Gladys’ Goldmine of Customer Surveys & Special Offers

  • I’ll be writing about survey’s from a variety of different retailers
  • We’ll dissect the common types of rewards offered by these surveys
  • The occasional special offer will make a cameo appearance on my blog

I’ll introduce myself and my blog (Gladys’ Goldmine of Customer Surveys & Special Offers) with a confession:  my name is Gladys and I’m a bit of a shopaholic.  On top of that, I LOVE to go out to eat.  Therefore, I’m no stranger whatsoever to the various customer satisfaction surveys appearing on receipts from various retailers and restaurants.  For instance, the other day I was dining at Red Robin (one of my favorite burger joints) and it reminded me of the chain’s Red Robin Listens promotion, which is a perfect example of a “survey sweepstakes” that gives customers a chance to win a $250 gift card.

$250 would buy PLENTY of these.

A Few Things You Should Know About Survey Sweepstakes

  • The typical survey sweepstakes allows you to enter for a chance at a prize after providing feedback
  • Most survey sweepstakes award gift cards (usually redeemable at the business offering the survey)
  • These are usually ongoing with drawings at certain intervals (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)
  • Most of the time you’ll need some sort of code from a purchase receipt to begin the feedback

In addition to survey sweepstakes, there are other survey’s that award some sort of incentive after you participate.  As an illustration of such, I’ll point you to the Tell Culver’s survey which awards you with whatever offer is shown on the receipt after providing feedback.

A free bag of onion rings would sure be welcome!

Common Traits of a Special Offer Surveys

  • Many times you receive a FREE item for the feedback (fast food surveys are known for this)
  • Sometimes you’ll get a “percentage off” offer (a promotional method common with retailers)
  • Be on the lookout for survey offers that award you a free item after making a purchase
  • Usually you’ll be sent some sort of redemption code via email that redeems the offer

Finally, sometimes I’ll come across a special offer that has nothing to do with a customer satisfaction survey.  You can often find these just by going through the motions of ordinary everyday life (like reading the back of a cereal box or actually opening the mail sent from your credit card company). While these offers can be very rewarding, I don’t come across them often so they’ll be more of a rarity on my blog.

In conclusion, everything I’ll be writing about has the ability to make your day a little brighter.  So stay tuned to Gladys’ Goldmine of Customer Surveys & Special Offers and I’ll be sure to throw plenty leads your way!



Welcome to Harold’s Humdingers: A Quick Introduction

  • We’ll be discussing only the most common settlement types
  • I’ll provide a brief intro to each type (a beginners guide)
  • I’ll include examples of some current settlements

First things first:  my name is Harold and class action lawsuit settlements are my world (a large corner of it anyways).  Therefore, at Harold’s Humdingers you’ll get nothing less than easy-to-digest information on the latest settlement news (most importantly how to claim your money!).  That said, I thought it’d be a great idea to go over some of the common types of class action lawsuits (the ones you’ll be seeing the most of).  So without further ado, let’s get this party started!

TCPA Class Action Lawsuit Settlements

  • The “TCPA” part stands for a law called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • The suits often involve calls placed using prerecorded voices or dialing systems
  • Many include lots of Class Members (thousands or sometimes even millions)
  • These are often settled for BIG TIME dollars (many will be north of $5,000,000)

To get a better idea of what TCPA settlements are all about you’ll want to take a look at the “AWL Lawsuit” settlement.  While still pending, the recent settlement proposal should resolve claims that the Defendants placed calls using an automatic dialing system to sell insurance.  By the way, this one settlement for a massive $6.5 MILLION.

FACTA Class Action Lawsuits

  • The “FACTA” stands for a law called the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • These lawsuits often involve retailers and customer credit card information
  • Many cases include receipts that show more than the last 5 credit card digits
  • Like TCPA settlements, FACTA settlements can involve huge plaintiff classes
  • An example of a FACTA settlement is the “FACTA Compliance Settlement

In addition to TCPA and FACTA settlements, I’ll also be covering many Antitrust Litigation settlements.  These include some of the largest settlements on the planet (often shockingly large).  For example, the “Auto Part Class Settlement” weighed in at an inconceivable $1.04 BILLION.  The suit involved a group of Defendants who allegedly conspired to keep the price of certain products artificially high (this is the case with many Antitrust Litigations).

In conclusion, there’s one thing all of these settlement types have in common:  they can all put extra money in your pocket!  Therefore, I encourage you to drop by Harold’s Humdingers often because you ever know when settlement dollars will be out there waiting to be claimed!


Settlement dollars not your thing?  Check out Bonnie’s Bargains!


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!