According to Sharon Elaine, the author of Ready, Click, Win!, these are some great ways to win unexpected prizes and gifts.
Every year in Raleigh, they hold a Women's Show that has all kinds of neat things to eat, and raffles for prizes. Some of the food was absolutely amazing! If you have to pay, the goodies you get are well worth it, but believe it or not, some of these shows have no admission fee at all. Sharon's tip, which I think is fantastic, is to take along address labels so you can stick it on the entry form, saving time, and making it easier to read. You only need to write in your phone number and/or e-mail address.
You're already very happily married, but that doesn't mean you can't hang out at Bridal Shows for fun. Get FREE samples, and take the time to fill in those entry forms for all kinds of neat prizes. Her special tip? Get there super early so you can get FREE goodie bags, which run out fast. If you want to find a bridal show near you, visit www.bridalshownearyou.com
According to statistics, mall visits are down, but if you do visit, your first stop should be Customer Service. If you prefer department stores, check around the entrance for sweepstakes boxes. Retailers are anxious to solicit your business. One of my favorite is right at the Customer Service Desk in Carlie C's, where they have stacks of entry forms for grocery shopping sprees. If you don't see them, it doesn't hurt to ask.
You can't win, if you don't enter!