If there’s one thing that’s for sure, I definitely lean more on the ‘earn more’ side of the personal finance spectrum, rather than the ‘cut back’ side. I see the value in both, and in tandem, they can be a powerful combination.
But lately, I’ve been focusing my side hustle energy on scoring cool things for free. It feels weird, because it seems so unlike me to spend time on trying to get things for free. It’s not like I’m spending all day on Swagbucks (affiliate link) trying to earn a Starbucks gift card or anything, I’m spending maybe 5 minutes a day or less.
I got interested in entering giveaways when a music festival was happening over the summer and I couldn’t justify the expense. So I decided to enter a giveaway for tickets. And I won!
This summer I won, not one, but two giveaways to music festivals. I don’t talk a lot about music on this blog, but music is my one true love. I live on music. I can’t work without it. There’s a reason I’m obsessed with karaoke and singing (which some of you saw at FinCon14) and dating a musician. Music is electricity for my soul. Sadly, while paying off debt, I haven’t budgeted a lot for it until recently.
I won two tickets to MusicFestNW and Project Pabst and got to see Weezer, Blondie, Run the Jewels, Thee Oh Sees, Modest Mouse, and more. It was a blast! I did the math and those two giveaways were worth $450 (they were multi-day festivals).
I won them via PDX Pipeline and from what I know, it’s NOT a random drawing and people pick you based on your comment. Which means you have to be more clever than just saying “Pick me!”
My first winning comment went for the heart-strings. I mentioned that my boyfriend and I hardly see music together, as I’m almost always watching him play music. I mentioned that his birthday was coming up and it would be great to spend it together and enjoy a true passion of ours: music.
Not even three weeks later, I won again. But this time for a purely ridiculous comment.
I said, “If I don’t have more live music in my life, I’m going to spontaneously combust!”
While we were at this festival, we ran into one of Ryan’s musician friends who told us about Tixie, another ticket giveaway site.
Tixie gives away concert tickets and local drink and restaurant tickets. They give you ten “coins” a day and you can “spend” them in a certain category. The more coins in a certain category, the greater possibility that you will be randomly chosen.
This week, I won a $25 gift certificate to a fun cocktail bar that we’ve only been to once. Score!
My point in all this is you could score big on giveaways that are worth it to you. Don’t spend all your days and nights entering giveaways, because it would be cheaper to just earn more in that case. But I’ve literally spent 2-5 minutes per day and gotten close to $500 in free entertainment!
Now, my turn to spread the giveaway love. I have a free pass for a newbie to go to FinCon next year. The code is only valid for people who have NOT been to FinCon before. If you are interested in heading to San Diego next September to go to FinCon and you think it would change your life (because it totally changed mine), share this post and write in the comments below why you want to go to FinCon and what you’d get out of it.
Our panel of very biased judges will email the winner 😉