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Starting the New Year Right – January 2012 $100 Cash Giveaway!!!

I really enjoyed hosting the last two giveaways, so I’ve decided to make them a regular occurence here at BFS.  I have no idea if they will all be the same or not, but for now I am keeping them comment-oriented.  If you’d like to subscribe to my RSS feed, follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, or subscribe to my newsletter, please feel free to take a gander at my right sidebar and sign up at will.  I always appreciate it, but you don’t have to do it to win.  Although signing up for any of those will help you know when I post giveaways in the future, lol.  😉

In hopes of an awesome 2012, this giveaway will be for $100 via Paypal or Amazon (your choice):


1. Leave a comment below by January 25th, 2012 and you will be entered to win!

Yep, it really is that easy.  If you’d like a suggestion for your comment, let me know if you would prefer that I offer one $100 prize in months to come,  two $50 prizes, or four $25 prizes?  That will help me to decide how to do this in the future for you all.

Please consider this my thank you for your continued support!!!

The official stuff:

1) Contest ends January 25th, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Standard time.
3) The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email. If you select Paypal as the prize, you will need to have a Paypal account.

4) The prize will be held for 2 calendar days. If it isn’t claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected and contacted.
5) I reserve the right to reject comments that I consider spam or invalid entries.
6) An invalid or incorrect email address automatically disqualifies you from the drawing…it’s hard to contact a fake email…
Local laws, rules, and regulations apply.

149 thoughts on “Starting the New Year Right – January 2012 $100 Cash Giveaway!!!”

  1. Vishvaas Jain

    If I win then please give me a 100$ amazon gift card
    i’d really like to buy some stuff on amazon.

    thank you very much!

  2. Angie

    $100 in Paypal would be awesome!

  3. MoneyforCollegePro

    $100 would make my new year!

  4. Cait

    Two x $50 prizes is a nice way for more than one person to win. 🙂

  5. gharkness

    What a lovely contest! I think, because none of the amounts are life-changing anyway, it would be so nice for you to offer four $25.00 gifts…that way, more people would have a chance to win. For this one, though, my preference would be an Amazon gift certificate.

    Also let me just mention: I ONLY enter contests that don’t require me to annoy my friends with requests to join this and “like” that. This one definitely qualifies, and I really, REALLY appreciate it!

  6. john

    Great idea for a giveaway! Closest thing you can get to cold hard cash. I like the $100 prize, I get the idea of breaking it down so more can win but $100 is a nice “meaty” amount that would really mean something to somebody. Good luck to everyone!

  7. Hunter - Financially Consumed

    Great way to start the year. I can always use another crisp Benjamin in wy wallet 🙂

  8. Rockbell

    Better odds than Powerball. count me In! Thanks

  9. MikeS

    I’d vote for two $50 prizes, but I won’t turn down a $100.

  10. Jana @ Daily Money Shot

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re doing this. Sharing the wealth 🙂

    I also think you should mix it up. Have $100 for 1 person this time, 4 $25 prizes next time and so on. Keep your readers guessing!

  11. Kara

    I think I’d go with four $25 prizes. Better chances to win.

  12. Denise @ The Single Saver

    I’d vote for four $25 prizes so more can win! You know I hate risk, so I like contests when the odds of winning are higher! 🙂

  13. Michelle

    I agree with Cait, two $50 prizes would be awesome!

  14. June the Homemaker

    I love your blog, and I’m excited you’re hosting more giveaways! I’m already a FB and Twitter follower 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win for the new year!

  15. Abby

    I think this is a wonderful contest. I certainly would take $100, but I think 2 $50.00 prizes would be nice also.

  16. Michelle

    I vote for 2 $50 prizes. I am glad you offer Amazon or Paypal, since not all of us use paypal.
    I am glad to see a blogger that is passionate about giving back to her readers.

  17. Brandy

    Would love it 🙂 I think the four $25 would be neat, more would win and be encouraged.

  18. Courtney

    Would love $100 to Amazon. Possibly breaking it into 2 $50 prizes could be good too.

  19. Jai Catalano

    I would donate the $100.

  20. Jeffrey Trull

    Happy New Year, Crystal!

    I think 2 x $50 would be cool in the future. $50 is a good-sized prize and it doubles the chances to win!

  21. Jessi

    What a great giveaway, thanks for hosting it!

    I like the $100 idea, but also the 2 x $50 idea so that more than one person could win.

  22. Molly

    Two $50 prizes would be awesome!

  23. MB

    Love your blog! Would love $100 (or $50) Paypal or amazon!

    Happy new year!

