Monday, March 29, 2010


So, those of you that don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook may be thinking, PrizeCore, where have you gone?

Well, dear readers, I'm right here and everything is okay, I promise.

The thing is, I'm doing some hard-hitting research into the topic of giveaways, contests, and sweepstakes.  I'm finding what works and what seems like a big waste of time. 

For instance, I have found that taking the time to tweak a good form filler like RoboForm really helps.  It's more powerful than any other Firefox add-on I've found and if you're a single user on a PC, you can even teach it to prefill all the fields on a page.  All you have to do is submit (but make sure you uncheck any ugly subscription buttons...I accidentally subscribed to a grocery store rack-type magazine because I was unwisely entering contests one morning sans-coffee.)

Another thing I've found, that adds to my much-professed belief of "letting it come to you", is that Twitter is awesome for finding good contests and deals.  If you have enough time to put into it, that is.  I've found Twitter to be hard to keep up with, even with the various assortment of ways you can post to Twitter.  One thing that has vexed me is how to keep up with all the daily retweets for giveaways and such.  If I forget, I'm just letting entries and opportunity slip away.  If I'm on my game, I'm keeping what...a spreadsheet or some Twitter-verboten daily retweeting GreaseMonkey script?

What I'm trying to find for you, dear reader, is a happy medium.  Between an OCD fit and a casual hobby, you can find a way to have fun, meet cool people, and cool stuff.

Something else that helps is to make use of your bookmark toolbar.  It works about the same in Firefox, which I use, and IE.  I'm not sure about other browsers, but I'm sure it's not that much different.  What I do is dump my daily entries for sweepstakes, giveaways, and contests into a folder.  Then I open them all up and churn through them.  It takes about a half hour if I hit a good rhythm and have the right music on.  If you have a slower computer, though, it may really take a toll.  I'm doing this on a desktop, but I'm sure a decent laptop would handle opening 40 tabs at once, right?

I may expound on that last topic, so stay tuned.  Because I'm here for you!  ZOW!


Anyway, that's what I've been doing.  Follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and make sure to follow me on the Google Friend Connect, because that big ol' box looks empty.  I'll be sure to keep the cool giveaways coming your way through all sorts of the social-type media outlets!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Letting the Giveaways Come To YOU: Facebook Edition

In the hustle and bustle these days, who could find time to enter all the giveaways, sweepstakes, and contests out there?  Not only that, but what about the time it takes to FIND them in the first place? 

Well, look no further, kind readers!  This post will enlighten you to the fine art of cherry picking contests and giveaways that sound good to you, dangled right in front of your eye.  Even better, entering is only a retweet, post, or mouse click away. 

Think of it like this...why waste all your time looking?  Let them come to you.  In fact, I think it's so important, I'll make this the first rule of mine...Let them come to you! (keep saying it over and over, like a mantra.)

This is the first in an ongoing series, so keep looking for this sort of insight for services like Twitter and RSS readers.  Indispensable tools for getting some prizes! 

Facebook: Not just for high school friends anymore

I know you have it, the Facebook profile.  It's fun for keeping up with family and old school friends, but did you know it could be made into a streamlined giveaway machine?  Oh yes!

What I found to be best was to make a new Facebook profile that was separate from your personal one.  This new profile will be streamlined and fresh, bursting at the seams with oodles of opportunities for YOU to win some cool stuff!

The next step will be to find some sweepstakes, contests, or giveaways.  Some of these will offer extra entries (remember to READ THE RULES!!), so keep an eye out for that.  The bonus?  You get more entries now, plus a front row seat for future contests and giveaways. 

As you find more friends and like-minded individuals on Facebook, you can enter contests that they are entering in.  There are also some Facebook applications that run giveaways.  You can gain more entries in these by tweeting, posting on your wall, and even playing games.

What I've been finding so far is that variety is the best way.  I can't say that Facebook has been a #1 entry point for contests for me...yet.  I believe like any well-tended garden, Facebook will be a spot where you can let the giveaway come to YOU instead of you having to search for them. 

