Sweeping, The Hobby That Pays Off

merriam-webster.com defines a hobby as a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.

For some of us, that hobby is sweeping*, and with the exception of becoming a professional it is the only hobby I know that more than pays for itself**.

*I use sweeping here very broadly, covering entering contests, sweepstakes and giveaways.
**I personally haven't experienced this, but I have read of others on forums who enter faithfully every day and have not had a single win for years on end-  I explore the possible reasons for this in I enter and enter but never win, what am I doing wrong?

I love sweeping, it relaxes me, I enjoy it, I love to imagine what if, wouldn't it be nice, wouldn't so and so love that? when I see the prizes I could win and it is something I can do as much of or as little of as I like or as time allows.

The costs involved in sweeping are very minimal, either supplies and stamps to send in snail-mail entries or access to a computer to enter online.  (If you are a very occasional sweeper, you can avoid any costs whatsoever by sticking to drop-box entries when you run across them or call in radio stations and the like.)  The payoff can be life-altering.  Dream homes, hundreds of thousands- even millions of dollars, scholarships, once in a lifetime experiences, you name it, someone is or will probably be giving it away.

Like any hobby, there are a variety of tools that can make it easier for you.  Because I enjoy the hobby and am willing to dedicate many hours a month (on average) to sweeping, I am willing to invest in the best tools I can afford.  Here are my top 5 tools for sweepers.  Some are free and some have both free and paid versions so you can try them out before deciding if they are right for you.

For me, the thrill of opening a winning email, getting a package I wasn't expecting, answering the phone to hear I've been chosen as the winner or opening a flat priority envelope that has to be signed for and contains an affidavit is a major rush, and goofball that I am, I squee and jump up and down and drag the whole family into the celebration.  (Then I get to hear them call dibs and fight over who gets MY prize, but that's a whole 'nother story.)

It's exciting and an adrenaline rush until it's not.  When it is not, when it is a chore more than fun, I take a break, same as I do with crocheting or painting or crafting or any other hobby.

Is sweeping right for you?  In 5 traits that every sweeper should have, I list what I believe are essential qualities in a sweeper.

I personally think that if you are not passionate about something, you should find something else to do in your spare time-  there are just too many choices out there and if you experiment enough you will find something you can be enthusiastic about.

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