home notes about the topic he brought up during “Share Time” in class.
  8. LED UFO light – Let me paint a picture for you: I'm alone in the mountains in the middle of a monsoon when my car breaks down. I had an idea what the problem was, but both the bulb in my hood and my cell phone were dead. Enter the UFO light, which I had inexplicably thrown into my glove box. Long story short I slept in my bed instead of my truck that night.
  9. Extra Dessert Delights gum – I selected the mint ice cream gum and it tasted so genuine that I bought both of the other flavors. I am now addicted to the Key Lime Pie and am begging my friends and family for an intervention.
  10. Playboy and Macworld magazine subscriptions – Both of these tie for the final spot as they're wonderful reads. Seriously. I read them for the articles!

Another realization I had while going through the archives was the number of full sized freebies that I received, be it through the mail, coupon, or rebate. For the list below, I didn't include anything that could (or should I say, should) be used or consumed in one sitting. Doing so would have more than tripled the list as there were plenty of drinks and travel sized toiletries handed out.

Full Size Freebies

  1. Bar of Dove soap
  2. Package of Double Stuf Oreos
  3. 7 bottles of Excedrin medicine – Did anyone else remember that in addition to the free coupons Excedrin has recently bombarded us with, they also gave away a few in January / February of 2010? I sure didn't.
  4. Bottle of Louisiana hot sauce
  5. Package of Heluva Good Dip
  6. Package of Borden cheese
  7. Bag of Reese's Pieces
  8. Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo
  9. 2 bags of Planters Trail Mix
  10. Pack of 5 React gum
  11. Pack of Stride gum
  12. Jar of Enfamil baby formula
  13. Bottle of Renu Multi-Purpose contact solution
  14. Package of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon
  15. Box of Kraft macaroni
  16. Package of Oscar Mayer deli meat
  17. Package of Uncle Ben’s rice
  18. Package of Kraft Cheesy macaroni
  19. Jug of Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice
  20. Box of Kool-Aid
  21. Box of Mac & Cheese
  22. One DiGiorno’s pizza
  23. Box of 100 calorie cheese bites
  24. Package of Oscar Mayer deli meat
  25. Box of Ritz Crackerfuls
  26. Package of Pilot pens
  27. Bottle of Suave Professionals shampoo
  28. DiGiorno deep dish pizza
  29. Bottle of Pure Scent~sation hair remover
  30. Bottle of V8 V-fusion green tea
  31. Glade candle
  32. EasyGlide Bic pen
  33. Mrs. Fields cookie tin
  34. 2-liter of refreshe soda
  35. Package of Cottonelle flushable moist wipes
  36. Two Proforce cleaning kits
  37. Bag of Natura Advantage dog food
  38. Pack of Extra Dessert Delights gum
  39. Can of Pringles Xtreme chips
  40. Box of Barilla pasta
  41. Bag of Food Should Taste Good chips
  42. Bottle of free Dream Water

Forty-two full sized freebies! How can anybody hate on that?!

So what was your favorite freebie of 2010? Share it with us in the comments below and you'll be entered to win one of the $50 prepaid American Express gift cards given to me by P&G last month!

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