When I was in college, I used to join many contests (except beauty contests! haha) and I was more often fortunate! I'd win t-shirts, CD's, concert tickets, money and a lot of goodies. One time there was this contest on TV, and they were giving away prizes ranging from big cash to appliances and since the rule was very simple, I tried to join.
So the rule was, they will be showing off their logo in several programs, and all the contestants have to do is to write the name of the show and the date when the logo appeared. One of the shows included was a soap opera which I watch while keeping my bedridden grandmother company late at night. Along with the entry, a bottle cap or a wrapper of the sponsors' products should be sent too.
The most practical product for me to send in was wrapper of sanitary napkin coz us girls, use this every month for a week long (the most). So I bought plenty! I went to the supermarket and filled up the shopping cart with sanitary napkins! Hahaha I didn't care what the people have to say. Okay, that was the craziest I ever did just to win.
It did pay off. I won but not the big prizes. I got 50 (or was it more?) movie passes which I wasn't so thrilled about. I ended up giving most to my cousin who helped me wrote down my numerous entries and sealed the envelopes. At least I already had a year's supply of napkins. ;)
Anyway, since Christmas is nearing I think I'd try my fortune once again by joining the contests happening in the blog land. There are many. If ever I'd win, the money would go to a good cause - myself! Hahaha. Do let me know if you know of any contests. And if you see many contest posts here, please don't complain! :)