If youve ever read anything entitled How to Win at Sweepstakes, the first rule is always: Find sweepstakes with the fewest entries, duh! Well, the Sears/SUWR Sweeps are them, because they are such a pain to enter. However, I can attest that its worth the effort. I have been entering them for 2 months and have so far won 3 for a total of $515!
Pam, our SA Editor, suggested that I write something about them, which was very kind; but I also want more people to enter so that I have a chance at bigger prizes so here goes.
They come in 3 sizes:
(1) Small. No minimum no. of entries needed. Prizes: $5 - $50 worth of points to spend at Sears, K-Mart, Lands End, etc. (plus, there are a few no min. ones for trips). There are about 5 or 6 new ones each day and theyre open for a week.
(2) Medium. 100 entries needed to activate. Prizes: $100 - $500 worth of stuff and/or Sears Gift Cards. There are a couple of new ones each day and theyre open for 2 -3 weeks. These generally meet the minimum needed to activate, but just barely; so youre only competing with around 100 other people for up to a $500 prize those are very good odds.
(3) Jumbo. 500 entries needed to activate. Prizes: $600 - $10,000 worth of stuff and/or Sears Gift Cards. There are a couple new ones each day and theyre open for 3 -4 weeks. NOT ONE OF THESE HAS YET GOTTEN ENOUGH ENTRIES TO ACTIVATE!!! This is unbelievable! If you enter a Magazine Sweep for $10,000 youre competing against millions of other entries (like they say about the lottery: your chances of winning are about the same whether you buy a ticket or not.). Here, if we can get enough entries to activate, youre only competing against 500 other entries for up to $10,000! Those are the best odds I have ever seen for a major prize.
The bad news How to Enter (Warning: you will have to climb a learning curve, but once you learn how to jump through the hoops, its fairly easy, but it does take some time).
Sign in to your (or open a) SUWR Account at: http://www.shopyourway.com.
Go to the SUWR Home Page and click on the Contests & Sweepstakes tab under Apps on the left. This will load some of the ones expiring soonest. There are about 75 listed, but they only load few at a time (theyre really slow), so you have to scroll to the bottom of the page to get the next batch to load.
Find the one you want to enter and click on its arrow to open it up and find out what you need to do to enter. Heres the learning curve. You have to figure out how to: rate products, or review products, or create a catalog, or recommend a product, etc. to get an entry. Its not that hard, and they have instructions.
Thats it. If youre serious about winning stuff, I think these are the best odds I have ever seen. I hope you do too, because I really want a shot at that $10,000!