Join Dora’s What’s In My Backpack Sweeps!

  • You’ll need to submit a short video to join this sweepstakes
  • The video can be submitted by Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • 25 winners will be randomly selected to receive a prize
  • You can only enter this sweepstakes one time
  • A copy of the rules is available online

Anyone who’s a fan of Dora the Explorer may be interested in her new “What’s In My Backpack” Sweepstakes.  In order to enter, you’ll first need to film a a video that’s no more than 60 seconds in length.  Additionally, the video should show you explaining what’s in your backpack.  Once the video is complete, you can go ahead and submit it via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive your chance to win.  You can also submit the video through the sweepstakes site:

A Look at the Prizes
  • The 25 prizes come as a package bundle (variety is always welcome!)
  • The most valuable item in the package is a Herschel Daypack ($39.99)
  • In second comes the Mini Maglite worth $30 even
  • Third most valuable prize is a Dora t-shirt worth just under $10
  • Lastly, the package also comes with a bag of chips and a yo-yo
  • Overall each prize package has an Approximate Retail Value of $83.59

While we’re talking about the winners, each should expect to receive notice sometime around August 19th, 2019.  Additionally, the winners will receive notice via the social media platform they signed up with.  If you happen to be one of the lucky winners, be prepared to respond to the winning notice within 48 hours.

Final Notes on the What’s In My Backpack Sweepstakes
  • You must at least 18 to join the sweepstakes and a U.S. resident
  • The sweepstakes runs from June 27th through August 9th, 2019
  • Sponsor:  Performance Entertainment USA, Inc., 21900 Burbank Blvd. Ste. 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

By the way, here’s a link to the Official Rules of the sweepstakes:



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Win $200 for a Makeover in the Elnett Sweepstakes

  • You can enter this sweepstakes once per month until December 31st
  • There’s a hair/makeup makeover grabs in each month of the sweeps!
  • A total of 7 prizes are available (so please try to win one of them!)
  • The sweepstakes opened on June 1st, 2019 (hot off the press!)
  • Winners will be drawn randomly after each month of the sweeps

Let’s get ready to win!  A new sweepstakes is sweeping the nation by storm and NOW is the time to enter.  In order to do so, just fill out the entry form and agree to the Official Rules of the sweepstakes by checking the box (it’s underneath the entry form at  Once you’ve completed this step you’ll receive 1 entry to the end of the month drawing (you can’t win if you don’t put your name in the hat!).
Time for a makeover?
Bonnie’s Highlights and Lowlights (we’re not talking about my hair!)
  • It’s nice being able to enter again each month (if you don’t succeed try, try again)
  • Unfortunately, this is a low dollar sweepstakes compared to some we’ll discuss
  • When it comes to lasting power it gets a solid A (many are less than month)
  • Overall this sweepstakes gets a 5 out of 10 on “Bonnie’s Bargain Meter”

While the winners won’t be chosen for quite some time, you can find out who they are once they have been.  In order to do so, just send a written request to 100 Marcus Drive, Dept.:
MB, Melville, NY 11747.  However, the names of the winners won’t be available until February 2020, so need need to rush it.

A Few Final Notes on the Elnett Sweepstakes
  • If you win don’t bother entering again as you can only score one makeover
  • The “makeover” comes in the form of a $200 gift card to the Glam App
  • You can write to the sponsor at 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
  • *Please note the sponsor is none other than L’Oreal Paris

Overall, this sweepstakes is worth getting into if you’re a fan of makeovers (I know I sure am!).  So if you are, you may want to think about dropping everything and entering the sweepstakes here:

As always, thanks for stopping by!





Bonnie’s Bargains: Sweepstakes vs. Instant Win Games

  • Both promotional formats can be a great source of fun and value
  • Sweepstakes cater to those who prefer prolonged suspense (in particular cash sweepstakes!)
  • Instant Win Games give participants immediate results

Since Sweepstakes and Instant Win Games are the only topics I’ll be covering here at Bonnie’s Bargains, I thought it would be a good idea give my readers a bit of an introduction.  So without further ado, let’s take a deep dive into this lucrative world of non-stop action (no scuba gear needed).

First, it’s important to distinguish how prizes are awarded in both formats.  Sweepstakes typically award prizes by a random drawing at the END of the promotion once all entries are in.  The odds of winning a prize is a simple matter of mathematics:  the number of total prizes by the number of eligible entries.  Meanwhile, Instant Win Games do just what the name promises:  award prizes instantly!  In order to make this happen, the games usually use a computer system to manually generate “winning times”.  If you’re lucky enough to play the game during one of these “winning times” you will instantly receive a prize.

Things to Look for in a Sweepstakes

  • The featured prize is the “Grand Prize”  (usually only 1 but sometimes there are multiple)
  • Many Sweepstakes offer additional prizes (First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and so on)
  • Keep an eye out for multiple entries (many allow participants to enter once each day!)
  • A good example of a current sweepstakes is the Tic Tac Shake the Music Sweepstakes

While Sweepstakes are certainly more widespread, many would argue that Instant Win Games are more exciting.  For example, only the Instant Win Game format allows you to feel that unmistakable rush associated with the possibility of a sweet prize on the immediate horizon.  That said, let’s find out how to spot one.

Telltale Signs of an Instant Win Game

  • Look for a promotion that asks you to enter a code (these are often IWGs)
  • Promotions that allow you to interact with and/or  “play” something
  • Most of the time the “Instant Win Game” wording is included in the title
  • A current example is the Juicy Juice Instant Win Game 

By the way, sometimes a promotion is bold enough to combine both a Sweepstakes AND Instant Win Game.  These allow you to experience the best of both worlds by providing an entry to a prize drawing, while at the same time allowing you a shot at an instant prize.  This unique promotional “one – two punch” is one of the most sought after experiences in the bargain industry (and one I’ll be reporting on often!).

In conclusion, while Sweepstakes and Instant Win Games vary in style and substance, one important factor will forever link the two:  they’re both boatloads of fun!  So while you may not win them all (or even one a year for that matter), keep in mind it’s the journey that counts!

Cheers from Bonnie’s Bargains!