So tell me, what is YOUR favorite part about utilizing Facebook for your giveaway fix?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Featured Giveaways - 3/2

Today's featured giveaways will focus on the unique items that are out there on the internet. 

One of the reasons for giveaways is the exposure it can bring to a product.  The music industry has already seen what blogs and internet chatter can do for a young group making music on laptops in basements!  Companies are eager to win the hearts and minds of numerous consumers and they are embracing new technologies to do so!

That being said, I think these are some of the coolest giveaway items that I've found!  Let's check them OUT!

Featured Giveaway #1

I'll say it before and I'll say it again and again...I love these sites that I find while doing contests.  Pure Contemporary is a site that is very close to my heart.  I really love the style and substance of mid 20th century furniture and decoration. 

They cover all the bases there with interviews, news, and great articles.  I highly recommend that you head over and follow these folks.

This giveaway is truly a prize, though.  They are offering up a hand made solid teak coffee table.  That's right, real wood, no pressboard.  We're talking quality furniture made by an artisan that will be an instant heirloom.  Take a gander at this beauty, created by Matt Eastvold of Eastvold Custom Woodworking:


Sorry, I was stuck looking at it while you were expecting to come back and read some more.

One entry per person, simply by subscribing to their newsletter.  Will be drawn on April 1st.  I hope they won't be fooling me!!

Anyway, enter away and hopefully I win it and not you.  Okay, maybe you can have it, only if you let me come over and look at it for a while.  I may speak to it, so be forewarned!

Featured Giveaway #2

While our last product looked back on an era of beautiful furniture and style, this giveaway features a forward thinking product.  Part spray bottle, part flying car, the Activeion Ionator HOM is a fantastic advance in cleaning technology.  Don't believe me?  Ask Bill Nye!!

That's right, you just got hit with some SCIENCE!

Now that you're on board with this insane technology, our new friend over at Metropolitian Mama is giving one of these Ionator HOM units away! 


Head over there today to start getting rid of those gross household chemicals and start cleaning...cleanly!  Heck, I should tell them about that one!

This one ends on Tuesday, March 9th.  You have some time to go enter.  Remember to read her rules...She doesn't seem to dig generic comments just to enter.  Good for her.  It's like throwing people out of a movie for talking.  Don't let the door hit you on the way out if you can't contribute something meaningful!


Featured Giveaway #3

Our last giveaway is so very unique.  I can't believe that I haven't seen this before!

Make your own soda at home.  Sounds rough, doesn't it?  Well, the folks over at SodaStream have made it a snap! 


Just add water, some carbonation, and syrup, and you're ready to roll.  Also, you're helping your carbon footprint by using their reusable containers...not to mention the money you'll save!

My Greening has this fantastic giveaway that ends TONIGHT.  The prize is a Fountain Jet Start Up Kit that includes three flavors of syrup, the machine, soda container, and some carbonated air. 

That's right, I snuck in an "ending soon" and wasn't going to tell you!  So you may ask, "Corey, what is your motivation to tell us about this?"  To which I may answer, "It's cool and I dig the blog!!"

Easy?  Easy.

So, tangent aside, head over and enter before midnight tonight. 

Hopefully you found these unique giveaways as interesting as I did.  So why not leave a comment telling me about some unique giveaways that you've participated in?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Twitter Tuesday Giveaways! 2/23

Twitter is a fantastic way to find contests and ways to win prizes!  Right now, I'll feature a few that I found from twitter feed and show you how to win!


Twitter Tuesday Giveaway #1:

The first giveaway I found on twitter today was  for 100 shares of Tiffany & Co. from a site called  There's the beauty in discovering new sites, I never knew this site existed until today!  Now if I have any luck and twitter skills, I may win 100 shares of stock!  That's plenty of breakfast!


