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Gwen Beauchamp

I have always told people I started the sweepstaking hobby in 1988 when I won the Wedding On Ice from Disney. But...that's not really true! What about the time I was listening to the car radio on the way home from school. Mom was behind the wheel and just as we pulled in our driveway the radio announcer said to call and tell him the name & artist of the next song. They hadn't played two notes of music when my Mom announced the answers. I ran in the house and started dialing. Oh yeah, we didn't have cell phones when I was a kid! Anyway, I won a brand new sewing machine for Mom. Technically they gave the prize directly to her because I was too young to win, but we know who did the dialing.

Then there was the time when I stayed up late at night waiting for my hubby to come home from working second shift. I would listen to the radio and call in on the giveaways. I became a regular at winning tickets to concerts. A great prize for us, since a young couple with small children and one income cannot afford a lot of extras. Years later I recognized my late night listening as a sweepstakes strategy.

Several more years down the road, I ran to Walmart for a few things and there was an Oreo booth set up at the front of the store. They were having a cookie eating contest for kids to win a new bike. I had Debbie (7) and Robby (10) with me at the time and they wanted to give it a try, so we signed up. The Oreo reps seated 3 kids at a table and gave them each a glass of milk and a stack of cookies. The kids were told to take a big drink of milk after each bite. They had one minute to eat as many cookies as they could. Robby went first and was seated with two bigger kids. When the whistle blew, my rough and tough 10-year old son, whom I had great hopes for, started daintily eating his first cookie. No kidding! Of all the times in his life, NOW he decides to use some manners. Debbie was all eyes watching him and I remember making the comment, "He doesn't have a chance if he doesn't do it faster". Sure enough, when the whistle blew he had nibbled one and a half Oreos while the other two kids demolished 3-4 each.

At that point, I was ready to move on and do my shopping, but Debbie wanted to give it a try. She took her place in the next group of kids. The whistle blew and Debbie popped a whole Oreo in her little mouth, crunched it two times, picked up the milk and swallowed it all at once. She had another cookie in hand halfway to her mouth before the first one went down. I had visions of my little girl choking to death on Oreos. Two more cookies downed. What kind of mother was I to let my daughter do this. With just a few seconds remaining, Debbie popped in cookie number 8, crunched, drank and swallowed just as the whistle blew. She had won herself a new bike by eating 8 Oreo cookies.

Two years later, Debbie's Mom won a Wedding On Ice and started entering sweepstakes and contests on a regular basis. So when did you start entering sweepstakes? I'd love to hear your stories!

Gwen Beauchamp


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I am loving the sweepstakes on Pinterest! Of course winning a few gift cards as I learn to "Pin" items to my boards is good reason for motivation. It's really easy to use and there are way fewer entries in Pinterest sweeps, which means I have a much better chance of winning and so do you. So why aren't people entering them more? Because it requires learning something new. People do not want to get out of their comfort zone to learn new things. So until the masses realize what they are missing I suggest that the rest of you educate yourselves and start winning some prizes. Here are a few Pinterest sweepstakes and contests from the SweepsU.com Sweeps List to get you started.

  • Soma Intimates’ “Dress Beautifully Pinterest Sweepstakes
  • Harris Teeter “#myhttender” Pinterest Contest
  • Frame My Dream Office Pinterest Contest
  • Stationery Studio Pinterest Big Plans Contest
  • RealSweet Onions Grilling For the Win Pinterest Sweepstakes
  • Cato Pinterest Contest
  • Pin and Winnipeg Pinterest Contest

A new feature that has recently been added to Pinterest is the ability to attach a map to your board and pin your photos to the map. I have used this new feature as an interesting way to display many of my sweepstakes and contest wins. Take a look and let me know what you think. I have a large number of trips to pin on my map, 99 to be exact, so it may take me a while to get them all on my Sweepstakes Wins board.

Gwen Beauchamp

The harder it is to enter the easier it is to win!

 


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Where did April go? I cannot believe the month is almost over, especially since I know there are hundreds of sweepstakes ending today that I did not get around to entering. Luckily for all of us, SweepsU.com provides you with special features that make it easy for you to find and enter those sweepstakes that are ending soon. The information on how to find these sweepstakes on the SweepsU.com Sweeps List is in Sweeps University. You will find a link to it in the upper menu on any page of SweepsU.com. Once you click on a link, select Library and you will see the menu below.

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The information we are searching for is in SweepsU.com Basics, so click on that link to view the articles within it. Click on article #2 to view detailed instructions on how to sort the Sweepstakes on the List to find those that are about to end.

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Sweeps University is a great source of information for learning how to use the special features on SweepsU.com. For example: Did you know that SweepsU.com allows you to hide the sweeps that you are not eligible to enter (by state)? Click on article #3, Finding Local Sweepstakes, to learn more about this feature. How about Mail-in Sweepstakes? To find them quickly just follow the instructions in article #1, Finding Mail-in Sweepstakes. There is a wealth of information in Sweeps University...all you have to do is read!