  24. Newlyweds on a Budget

    I think 2 $50 prizes would be better! the more, the merrier : ) and $50 is still a substantial amount of money

  25. David Hunter

    I agree with the people who said to change it up and offer $100 this time, four $25 winners next time and so on.

    It’ll keep things interesting.

  26. Alison

    I love reading your blog!

  27. Kyra

    I don’t care how you do it. Just keep the cash coming lol!

  28. Ben

    1 $100 prize and pick me!

  29. Sunil l Expedited Wealth Building through Entrepreneurship

    great initiative Crystal. perhaps 2 $50 certs in the future to allow for more winners. good luck to everyone

  30. Two x $50 is great! Love your blog and glad to see someone is making her dreams come true.

  31. Alex J

    I like the idea of 1 $100 prize.

  32. Little Miss Moneybags

    I like a single $100 prize [especially if I win :)], but I’d still enter for multiple $50 or $25 prizes. Any little bit helps!

  33. kathleen

    I like your transparency — and I’d love to win! 🙂

  34. Brian

    $100 would be a great way to start the new year!

  35. Amanda L Grossman

    $100 by PayPal is great with me;).

  36. Taming Our Finances

    I’d think two $50 prizes would be ideal. Two is better than one, but four seems like too many. I guess in the end it’s up to you though.

  37. Sherrie

    I like the idea of multiple winners — either two ($50) winners or four ($25) winners. More people have a chance at the prize and it seems that when multiple people win, no one is envious of the winners and all participants are pleased with the results.

  38. shanendoah

    Of course I’m going to comment for $100. I’d be crazy not to.
    And while winning $100 would be great, I actually think the more prizes the better, so 4 $25 prizes or 5 $20 prizes. Letting more people win makes more people feel great.

  39. KC

    What a great way to start off the New Year!

  40. Shelley

    My vote is for the mini windfall of $100.

  41. Janice Cooper

    I like four $25 prizes because it gives you a better chance to win. I love it when their are multiple winners in one giveaway. Thanks for this fun giveaway 🙂

  42. Pam at MoneyTrail

    Woo hoo! Count me in!

  43. Robert @ The College Investor

    I’d keep it to a single $100 card!

  44. AmericanDebt Project

    $100 in PayPal!! What that would rock. You know where I’m at!

  45. Tina

    $100 Amazon for this prize have some items on my wish list, and for the other months I’d vote for the four $25 prizes. Just found your blog and really enjoy reading all your tips.

  46. Simple Rich Living

    $100 in PayPal would be awesome! Truly inspired by your success in your blog. Looking forward to weed through your blog to learn the success strategies.

  47. Jake Stichler - Debt Sucks

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  48. briareoushex

    $100 paypal would be awesome!

  49. amber

    Thank you for the giveaway! One giveaway for $100 gift card in the future is awesome

  50. Jessica @ Budget for Health

    I agree with MikeS- I vote for two $50 prizes, but I wouldn’t turn down the $100 🙂

  51. Lisa

    Just discovered your blog via a tweet about Vegas on a budget and I’m hooked! Thanks for the great stuff!!

  52. Niki

    Yay for giveaways!

  53. Ellen

    Hmm..are Canadians eligible? If so, paypal would be nice. And 2 prizes is more fun than 1!

  54. Lipstick Jane

    I think 2, $50 give-a-ways are a great idea.

  55. petra

    Any giveaway is fun. More people could share the excitement of winning if you offered 4 $25 prizes.

  56. Pedro

    I would suggest mixing it up. One time $100, another time 2 $50, etc.

  57. Maya

    I would prefer 4 prizes of $25. This way more people will be happier at the same time 🙂

  58. Erika

    OOOO Amazon gift card please!

  59. Tim @ Faith and Finance

    Woohoo! I hope I win!

  60. Sara

    Even though those 100§ would be amazing, I think four prizes at 25§ would be cool – the more the merrier!

    I’d love 100§ in Paypal, I really need it after the holidays!

  61. Art

    Keep it $100; the chances you’ll win aren’t great anyway, so if you do win it should be significant.

  62. Dana

    $100 paypal

  63. Annie

    $100 in Amazon so I can buy more Kindle e-books!

  64. Chris P

    I would suggest whatever works best in your budget at any given time! Thanks for and awesome blog and an opportunity to win!!!

  65. Courtney @centsablelady

    I would use this money for my first giveaway on my blog $50 as well as pick up some blogging reading material and protein powder 🙂

    Depends on how many people you have sign up for your giveaway. I would say 2 winners at $50 each. I think 1 gift card for every 200 people who enter.

  66. adamadam791

    A one time $100 paypal.

