$1000+ Cash HUGE Christmas Giveaway!

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You read that right! I'm giving away $1000 of my own hard earned money in cold hard cash this Christmas in what I hope will be one of the biggest giveaways the Canadian personal finance blogging scene has ever seen.

In addition, I’m going to be contacting every Canadian personal finance blogger I know and imploring them to donate additional cash and prizes by begging on my hands and knees to make this one of the best giveaways ever! Of course, I will thank them profusely for this and write them a huge IOU for helping me up the ante and give out some amazing prizes to my amazing readers.  

Giveaway Over   - How About A $100 Gift Card Instead?

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Why I’m Doing It

You might think I’m rich or that this blog generates a ton of income for me, but trust me when I tell you that $1000 is more than this blog has generated in income in a looong time. I make way less money per hour here than a minimum wage worker at Tim Hortons does, that’s for sure!

You see, I’m actually making up for lost time with this giveaway because I’ve always meant to do an anniversary giveaway celebrating my blog getting one year older ever since I launched this thing back in 2010, but I never followed through. So I decided, why wait any longer and why wait for the next anniversary to roll around? Christmas is a time when everyone needs some extra money and the spirit of giving is in full swing, so now is the perfect time.

I’m also hoping that this giveaway will help me expand my readership and reach out to people who would never hear about HowToSaveMoney.ca otherwise and I think that’s good for everyone. Even if you don’t win the giveaway, learning to save money without cutting back by reading my articles is already worth the price of admission – FREE.

The Prizes

As more bloggers hopefully come on-board I will update this list of prizes with their donations, but the first 5 prizes are all from me and are guaranteed. Delivery of the other prizes will be the responsibility of the individuals who donate them and therefore cannot be guaranteed by me.

Total Prize Value: $1654

Enter Here:

Entering is easy, you simply need to follow the instructions in the giveaway entry form immediately below. You can pick and choose which ways you would like to enter the giveaway using the entry form and it will keep track your entries up to a maximum possible of 12 entries per person.

You can use an email address or your Facebook account to access the giveaway form. We respect your privacy. Your email address or Facebook account will only be used to contact you if you are selected as a giveaway winner and for nothing else.

To ensure your entries will count, please read and follow the instructions for every step you choose to complete carefully. It is NOT enough to just click the the big green buttons.

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Giveaway Rules

  1. Using multiple email addresses to enter is strictly prohibited and will disqualify you from the giveaway. The maximum entries any one person can earn is 12.
  2. You must remain signed up by email, Facebook, Twitter, RSS, etc at least until after the prizes are awarded to be eligible to win.
  3. The giveaway period is from 12:00am November 12th, 2013 to 11:59pm on December 10th, 2013 EST.
  4. Giveaway is open to all residents of Canada over the age of 16, excluding residents of the province of Quebec.
  5. Winners will be drawn at random starting with the first prize on down to the last prize until all prizes have been awarded. If a winner cannot be reached, refuses their prize, or is ineligible or disqualified for some other reason, then that prize will be drawn again immediately at the time this is discovered.
  6. Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway ending and will eventually be announced on this site after all prizes have been delivered.
  7. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received and the number of prizes donated.
  8. Only the first 5 prizes are guaranteed by me, fulfilling the other prizes is the responsibility of the donator but every effort will be made to ensure they are delivered as promised.
  9. Skill testing question required. Winners will be required to answer a skill testing question before the prize is awarded to them.
  10. No purchase necessary. To enter this way, first send an email to no-purchase [at] howtosavemoney.ca and then a mailing address will be provided to you where you can snail mail your request to be entered in the giveaway.

Special Thanks

Just a few quick shout outs to thank some people who have gone above and beyond to help me promote this contest.

How Would You Use The Money?

Leave a comment letting me know how you would use the money if you won the grand prize or just letting me know that you entered for the fun of it! 

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Dave Crombie
Dave Crombie's picture
I would use any money that I won (and I never win but I love to enter) to buy Xmas presents for my family. Its been a tough year financially although we are blessed in so many other ways. Really enjoy your blog. Keep writing. Thanks.
November 11, 2013 @ 7:13 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Thanks for the encouragement Dave. Good luck in the giveaway! We can all use a little extra cash at Christmas that's for sure.
November 12, 2013 @ 11:01 am
Monica Carlos
Monica Carlos's picture

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December 23, 2014 @ 12:36 am
Wayne Niittynen
Wayne Niittynen's picture
I would use the money to buy my wife something special
November 12, 2013 @ 10:27 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I'm sure she'll appreciate it if you do! My wife always loves it when I buy her a little something special :)
November 12, 2013 @ 11:02 am
Miriam's picture
I would use the money to help provide food and drinking water to children and families impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
November 12, 2013 @ 10:38 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
This would be a very good use of the money indeed. My wife is Filipino so we're definitely connected to that tragedy. We will most likely be making a donation very soon to help with the ongoing recovery there.
November 12, 2013 @ 11:03 am
suellen romard
suellen romard's picture
This cash bonus would go a long way to contribute to my bathroom reno..My kitchen ceiling isn't going to hold up much longer...lol
November 12, 2013 @ 3:13 pm
Be'en's picture
The house needs a lot of maintenance work!
November 12, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
Be'en's picture
I have read your article on car repairing -- very useful! Do you have a blog on which is the best HD antenna to buy in Toronto and how to install it. I am thinking of cutting the cable. Use the antenna for HD signals, and buy Roku 2 to stream Netflix etc..
November 12, 2013 @ 8:41 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I have written about the topic of over the air (OTA) digital television, but I'm not an expert because where I'm from we don't have any good HD OTA signals within reach. You can read what I did write along with some useful links in my how to save money on TV article.
November 12, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
My Own Advisor's picture
Killer giveaway and happy to be part of the fun! If I ever was lucky enough to win any sizable amount of money, it would all go to investing in my RRSP or TFSA. I'm trying to fill those accounts as much as I can Stephen. I look forward to promoting this giveaway over the next few weeks. Cheers, Mark
November 12, 2013 @ 10:44 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Definitely glad to have you participating Mark and I appreciate your enthusiasm about the contest! I bet you're doing a much better job at filling up those RRSPs and TFSAs than I am. Keep up the good work on your blog.
November 13, 2013 @ 8:22 am
acastellvi's picture
Stephen: I would use the money to continue having fun and share some with those tt are needy. I enjoy your blogs immensely and learn a lot from them. Thank you!
November 12, 2013 @ 11:23 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Fun is definitely a priority and something I don't put enough emphasis on in my life these days. I'm hoping after the next year or so I'll be able to devote significantly more time to fun stuff. Thanks for the kind words!
November 13, 2013 @ 8:25 am
Martin's picture
Part of me says: get family nice Christmas gifts. The other part says: go on a trip. So maybe a combo of both? Awesome giveaway and keep it up the great work around here.
November 13, 2013 @ 11:19 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Thanks Martin, the prizes for 2 seats into your Launch Now course have been added to the giveaway! Travel is something we like to do as well so you can always use a little extra money for that.
November 13, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
Ella Ofreneo
Ella Ofreneo's picture
I would pay some bills, use it for Christmas gifts for sure!
November 13, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I'm surprised you're the first person to says bills. Bills bills bills, there's always bills!
November 13, 2013 @ 1:29 pm
Katie's picture
What a fun giveaway Steph!!! I am thinking of lots of things to do with the money.
November 13, 2013 @ 5:36 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Do they include buying me an awesome Christmas gift if you win?
November 14, 2013 @ 1:22 pm
sherri's picture
I'm taking it going to France and I'm going to eat cheese aND wine and bread ;-)
November 13, 2013 @ 8:45 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
The food in France is definitely good, I can vouch for that!
November 14, 2013 @ 1:24 pm
Clare's picture
I would use most of the money for the fundraiser I'm doing for the Typhoon Haiyan relief, and use some to get my parents a little something for christmas =)
November 13, 2013 @ 8:47 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I saw on Facebook that you are doing a lot to support the relief of the Typhoon Clare and it's great that you would use the winnings from this giveaway to do even more!
November 14, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
Brian So's picture
Hey Stephen, thanks for doing this giveaway! That'll get readers into the Christmas spirit!
November 14, 2013 @ 1:24 am
Karen Scott
Karen Scott's picture
I would use this to help another family this Christmas. My family is far from rich but we have more than enough but I see so many families that could use a hand.
November 14, 2013 @ 7:54 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
It's true, when we take a step back most of us can say we are extremely fortunate when compared to many other families across the planet. Helping those families in need is a great idea!
