Easy Winning: Win Prizes for Things You're Doing Anyway

Win Prizes Effortlessly!

If you want to win online sweepstakes, there's no getting around it, you need to spend quite a bit of time  filling out entry forms. That can be fun and even relaxing, but it is time-consuming. Have you ever wished there was a way to win that doesn't require sitting at your computer entering forms?

If you're having trouble finding time to enter sweepstakes, or if you'd just like to shake things up a bit, here's some good news: if you watch TV, go for walks (Pokemon Go, anyone?), or read books, there are some easy ways to win prizes for things you are doing anyway.

Here are some easy ways you can win prizes without making any extra effort.

Win Prizes While Searching the Internet

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While You're Searching the Net, You Could Be Winning. Dominik Pabis / Getty Images

Just about everyone today uses internet search, whether it's to find sales leads while you're at work, show times for movies, or recipes for dinner tonight.

If you forgo Google and do your searching through a search-and-win website like PCH Search and Win, you can get chances to win (almost) every time you do a search, with no extra effort required.

And it's not only little prizes that you can win. Natalie Bostelmann won a million-dollar prize from Publishers Clearing House using PCH Search and Win.

Win Prizes for Recycling and Other Green Activities

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Recycling Can Win You Prizes (and Save the World). Hero Images / Getty Images

Recycling is one of the most important things that we can do to help the environment. And if your city is participating in RecycleBank's home recycling program, you can earn points just for doing your regular recycling. Redeem the points for rewards like travel, electronics, gift cards, sweepstakes entries, and more.

If your city isn't participating in the RecycleBank program, you can still earn rewards with other green activities like recycling your electronics, joining eBay's Team Green, or learning more about how to save the planet.

Win Prizes for Exercising, or Just Getting Moving

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Get Moving and You Could Win Prizes. Mike Kemp / Getty Images

It can be hard to get motivated to get out and exercise, but there are several apps and websites that encourage you to be healthier by giving you the chance to win prizes just for moving more.

For example,  Bounts is a UK-based website that lets you automatically earn points for connecting your fitness tracker to your Bounts account. You earn points for your activity, which you can exchange for gift cards or for chances to win instant prizes.

Meanwhile, Bodybuilding.com offers regular contests to encourage people to be fitter (and to win some massive prizes while they're at it.)

Win Prizes for Playing Online Games

Rear View Of Woman Playing Game On Computer At Home
Playing Video Games Can Be Profitable, as Well as Fun. Jedrzej Kaminski / EyeEm / Getty Images

Playing online games is a great way to take a quick break from work, to pass some time, and to have some fun.

There are many online game sites out there, and some of them attract more users by offering the chance to win prizes just for playing.

What could be better than winning prizes while having a great time? If you'd like to give it a shot, here are some sites to try:

  • PCH Games: Earn points, which you can exchange for sweepstakes entries.
  • Pogo.com. Enter to win daily prizes, or spend points to win jackpots.

Win Prizes for Reading (and Reviewing) Books

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Love to Read? Win Prizes for Your Opinions. Morsa Images / Getty Images

Have you ever finished a book and couldn't wait to tell the world what you thought of it? Well, if you love to share your opinions about the books you read, you could win prizes at the same time.

Many of the companies on the list of Book Sweepstakes Sites offer prizes for book reviews. You can also check your favorite book sites to see if they offer sweepstakes prizes in exchange for unbiased reviews.

Win Prizes for Watching TV

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You Can Even Win Prizes While Watching Television. Tom Grill / Getty Images

Most people have to admit to killing a few hours a week (or a day) watching television. If you think you've been wasting your time, well, even watching television can be a way to win great prizes.

Just visit RewardTV and answer trivia questions about the television shows you watched the day before. By doing so, you earn points, which you can use to enter sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $10,000. You can also take surveys about television to earn more points.