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Best of the Rest: Getting Lucky Edition

I got an email on Wednesday that could not have come at a better time.

In college, I was put on a list of students who took 10-20 minute online studies through the Business School. They each offered the possibility of a prize, with about a 1 in 50 chance of winning a gift. Even after I graduated, I continued to do the studies. I’m not sure why I keep answering their questions. I don’t believe online surveys are a good way of making money. Maybe I kept doing it because it was for a good purpose, but I’m not really sure.

Anyway, I got an email saying that I was selected as a winner of a $50 certificate. Time to subscribe and save to a few more items!

On Monday, I wrote about making your own luck. This is pretty lucky, I had a 2% chance of winning and I did! But at the same time, I’ve take at least 25-30 studies for them in the past without winning, so maybe I was due. It just goes to show that if you don’t try, you’ll never get what you want, but if you try, at least there’s a chance. To quote Gary Player, “The harder you try, the luckier you get.”

Let’s see who was “lucky” enough to be included in my roundup of personal finance articles this week:

“… and I’m Like, ‘F@#% You!’” (via Lazy Man and Money)

Yakezie Member Post: The Financial Blogger (via Yakezie)

Quit Sniveling: How to Make Lots of Money Doing What You Hate (via Len Penzo)

Tracking Performance of Lending Club Investment Returns (via Steadfast Finances)

17 Signs that Frugality Has Gone Too Far (via Financial Highway)

Does your 401K Match Up Against the Averages? (via 20 Something Finance)

Government Wastes Money on Financial Literacy (via Thousandaire)

6 Strategies to Stop Wasting Your Raises (via Fiscal Fizzle)



  1. Woohoo! Yay for being lucky! I would never take surveys unless it was for a good cause or if I’m definitely getting money. Congrats on winning, and thanks again for the subscribe and save info. I really need to use that.

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