November 14, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
Erica's picture
I would use it to help towards my two young boys for Christmas...i just lost my job as of nov 8th...due to mass layoffs at Cavendish Farms PEI...and it sure would help out and insure my kids had a good christmas
November 14, 2013 @ 9:41 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Good luck finding a new job Erica and good luck in the contest! I know what it's like to lose a job; it's a very difficult experience.
November 14, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
Erica's picture
thx Stephen!...i have faith all will work out in the end!! :)
November 15, 2013 @ 7:11 pm
Kelly's picture
Income is always tight at the beginning of the new year as hours are cut to the minimum at work - so the money would go towards covering the bills that the paycheque isn't covering those months.
November 14, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Indeed, there can be a lot of cutbacks and a big shrinking of the pay cheque in January depending on what industry you work in.
November 14, 2013 @ 1:29 pm
edna mahood
edna mahood's picture
If I won any money Id put in in savings as an emergency fund when needed. We have had some "bad luck " withbour home and have had to dip into it, to a point that if anything were to happen, we would be up the creek so to speak. Thanks for the chance to learn new ways to save..and the chance to win cheers
November 14, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Mary F Campbell
Mary F Campbell's picture
I would like to share the wealth anonymously with 10 families that could use the assistance of $100 to help feed their families a Christmas dinner. I am grateful to be enjoying a full freezer this year and would like to help others. :-) BTW, Mr CBB sent me.
November 14, 2013 @ 9:54 pm
christopher's picture
hello, mary my name is christopher and i am a young 16 year old student still finishing high school. my mother comes from cambodia where she was a war victim and slave. when she was 17 she came to this country to make her life. she married my father at age 20 who was a university professor at mc gill. years later my father became severly mentally ill. my parents divorced when i was 3 years old. i have 2 siblings. 1 older and one a year younger. every year i try to step in and make sure our family has a happy christmas. i devote my life to making sure my family stays happy and strong together. its not that easy when you are a student who dosent make any money. if you would please help make this christmas a merry one. our family will be forever grateful.
November 29, 2013 @ 5:59 am
Carrie's picture
Pay bills
November 15, 2013 @ 2:38 am
Kristi's picture
RESP's, RRSP,TFSA, debt, Christmas, bills and donations....so hard to decide. DEBT and Donation will be my picks.
November 15, 2013 @ 8:08 am
Allison's picture
I would save the money to use for a trip to Florida with the kids next year. We've never been to Disney and I'd love to take the kids there.
November 15, 2013 @ 9:39 am
Andrea Spires
Andrea Spires's picture
I would add the money to my income property fund. My partner and I intend to buy a duplex in the new year. It would also make it easier to make all the charitable donations I plan for the Christmas season. There are so many worthy programs, it is hard to pick just one!
November 15, 2013 @ 10:08 am
Vicki's picture
I could really use the money for my RRSP. My husband is self-employed and I only work part-time, so we have had no company sponsored RRSP plans to assist us in saving for our retirement. We're in our mid to late 50's and won't be able to retire any time soon! Winning any money would be absolutely wonderful!
November 15, 2013 @ 11:14 am
Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells's picture
I have been dreaming of a professional website to support becoming a blogger. This win would be used towards that goal. Love this contest and enjoy the writing and breadth of articles you present. Thank you!
November 15, 2013 @ 11:26 am
Cody Lee
Cody Lee's picture
WOW. What a great giveaway!!! Being that my husband and I recently purchased our property, I would put the $$$$ towards our mortgage. I am so focused to pay off as much now before we start a family. Thanks for the opportunity!
November 15, 2013 @ 2:18 pm
heather mcd
heather mcd's picture
If I won I'd try to invest on my own in some kind of stock (and resps)
November 15, 2013 @ 5:55 pm
Mary's picture
Very generous. I would pay off my last credit card, haven't used it for 2 years.
November 15, 2013 @ 5:55 pm
Lydia's picture
I would use the money to put a new muffler on my car.
November 16, 2013 @ 1:50 am
Marisa's picture
I would donate half to my church to give to local families in need this Xmas season, and the other half I would put into my long-term savings account which will eventually fund a trip to Europe (hopefully! If some other crisis doesn't arise first that requires financial attention!).
November 16, 2013 @ 2:28 am
Richard's picture
An interesting contest - most of which I don't usually enter but intrigued by this one. If I won any cash it would go into the RESP for grand daughters (age 4 & 2). With the cost of education escalating it is a real challenge for young families to provide for higher education for their children.
November 16, 2013 @ 6:24 am
Peter's picture
I would donate most of it to a charitable non-profit organization to buy materials, like paper, pencil, name tags, tablecloth for potlucks, etc.
