Here’s a reminder that the contest that I started a month ago ends tonight. There’s a $200 value grand prize at stake. As of this writing there are around 50 people who have entered. I believe only one person has taken the option to review my site for the extra entries. What this all means is that you probably still have a very good chance of winning if you enter today. To enter just read the rules and follow the directions.
Many personal finance sites run contests and giveaways to give something back to their readers. I’ve been hesitant to do this for three major reasons:
- I’m extraordinarily stingy
- I hate to put something in the mail system without a name and return address. At the same time, I don’t want to use my own to protect my anonymity.
- I’m fearful that one bad egg will point out that missed some technicality required to run contests that I missed.
I’ve been given an opportunity that solves most of these problems. The kind people at Warner Books want to promote The Last Chance Millionaire by Douglas Andrew. The book is written primarily towards American baby boomers and how they can adjust their financial strategies to achieve a stable, successful retirement. At least that’s what I’m told, I haven’t gotten a chance to read the book yet. Warner Books, and it’s public relations first, is going to be insulating me from most of the work with running the contest – which fits into the Lazy philosophy. They are providing and shipping the prizes – they even offered some legalize but assured me that for prizes under $500 there’s no legalize necessary.
I know what you are thinking… “enough with this, get to the prizes already…” Here you go:
Grand Prize – A high-end leather briefcase from one of the Sideways Media’s partners (who include Tumi, Jack Spade, Latico Leathers, and Landmark Luggage) – retail value of $200. You’ll also get a copy of The Last Chance Millionaire to fill up that briefcase.
Runner up Prizes – A copy of The Last Chance Millionaire. Three of these prizes will be awarded.
How do you enter to win? There are two ways… The first way is to simply leave a comment here. To encourage some interesting comments, I’ll give two entries for comments that:
- Make me laugh (keep it clean though)
- Tell me why you should win (even though it’s a random drawing)
- Anything else that seems interesting to me (my wild card, catch-all)
The other way to enter is by writing an honest review of Lazy Man and Money on your website/blog/etc. linking to the homepage or this contest page. It doesn’t have to be a positive review. I don’t mind negative reviews, especially if there’s something constructive I can learn from the review. After you’ve published your review, send me an e-mail with the URL of it I’ll record your entries. You’ll receive FOUR entries for this. If you don’t send me an e-mail, I won’t know about your review and you won’t get credit.
– Only one comment entry per person – I’ll delete repeat comments.
– Reviews must be 100 words minimum.
– Reviews be a stand-alone – the entire post/page/etc. must be devoted to just the review, not sharing space with another topic.
– Reviews must come from established websites with substantial content, not your MySpace page or anything like that.
– Contest is open to the United States residents and mail addresses only. This is a limitation based on the shipping of prizes.
– One prize per person
– Prizes are awarded by Warner Books and their public relations company Sideways Media. If there are problems with the awarding of prizes, I will work to try resolve the issue with Sideways Media. I do not take responsibility for any problems with the prizes.
– I hold the right to add more (or eliminate) conditions to these rules.
At midnight PST on July 27th (they requested a minimum 30-day contest), I’ll close the contest. I will then assign everyone a number (or numbers) based on their entries and pick winners using Random.org.
On a serious note, I’m not that “extraordinarily stingy.” I’d just rather give my money to charity than buy a briefcase and give it away.
Even though it has lost a lot of buying power over the years, many people consider having a net worth of a million dollars a significant achievement. Today, I’d like to examine some of the common ways that people become millionaires.
5. Marry Rich – This was the route that brought Anna Nicole Smith much of her fame and fortune followed. Unfortunately, it probably won’t make you happy, which is probably your goal.
4. Be Extraordinarily Talented – Many sports players, musicians, and other entertainers follow this path to success. Unfortunately, you generally have to be in the top .00001 of talent level or…
3. Be Extraordinarily Lucky – Sometimes the talent in #4 isn’t enough. There are a lot of starving artists who are more talented than Biz Markie – yet Biz has likely made millions from a single song. Or perhaps you can go the lottery winning route. Unfortunately, for all the rabbits’ feet and four-leaf clovers I have, I am still far away from being a millionaire.
2. Perform some Crazy Stunts – It seemed to work for Jackass star Johnny Knoxville and even SuperSize Me star Morgan Spurlock. Or perhaps you could trade one red paper clip for a million dollars. Unfortunately these all require quite a bit of luck, creativity, and a high tolerance to withstand pain and/or physical and verbal abuse.
1. Read and follow all five of the principles at GenX Finance. This requires a little discipline, but very little luck, very little pain, very little talent, and very little creativity. I think we have a winner.
There are more ways that aren’t on this list – including The Digerati Life’s tips on how to be a millionaire. For instance, starting a company is another very common way. However, I’m limited to just 5 for the Top 5 Group Writing Project.
It wasn’t until Energy Girl (my fiance) came across a previous post, that I realized that there are two Brainwash Cafe’s. There’s that one, who gave me the honorable mention and there’s the Brainwash Cafe Landromat. What are the odds that both would come into this Lazy Man’s life?
While I’m here I should mention that I’ve been bumped up the rankings to #4 in the Brainwash Cafe Best Choice Awards. I guess I’m doing something right.
Work offered me a free Red Sox ticket the other day. I’m a fairly big fan if I haven’t said it before. I may have caught about 80% of the games on TV this year . Of course I’m usually doing other things, it would be terribly unproductive otherwise. Hmmm, but I am Lazy…
So for the first time in 2 years or so I went to a Red Sox game. The tickets weren’t great and I was pretty surprised that they were $45 for what were essentially the bleachers. There’s been plenty of type used to complain about Red Sox ticket prices without me adding to it, but I’ll just say that’s the reason I don’t go more often.
I ended up picking up a cheap burrito before the game, and only getting a couple of beers at the game. All it all, something that could have cost me about $100 (if I were to eat and drink there), wound up to be about $20. It felt great to see the Sox win in person again, but the cherry on top was that I didn’t have to pay a whole month of cable, Internet, and phone access to do it.