Announcing The Winners of the iPad and Other Prizes!

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This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Today is the day I am announcing the winners of my blog anniversary! For this giveaway, there was an opportunity to win all of the following prizes:

  • iPad 2
  • $100 Gift Card to and a copy of “The Millionaire Next Door”
  • $100 Gift Card to
  • $50 Gift Card to and a copy of “The Millionaire Next Door” (for 2 lucky winners)
  • iPod Shuffle
  • $25 Cash via Paypal
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card
  • $15 Gift Card to

Thank You

I hope that this giveaway has shown you how appreciative I am of my readers. I love it when you take part in my website; whether it be contributing with your article ideas, commenting on posts, or simply tweeting, “Like”-ing, or “+1”-ing an article that interests you. This giveaway was for you. I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

Benefits of the Giveaway

With such a great giveaway, my site has seen a huge increase in traffic, subscribers, Twitter followers, Facebook followers.

When this promotion began, my site had about 210 subscribers. After only one month of this giveaway, my subscriber numbers have skyrocketed to 680!

Looking at the image above, have a gander at the yellow line. This is my subscriber tracker, and it has jumped tremendously. Obviously, the giveaway had a lot to do with that, but I think that I had many readers that just didn’t subscribe before this for some reason. This giveaway gave them a reason to do so.

Plus, many of my regular readers reached out to their friends and told them to become subscribers. They probably did it for the entry points, but (whether they realize it or not) they could have changed their friends’ lives for the better with this simple act! This site teaches people to get out of debt, save money, and become rich, and if the new subscribers catch just a glimpse of the success they could achieve with this personal finance approach, their lives could be changed tremendously!

For all of you that recommended subscribers, congratulations, you most likely changed a life for the better. 🙂

The Future of This Site

I have big plans for this site, and plan to do many more giveaways (for all of you subscribers, you’ll automatically be entered into the next one, just for continuing your subscribership). I can honestly see this site growing its subscriber numbers to over 100k! I hope you’ll stick with me long enough to see this accomplishment.

So, Who Are The Winners!?

Yes, yes, I know many of you are itching to find out if you won the iPad2 (or the other amazing prizes). So, here we go.

This giveaway racked up 2,476 entries! Thanks to everyone who entered!

To choose the winners for each prize, I utilized

Here are the winners! I did not include your full names or email addresses, but if you won, you know who you are. I’ll be emailing you later today to congratulate you.

And, The Winner of the Brand New iPad 2 is…….

The winning number was….

Scrolling down my Excel sheet of all the entries, the lucky winner in row 737 was…..

Congratulations Gene! You won the brand new iPad 2! I’m really glad that Gene won. He’s been a long-time subscriber and is a constant visitor of the site. I’ll get in touch with you soon Gene. You can let me know what color iPad you want, and where I should send it.

Thanks Again. I Can’t Wait For The Next Giveaway!

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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. Congratulations to all the winner!

  2. wow.. Thak you so you.. I won.. woo-hoooo

    • I really had no idea that my subscribers would jump so much. I was looking for 300 subscribers, not 680! 🙂 I’ll take it though.

  3. congrats winners!!!

    • Well thank you Hunter! I had no idea I was going to be a benchmark! 😉

  4. Thank you so much! I won! congratulations to you Derek and to all the other winners. Waiting for the notification email =)

    • Congrats! It’s been really fun to announce the winners. 🙂

    • Thanks for the congrats! It was a really fun contest. I’ll have to do another one again soon! 🙂

  5. Wow I’m so happy for what happened to your blog cause you really deserve it. Congratulations to all the winners! I may not be one of the winners but I enjoyed joining in your generous contest. Looking forward to more quality posts from you. Have a great week! 🙂

    • Thanks CFM! It was a fun one, and I can’t wait to do it again soon! 🙂

  6. Congratulations, Gene!
    And Congratulations, to all the winners!

    Thank you for this Giveaway, Derek – it was more interesting than the average Giveaway, and your announcement of the winners is an excellent post!

    Everyone, enjoy your prizes!!

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    • No problem Patricia! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Hi all!
    Yesterday I read I won! Thanks so much Derek for this great contest!

  8. congratulations to all winners especially Gene! congratulations on a successful contest campaign Derek. very refreshing to observe and definitely something to consider.

    • Thanks for dropping by Sunil! Always good to see you visit. 🙂

    • Thanks Buck! It’s been fun so far, and I’m sure the future will bring amazing things! 🙂

  9. Derek, I sent you an email last week, but I got no answer.
    Can you answer to me, please?

    • I’m sorry about that Eva. You will definitely receive a prize, but I’ll get with Eric to see what else he can offer.

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