November 16, 2013 @ 3:47 pm
Jay's picture
I would put the money towards my line of credit to help pay off some of my debt.
November 16, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
Cristy's picture
I would use the money to buy my mother something special and donate the remaining money to the people affected by the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The amount of suffering brought by this disaster is truly heartbreaking.
November 16, 2013 @ 6:05 pm
Mel's picture
What a great contest! You are very generous! I would use the money for Christmas presents as I just had a baby and am on maternity leave from my job. It would be a fantastic help as I am trying to save as much as I can.
November 16, 2013 @ 6:40 pm
Audrey's picture
I would make a lump sum payment on my mortgage. Wow, that would be awesome!
November 16, 2013 @ 8:22 pm
Jenny's picture
I'd put it toward credit card payments
November 17, 2013 @ 12:32 am
BeachBoy's picture
"Giveaway is open to all residents of Canada over the age of 16, excluding residents of the province of Quebec." FML
November 17, 2013 @ 1:02 pm
save. spend. splurge.'s picture
This would definitely go towards the new baby I'm expecting in 2014. I vow to put it in an RESP!!!
November 17, 2013 @ 2:09 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
We're expecting a new baby in 2014 as well and we're already incurring some major expenses for that. Too bad I can't win my own contest ...
November 21, 2013 @ 9:21 am
deb shulman
deb shulman's picture
my son needs a bit of financial help right now it would be great to be able to give him some cash
November 17, 2013 @ 5:45 pm
Hunain Ali
Hunain Ali's picture
Nice work Stephen I hope this will help many needy families in Christmas. If I win I will take my mom on a vacation as we didn't get to spend much time together. Best of luck for your contest.
November 17, 2013 @ 6:50 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
That's very thoughtful of you to think of your mom that way!
November 21, 2013 @ 9:13 am
Alison A
Alison A's picture
Great thought (and action!) provoking posts. If I win, it will help finance my first exciting foray into the world of ecommerce. So much to learn, but enjoying it very much.
November 18, 2013 @ 2:17 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Thanks for the positive feedback Alison!
November 21, 2013 @ 9:13 am
Robert Wise
Robert Wise's picture
I would use the money towards Christmas gifts.
November 19, 2013 @ 9:50 pm
DJ's picture
I will buy myself a surprise gift! surprise!
November 20, 2013 @ 12:22 am
Pirathepan Kamalanathan
Pirathepan Kamalanathan's picture
thanks for the giveaway. Will use it to get something nice for my nephew.
November 20, 2013 @ 5:00 am
edman's picture
I would purchase a Xbox one :)
November 20, 2013 @ 5:59 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I know quite a few people who are planning the same. I don't have time for gaming at all these days so I'm going to hold off for now!
November 21, 2013 @ 9:12 am
John R
John R's picture
I would build up my emergency fund
November 20, 2013 @ 8:23 am
Save for special vacation
November 20, 2013 @ 9:08 am
Amy Heffernan
Amy Heffernan's picture
Awesome contest. Thanks.
November 20, 2013 @ 9:50 am
Laura Hugglestone
Laura Hugglestone's picture
Christmas is coming and I am not sure Santa is going to repair the brakes on my car. This would help for sure ;-)
November 20, 2013 @ 10:12 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Santa may not be able to repair the brakes on your car, but there is a way to save a fortune on the cost of getting it done. Take a look at my article on cheap car repairs to see how you can get your car repair costs down as much as 80-90% for basic repairs.
November 21, 2013 @ 9:10 am
Lori R Jackson
Lori R Jackson's picture
I would buy the hubby something nice instead of asking for the money to buy. I think a new drill under the tree would cause him to collaspe!
November 20, 2013 @ 11:18 am
Craig Morton
Craig Morton's picture
This will pay for part of my trip to Australia to see my son, daughter in law and new grandchild!!!
November 20, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Sounds like an amazing trip!
November 21, 2013 @ 9:08 am
penny's picture
spend it on myself - for a change :)
November 20, 2013 @ 6:52 pm
Kristen Duever
Kristen Duever's picture
I would pay down some debt and spend some on Christmas!
November 20, 2013 @ 7:42 pm
LindaT's picture
This would be so great to win. I would put it toward my credit card debt.
November 21, 2013 @ 12:07 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Getting rid of credit card debt should be everyone's top priority for sure! Even paying it off with another lower interest loan is preferable.
November 21, 2013 @ 11:42 am
Rekha's picture
Deciding would be tough - I think I'd have to split it up. Some to loans/debts ($200, I think), $100 for fun money to share with hubby (50-50), and $200 for house or vehicle expenses.
November 21, 2013 @ 9:17 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Practical with a little bit of fun mixed in, I like it!
November 21, 2013 @ 11:44 am
Ester G
Ester G's picture
I would use it towards out upcoming family trip to Florida, the first trip we have all taken together since 1994!
November 21, 2013 @ 9:35 am
Harvinderks's picture
I would put it towards a new washing machine.
November 21, 2013 @ 10:44 am
daniel's picture
