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So Who Won the $300 Giveaway???


Did you enter your name into the hat for the giveaway in the end of March? Out of all the entries, I am randomly selecting 3 people that will each win one of the prizes that were listed. They could win a $100 gas card, a $100 Wal-Mart gift card, or $100 in cold hard cash! Is the suspense killing you? Ha, out of my shear pleasure for torture (apparently), I’d like to first review the successes that this site has seen throughout the 31 days of March.

The Goals of March

1) Alexa Rank Below 100,000 – When March began, my Alexa Rank was 110,855. With better content and more interaction with my readers, I was able to bring my Alexa Rank down to 93,843, and it’s still falling!

2) Grow My Subscriber Numbers to 1,200 – Well, to be honest, this was a pipe dream from the get-go. I started the month with 924 subscribers, and I was secretly hoping for at least 1,000 by the end of the month. But, to increase my subscribers by over 50 to 979 is still pretty good. Once I get over the 1,000 mark, I think it might be time for another giveaway! 🙂

3) Increase My Facebook Friends to 400 – I was soooo close!! In the beginning of March, I had 316 friends. Now I’ve got 397. It kills me that I was so close, but I still did pretty well on that one I guess.

4) Increase My Twitter Followers to 1,500 – I started the month with 1,137 and attempted to increase my Twitter followers by following others that were also interested in personal finance. It was working great at first, until I realized that I couldn’t follow more than 2,000 people if I didn’t have a certain amount of followers myself. So, this number stalled a bit, but I still got up to 1,327. Not too shabby.

Alright, Back to the Winners….

And, the winner of the $100 Wal-Mart gift card…. (drum roll), Jennifer Moyer! Congrats Jennifer! I’ve sent you an email – all you have to do is respond and I’ll get you your gift card.

Next, let’s draw the name for the $100 gas card… (another drum roll), Amanda Sakovitz! Congratulations Amanda! Check your email and let me know where I should send it!

Finally, the one that everyone wants to win, the $100 in cash! Who is it??? Denise Carlson! You got the cash Denise. All you have to do is respond to the email and I’ll send it right over.

Congratulations to the winners. I wish everyone the best of luck in the next giveaway!



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. Congrats on the Alexa ranking, that’s awesome! Amazing to see you have so many subscribers, that will be my main focus in the month of May.

    • Thanks Marvin! I can’t wait to get over the 1,000 mark! It’ll happen I know, but why can’t it just happen sooner? 😉

  2. Glad I checked on the site today, I didn’t get the new article in my emails yesterday. Perhaps I’m not the only one? Great job hitting some of your goals, and getting close to the others. Keep it up!

    • Ha, you caught me Tim. I was trying to write the post while watching the Michigan game yesterday…and must not have scheduled it right because it didn’t post until much later in the morning, after the automated email gets sent out. So, you’ll see the email tomorrow. 😉 Thanks for checking on your own though!

  3. Thank you thank you thank you! I am so happy to have won! Thanks for hosting an amazing contest!

    • You’re welcome Jennifer!

  4. Thank you so much Derek! I was so happy last night when I received your email that I had won. Thank you again for the generous giveaway and congratulations to the other winners 🙂

    • I’m so glad I could brighten your day! Thank you for being a reader!

  5. Thanks very, very much for the $100 cash! This will help out my life and my finances tremendously! 😉

    • No problem Denise. Glad to do it!

  6. Congrats on the Alexa rank! You’ve been battling with that for awhile!

    • Thanks Alex! It is definitely fun to get it below 100k again. Hopefully it just keeps going down for a while! 😉

  7. That darn Alexa. She’s like mercury. You see her and when you go to pick her up she sometimes falls through the cracks. Congrats Jennifer. 🙂

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