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Another Monday Win

I love Monday wins. I am hoping and waiting to see if it happens again this week, like last week where I won more than once that week. You can read about it in a post before this one.

Today I received in the mail from UPS a Digital Photo Key chain. I actually already have one, that my dear sister bought for me. My tween asked me if she could have it, and before really thinking about it, as always, I said yes. Damn I hate it when I do that, as she ends up with more crap in her room.

I have seriously got to stop doing that. I am hoping to get a friend over here to help me overhaul her room. I would love to do it myself, but it's really, really bad. In fact, it's so bad I should go and take a photo of it tomorrow while my child is gone, for the next messiest room contest or something. Because it really is that bad. Who knows, I might even post a photo of it here, to show you guys.

This is also making me think that I really should start my new spreadsheet for my wins. This is something that I do (because I guess I'm anal about it) because I love to keep track of my winning. It actually is helpful for two reasons. First, because I keep track of my wins, when I go through a dry period, I can go back and look at what I've won, and not feel like a loser. The second good reason for this is for Tax season. You would be surprised how quickly all the little things add up and need to be included on your taxes, because when you do win sweeps, you have to pay taxes on know good old Uncle Sam has to get his piece of the pie, no matter how big or how small it maybe.

Another thing I am doing this year, is to work harder on entering my snail mail sweeps. I don't know why, but I really love entering my name, address and phone number over and over again. I did this crap back when I was a young girl and would write that information down on anything I could..mainly the TV guide or my books. I liked the way the ink flowed from my pen on that type of paper for some reason. But I also think I was getting practice for my hobby that was to come.

Anyway, I digress.

So for this year, I am trying to send in at least ten entries of snail mail sweeps each postal day of the year. I don't know how long I will keep it up. I can do anything, when I put my mind to it..but I do tend to quit a lot of things. Piano lessons, jobs, college, you get the picture. BUT I've been doing this hobby of entering sweepstakes for five or six years now. I want to say six years, but maybe it's going on seven. I really wish I had kept better records when I first started. I could actually drag out my old issues of Sweepsheet to see when I started subscribing, to see when I really started.

Sweepsheet was my first sweepstakes newsletter. I've learned a lot from the owners, Sandy and Dan Guillver. They sold the company to a couple called Patti and Kurt Osterheld and so far I think that they are doing a great job. I also subscribe to another sweepstakes newsletter, and I am not as crazy about the format, however the owners of that one, which is called Sweeping America, does seem to get sweeps out quicker, which can be very important. Especially if it's a short running sweep.

Since starting those newsletters, I also belong to a local sweeping club and also another "newsletter" type group, on yahoo group, which so far sends out an amazing amounts of sweeps. Sometimes it's really hard keeping up. But I like knowing that if I need to focus my attention on something, to get my mind off of something else that might not be as pleasant, then I should have lots to choose from.

Last but not least, I am trying to get back on track with my online entries, which OLS helps me with. I love the "check mark" sweeps and the ability to keep track of those, by checking them of for "My Sweeps" Even though all of these newsletters (except for the yahoo group)and OLS cost money, it's well worth it, to have such a rewarding hobby. Because not only have I won $$$, material items..I've gained friendships and made many memories.

Until next time...which hopefully will be before next Monday, I will post soon.