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The Winner of $100!


Who won the $100 Amazon Gift Card? If you subscribed, tweeted, or linked to my site, you were entered into the drawing.

Accomplishments in 31 days

Within the 31 days of May, this site accomplished:

  • 105 new subscribers
  • Alexa Rank drop from 120,000 to 92,000
  • 628 entries for the contest

Thank you so much for participating in the contest and allowing my site to grow.

The Drawing

In order to select the winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card, I utilized Since there were 628 entries, I lined up the emails in Excel, 1 through 628 and entered this range into I hit “generate” and here is the result:

I then referenced the names within my table to find entry 123, and the winner is…

And there it is! Congratulations to Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff! You have won the $100 gift card because of your generous linking to my site. Thanks Crystal.

Thanks to All of You

And, thanks need to go out to the rest of you readers as well! Your participation in this site has made it one of the fastest growing personal finance websites on the web!

I really enjoyed this contest in the month of May and would love to hold another contest again soon. Just remember, the more people you tell about this site, the more it will succeed, and the better the prizes will be!

I can’t wait for the future of this site! I know that as long as I tailor my site toward you, the readers, it will surely succeed. So, that’s what I plan to do. Please continue to tell me what it is that you would like to see from this site, and I will do my best to update it with improvements.

Congrats again Crystal! With all the work you do helping others, I’d say that you deserve it.



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Glad to see such great numbers from the contest! Looking forward to seeing your site grow too!

    And congrats to Crystal 🙂

  2. Congratulations for the tremendous growth in May!

  3. Congratulations for the winner 🙂

  4. Congratulations to you and to Crystal! Great contest! Proud to be one of the new subscribers!

    • Glad you liked the contest! I’ll make a point to have another one soon.

  5. Thank you!!! I was really excited to see that email!!! 🙂

    • I’m glad you won it Crystal! Especially since you’ve had a string of bad luck lately. Glad I could turn things around for you! 🙂

  6. Wow, you’re growing fast. Great job!

  7. Congratulations to you and Crystal both! The sky’s the limit! 🙂

    • The outcome was way more than I expected. I think with the combination of the eBook and the $100 gift card caused the huge boom!

  8. Congrats! 🙂

  9. Great giveaway and congrats to Crystal! Crystal’s on a roll! 🙂

  10. I am very happy to know that someone won a price. I never imagine how my life in the future would be if I could ever won even once.

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