In past blog posts, I have talked about some reasons for sweeping other than just winning prizes for yourself. These included gifting to friends and family and donating to local charitable causes. But there is another advantage to winning prizes: selling them to buy something else you want or need. I have two examples from this year where I won large prizes and sold them for one thing I wanted and something else I needed.
A little over a year ago on July 21, 2016 I was fortunate enough to win a regional contest for a Yamaha Waverunner and trailer worth around $9000. At first I couldn’t decide whether to keep it or sell it. So, I kept it unused in my garage through the winter, and in the spring decided that it was best to sell it. I took it back to the dealer that distributed the prize and negotiated a fair price. I then took the money to do something I have always wanted to do! I registered myself and a friend for the National Sweepstakes Convention Cruise, which happens this fall. I had been wanting to attend the convention for several years, but was never in a financial position to do it. Selling the Waverunner connected me to my dream goal (and quite a nice vacation opportunity!)
Earlier this year I won a $5000 pinball machine. When I got it, the key was missing and though I tried hard to track it down from the sponsor and distributor, I had no luck. I had a machine I couldn’t play. Knowing this, the distributor put me in touch with a local businessman who was looking for a pinball machine. We negotiated a price, and the buyer paid me and picked it up. The very next day, our hot water heater broke. It was an unexpected expense, and due to other priorities, not one we had set money aside for. How fortunate that I had just sold the pinball machine! We used that money to get a new water heater.
So now I don’t just enter sweepstakes where I want the prize. I enter sweepstakes for prizes I perhaps could not use, but I know that I could sell for money. Then I can treat myself to my true desires!
While 2016 was my best sweepstaking year yet, I’m still not sorry it’s over. During the year I was diagnosed with melanoma, but it was successfully removed. In fact, tomorrow is my first three month check up since the surgery. Last year I also submitted a proposal to teach a class on sweepstaking for community education, but it was denied. So I have some strong resolve for 2017 to accomplish the following:
- Schedule monthly meetings of the Boise Sweepstakes Club. If you live in Idaho and want to check us out see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/boisesweepstakesclub
- Enter even more sweepstakes
- Reapply to teach my sweepstaking class, and if my proposal is still rejected then hold a free public class at the library
- Last year I was rattling around some thoughts on writing a sweepstakes memoir. I hope for 2017 that I will finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and get it done!
How did 2016 turn out for you? Do you have any new sweepstakes resolutions for 2017? Please let me know in the comments. Hopefully we can help keep each other motivated this year!
This year I have made five very specific resolutions in regards to my sweepstakes hobby.
- I have decided to re-brand myself as America’s Sweepheart. I think it is fun to have a playful nickname while working toward my 2016 goals in sweeping. I wanted something catchy that people would remember when they think of me, my blog, or my local sweepstakes Facebook page.
- I want to meet other sweepers and help people learn how to become a sweeper. To accomplish these goals simultaneously, I have applied to teach a class for beginning sweepers through my city’s Community Education program. If my suggested program is chosen, I would begin teaching this spring.
- Win more trips. That may seem like an obvious resolution for a sweeper, but to present I have not been trying that hard to win a foreign trip because I did not have a passport. But because I knew I was going to make foreign travel a 2016 resolution, I finally applied for a passport at the end of last year and received it in the mail this week. Now to work toward this resolution, I am going to enter as many trip sweepstakes as possible!
- Write a sweepstakes memoir. Until now, I have been a fiction writer. You may have read my novel The Debt Collectors: A Lucy Vaughn Mystery in which the main character is also a sweeper. This year I want to branch out with some nonfiction, but as they say, it’s important to write what you know. I figure I know my life pretty well, especially in regards to how sweeping has helped me through some difficult times.
- My final sweepstakes resolution is to build more readership for this blog. You can help! If you know any fellow sweepers or aspiring sweepers, please refer them to the blog!
What are some of your resolutions for the 2016 sweeping year? Do you have a wish list of the top items or experiences you would like to win this year? How do you plan to make it happen?