Like being at FinCon12 – or at the sponsor tables, anyway.

Even though I had a bad cold I had a great time at the recent Financial Blogger Conference in Denver. If you want to know more about the event, check out my daughter’s posts over at I Pick Up Pennies:

And if you want to win some conference swag? Read on.

Like the other attendees, I picked up all sorts of sponsor tchotchkes. Unlike almost everyone else, I got twice as much because my daughter passed along most of what she picked up. That’s why there will be a pair of prizes this week.

The two winners will receive:

Reusable shopping bags from Ally Bank and Chase.

Insulated drinking glass, also from Ally Bank. It’s BPA-free and has a tight lid and a straw that cannot fall out (nice design touch, that).

Wireless optical mouse. Yet another Ally item. Note: I goofed and picked up a mouse without the box, which contained instructions on how to open it and put in the AA batteries. If my brain doesn’t fall out between now and the end of this giveaway, I’ll photocopy the instructions from the boxed mouse that my much-smarter daughter chose.

Pouch-style water bottle. It’s orange and bears the Adaptu logo.

Stress balls. One is from Sallie Mae and looks like a mortarboard. The other is shaped like the little bird on Twitter and is designed to draw attention to @chasenews. (Hey, it works!)

Pens. All or most of the following logos are represented: FatWallet, FinCon12, LendingClub, PowerWallet, RetailMeNot and USAA.

Cell-phone wipes. These little polishing cloths bear the PowerWallet logo.

Money clip. Honest! It’s from an affiliate marketing site called Commission Soup. (Full disclosure: The money clips came with two one-dollar bills, which I thought were fake. They weren’t, and now they’ve been donated to the found money jar, whose contents will ultimately go to the Food Bank of Anchorage.)

Flash drive. Another item from Chase.

Slap bracelet. Remember those? It’s bright green and courtesy of GoBankingRates.

Personalized M&Ms. These are embossed with the LendingClub logo, and I hope they arrive intact.

Two green things from Fidelity Investments. A small flashlight, and what looks like a teeny-tiny barbell but is apparently used for storing and securing earbuds.

Small notepad. Measuring just 2½ by 4 inches and bearing the InvestingAnswers.com logo, this would be the perfect size for a fanny pack, coat pocket or glove compartment.

FinCon 12 notebook. Bright blue, vinyl-bound and with ruled pages. I’m thinking “journal.”

FinCon 12 shirt. The blue image above is what’s on the shirt. Although it says “extra large,” that’s extra-large compared only to, say, a fifth-grader. If it doesn’t fit you, turn it into a pillow. Or give it to a fifth-grader.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is slightly earlier this week: 9 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Sept. 23. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 9 p.m. PDT Monday, Sept. 24, I’ll pull two more names. That’s because next week I’m moving to Alaska, and I don’t want to make a side trip to the post office while driving a loaded U-Haul.

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  1. Sound’s like you had a fun time at FinCon. Hope I win.

  2. Katherine

    I subscribe via RSS.

  3. I subscribe via email.

  4. I’ve read your daughter’s entries on the conference. Too much fun was had, it looks like. Good luck and be safe during your move.

  5. lostAnnfound

    I guess that cold didn’t keep you down! once again, a fantastic prize pack!

  6. lostAnnfound

    I follow you via RSS and at GRS

  7. Wishing you the best on your new adventure. Love your columns!

  8. Elizabeth

    This is awesome swag! Would love to win.

  9. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  10. Follow you on Facebook

  11. Thanks for including your Adaptu water bottle in the give away. Let me know if you want me to send you another one to keep!

  12. Thanks!

  13. And, I subscribe via email 😎

  14. It is truly embarrassing that at my age, I love running around conferences and picking up all the free goodies. I haven’t bought a pen in I don’t know how long. I’ve also never used a pen that wasn’t advertising something!

  15. Oh, yes, please! I’d love a box o’ tchotchkes. Also, my mouse is going, and I’m too stubborn (and cheap!) to replace it until it really and truly bites the dust. (Yes, I know I’m playing with fire and one morning I’ll be sitting here clicking furiously to no avail…)

    Have fun packing and planning, and thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Those goodies sound like you hit the motherload!

  17. Great giveaway! I really enjoyed reading your daughters post. Good luck with the upcoming move, and thanks!!

  18. Ally really hit the ball out of the park with giveaways this year. The cup is a $10 seller at Starbucks, I grabbed an extra to bring home 2. A wireless mouse? First I’ve ever seen one used as promo item, I think I paid $30 for the one I use at home. And last, they gave out white chocolate dipped Oreos. The one snack people talked about long after FinCon11 was over.

  19. Sounds like it was a good time. I would love to win the box of conference stuff.

  20. Get your email as well 🙂

  21. I can’t resist swag!

  22. Facebook too!

  23. I’d love to win this stuff, I don’t really go to conferences….

  24. Jersey Babs

    Oooo, crazy fun and excitement all in a box! You are so good to your readers! And I hope the number picker is good to me 😀

  25. Yeah! Pick me!!

  26. Because I follow you here, at GRS, and

  27. Frugal Cool :)!

  28. Does your being a future Alaskan and me being a current Alaskan count?

  29. If it’s FREE …it’s for me!!! Sounds like a good time was had by all at the conference. Good Luck and have a safe trip to your new home.

  30. teinegurl

    Im subscribed via email enter me !

  31. Sounds like a fun box of stuff….I’m in!

  32. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, despite not feeling well. I would love to win this contest.

  33. I follow you by email. Thanks for the 2nd opportunity.

  34. follow you on facebook

  35. Love your blog!

  36. I subscribe via email.

  37. suzanne carino

    Love your blog…always a great read.

    I subscribe via email.

  38. Glad you had a good time, always love reading about your adventures! I also subscribe by email! Thank you!

  39. I love winning stuff!

  40. I wish you a safe journey and a happy move to Alaska. I would love to win this week!

  41. Looks like the biggest giveaway you have had ! : ) Subscribe via e-mail.

  42. Want!

  43. RSS subscribed!

  44. Follow you on twitter

  45. Glad you had a good time.

  46. I subscribe to email.

  47. Sorry I missed it this year but I would love to win this prize!

  48. Facebook fan and twitter follower.

  49. I subscribe via Google reader.

  50. I subscribe via e-mail

  51. I subscribe via Facebook.

  52. I LOVE your column! I get so many good ideas from you in every column.

    And I would really LOVE to win these prizes!

  53. This sounds like Christmas stocking stuffers!

  54. I also subscribe via e-mail…

  55. That’s a nice bunch of stuff!

  56. I follow you on FB.

  57. Subscribe via email.

  58. mrs short

    sounds like a great pack o’fun! i follow on facebook

  59. mrs short

    and twitter

  60. mrs short

    and i subscribe via email.

  61. Thanks!

  62. I’m an email subscriber. allali40(at)gmail(dot)com

  63. Love, love, love contests!!

  64. I like you on Facebook.

  65. I so need this. I love corporate swag and my Jimmy Dean alarm clock from a couple of years ago needs companions!

  66. Our small Alaska town just banned single use plastic shopping bags (yippee!) so I could use a few more of those re-usable ones!


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