7 Effective Ways to Find the Latest Sweepstakes Fast

Find More Sweepstakes than You Can Enter with These Easy Tips

When it comes to sweepstakes, it's important to stay up-to-date. After all, finding out about a big giveaway a day earlier could give you that one extra entry that you need to win. But how can you make sure that you always know when attractive new contests begin without wasting precious time you could better spend entering to win?

It's much easier and more efficient to have sweepstakes news delivered to you, rather than having to spend the time and energy to seek out the latest giveaways each day. Here are six ways that you can ensure you never miss a prize you'd like to win, without expending much effort.

Sign Up for Sweepstakes Newsletters

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Sign Up to Sweepstakes Newsletters to Get News Fast. Atomic Imagery / Getty Images

Many sweepstakes websites offer newsletters that bring the latest giveaways to enter right to your inbox. Sweepstakes newsletters are a great way to hear about the latest giveaways to enter, to connect with what's going on in the sweepstakes world, and to get other sweepstakes news like winning tips and warnings about current scams.

Some of these mailings, such as TheBalance's free sweepstakes newsletter, cost you nothing at all. Others, like Sweepsheet and Sweeping America, charge a small fee.

It's a good idea to subscribe to a few different sweepstakes newsletters and see how you like them. If you are working your way through them quickly, you can add a few more subscriptions. If any don't appeal to you, you can simply unsubscribe.

Get Sweepstakes Blog Updates By Email

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An RSS Feed Can Keep You Informed About the Latest Sweepstakes. Kerrick / Getty Images

If you use a program like Microsoft's Outlook or Mozilla's Thunderbird to read your email, you could have sweepstakes blog updates sent to you by email. First, look for an RSS feed on your favorite sweepstakes website. Then follow these instructions to receive them by email:  Adding RSS Feeds to Mozilla Thunderbird or Google to find instructions for your preferred email program. Then, every time your favorite sweepstakes blogs post new updates, you'll get an email letting you know.

Use an RSS Reader to Monitor Sweepstakes News Feeds

Use an RSS Reader to Keep Up with Sweepstakes Blogs. Arda Guldogan / Getty Images

Another way to use RSS feeds to keep up with the latest sweepstakes is to download and use an RSS feed reader. An RSS reader lets you see the latest posts from your favorite sweepstakes blogs in one easy location.

RSS feed readers are easy to use and usually free to download. You can check out some popular RSS readers and see which one works best for you.

Use Firefox's Live Bookmarks Option

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Firefox Offers an Easy Way to Keep Up with the Latest Giveaways. LeoPatrizi / Getty Images

If you use the Firefox internet browser, you can use its Live Bookmarks option to keep track of sweepstakes news through RSS feeds. You'll be able to click a button to see all of the latest sweepstakes headlines in one easy location.

If you're not sure how to set these up, check out this article on Firefox's Live Bookmarks feature (scroll down past the basic bookmarking information).

Follow Sweepstakes Sites on Twitter

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Twitter Is a Quick and Easy Way to Get Sweepstakes News. Image (c) Kerry Hyndman Pre / Ikon Images / Getty Images

Twitter is a great place to find sweepstakes news. Not only do sweepstakes enthusiasts post news about the latest sweepstakes, but companies tweet about their own giveaways as well.

If you like, you can start a Twitter account just for your sweepstakes needs. Then follow your favorite sweepstakes sites and frequent sweepstakes sponsors.

You can also use hashtags to find relevant tweets from people you don't follow. You can use a program like TweetDeck to organize the tweets you read and to scroll through people who are using hashtags you want to follow.

Using your Twitter account for sweepstakes gives you additional chances to win as well. Twitter sweepstakes and Twitter parties give away lots of prizes every day.

Follow Sweepstakes Companies on Facebook

There are two ways to find out about the latest sweepstakes on Facebook: by following companies that hold sweepstakes and by following people who write about sweepstakes.

Aside from sweepstakes, many companies offer freebies, coupons, and exclusive offers to their Facebook followers.

Many giveaways are offered directly on Facebook, adding additional value to And don't think that you can only find small giveaways there! Cars, dream vacations, big cash prizes, and much more are being given away through Facebook sweepstakes.

Facebook accounts are free, and with so many giveaways, it's prudent for sweepers to try it out. You can start by following the About Sweepstakes Fan Page for updated tips and information.

Use Google Alerts to Find the Latest Sweepstakes

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Use Google Alerts to Find the Latest Sweepstakes to Enter. Iain Masterton / Getty Images

Google Alerts give you the option to have news about any keyword you choose delivered to your email's inbox. If you choose keywords related to sweepstakes, you can have a digest of the most recently-published giveaways sent to you as Google notices them or on a daily or weekly basis.

Google Alerts are free and easy to set up.

Try These Tips and See What Works Best for You

So now that you have some methods to try, it's time to see what works best for you. You want to use the methods that are easiest (and most fun!) for you, and which give you plenty of new sweepstakes to enter without making you feel overwhelmed.