  67. gustosa giveaways

    $100 paypal is generous but if you divide it to 4 winners by $25 each you are more generous because you give 4 people a smile on their face

  68. Cindy C

    $100 would be a great start to 2012

  69. Jenna

    All giveaways are fun, paypal and amazon are both great. Thanks!

  70. Mary

    I like the comment from the person who said switch it up!

  71. Carols119

    I think switching it every month sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. Mrs. Accountability

    Fun idea! I say keep the $100 together and give it away as an Amazon gift certificate.

  73. ODWO

    O’ goodie!
    If I win … I’d say donate it to the charity of your choice.

    (if that were not an option … then Paypal it would be. I find myself paying with Paypal more and more lately, instead of a debit card)

  74. Leann Lindeman

    4 $25.00 prizes….!

  75. polly

    Count me in and Good Luck Everybody. . . .

  76. Laura Jacobson

    Oh anyway is great….giveaways are so much fun. I guess if you divided it out, more people could win. But…anyway is so much fun!

  77. Amanda

    Two for 50 sounds good 🙂

  78. Jk139

    Was really glad to find ur blog. As a caregiver and also tryingto work on my debt I appreciate reading about someone else working on same

  79. Micayla

    I would love the $100 cash so I can save up for Disney World.

  80. Sass

    I’d love to win with Amazon! That would go a long way in helping reach my budget goals while still being able to buy presents and such throughout the year!

  81. Gina M Maddox

    2 $50 prizes would be great! Thanks so much for the chance!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  82. Invest It Wisely

    $100, $50×2, or $25×4, I think it’s all good either way. 😉

  83. Kristie Betts

    Thanks for the chance to win, any contest that you hold would be great


  84. Bianca Roman

    I think (4) winners for $25 would make a lot of people happy. Thanks for this giveaway!

  85. Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer

    I like Jana’s idea to mix it up month to month. That keeps in interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  86. Lindsay

    Thanks for offering this! I also like the idea of mixing it up each time!

  87. Jane

    Four $25 prizes, for sure!

  88. Julie Lynn Bickham

    Thanks for the chance to win! Paypal giveaways are always a good idea!

  89. Joel

    $100 in the bag would be a great way to get the first month of the new year going.

  90. Funancials

    4 for $25 is solid but if you want to give me the entire $100, it’d be more solid.


    Happy New Year!!
    Thank you so much for the chance…

  92. Ioanna

    thank you from my heart
    love from greece

  93. nikki h

    entering the giveaway!

    Thank you!

  94. colleen boudreau

    I would prefer two $50 prizes.
    holliister at gmail dot com

  95. Beth

    Two $50 prizes would be great – $50 is a great prize and two can win.

  96. Kasee Johnson

    I think that 4 $25 prizes would give more people a chance at winning. And winning is fun!

  97. Kathleen

    $100 Amazon Gift Card could go a long way!!!

    In the future I think 2 people would appreciate $50!

  98. teinegurl

    I would love the $100 paypal =)

  99. desi

    $100 on Amazon would knock out birthday shopping for my boyfriend!

  100. Rachel

    2 prizes, so more readers can win! Hopefully me!! Thanks 🙂

  101. Kerry

    A chance for free money, sure! I’ll throw my hat in the ring.

  102. Deb

    I spend so much money at Amazon. Why I don’t have stock there yet is beyond me. I’d love a $100 Amazon gift card.

  103. Val

    I prefer 4 prizes. More winners, more excitement

    Thank You.

  104. Lee

    I like all of them…but it definitely would be fun to win a 100. Amazon card, since I don’t use paypal. Thanks.

  105. Adela

    I would like two $50 prizes.
    Email: adelavoinea [@] yahoo.com
    Thanks for the chance!

  106. Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    I think 4 $25 prizes would be best because more people will have a chance to win. 🙂 Thanks.

  107. Sadie

    $100 would really help me with all my choir fees!

  108. Tes M.

    I like the idea of changing it up every month as well.

  109. Jackie

    Just met you thru your guest post on ‘Get Rich Slowly’. Looking forward to following you on this inspirational blog.

    I like the idea of $100. J

  110. debm

    I followed you over here from GRS, glad to have found you!

  111. jeff mcdowell

    hi.. what a wonderful site you have here! i just found your site via get rich slowly, and have already found some tremendous advice. an extra $100 would be a wonderful thing to have as i attempt to get my life in order. thanks for the opportunity!

  112. Stacy

    $100 to Amazon would be great. Also, two $50 prizes would also be nice…

  113. Barbara

    Found you from your guest post on GRS. Probably would prefer Amazon, but either would be fine. Best wishes for continued success!

  114. Carol

    New to your blog. Came from GRS. The giveaways seem like great fun! I like the idea of four $25’s. It spreads the wealth!