I seem never to win anything but i dont give up my girl friend and i have been looking after a older man with brian damage it is like he only acts like a little boy at the age 65 years old looking after him is like having a baby we are 37 years old and have chose to put our life on hold for him as he lost everone in his family we are the only hope for him and are greatful to help out we dont belive in nursing homes so we have always said if we come into money i would show him more in life and have a great chirstmas to make him smile and for get of the pain he was living before us taking over and doing what is best for his life till he goes we try but live low income so winning would be great thank you all for letting us reply
November 21, 2013 @ 11:30 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I love to read stories of people helping others like this. It's great when we can truly be unselfish and just help others because it's the right thing to do. Good luck in the giveaway!
November 21, 2013 @ 11:44 am
carson's picture
I would go and see my daughter in YellowKnife, for my wife and I haven't seen her in a year.
November 21, 2013 @ 12:57 pm
daniel's picture
thank you stephen weyman for your input we have done wrong in life so we are trying to make up for are misstakes in the lords hands and life has ups and downs but we keep praying for god to giuld us throw lifes as life has challenges but we would like two see a smile on his face and hope to win money to plain a wedding for her and i we have been together for 10 years but low income we can not put the money together for that special day but we know in are heart some day it could happen so good luck everone wish you all the best and hope you all can put a smile on someones face
November 21, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Dawn's picture
This might sound boring, but I would put my winnings towards much needed chiropractic and treatments. Oh, my aching back!
November 21, 2013 @ 2:15 pm
James Brown
James Brown's picture
Gr8 contest!!! I could sure use the money for Xmas
November 21, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
Jennifer's picture
Oh, this is so exciting to think about! Although 90% of me wants to use all of the grand prize to scamper off to Paris, or London, or really, anywhere, I think we would use it for groceries and Christmas presents for my 3 boys. Since I'm unemployed right now, it would definitely allow us to be a bit more generous with their gifts!
November 21, 2013 @ 4:32 pm
carson's picture
November 21, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
Vanda 's picture
This is a wonderful giveaway and would be invested in my TFSA or finish paying off my line of credit. It's been a tough journey. Cheers!
November 21, 2013 @ 6:20 pm
Kerri's picture
I would use it to take my son on a Ski trip. We talk about it every year, then we never have the money. A mother son trip to bond, be together and have fun in the cold outdoors. I miss him so much sometimes. We share the same home, but he's a teenager now and doesn't need me as much.
November 21, 2013 @ 8:36 pm
Gail's picture
I would use this money to put towards my wedding that I am having a very hard time saving for.
November 21, 2013 @ 8:37 pm
DALE's picture
I would share half & invest half-(enjoy today while thinking about tomorrow). Am new to your blog but will commit to being a follower! If I an fortunate enough to win-will pay it forward.
November 21, 2013 @ 9:15 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Thanks DALE, I appreciate you committing to being a regular reader, that means a lot. I hope that I will be able to provide you with lots of good information going forward so you can have even more money left over to enjoy today as well as invest in tomorrow. Cheers!
November 22, 2013 @ 8:17 am
Eric St-Pierre
Eric St-Pierre's picture
Sounds funny but i would use the grand prize or any prize to help my startup. I recently quit my job and going to hang my own shingle in 2014. It's exciting to become an entrepreneur. I would definitely use the cash to get me started.
November 22, 2013 @ 8:34 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
That's not funny at all. Venturing out on your own is a great thing to do. Small business is very important to the Canadian economy and can eventually help produce jobs for others if you are successful. I wish you all the best with your new endeavour!
November 22, 2013 @ 12:33 pm
Ivan's picture
I would use the money to invest in my son's RESP.
November 22, 2013 @ 11:47 am
Scott Furminger
Scott Furminger's picture
I am unemployed and if I won I would use the cash to try to catch up !!!
November 22, 2013 @ 5:49 pm
Samara Sullivan
Samara Sullivan's picture
I recently had another baby and my 3 year old son has been beyond fabulous! With a much tighter paycheck as I'm on maternity we often have to find ways to cut corners but still have fun. My son and I build forts and cars out of cardboard we use our imaginations daily and enjoy life's simple pleasures. I'd love to treat him to a wonderful day full of excitement maybe a movie lunch a trip to the museum with souvenirs! Regardless if we win I think this is such a wonderful and admirably generous contest.
November 22, 2013 @ 6:15 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Thanks very much for the kind words Samara. I hope you win something so you can do something special for your son!
November 26, 2013 @ 3:41 pm
Kayla's picture
I would use the money to go visit my sister.
November 22, 2013 @ 6:50 pm
