I had to buy a bag of candy.
As I walked up to the booth and fumbled through my wallet to find two dollars worth of change, I thought about all the things I could buy at Walmart for $20. I chose my bag of candy and handed over my handful of pennies, quarters, and dimes. The student at the cash register gave me a big smile and congratulated me on being the 1000th customer. Was this really happening? The other students working at the booth cheered and made a big scene. I was in shock. The cashier turned around and reached for the Walmart gift card that was hidden in a box on the ground behind him. I felt triumphant when he handed me the card that would change my meager college budget for that week.
Now, fast forward about three years later. Student loan, insurance, groceries, mortgage, and the list keeps growing. I think back to the time I won that $20 Walmart gift card as I stare down at my Home Depot receipt that says "Enter to win the $5000 Sweepstakes," or my Kroger's receipt, "Win $100 in groceries."
What do I have to lose?
My junk mail folder is definitely filling up fast, but I don't care. Now, before I throw away any receipt I always check for the magical word--sweepstakes. If I don't enter, think about all I might be missing out on. I just hope that somewhere in the mystical land of "free stuff," the sweepstakes gods will choose me as their winner.
In the mean time, here are some fun pictures from this week: