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Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!


Do you love giveaways? How about having a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Well that’s what were giving away this month here at Life And My Finances!

I absolutely love my readers – they write me thoughtful emails, they always leave inspiring comments, and they’re loyal! It’s time to say “Thank You” with a giveaway.

How to Enter

1) Sign up as an email subscriber to Life And My Finances – Simply click on the link in the widget below or sign up with your email on the right side-bar.

2) Sign up as an email subscriber to Creating a Passive Income – I recently started this site, and if you’re interested in passive income, you’ll want to subscribe. Sign up in the widget or by heading to and entering your email in the right sidebar.

3) Tweet About this Giveaway – Send a tweet out about the $100 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and earn yourself some points!

4) Leave a Comment – Tell me what you’ll be doing with your $100 if you win. I’m just curious… 😉

5) “Like” my Facebook Page – It’s quick and easy, just like my Facebook page and you earn some entry points!

6) “Like” this post – If you like this post, you’ll earn some quick and easy entry points as well!

That’s it! Quick and painless. If you have any questions about the contest, you can always reach me through my “Contact/Advertise” tab at the top of the page. Good luck!

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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. If I win, I will probably use the gift card to buy diapers and pull ups! Not too exciting, I guess, but it would free up some money to pay off debt!

    • Sounds like a good plan! Use it for the necessities! I like it!

    • I Also, would probably use it to buy diapers, and wipes. Babies sure are expensive, but worth it! Thanks, I hope I win!

  2. This is cool. I am tweeting this out so that when one of my friends wins they can take me to dinner. 🙂

    • Ha, that’s a pretty good idea. You’ve already increased your odds of winning! 😉 Lol

  3. If I won, I’d probably use the $100 toward video games.

    • I hope those are educational video games! I might be a little nerdy, but I always wanted a video game where I could walk around and appraise the value of properties, then purchase the deals and rent them out for a passive income. Essentially, I guess it would be a real estate investment game.

  4. i’d probably buy k-cups or shoes or books

    • Ha, that reminds me…. we need to buy some k-cups. 😉

      • I recently heard a report about those K-cup single serve coffee cups. Did you know that buying those, you are paying about $51 per pound of coffee!? Does not seem very financially responsible to me, when you can get decent ground coffee at the store for about $8-10 per pound.

  5. If I won, I would buy some not so normal necessites. Maybe a kitchen gadget or three.

    • Hmm, I didn’t expect that, but those gadgets could save you some time in the kitchen! Good luck with the contest!

  6. I’d probably buy some Legos or video games for my son’s upcoming birthday.

    • Sounds like your son might have a pretty awesome birthday if you win! Good luck!

  7. If I won I would put the money towards the parts for a computer that I am building. Nothing like doing things for yourself!

    • Ha, I hear ya on that one. I built my first computer about 10 years ago. It was a riot!

  8. I’d buy a new shirt! the last time a bought a shirt was 2 years ago.

    • Ha, I could use some new shirts too! I really hate shopping for clothes though…. it’s tough to find stuff when you’re 6’8″…

  9. I would buy pet stuff since we’re adopting a new dog soon.

    • We just got a new puppy for Christmas! She’s actually on my lap right now! Yep, that pet stuff can get a little pricey.

  10. I’d use the $100 dollars to take Mrs. BE out to a nice V-day dinner since I was on a business trip last week!

  11. It would go straight in our “rescue a new dog” fund! We lost both our dogs this last year and have been saving up for a new dog, but would like to be able to make a significant donation to the rescue group.

  12. I would probably use it to help rebuild our emergency fund.

    Instead of taking out cash for diapers and baby supplies for a few weeks, I would order it from amazon and then transfer the cash I would have spent into our savings account.

  13. I’d put it towards a laptop purchase.

  14. I’d buy a new cart for my kitchen. We could really use the extra storage and workspace

  15. I would buy cat food and dog food for my pets.

  16. I would buy a couple of digital photography books and an accessory or two for my SLR camera.

  17. I would love to buy my kids something if I won…maybe some new clothes?

  18. If I win, I would put it towards my daughter’s college tuition

  19. When it comes to Amazon, since I homeschool, I would buy educational supplies for my kids that I have on my wishlists! A nice addition to what I already purchased and sent out for this month!

  20. will use it to buy books. Thanks

  21. I would probably put that $100 towards a Kindle Fire or other cheap tablet, which is something I’ve been hoping to buy in the near future.