Shelley's picture
I would use the money to pay a credit card bill. This way I would reduce interest payment then it's worth more than the $1,000. Thank you.
November 22, 2013 @ 11:10 pm
Lynda's picture
Thank you for the offer/contest. My husband has been laid off from work. I would use the money for monthly expenses.
November 23, 2013 @ 1:18 pm
Jane Hammill
Jane Hammill's picture
I would buy some kitchen gadgets including a new freezer and lots of very healthy luxury food. This would inspire me to feed my family full of Vit's and smooth away my chunky bits and have a great start to 2014! Huge thanks for running the contest and good luck to everyone.
November 24, 2013 @ 9:38 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Love the rhyming Jane!
November 26, 2013 @ 3:41 pm
Melissa G
Melissa G's picture
I would buy my son whatever he'd like for Christmas. It's been a tough year being a single mother--but I'm making it through. Good luck to all. Thank you!
November 24, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
Edwina Donovan
Edwina Donovan's picture
Great contest, good luck everyone :)
November 26, 2013 @ 10:51 pm
Tracy's picture
I love free money and my birthday, 25 years with my better half and Christmas all in a span of 2 weeks so Money would be awesome !!
November 26, 2013 @ 10:56 pm
Philip S
Philip S's picture
a nice Christmas gift for myself or maybe put in my TFSA
November 26, 2013 @ 11:21 pm
Robin's picture
I would use the money to help buy food or donate some money to the Food Bank and/or to assist with purchasing Christmas presents for the children listed on the Giving Tree. We always pick at least two children from the Giving Tree, even though we've experienced some financial set backs this year. We love to give as much as we can at Christmas.
November 27, 2013 @ 8:19 am
Eduard's picture
I will put the money towards my mortgage, even if its olny 1000 bucks
November 27, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
Laura K
Laura K's picture
Would put in savings toward a new furnace.
November 27, 2013 @ 2:36 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Now there's a necessity - we all need efficient heat at this time of year.
November 27, 2013 @ 3:22 pm
Laurie's picture
I would use it towards my kids for Christmas and some bills as we have just moved into a new home and I am currently unemployed and anything would help us out right now, thank you.
November 27, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
Michelle's picture
Christmas gifts or bills
November 27, 2013 @ 3:55 pm
Cathy 's picture
Would be more than happy to win a prize, would be a nice Christmas present as I am not receiving any gifts from our families as we are donating all presents to adopt a family, as that is what Christmas is about is to give to the needy and spend a nice meal with your loving family!
November 27, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
mariola's picture
I would save for my granddaughter education. grate work.
November 27, 2013 @ 8:55 pm
Judy's picture
Well, Stephen, I would really like to get to work! I passed all my real estate exams recently, but, haven't been able to get my license money together because there is such a shortage of jobs for older people. So, that's what I would spend this money on, if I were lucky enough to win it - Work!!
November 28, 2013 @ 12:06 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
That's an important use of the money Judy. Hopefully you are able to find a way to scrape together the funds to get your license even if you don't win this contest because getting to work as soon as possible is obviously of the highest priority for anyone.
December 04, 2013 @ 10:48 am
Karen's picture
Since I just lost my job as of tomorrow because of company restructuring it would come in handy for the necessities of life.Rent, bills, food to name a few.
November 28, 2013 @ 7:33 pm
Christine S.
Christine S.'s picture
I would use the money to stock my freezer for the long cold winter ahead and pay bills. With no job, minimal prospects, and EI exhausted, it would be an absolute Godsend to win this contest. Thank you for the money saving tips, it appears a lot of us are going to need them!
November 29, 2013 @ 7:14 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
The feeling of EI running out after you've been out of work must be a dreadful feeling. I sure hope you find a way to make some money to bridge the gap and get back to work soon. Good luck in the giveaway!
December 04, 2013 @ 10:53 am
Noreen Wideman
Noreen Wideman's picture
would use winnings to follow your advice on getting off the cable and satellites...and if any funds left do a payforward good deed
November 30, 2013 @ 4:21 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
There are cheaper options than buying a full PC to use to replace your cable. That's just my preferred method because you get full control. Maybe take a look into Android Mini PCs that look a bit like a USB dongle that can be plugged directly into the HDMI port of your TV. They are cheap $50-$100 and offer much of the functionality that a full computer would.
December 04, 2013 @ 10:50 am
Dottie's picture
I would divide the money into three parts and use part of the money for Christmas presents,money on a bill I want to pay off and put the balance into a savings account.
December 02, 2013 @ 3:26 pm
carson's picture