In order to enter, all you have to do is follow their twitter account HERE and tweet this exact tweet:
Just entered to win 100 shares of Tiffany & Co. Just follow @stockchaser and retweet. #tiffany #tifanny&co #contest

as per their rules!  Remember, read those rules to see when you can enter and how often!

Twitter Tuesday Giveaway #2:

Here's another one I found via a retweet: is giving away an 8GB iPod Touch


Not too shabby.  According to the rules, it will be given away when they reach 2500 followers on twitter.  Since they only have 299 as of this article, it'll be a while.  So why not make sure you retweet this once a day until the giveaway happens? 

Again, make sure to read the rules here.  If they want you to follow an account, follow it.  If you have any doubts, follow them anyway. 

Twitter Tuesday Giveaway #3:

This last contest is very similar to the above contest, but the prize is better: an iPhone 3GS.


This will be given away once they hit 4000 followers, which they are about 1000 shy of.  Again, retweet this every day to have it count as an entry for you. 

Wow!  Twitter is really great for finding great giveaways and contests.  Keep in mind, following another user that is doing a giveaway is a great way to find out about future contests!  Pretty soon you'll be entering a whole bunch...and hopefully winning a whole bunch more.  Good Luck and have fun!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Featured Giveaways - 2/19

Aha!  Here is the long promised SUPER SIZED featured giveaways!  Here we have some giveaways that will occupy a night at home with some friends.  Food, snacks, entertainment, and even coffee would be provided for...IF you enter!!

Featured Giveaway #1:

What better to occupy and stimulate the senses than a good film?  Our friends over at Consumer Queen are having a giveaway for a $45 Hollywood Video gift card!  Renting movies making you hungry?

Featured Giveaway #2:

Eighty KPH Mom has you covered if you have the munchies!  They have a $20 Domino's Pizza gift certificate up for grabs.  From what I heard, that new recipe is really something.  This would be a nice way to give that a try!


Featured Giveaway #3:

 Still not full?  Okay, don't say I didn't warn you!  Mommy Mandy is giving away four boxes of Cheez-It Italian Four Cheese crackers.  If these are as good as their other varieties, watch out!


Featured Giveaway #4:

Have the kids gone to bed?  No?  Well, put them to work tending bar!

What?  The Don Draper-era idea of kids tending bar bothering you?

Whichever way you fall, The Freebie Fairy has got you covered with The Cocktail Primer.  Created by a master mixologist, it has both new and classic drinks to make your get together THAT much more interesting!  This giveaway is sponsored by the fine company of Andrews McMeel Publishing.  Be sure to check their website for many great titles for the whole family!!

Featured Giveaway #5:   

Last but not's 5:00 am, your friends have cleared out your pizza, eaten all your crackers, and drank all of your booze.  Don't let them crash's time to make coffee!  Stay up just a little bit longer to watch the sunrise with Natural Mommie's giveaway of a Keurig coffee maker.


Now, I know these coffee makers...and I know they make some fine coffee!  They also make tea and hot chocolate to please all your friends and family!

Good luck, folks, and remember to read the rules, respect each other, and have fun while trying to win some prizes!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Featured Giveaways - 2/17

Today's featured giveaways are handy, literary, and green.  Prizes like these really put a smile on your face!

Featured Giveaway #1

VivaTerra is a fantastic online store dedicated to beautiful everyday items that are sustainable and earth friendly.  I've been receiving the catalog for a while and drool whenever it arrives. 

Lucky for me, they are giving away a $1000 gift certificate.  That's right folks, a good old fashioned shopping spree!  One entry per person, this contest is over on April 22nd, 2009.

If I win, the squeals of glee will hopefully reduce my carbon footprint...

Featured Giveaway #2

From one beautifully crafted product to another, this giveaway over at Networking Witches features the Cadillac of drinkware, the Tervis tumbler.  Available in a miryad of sizes, styles, and colors, the Tervis tumbler will fit any decorating scheme and never ever ever leave those unsightly rings.  (Respect the wood, as Larry David would say.) 


They are giving away four 16 oz. tumblers in this giveaway sponsored by Tervis.