  22. I would buy a new phone. I’ve had my current phone for 3 years and it is really outdated.

  23. I would put it towards a new DSLR!

  24. Great contest Derek. A very generous offer since many blogs are giving away $25-30 gift cards.

  25. If I win, I’d be buying some random stuff for around the house since I’m moving at the end of the month.

  26. We just bought a new house so the $100 would go towards curtains.

  27. I would buy a digital camera.
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  28. If I win, I’ll be putting the money into my ROTH. 🙂

  29. Signed up for the passive income newsletter! Excited to discover a new site!

  30. $100 would buy lots of diapers for my little one!

  31. I already commented, but I wanted to comment again just to throw out there that I save a ridiculous amount of money by cloth-diapering. Bought some old-fashioned chinese prefolds and some cute little covers and they paid for themselves in like a month 🙂 And laundry is not that big a deal, what’s a little poop?

  32. The $100 would go towards college expenses.

  33. I’d buy my son new clothes — he’s growing out of everything!

  34. $100 would go directly into savings

  35. oops! I imagine my bank won’t take a gift card. Then, I’d probably get something I need, like a new pair of shoes for the gym.

  36. I am saving for a computer. My is getting really bad not loading pages and just getting slower and slower. So this would help me do that.


  37. I’d love to buy a Kindle! Thanks for this opportunity!
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  38. Invest it in Lending Club loans.

  39. I would buy some spring tops or a nice blazer for my new job

  40. If I would to win the $100, I would take my husband out to dinner for his birthday! ( his choice)

  41. I just got a Kindle so I would probably get some books.

  42. If I win I will buy a bunch of books on gardening. I’m trying to save money on food bill. Thank you.

  43. We would use the money for diapers. Boy I will be happy when we are out of the diaper stage. LOL

  44. I read the comments and I am going to use it for diapers.

  45. I just paid off my last credit card bill, so I would probably buy gas or go out for dinner.

  46. We plan on purchasing some organic dried milk to help us make some home made organic yogurt. We’ve got a few takers who will buy a pint or two of it as well. =)

  47. I would buy more inventory for my business!

  48. I’ll probably use that to buy some books.

  49. If I win, I plan to use it to buy a Rainforest Cafe gift card, which I would use this summer when we go to Walt Disney World.

  50. I’ve been eyeing that energy use measuring device for a while now. If I won, I’d buy that and then maybe an e-book or two. Then save the rest of the card for when I need something!

  51. It seems to me like every Yakezie member’s doing a giveaway! Good luck on yours! 🙂

  52. If I won I’d use it to buy my wife her birthday present.

    • What a sweet guy you are! 😉

  53. I think I’d use mine for some new audiobooks by my favorite authors! Or some fun things for my new grandson!

  54. Movies!

  55. With baby on the way, I would use the gift card to buy diapers and wipes (and maybe the really cute “My Dad’s a Computer Geek” onesie I’ve had my eye on!).

  56. I would use the card for my last quarter textbooks. it would save me from having to touch my checking account. yay!

  57. I would use it for a bunch of small things I’ve been wanting – books, music, etc

  58. i would probably buy a new backpack with it to go towards my planned trip this summer!

  59. I’d probably put the gift card towards a new wide angle lens for my camera! 🙂 Great contest!

  60. I’d probably save it in my account to use for this year’s Christmas presents for my kiddos.

  61. I’m not sure what I’d buy with the $100 gift card. The only thing I can think of that I want/need right are some plain dish towels & Ritz dye. I have this idea that I can dye some to get some cheerful colors. (As you might guess, there aren’t a whole lot of “things” that I want!)

  62. I would use this to buy upcoming birthday gifts.

  63. Well, I think I’ll be treating myself for a POST-BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT and some toys for my nephew=) I love reading your posts Mr. Derek=)

  64. I need a basic Kindle, so that is what I would put the money towards.
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  65. what’s not to like about a Amazon card

  66. id buy groceries!

  67. Awesome giveway, Derek! Thanks!

    • And if I win, I’ll put it towards my Quitting my Job fund!

  68. I would put the $100 toward a composting bucket or maybe one of those clear tent greenhouses. I’m looking forward to planting this spring.

  69. If I win I will get my husband a Keurig that he has been wanting for a long time =]
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  70. If I would win in this contest I will save all the money..Thanks for sharing this post to us..

  71. Not sure exactly what it would go for but I shop Amazon a lot so it would be used up. My son gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas. I love that!

  72. i would use it ($100) to buy a book or two regarding seo and web developing 🙂

  73. $100 would take care of used textbooks for a term, or supplement wedding crafts and goodies.