Hi every one hopping to win Christmas is coming and my wife and I are still wanting to see our daughter in Yellow Knife or her coming here.And besides that her grandma is not doing well.That money would be great help for us.If not us I hope who wins can really use it .GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS .
December 02, 2013 @ 4:07 pm
Caroline's picture
I would pay it forward and donate what I win here to my favorite animal rescue organization!
December 07, 2013 @ 1:29 am
Maria G.
Maria G.'s picture
It would sure come in handy to buy Christmas presents for my family....
December 07, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
Connor's picture
If I did win this prize, I would save it for my mission to Mexico trip or Europe trip i have for school. Also, getting some christmas presents for my family may be a nice thing as both my parents and all of my siblings including me are in school.(it's hard to live off loans and have fun at the same time while paying for heat, lights, water, etc.)
December 07, 2013 @ 7:56 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Wow, that's crazy that your entire family is in school at the same time. It must be really scary having to live off borrowed money like that all the time. Good luck with your educations and I hope you can start paying back those loans soon! Enjoy the mission trip!
December 07, 2013 @ 11:03 pm
Michelle's picture
I have some urgent bills and renos that I need money!!! Its that time of year.
December 08, 2013 @ 8:37 pm
jeremy stewart
jeremy stewart's picture
I would use it to pay my rent for January. Its been tough finding work and would be a massive help.
December 08, 2013 @ 9:10 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I noticed that the end date on the contest form wasn't right. The contest is supposed to end on Tuesday around midnight and I had it set to end Monday at midnight so that has been adjusted. Get your entries in before the contest closes!
December 09, 2013 @ 8:22 am
Kari's picture
Having 3 kids all in university at one time and another 2 younger ones playing representative level sports, the extra money would certainly be a help at this time of the year! Who knew it was so expensive to have kids?!
December 09, 2013 @ 9:58 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
No kidding, I'm learning that myself right now. I've also heard sports and activities for your kids can be terribly expensive. My daughter just started her first two activities this year, fortunately they have been relatively reasonably priced so far.
December 09, 2013 @ 11:55 am
Aaron's picture
I'd use the cash for an extra special Christmas for my family!
December 09, 2013 @ 10:41 am
Susan Mason
Susan Mason's picture
I would love to spend a nice win like this on gifts for Christmas, but I would pay bills to catch up. It would be nice to breathe a little easier. :) Ty for the nice contest!
December 09, 2013 @ 12:27 pm
Juliette Medeiros
Juliette Medeiros's picture
I would use this money to continue paying off our credit card debt. We made a decision to work on paying it off within a year - almost 4 months ago. We are almost half way there :)
December 09, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Congrats on getting rid of the credit card debt. If you haven't already, make sure you explore your options for lowering your interest rates while you are in the process of paying it off. Try calling them and ask them to lower the interest rate, put the balance on a line of credit if you can (preferably secured), borrow the money from someone you know and pay them a lower interest rate instead. That kind of thing. I'm a big advocate of using credit cards and paying them off every month but not carrying a balance and paying huge interest fees!
December 09, 2013 @ 4:10 pm
Lynnette's picture
I would definitely use the money to pay some bills :)
December 09, 2013 @ 6:53 pm
Damon's picture
I would use all the money to go for charity/family because charity is a perfect place to give money to the poor and hurt and my nanny just had heart surgery so some would go to her bills and the rest for Christmas gifts. I think the money should be either given away to charity or used for family. The money shouldn't be used for your own needs.
December 09, 2013 @ 7:51 pm
Judy's picture
I would use the money to do something nice with my sons on our upcoming Christmas vacation. We have had a tough year as my husband passed away a year ago, and we all need to have some fun family time.
December 09, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I could use a good family vacation as well. Really looking forward to some time off at Christmas. I've been burning the candle at both ends and need a break!
December 09, 2013 @ 9:55 pm
Martha's picture
I would use the winnings to pay for 2 new car tires, some food, and a present for each of my children.
December 09, 2013 @ 11:16 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Have you considered buying your tires in the USA, you can save up to 50% on the exact same tires you would buy around here by doing this. Check out the post I wrote on this a while back.
December 10, 2013 @ 8:54 am
Rosie's picture
I would use the money to buy some gifts for my kids and spouse and Christmas stuff.
December 10, 2013 @ 12:06 am
Marcelina's picture
I would split the $1,000 evenly between my children's RESPs.
December 10, 2013 @ 12:09 am
Marcelina's picture
Ha! I doubled first prize to $1,000! Sorry!
