However, there is one important thing to consider before flooding your post office with entries: unlike online entries, mail-in entries cost money to send. That means that you are taking more of a risk when you send entries through the mail.
Is the Additional Risk Worth the Cost?Before sending a lot of mail-in entries, you might want to evaluate two factors:
- How much do you want the prize?
- Are the additional entries going to make a substantial difference?
Avoiding DisqualificationBefore you enter both online and through the mail, make sure that the sweepstakes rules allow it. Some will have restrictions like "one entry per person per day, no matter which entry method you use." If you see terminology like that, you run the risk of disqualification if you use both entry methods. Be sure to read the rules carefully before wasting postage on mail-in entries.
Mail-in and Online Entries - Right for You?A good middle ground might be to dedicate a certain amount of money every month to use for mail-in sweepstakes entries. The mail-in sweepstakes with the best odds are those that have no online element, but those are getting more and more rare these days. So some of that budget could go toward large sweepstakes with an unlimited mail-in component. Some sweepers have a lot of success with this method.
Personally, I don't like to take a monetary risk while entering sweepstakes. I stick to online entries, which are free. Stephanie Dee, the winner of the HGTV 2008 Dream Home, seemed to agree with me. She said in an interview that she had entered only online when she won the $2.1 million home. What about you? Tell me how you enter sweepstakes by clicking the appropriate link below.
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