This is a post that I have started on several times in the past. The reason it has been so hard to start is because of the reason or reasons that drew me to entering giveaways. I gave birth to my last child in July 2009. It was a very hard pregnancy with lots of complications and because of these complications during and after delivery I became very depressed.
My husband helped me out for a few months since he was laid off work and I was physically recovering from a difficult pregnancy and delivery which ended me up in ICU briefly and a two week stay in the hospital.
After he returned to work, I become very lonely and withdrawn. Now I love to read, but for some reason there were times when I just didn't want to and wanted another way to socialize with others. I had started couponing back around 2004 because of a local article in the News and Observer featuring a local couponer and I became hooked. I often searched for local resources or blogs that featured couponing or ways to save money and found Money Saving Mom and she was hosting a contest/giveaway for some Tyson products coupons. I received an email over several weeks later that I won and became hooked on entering giveaways and receiving free items.
This helped me focus on something else besides feeling lonely. I started going back out into the community, taking my kids to the park and going back to my favorite place in the world....the library.
I really enjoy entering giveaways, they often give me a way to provide things for my family that we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford or things I wouldn't normally purchase.
Why did you start entering giveaways? Do you find them to time consuming? Do you keep the things that you win for your family?