December 10, 2013 @ 12:11 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Actually, there is no restriction on the same person winning multiple times. So if you used all of your 12 entries then you could feasibly win more than $1000 if you were really lucky! I thought about making that restriction because it will be kind of awkward if the same person wins more than once, but I also want to reward the people that took more time to enter so I decided to leave that out of the rules.
December 10, 2013 @ 8:55 am
Carol Oddy
Carol Oddy's picture
I would use the money to pay for Christmas gifts and food.
December 10, 2013 @ 1:29 am
Jamie Maracle
Jamie Maracle's picture
Finish my Christmas shopping, take Family out for a nice dinner all together
December 10, 2013 @ 2:00 am
Leslie's picture
I would use any winnings to help a less fortunate family in need have a better Christmas this year.
December 10, 2013 @ 6:59 am
corrina's picture
Hi my name is corrina maurice i lost my job a few months ago aave not been able to find work times are very very hard luckily i have a great guy that goes to work a busts.his but every day i don't know what i would do without him even though he is working we r getting behind on stuff i did not have a tree.a.he found me one on the side of the road a he.is.fixing it for me i don't think we will be able to have the money to decorate it though. but this guy is trully trully amazing if i won the money i would make him a beautifull xmas.meal with a decorated tree and a very special present u nder the tree he really diserves it. thank u corrina
December 10, 2013 @ 7:31 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Sounds like you have a great man, a real blessing. Good luck in the contest so you can make this happen!
December 10, 2013 @ 8:57 am
Rose's picture
I would use it make my kids Christmas a good one. I am on social assistance. for myself and my 10 yr old daughter. I had 2broke wrist an my brother with his 3 girls age 12,10,8 he is a sngle father all their li es, he came to help ne then he found work here an there GE not eligabke for assistance ce cause he is employable so now GE works. to help pay for our rent .. I also look after NY grand kids 16,13 .I a have been in processS of getting g yep for my grand kidsthrough aboriginal. miministry children an families. its been 10 months they keep doing investigation after I vestigation on me an find nothing but yet bow doing another one on me again this 3 in the 10 months. UT now cause I don't get help from ministry for them the Christmas. bureau. wot help me .. so I just want five these kids even. a lil Christmas for them the Christmas bureau
December 10, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Emma's picture
I would use the money to pay off debt :)
December 10, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
jon's picture
Half to me for a new tablet to replace my broken one I use for my long commute, half to the food bank. No one should be hungry.
December 10, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
Shirlee White
Shirlee White's picture
Will spend it on the arts; maybe the next concert that comes to my city or live theatre.
December 10, 2013 @ 7:36 pm
Lynda's picture
Thank you for this contest. My husband has been out of work for 6 months now, so I would use it for new glasses for the both of us, as well as day to day items. We are also in need of fresh groceries. This money would be helpful.
December 10, 2013 @ 8:02 pm
Lynda's picture
Thank you Stephen. I am checking out your step by step guide on how to use "Clearly Contacts". The website seems to be user friendly, and so is your site. Also I did not know about: http://www.retailmenot.ca for codes and coupons for Canadian sites. I will be exploring this site as well. Thank you again Lynda
December 11, 2013 @ 2:53 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
You're welcome, glad to help!
December 11, 2013 @ 8:30 am
Donna's picture
I would use the money to pay my rent/utilities. Being a single parent and only able to work part-time makes financial obligations a challenge every month.
December 10, 2013 @ 11:24 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I can only imagine how difficult that must be. Trying to pay for or find childcare while working working to earn a single income would be my definition of a nightmare. I have a lot of admiration for people such as yourself who do this every day!
December 11, 2013 @ 8:31 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
The giveaway is now over! Thank you so much to all who entered. I hope you will stick around and continue reading the articles that I write and contributing to the discussion in the comments. I will be picking the winners later today and starting to contact them so hang tight.
December 11, 2013 @ 8:37 am
carson Pilgrim
carson Pilgrim's picture
Good day ,just want to thank every one who read my comment and sent an email back to me and a good thanks to Stephen Weyman you all have a Merry Christmas And A Happy NewYear.
December 11, 2013 @ 10:22 am
david's picture
Even though I didn't get a chance to be part of the giveaway, I still enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm from everyone. This the way to get the blog starting. I hope everyone has a good holiday season, and remembers to only use money wisely. Don't waste it on irrelevant things.
December 11, 2013 @ 8:24 pm
Linda Dunlop
Linda Dunlop's picture

Enter now!
Go for it!

December 04, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

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