  74. My husband would like a compost drum for the garden and I’d give him the $100.00 towards it

  75. I would buy birthday party supplies for my daugher’s upcoming 4th birthday. She wants a Care Bear theme

  76. The $100 will go back into our emergency fund. We had to take a sudden trip (from AZ to MD) for a friend’s funeral. 🙁

  77. I would buy “Idiots guide to WordPress” and other resources that I could use to start my blog. I am really excited to start a personal finance blog, but because I will be moving out of state in a few months I do not want to start it until I move. So in the meant time I am learning everything about finances and blogging that I can get my hands on!

    • That sounds great! Let me know when your site is live, I’d love to see it!

  78. I would get a massage done! 🙂

  79. I’d love to get a Kindle.
    Thanks so much

  80. I’d buy a couple new beading books coming out this year!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. If I won the $100 Amazon GC I would share it with my granddaughter and we would spend it on ebooks for our Kindles. Thanks.

  82. new books

  83. I would give it to my two college kids for books~

  84. I’d buy some books

  85. shoes!

  86. If I won, I would buy an iPod

  87. I would buy some DVD’s for my Grand Kids.

  88. i’d buy some electronic supplies

  89. So, now I feel silly looking my comment. I realized I cannot put the gift card in my emergency fund, unless I did a cash conversion, so that’s what I would do. I would spend it on something I would normally have had to spend on (ink cartridges come to mind), then put the money in the emergency fund.

    • Ha, don’t worry about it. You aren’t the only one! 😉 Thanks for the comment!

  90. I would get a new kindle. I burned mine up (oops)

  91. Wow. $100 on could go so far. I’d start with belts, blank DVDs and blank CDs.

  92. I would save it to buy birthday or Christmas gifts when needed. Amazon has just about everything!

  93. We are expecting another child in October so I would use the money for baby stuff!

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  95. I would buy a Hello Kitty mini fridge for my granddaughter

  96. I’d put it toward a rechargeable electric lawn mower.

  97. I will get some k-cups for starters.

    • Haha! Us too. A ginormous box of them so I could save a little money.

  98. I’m saving up to get a single burner induction cooktop

  99. My fan just died so I know I would get a fan. I would also get some gardening supplies. Spring is upon us.

  100. I would buy some scrapping supplies for myself

  101. I would get some summer clothes for my girls and then a couple of books for my kindle. thank you!!

  102. I’d save up my Amzaon credit toward a new rolling kitchen island.

  103. there are several blu-rays i’ve been wanting, wall-e, star trek, hugo

  104. Well, I’m saving up for a gift for my mom. So, that’s what it will go for!

  105. I would buy books for my Kindle.

  106. I’ll put it toward an Amazon Fire.
    Thanks for the contest.

  107. I’d probably use it for a combination of things, a sprucing up of my work wardrobe and some books.

  108. I would buy a gift for my mom
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  114. I would use it towards more supplies for my kids.I home school all 4 of them and need some new materials.Thanks!

  115. If I win, I will use it to buy some tools for work.

    P.S. Your passive income subscribe link isnt working.

    • Thanks for letting me know! Just fixed it! 🙂

  116. I’d buy some DVDs and books

  117. I would put it toward paint to freshen up my house.

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  118. Buy some fishing equipment for the upcoming season opening next week 🙂

  119. Well, Christmas is comming…. and it’s never too early to start saving for that budget buster.

  120. I subscribe by email.

  121. I’d buy a new pair of running shoes!

    Thanks for the chance to win and Good Luck to All!

  122. Organic peanut butter:)

  123. I would buy movies and books!

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  124. I would use the $100 Amazon Gift Card towards buying the Amazon Kindle Fire. I love to read!!!

  125. I’d get books for my kindle.

  126. If I win the GC I would get the Kindle I have wanted forever!

  127. I would use it to buy a heating blanket! Thank you very much great giveaway!

  128. I’d love to get my sister a Kindle Fire for her birthday, and the gift card would get me halfway there!

  129. I would get a kindle

  130. I would put the $100 Amazon Gift Card towards my first MacBook. 😉

  131. I would buy a new suit for work 🙂

  132. Thanks for the giveaway…would use towards a new laptop for my daughter !

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  133. I would put it towards a Kindle Fire.

  134. I would use this to help pay off bills.
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  135. Air purifier, with 3 dogs i do need this. Thanks for asking.

  136. I would save it for Birthday gifts. Thanks.

  137. I would buy you a present Derek!…Does that increase my chances of winning? 😉

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  139. I am so much glad to see the kindle fire.:)

  140. I love your site, I’m learning all kinds of wonderful things to help with my future!

    • I’m so glad Nancy! Thanks for the encouraging comment!

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