It’s a time for giving thanks, and I am very grateful for all you awesome readers of this blog. Honestly, this blog has helped me keep on track and it was really fun along the way. I started blogging in December 2004, revealing our net worth of $55,750. As you can see on your top right of the screen, two years later we have doubled that! What better way to celebrate this success than to give away a bunch of stuff!
Much of this stuff is books I’ve received from publishers for review, and others are books that I feel are top-notch and am buying myself. If you add up the retail values for everything, it’s over $400 in free prizes. Don’t worry, I’m not sending out any 1099s.
|Omni Bean Bag Chair (New) from SumoLounge.com, a $149 value.|
|Smart Money Magazine, 1-Year Subscription||Car and Driver Magazine, 1-Year Subscription|
|The Richest Man in Babylon, 1 copy (review)||A Random Walk Down Wall Street, 1 copy (review)|
|The Four Pillars of Investing, 1 copy (review)||The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner, 1 copy (upcoming review)|
|The Bogleheads Guide to Investing, 1 copy (partial review, upcoming complete review)||The Big Money, 2 copies (review)|
|Health Care on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide, 1 copy (upcoming review)||The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million, 1 copy (upcoming review)|
|Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors, 1 copy (review)||$20 Amazon Gift Certificate to buy the book (or whatever) of your choice!|
|Possibly more to be added as the contest goes on…|
I am going to randomly split all the prizes into two equal buckets for the following two entry methods, both free. So, in order to have a chance at any specific prize, you’ll have to do both.
#1 – Leave A Comment
This one’s easy. Just leave a comment in this post with a guess of between 0 and 99. The winner will be determined by the ending value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average on November 22nd. For example, if the value is 10,165.48, the winning number used would be 48. The closest person gets to choose their prize first, with ties being broken by who commented first, and so on until all prizes are gone.
E-mails are required for me to identify winners, but are not published nor are they added to any mailing list of any sort. I wouldn’t worry about duplicates, there will be duplicates no matter what.
#2 – Link To Your Favorite Post
All bloggers love new readers, and I am no exception. If you have any sort of website, be it big or tiny, webpage or blog, MySpace or Xanga, whatever, just add a new link on *your* site to your favorite post on *this* blog (My Money Blog, to be clear ;)).
Then just let me know either by sending a trackback ping or by leaving a comment with your link URL. This way, you’ll get a link back to your site as well! Or you can just email me and I’ll take care of it. Each separate site link counts as one entry, so you can gain multiple entries. Winner will be chosen randomly.
Note: All sites that I find linking to me this month will be added, whether or not they read this post or not. I will track you down and shove the prizes into your house! Just kidding – if you want your link removed, just let me know.
But wait! I will also link to you here! (updated at least once a day)
Retire Young and Wealthy
My New Choice
Gen X Finance
The Myth of the Metals
Foodie Universe’s Restaurant Reviews
Team Drunken Panda
Denis’s MySpace Page
Divorce To Financial Freedom
Debt Is Awful
A Penny Saved
Knacktion – JF
Confessions of a Hoarder
Trade the market
My Money Forest
Pro Bargain Hunter
Simply Options Trading
Make Money and Get Free Stuff
Apple Door Says NO to Bundy Clocks
Getting Rich Together
The Sun?s Financial Diary
Raaj’s MySpace Page
Money Smart Life
Hello. My name is ?
Money Matter and More
Blog Money Whore
My Personal Finance Blog
Lessons from a 24-year-old SF renter
The contest is scheduled to end at midnight Pacific on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving – November 21st. Spam, adult, gambling, or otherwise inappropriate sites don’t count. Use common sense here
I don’t know if the foreign-language blogs are outside North America, but I realize that I did not start this contest out with the usual USA addresses-only clause. I am willing to spend a little more money for international postage, but if it gets crazy then I will simply send you the retail value of the prize. I hope that’s fair.
One guessing (method #1) entry per person. Fraudulent entries will result in all related entries thrown out. Your first number sticks if you pick more than one. US mailing addresses only, except for the first day where I didn?t say this and I may make some exceptions and pay out the value of the items. Employees, relatives, pets, and hood ornaments of MyMoneyBlog.com can’t enter. Okay lawyers, you happy?
Remember, half the prizes are set aside for linkers, and half for commenters. Do both to get the best chance of winning!