Category Archives: Giveaway

Facebook Giveaway!

Remember when I promised giveaways? Well here they come! I’ve started a Facebook page and as a way of promoting it, I’m going to be giving away books and gift certificates!

The Facebook page will be a place where I’ll post the best articles each week from Sweating The Big Stuff, I’ll have special Facebook only giveaways, and hopefully we’ll get some user participation! Whether you’re actually interested or you just want some free stuff, come check out the page and “like” it today!

We’ll be giving away three books:

  • Two copies of “Enjoy Your Money: How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and Give It” by J. Steve Miller.
  • One copy of “America, Welcome to the Poorhouse” by Jane White.

There are two ways to enter.

1. “Like” the Sweating The Big Stuff Facebook page (one entry)
2. Tweet about this giveaway – or copy and paste this: Facebook Group Giveaway at Sweating The Big Stuff (via @DanielPacker) – Just be sure to include @DanielPacker (one entry)

On another note, since I won’t be doing the Best of the Rest this Sunday (vacation takes priority), I wanted to give a shoutout to the carnivals I was in, especially to Mrs. Micah for selecting my article, Why Squeezing Every Last Penny Out of Savings Accounts Isn’t Worth It as one of the Best of Money articles this week. This carnival is cool because the host selects the 10 best articles submitted each week. It’s a first for me and it’s truly an honor!

I also participated in the Carnival of Money Stories hosted by Personal Finance Journey with Dani’s guest post Money Stories: Not Eating Out For A Week.

I took part in the Money Hackers Carnival hosted by Yes, I Am Cheap with my post Do You Spend More Than You Need?

Finally, I participated in the Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by Canadian Finance Blog with my the same Why Squeezing Every Last Penny Out of Savings Accounts Isn’t Worth It. (Having the same article submitted to both was an accident. I originally submitted to the Best of Money Carnival for last week and when I wasn’t selected, added it to the Carnival of Personal Finance. Oops!)

May in Advance

I usually do Month in Reviews but I realized that those are boring and what the future holds is much more interesting. SO this month I’m switching it up. I’m gonna tell you all about what’s going to happen, what you’ll see, and most importantly, what I’m giving away!

I am REALLY pumped about May. It’s already been a great month, and there’s so much left! Let’s get to it and you’ll understand the excitement.


Sweating the Big Stuff is going through a site redesign and is celebrating by having a nice giveaway! I’m also planning on giving away several books and well as cold hard cash! Hopefully the new design will be a little more attractive and user friendly.

Also, we’re starting a Facebook page! I want to connect with my readers better and Facebook seems like the perfect platform. And what better way to start a Facebook group than with a giveaway! There will be many details to come as I get everything ready for launch.

For my loyal readers, I’m also planning on giving away several books! I should be putting up a few reviews of the great books I’ve been reading, and I want to share them with you!

You may or may not have noticed that I added a few advertisements to older posts. I’m just starting to explore monetizing, but I also want to do so in a way that doesn’t bother the people who come for the content each day. So nothing recent will have ads for the foreseeable future. This mostly affects the people who visit from Google, and if I benefit from them, well, guess who gets more $$ and book giveaways?? YOU!

Finally, I have lined up some awesome guest posts. These aren’t your run of the mill guest posts, either. These posts will make you think, they’ll get you excited, and they’ll be super interesting. I’m lining up some excellent Yakezie members to guest post here and I think you’re going to love it!

So, are you excited for the rest of May? I thought so! There will be lots of details coming in the next few weeks, so sit tight, sign up for the RSS feed to stay current on everything that will be going on, and I guarantee you this won’t disappoint!

*For those who liked the old format, here’s a quick rundown:

I’m still doing well in the Yakezie, and instead of focusing on my numbers, I’m focusing on the relationships I’m building. Notably, I had an awesome happy hour with the likes of Eliminate the Muda, Engineer Your Finances, J Money from Budgets are Sexy, and Brian of My Next Buck.

My favorite posts from April:
Why I’m a Fan of Lifestyle Inflation

Free iPhone and 2 Months of Free Service

Plus two awesome guests posts:

How to Find Extra Money In Your Budget by Heather of Inexpensively

5 Things You Can Do To Prepare for Retirement by Rick Rodgers

Best of the Rest: Contest Edition

It’s Sunday, which means the Your Negotiators contest is over and we’re here to announce the winners. And they are…@bucksome, @mgmommy0930, and Michael. Congratulations! They’ve been contacted and after working with Your Negotiators, hopefully we’ll get a testimonial about how the experience went.

This week’s must-reads:

Two are from Financial Samurai, who had some very interesting and thought provoking posts: The first is the Alexa Ranking Challenge, which you’ll hear more about a little later in the week here, and Tax Refunds Are Good For Most People, Because Most People Can’t Save.

MoneyNing asks: Are Your Money Matters A Bunch Of Lies? The post goes into several ways we tell ourselves lies when it comes to money.

The Frugal Lawyer details her experience Saving Money With Cox And Verizon Wireless by using SIMPLE ways to shave $240 off her cable and cell phone bills.

Fiscal Geek answers a reader question about the American Dream becoming a Nightmare.

20 Something Finance explains all about the Retirement Contribution Credit. I got so close! The very last line of his post got me! Grrr

The following carnivals included my posts this week!

Ultimate Money Blog hosted the Money Hacks Carnival – How To Use A Windfall

Million Dollar Journey hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance – Impressing Your Friends Can Cost You

Cooking Manager hosted the Festival of Frugality – Guest Post at You Have More Than You Think – The Pinnacle of Frugality

The Carnival of Debt Reduction – Guest Post at Money Relationship – Why I Don’t Stress About My $23,000 Pile Of Debt