Gwen Beauchamp

Luck is spelled W-O-R-K!

 


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FINAL Registration Date Moved Up; Register ASAP!!!

Due to an overwhelming, exciting response and the amount of special events planned, the SPF25 Orlando National Sweepstakes Convention committee has moved the final registration date to RECEIVED BY JULY 1st. You must register along WITH YOUR PAYMENT using PayPal, Credit Card or via snail mail, all received by July 1st. That’s only 120 days away! Here is the registration page:

http://www.spf25orlando.com/Registration.html

For many who really want to attend, YOU CAN be at this HUGE event with a little planning:

  1. Register: $215 gets you into all convention sessions and hundreds of FREE drawings and a seat at the wonderful banquet on Saturday night.
  2. Reserve you room at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, a fantastic resort which will host the convention in their ballroom. At $99 per night for a double room this is a bargain. Free parking and Wi-Fi for hotel guests. The resort is stunning with pools, palms, 13 restaurants and golf available. The rate is also good for 3 days before the convention and 3 days after should you want to explore and enjoy more of Florida. Here’s the webpage that will get you the convention rate:  http://www.spf25orlando.com/Hotel_Information.html
  3. Plan for your transportation. Southwest has opened up flights for the convention dates as of this week. Look for other airline deals, especially mid-week.  The dates of the National Sweepstakes Convention (SPF25 Orlando) are 27 Aug to 31 Aug. At approximately 1pm on Wed the 27th, early registration will open as well as the vendor room and the shopper service raffles. There will be a fun kick-off party Thursday evening the 28th. Regular sessions with speakers and prizes are all day Fri-Sat-Sun, the 29, 30 and 31st. The banquet will be Sat night where even more prizes are given out. Monday is Sept 1st, Labor Day, a good day to travel home along with some excitement or linger and relax at the Resort.
  4. First Timers:  It’s best to arrive by early afternoon on Thursday and stay through the 2 sessions on Sunday to not miss any official convention sessions/events/and giveaways!
  5. Once you have secured your registration (be sure your email is clear and accurate) you will receive several official convention emails with additional important information.  See YOU in Orlando!

Gwen Beauchamp


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Everything Olympic is trending right now with sponsors offering some incredible prizes relating to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Go for the Gold Sweepstakes are showing up on local television stations across the country. Be sure to check the SweepsU.com Sweeps List regularly and do the search for your Local Sweeps. Valentine's Day Sweepstakes are still going strong as well and we are steadily finding more of them. This weekend should be a good one for local radio stations giving away Valentine packages and goodies, so listen, check their websites and Facebook pages for details.

Of course, we will keep you informed of any sweepstakes, contests or giveaways that deserve your immediate attention. Last week we sent out a record 14 Urgent Sweeps Alerts in emails for Super Bowl Sweepstakes in the 2-3 days before the Big Game. I'm still hearing back from many of you who won from those Alerts. Your praise just makes me want to dig a little harder and send out even more this weekend for Olympic and Romance sweepstakes. So stay tuned, watch your Inbox for new Urgent Sweeps Alerts and be sure to let us know when you win.

Gwen Beauchamp


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Super Bowl Sunday, aka The Big Game, marks the official end of the 2013/2014 football season and time to move on to Valentine's Day sweepstakes. The emphasis really does a turnabout from sports to romantic sweepstakes and contests. With less than 2 weeks until Valentine's Day we expect to see lots of short running sweepstakes for romantic getaways, an evening out, flowers, candy, dinner for two, tickets to special events or just some good old fashioned gift cards to pay for it all.

Sweepers should be on the lookout for local promotions and be willing to step outside your comfort zone to enter skill contests as well as random drawings. Local radio and TV stations "love" to have their audience send in short essays about their significant other. They may ask how you met, why this person is special to you, what you would do with the prize being offered. Be ready to enter and remember...not all essay promotions are judged. They sometimes select winner's via a random drawing, so it may not matter how well you write as long as you follow the instructions to enter.

Monday mornings are prime time for most Sponsors to announce their promotions. You need to be watching, listening and recording as many stations as possible. Teaming up with other sweepers and sharing information is the best way to do this. If you do not have the backup of a good sweeps club or fellow sweepers in your area, recruit your family and friends. My kids seldom enter sweeps, but they know their mother well and frequently call to say "Hey Mom, I just heard something on the radio". Tomorrow (Monday, February 3, 2014) should be a biggie since most sponsors will want to get past the Super Bowl to make sure that all the attention is on their product and promotion.

As always, we will be posting both national sweepstakes and local sweepstakes on the SweepsU.com Sweeps List. Since many will be very short on time, check it regularly to prevent missing out on local sweeps listed for your part of the country. To get maximum benefits from the SweepsU.com Sweeps Management System (SMS) be sure to read the "Finding Local Sweepstakes" article in SweepsU.com's Sweeps University. The SMS is a program written specifically for SweepsU.com and many of its features cannot be found on any other sweepstakes websites. Put it to good use and we hope to hear from you soon when the prizes start coming in.