Since this one is a blog giveaway, make sure to read the rules to find all the bonus entries you can use to enter.  It's ending on February 18th, so get over to Networking Witches right now!! 

Featured Giveaway #3

If you're a parent, you can never have too many books for the kiddos.  This sweepstakes over at Parenting    features a whole LIBRARY!  40 books, worth over $500.  But really, isn't fostering a love of books to the next generation priceless?

You can enter once and the contest ends on March 31st at midnight.  Don't let this one turn into a pumpkin...go enter now!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Featured Giveaways - 2/16

Wow, there really are some great giveaways out there.  Even in these dog days of winter, there are so many prizes to be had to warm the are a few that I think you should know about!

Featured Giveaway #1

Being a self made photographer, I enjoy viewing my pictures and thinking back to the fond memories.  However, I've never really investigated digital frames before. 


This model from Audiovox really seems to have the goods.  The features are never ending and are covered well by our new friend at The Mommy Files.  Check out the review over at The Mommy Files and enter!

Featured Giveaway #2

Let's face it folks, it's cold outside.  You can't stand driving in rush hour one more second.  Even Jeopardy doesn't have that BANG for you anymore.  You know what I think?  You need a vacation at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno, NV.  This prize package from also comes with lift tickets so you can frolic in the snow and then luxuriate at the spa with two day passes. 


Just be sure not to blow the nest-egg while "letting it ride" on red.

Featured Giveaway #3

Last but not least, this contest from will get you a three month subscription to gamefly, the cool service that will deliver video games directly to your door.  No need to head out and brave the weather, only to find the game you wanted is checked out by a greedy 12 year old with bad acne and a worse attitude.  (me, bitter?  nah...)

The cool part about this one is that you can enter once an what are you waiting for?  Go enter this Gamefly giveaway now!

Once that three months is up, it'll be time to head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Featured Giveaways - 2/12

Every day I'm going to attempt to provide a few giveaways that I think are worth entering.  Along the way we'll see recurring themes such as, how do we keep track of what we enter, did I tweet that, and re-reading the bonus entries.

Featured Giveaway #1

Sugar Pop Ribbons is giving away some ridiculously cute stuffed animals from the folks at Aurora.

I first saw this giveaway on Twitter and then again on Facebook, so I knew it was calling out to me.

As we always do, make sure you read the fine print.  In reviewing the rules, there are seven entry possibilities, a few of those I already do, such as follow on twitter and friends on facebook.  We still need to document each one in the comments. 

They are also giving a daily entry for tweeting the giveaway.  I'm going to have to figure out an easy way to remember to tweet that.  Since I'm new to twitter, I'm always open to suggestions.

Featured Giveaway #2

So far, I've focused in on blog giveaways.  While this is a thriving and opportunity filled arena to prize-shop, bigger fish can be found in sponsored sweepstakes.

Here's a great one from our pals over at the Boston Herald.  However, since I don't live in that area, I'll want to take a close look at the rules to make sure I don't have to leave from there or be present to win.  I have done this and will share a few other tidbits in a second.  I'm sure you're interested in what this giveaway is?


That's right, folks.  5 days and 4 nights with the mouse, hotel and airfare included.  That's what I'm talking about.

The details that I found in the rules are that you have to take the vacation by 1/31/2011, there are some blackout dates, and you cannot transfer this to someone else.  YOU MUST TAKE THE TRIP!

These sorts of rules are basic for vacation giveaways.  I am impressed that they are springing for airfare though.  That isn't always included.

Also, be sure to opt out of any newsletters that you may find that you're being signed up for.  Your email account is going to be flooded as a prize hound.  Try to take steps to avoid an unwanted newsletter whenever possible.  (Some giveaways require you to subscribe.  Read the rules to find out if it's optional.)

This is also a one entry deal, so we won't be visiting this page again.  Click your form filler button and submit!

