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Sweeps Success Story: Freebies 4 Mom Reader wins $5,000 Cash

by Freebies4Mom on October 20, 2010 12:30 pm

Do you remember the Chrysler Town & Country Family Vacation Do-Over Giveaway where one of my readers won $150?  Well, little did I know when I posted it that one of my readers would also win the big $5,000 prize in the Chrysler Town & Country Sweepstakes!

Here is Tricia’s “Sweeps Success Story”:

“I love Heather’s site, sign up regularly for lots of freebies…and even share them on my own blog, which you are free to check out at Tricia’s Frugal Reality Blog (I give out monthly prizes also). I don’t enter many contests, but the Chrysler vacation do-over contest intrigued me because you had to actually DO something to win…write an essay AND get people to vote. Even though I signed up on the last week of the contest, we quickly went from 500th-ish to first place, garnering 1673 votes from family, friends and strangers, and then were chosen from the top 3 stories by a panel of judges to be the first place winner of $5000.00!! (Well, actually, we got the call and signed the affadavit; now we are just waiting for the check.) Here is our original winning essay:

“On December 23, our family was travelling from NC to MI to be with extended family for Christmas. But somewhere near Elyria, OH we hit a patch of ice, and what we now refer to as “the lost Christmas” began. All four children were admitted to the PICU of a local hospital. They had-among other things-broken backs, internal ruptures, and major facial fractures. My husband had a broken hand and I had a broken toe. Instead of the pumpkin pie-eating-family-gift-swap-Christmas-Eve-Service we had planned, we spent 21 days with some incredible hospital personel hundreds of miles away from family. I would love to do it over, to take away the ice and the pain and the nightmares. Today though, we are thankful to have four healthy kids and difficult memories that bind us together as a family!”

We plan to donate half the prize money back to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland who helped us so much during the wreck. It’s all about paying it forward and realizing that everything in life is a blessing from the Lord…even the tough stuff!!

Thanks to Heather for keeping us up to speed on such great freebies and contests. My mailbox loves you!! I think I’ll be more apt to enter more contests now!” -Tricia

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy October 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Thanks Freebies4Mom! I read about the Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats sweeps on your blog and entered, even though I never win anything. I just got home from a day-long work conference to find this in the mail! I showed it to my hubby and his eyes bugged out and we looked at each other and said “DISNEY JAR!!!”

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Angie Randolph October 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Congrats to all of you who have won stuff,Thanks to Freebies4Mom! I,too started playing the instant win games,and after months of not winning anything but a free coupon here and there,I played the Subway Fresh Buzz instant win sweeps-and won a Sony Playstation 3 Hardware bundle! My children wanted one so bad for christmas,and with my husband’s company having closed,and us barely getting by,we werent sure what to do.Now,we dont have to worry about their “wishlist” for christmas! Since then I won 4 giftcards,a playstation 3 game,an MP3 player,a T-shirt,and a few other items.It is such a blessing to be able to win,and have some help-Thanks again Freebies4Mom!

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Jaclyn October 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I also won the Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats sweeps! It was such a surprise receiving it today! I’ve told all my friends that this site rocks with discovering cool freebies and easy to enter giveways/sweeps.

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Heidi October 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I just got a surprise in the mail today! I won one of the grand prizes in the Kelloggs Frosted mini wheats sweeps! They sent me a check for $250 dollars! It is such a blessing because we are getting ready to take a long driving trip and it will sure help out! I found our about it on Freebies4mom and I have won a few little things in the past but this was awesome! Thanks for all the updates on sweeps and freebies! You sure made this a great friday!

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Colleen October 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

I too received a $250 check in the mail from Kelloggs.. I am thrilled!

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Cristai October 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm

First of all, congrats to Tricia and bless her family for what they’ve been through! I’m glad they’re all okay now.

Secondly, I ALSO won $250 from the Kellogg’s/Frosted Mini-Wheats School Year’s Resolution Sweepstakes! I just got my check delivered by UPS today!

Thank you for all of the great info, Heather!

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Lynne October 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Heather, remember the Kellogg’s School Year Resolution sweepstakes? A check just appeared via UPS for $250!!! No advanced notice, just a doorbell and a paper envelope (made me flinch and think maybe someone was playing a Halloween trick)! I read a few things online and it seems like a lot of people are seeing these…hopefully a lot of Freebies4Mom readers!!!

I don’t even tell my hubby that I’m playing sweeps because he’d laugh at me…and I don’t play very often. I’m consistent for a few days, but then I forget and am usually trying to win while everyone else is during the day. But thanks so much for isolating which sweeps are worth trying for, it’s definitely something I’ll keep reading and doing. 🙂

Lynne

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Pauline Greer October 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Thank you so much for a beautiful story and expression of faith in God who watched over you and even in the midst of adversity, as he always does. Glad you won and you will be blessed for sharing your winnings. I believe the more you give the more God gives back to you, not always money but health and family and that is worth more. God Bless you

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Adrienne October 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I’m so happy for her. She truely deserved it.

I’ve been subscribed to Freebies4Mom for about 3 years now and I’ve been entering sweepstakes just as long. I normally only win free downloads and maybe a small giftcard here and there, But Monday I was totally surprised when I finally won something. It’s not much compared to Tricia’s big win, but it’s the most I’ve ever won in my life. I entered Kelloggs back to school giveaway which you could only enter once and I won $250.00. I had no idea I won until I opened the fedex envelope. Since I’m a stay at home mom with no income of my own it was nice to finally buy myself something. Keep posting those sweeps Heather Thanks!

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Beth @ Fabulous Won October 21, 2010 at 8:24 am

wow! that was a great little story, sad, but sometimes those divine interruptions in life, or messes rather, make the best messages to deliver to others! Glad your family was safe 🙂

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Heather N October 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm

So glad your family won! I didnt get to read your story before hand but Im glad that I was able to read it now. Someone was watching over you then and is watching over you now. So glad to see that your family will be donating some of the money. Enjoy the rest and stay safe!

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eunice b October 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

So thankful ya’ll are ok, Tricia,…and quite excited to see the blessing God has provided for you and your family! Isn’t it amazing how He works things out for our good? Sometimes we can see it, and sometimes we won’t know until Heaven!

~Eunice B
tigergal01 @gmail .com

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Wendy October 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I remember reading her story and hoped she would win. That is great. I’m glad you are all healed and doing well. I’m so sorry for what you all had to go through.

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Betty October 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Congratulations Tricia!! Quite a story, and glad you are all fine now!

Heather, have you heard anything from the Albertson’s sweep that you also posted. I believe their grand prize was a minivan too.

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Brittany Scholz October 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

LOVE this story!! Congrats!!!!!!!

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