The best place to meet other sweepstakers, to find out what contests are popular and to learn what other people are winning, is on sweepstaking forums. The standard for sweepstakes forums is to have separate threads dedicated to individual contests, and 1-3 special sticky threads, where sweepstakers share info about their winnings and discuss general tips for entering sweepstakes.
Forums are great resources when scouting for UPC’s or contest question answers – it’s very beneficial for you to know all the alternatives. Perhaps, you have been trying to strategize at what time of the day to enter a certain instant win contest. Knowing all forums that are available, you can lookup that instant win contest on each of them, to see if and when other people have been winning, and combine the info collected, to come up with a strategy. By looking at all of them, you could find the data that your preferred contest forum might not have – screenshots of instant win congratulations screens, actual received prize photos, contest specific tips, etc.
Here, we list the most popular sweepstaking forums for both Canada and US, and outline some interesting features that they have.
We will start with Canada. For US forums, scroll down below.
#1 in Canada
RedFlagDeals.com forum features Deals, Freebies, Coupons, and … Contests, among other things. Nevertheless, Contests section is very popular. New sweepstakes links are posted daily. They have a very interesting Contest Discussions thread, where you can ask any questions that you have, related to sweepstaking.
#2 in Canada
SmartCanucks.ca goes side by side with ReadFlagDeals forum as far as popularity goes, only SmartCanucks is slightly less popular with their non-contest related forum sections. They have a large community of experienced sweepstakers. One of their best features is that every thread has an indicator for contest entry frequency and expiration date.
#3 in Canada
CoolCanucks.ca is less popular than the two forums above, but has a lot of charm. While RedFlagDeals and SmartCanucks both have a more formal look & feel to their websites, CoolCanucks has many cute features – hearts, glitter, colorful icons and animated signatures. If you feel low for not winning anything for a while, you must visit their Bragging Room – a great place to recoup your motivation for entering more contests.
#4 in Canada
CanadianFreeStuff forum features approximately 10 new contests a day. They have a great sticky thread – Vote for Me, where you can ask for votes for your contest entry in a voting contest. This forum is small, but very friendly and supportive of their newbies.
#5 in Canada
FrugalShopper features a huge Winners Circle section – a really great place to go to get motivated, if on a losing streak. Their format is clean and simple. For those who aren’t into CoolCanucks flashy style, FrugalShopper is the way to go. We recommend reading their Contest Discussion thread, as it has a lot of great info with Q&A about contests and sweepstakes.
Now, time for US sweepstaking forums. Here we go:
#1 in US
Online-Sweepstakes forum is a kind of its own, as they provide links to new contests and sweepstakes in a non-forum format, posting ~300 new contests a day. Their forum is for discussing everything about sweepstaking. One of their most unique threads is Prize Exchange, where you can buy, sell, trade, barter or swap your prizes.
In fact, all other sweepstakes forums in US are crushed by Online-Sweepstakes, as the latter takes 80% share in its market and is the largest sweepstaking community in North America.
#2 in US
At FatWallet, you can use their search bar to find the contest that you’re looking for. This forum is a popular place for sharing answers to contest questions. They do not allow signatures, so it doesn’t feel as personal as Online-Sweepstakes, but you can find many links to new sweepstakes there.
#3 in US
GottaDeal features a great I Have A Contest or Sweepstakes Question thread, where you can discover many tips and tricks for entering and winning online sweepstakes. They have a very friendly sweepstaker community, and a cozy overall atmosphere. If you feel too intimidated to write on Online-Sweepstakes forums, Gottadeal is a perfect choice for you.
#4 is US
Similarly to Online-Sweepstakes, SweepstakesAdvantage posts many new sweepstakes links daily, in a separate website section. Their forum is for discussions about sweepstaking, Sweepstakes Winners Circle being the most popular section. In addition, we find their Referral and Vote Requests thread to be very useful when trying to win voting contests.
#5 in US
About.com Contests & Sweepstakes has a great thread, Trivia Answers, UPCs, & Sweepstakes Codes, where you can find answers to contest questions that you might not find anywhere else. Their Vote Requests thread is our personal favorite. Although the format of this forum is non-standard, they have a large audience and are a great resource to go to.
Do you know any other sweepstakes forums that should have been given credit? Please tell us what they are in the comments section. Thank you!
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