Featured Giveaway #3

Today's third and final featured giveaway is a prize pack that is near and dear to my heart.  An Oscar Prize Pack!  There aren't many things I enjoy more than a good film, popcorn, and a nice dirty martini.  And if I win this from Savvy Mom Finds, I'll be sipping that stuff while watching the Oscars next month.

I found this giveaway on, which is my go-to site for new giveaways and sweepstakes.  I'll be sure to have a feature on this site in the near future.

Since this is a blog, we'll be commenting, tweeting, and subscribing according to the rules as noted in the post.  (notice how I hammer this point home?  follow the rules!!)

This is a new site for me, so I'll be following and befriending them for the first time.  I'm very excited to see what kind of cool content our new friends at Savvy Mom Finds have to offer!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winner: The Perfect Nursery Giveaway with Q-Tips and Wendy Bellissimo

Wow, that was quick!

I'm not even a handful of posts into this and I have a win.  Sure is a good feeling to get something so soon! 

Remember, I knew going in that this giveaway was ending in a matter of hours.  I received the notification email not too long after I was done tweeting, posting, commenting, and blogging about it! 

This one was picked at random with all the incremental comment numbers being the possible winning number.  Random numbers and odds will be a future topic here on PrizeCore, so keep an eye out for that!

So, prize one is in the bag. Many more to come, I hope.

The moral of the story:

Things can move very quickly in the giveaway world.  Pay attention to timeframes and deadlines.  Don't find yourself signing up and spending time on an expired giveaway.  Some contests are open for days, some for weeks.  Also, make sure you read those rules to know if you can retweet or other daily entry possibilities.  This one was won on my last entry...a bonus entry stating that I had posted about it on facebook.  This was after I had tweeted about it, subscribed to her email list, blogged about it, and commented on my dream nursery.  So with blogging counting as two entries (according to her rules), I had 5 entries out of 59.  Not too bad!  Not all giveaways will be as easy as this one, though.  What drew me to it was the fact that it was ending soon and there weren't too many people entering.  Pay attention to possible advantages!

Ending Soon: The Perfect Nursery Giveaway with Q-Tips and Wendy Bellissimo over at 3 Kids And Us

Along the way, I'll be showing you the life cycle of a giveaway.  Since I'm like I am, I'll start at the end, just to mess with you.

Through twitter, I found This giveaway which is ending very soon, probably before anyone other than my family will ever read about this.  It's for a beautiful silver elephant bank and two packs of Q-Tips.

We love Q-Tips!

The tweet was thus:

3KidsandUs Cat@3KidsandUs Feb 11, 11:33 AM Q-Tips Perfect Nursery #Giveaway Only 47 entries and ends in 2 hours LOW ENTRIES! 

So I click on the lovely shortened link and I find a lovely site that brings a few key things to mind:

* The hunt for prizes takes you to some interesting places.

* Blogs, if done well, really sparkle.

* There is a community here.  You can almost hear the buzzing of activity, and imagine the clicks!

I'll definitely be coming back to this blog.  Bookmarked.  Followed.  Tweeted.  Commented.  And heck, I'm so excited about it, I'll throw in a picture of a smurf at the end of the post.

I was a long time Twitter holdout, but I'm a believer now.  It keeps everybody in touch and is easy to incorporate into the vibrant hub of the blog.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Okay, I know what you're thinking. "PrizeCore?" What the heck is that?

My name is Corey and I'm out to win some prizes. Now that we have that one out of the way...Welcome! I've toyed with winning prizes here and there, even won some neat walkie talkies once. However, from the outside looking in, it seems that there's a heartbeat the drives this scene, some energy around it all. A fervent, daily grind to get unattainable (or attainable) things. Things as diverse as video games, DVDs, pots, pans, and yes, butterflies.

I'll delve into the subjects that would interest people of the sweeps-ing persuasion. Form fillers or not? Flash submissions -- the true enemy? Also, sites of interest as well as people of interest in the "scene".

So, pardon my dust while I sort the place out. There's cold beer in the cooler, go ahead and grab one for yourself!