  115. Melissa

    Nice website, thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m hoping to win this contest to help fund my Roth IRA this year.

  116. Matt

    Random is always the best. Keep everyone coming back for more.

  117. Laura

    I’d love to do some shopping on Amazon. Thanks for the giveaway!

  118. JBug

    Just found you via GRS … am inspired. Thanks!

  119. Kathy Dill

    2 X 50 is my vote
    I’m willing to share lol
    but $25 just gets lost in the shuffle, $50 seems like a real score

  120. Lance

    I vote for 2 $50 dollar prizes, two large amounts, but hey I won’t complain about winning the 1 $100 either 🙂

  121. sy

    Thanks for the giveaway! one $100 sounds nice.

  122. Linda

    What a great giveaway! All sounds good to me.

  123. Erin Hankins

    I would love to win and I think that the $100 giveaway is the best!! Thanks

  124. June Schubert

    2-50’s sounds perfect, but I’ll take my $100 as an Amazon card!

  125. Melissa Cahn

    I just discovered your blog and it is so much fun.
    I have always budgeted in the fun stuff only I did not call it that.
    Thanks for all the inspiring ideas and the giveaway!

  126. CM

    read your article on GRS, very inspiring,
    winning $100 Paypal would be terrific,
    keep up with the $100 prizes 🙂

  127. Melissa @ BrokeTO

    Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

    I like the idea of $100 cash for one person better than splitting it up. That way, it can be a really significant treat for one lucky winner, rather than just a little bonus. (Though I certainly wouldn’t turn down $25 if it was offered!)

  128. krish

    Loved your post on GRS. Now if I could only come up with a unique idea for a blog. I think a $100 prize to start the New Year is perfect. I try to be frugal but $25 just doesn’t go very far these days.

  129. Stacy

    Just found you through GRS… there is some “Fun” in budgeting! Like the idea of $100 in one chunk…Paypal!

  130. Aaron

    Great contest. Love your site.

  131. Rebekah

    I’d prefer $100 via Amazon as I use it for most of my gift purchases. I’d be set for part of my Christmas budget!

    I agree with @Jana that if you’d mix it up – sometimes $25s, sometimes $50s, sometimes $100, it’d be fun.

  132. June L

    That is an awesome giveaway. :0)

  133. Denise L

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like the idea of 2 $50 prizes. Your chances of winning are twice as good and $50 is a nice prize. Better to win $50 than not win $100 😉

  134. John

    $100 single winner-take-all via PayPal

  135. Anne Burner

    I found your blog thanks to Get Rich Slowly – and boy, am I glad! Love your blogstyle, and reading the older posts makes me smile. ^_^

  136. Jenna

    Two $50 prizes would give double the chance to win a still-significant prize (ie, enough for a nice dinner for two)

    Thank you!

  137. Stacie

    Yay, a giveaway for cash! Go Crystal!! I’d prefer paypal. As far as future giveaways…that’s tough. I think I like $100 or 2 $50’s because it’s big enough to plan something fun whereas $25, for me, would probably be spent on groceries or something really boring & responsible. With $100 I could buy some groceries and still do something fun! 🙂 But you can’t go wrong winning money. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  138. Katrina

    An $100 give away is more bang and likely to have more people interested in taking the time to comment and enter rather than four $25 prizes. Also for the commenter who said $100 ain’t life changing, good for them for being financially above “barely treading water.” I know for me or my mother, however, $100 COULD easily be put to a life changing use.

    I found your blog via a getrichslowly post and I look forward to seeing all the content you offer. I’ve my fingers crossed that I can help my disabled mother turn her blog into a revenue source.

  139. Diana Smith

    Thank you for the opportunity to win! I think 4 prizes of $25 each would be fitting for this blog. It would be challenging to see how much fun can be had for $25. It would also give a chance to share the wealth. Thank You, Diana

  140. Kris

    Being on vacation I almost missed this post! I’d love to win $100… and I think the idea of 2 $50 or 4 $25 giveaways are really awesome – a little something is always nice!

  141. Leslie

    Hi Crystal, I have tried leaving 2 messages on the “Crystal For Hire” page, but I don’t think it is working properly as I am not getting a copy of the email nor have you replied. So I am leaaving a comment here in the hopes that you see it. Can you connect with me via email about your services. Thx. Leslie

  142. Cindy CF

    Great blog.

    I would love a paypal prize.

    And I think two $50 prizes would be great in the future.

  143. Deanna

    I would prefer that you offer either one $100 prize or two $50 prizes in months to come, but beggars can’t be choosers! 😉

  144. Paula @ Afford Anything

    Hooray contests!! I like the idea of lots of people winning … like 4 people winning $25 each, or 2 winning $50. More chances to win!

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