Gwen Beauchamp

Luck is spelled W-O-R-K!

 


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Facebook sweepstakes that offer you extra entries for referring your friends started as a trend, but I do believe it is here to stay. You now see referral entries being offered on Twitter sweepstakes, Instagram promotions, Pinterest sweeps and via email as well as on Facebook. This trend has also generated some controversy on many sweeps websites where those posting the new sweepstakes have included their own personal link. Nothing like giving yourself an extra entry whenever your users click on the link you provide. This is something we have never done on SweepsU.com, but a BIG change is coming!

No...we do not plan to start posting our own personal links so that we gain entries when you enter. We want to post YOUR personal links to help YOU gain extra entries! Here's how it will work.

  1. Be the first person to submit a new sweepstakes using our SweepsUFound Submission form on the SweepsU.com website. Go to your Dashboard page and click on the third link which says I'd like to submit a Sweepstake or Contest.
  2. Provide the name of the sweepstakes, a beginning date (if available) and ending date (required) and your personal URL for the promotion.
  3. Click on "Submit SweepsUFound" and you are done.

As with all things, there must be rules.

This sweepstakes perk is only available to SweepsU.com subscribers and those who have signed up for our 7-Day Free Trial.

You are responsible for providing the correct URL link at the time you submit the sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the link you send will not work on our form we will post it under the Entry Instructions for the sweepstakes.

Only submit referral sweepstakes that you found yourself or someone sent you a referral link to enter. DO NOT submit sweeps you found on other sweepstakes listing websites.

Only those who use the SweepsUFound Submission form will be eligible to have their link posted for others to use. Links that are emailed to us will not be accepted.

DO NOT put your own name in the name field on the Submission form. Anything sent from your Dashboard page will contain your name. What we need to know is the name of the sweepstakes you are submitting.

We will always offer you a clean link to enter each sweepstakes for those who prefer not to use another person's credit link.

If a link takes us to a site determined to be harmful to our computers (and our subscribers) in any way, we will NOT post the link.

If a referral sweepstakes is posted by Roseann or Gwen or anyone assisting us with the posting of new sweeps, it will NOT contain a referral link.

That's it! Let's see if the referrals really help. I want to hear from those of you who win!

Gwen Beauchamp

Luck is spelled W-O-R-K!


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Mark these dates on your calendar: August 27-31, 2014. That is when sweepstakers from all across America and Canada will be pouring in to Orlando, FL for SUN, PRIZES & FUN at the 25th National Sweepstakes Convention. The convention coordinators have outdone themselves with a breathtaking location, Rosen Shingle Creek. This silver anniversary convention is already looking to be the best yet, so make plans to attend. In fact, plan on taking the whole family and spending some extra time before or after the convention enjoying the theme parks and area attractions in and around Orlando.

Robert, Roseann and I are already signed up and cannot wait to get there and see all of our sweeping friends. If you attend, be sure to visit us in the Vendor Room or hang out with us during the convention sessions.

To learn more about the National Sweepstakes Convention just visit their website at http://www.spf25orlando.com/Home_Page.html.

Gwen Beauchamp

Luck is spelled W-O-R-K!


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Here we are, almost a full week into the new year and I came very close to breaking my first resolution...which was to write at least one blog a week. It's not that I don't like to blog, but my real passion is searching and finding new sweepstakes and contests so that SweepsU.com subscribers have more opportunities to enter and win. I get so caught up in the searching, posting and, of course, the Urgent Sweeps Alerts!, that I forget about blogging. So here it is...Blog #1 for 2014!

This question has been asked repeatedly. Why should I pay to use a sweepstakes website when there are so many that are free? The first answer that comes to mind is "you get what you pay for", but here are some even better reasons.

  • We save you time with SweepsU.com's special programs to organize and expedite the sweepstaking process. You won't find them on any other website, because they were written by Gerald Anderson (my partner at SweepsU.com) exclusively for SweepsU.com.
  • No advertising, no surprises, just a good clean website. Many of the so-called "free" websites are not really free. They get their operating money from advertisers, many of which are quietly loading their programs on to your computer as you click on their links. You are getting a lot more than new sweeps from these sites.
  • We provide all of the details on the best sweeps, so that you can enter quickly and easily. If we detect any malware on a website we will not list their promotions.

For those of you who are current SweepsU.com subscribers, I would encourage you to share these facts with your friends. Let them know that many of the computer problems they are experiencing are caused by those "free" websites. If you have not yet tried SweepsU.com, what are you waiting for? We give everyone a full week, free of charge, to test all of the unique programs found only on SweepsU.com. Come see for yourself what we have to offer and find out why some things are worth paying for.

Gwen Beauchamp


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My Christmas wish for all of you is that you are surrounded by family and friends on this special day!

May you have the Merriest of Christmases and a very winning New Year!

Gwen Beauchamp


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