a valentine's day giveaway: $1500 gift card, ya'll.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

hey everybody.  happy, happy, happiest of valentine's day to you and yours.  today brings something a little different here.  a giant giveaway with a million blogger hosts (hostesses?).  the first of its kind--on this blog anyway.  and while these aren't something i typically do 'round here, a gift card of this size ($1500!  contributions from everyone below!) was too awesome a prize to pass up.  so, here it is!  a giant giveaway for a giant prize.  

the winner will be announced on the widget below on february 21st.  
and, that person will get the card mailed to them!

(i'm sort of hoping that the winner uses the card to buy a much-needed vacation to some fabulous place.  greece!  turks + caicos!  but, if you need it to buy a couch for your bare living room, or fix your broken down car, i'll understand that too.)



244 comments:

  1. My husband and I are expecting our first sweet baby, so I think I'd do something special for her!

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  3. I'd buy a shed and a new front door! Woohoo! Haha :)

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  4. So much fun! I would use the money to go on a trip this summer. My son will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, so it would be fun to do something special for him :)

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  5. Wow! I definitely think I trip somewhere- maybe even withOUT the kiddos!

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  6. I'd use it to help pay for summer camp for my kids when I'm at work. Womp-womp. Not fun, but as a single parent we don't really get to do big vacays as summers are my busiest times.

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  7. Oh my oh my oh my. Definitely go on vacation. Definitely.

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  8. I'd buy myself an iPad and the rest for a family vacation to the beach.

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  9. Oh, how loveley. I think I might use it to give my mom an awesome 60th birthday bash this year!

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  10. Considering that I just had to pay my entire health insurance deductible for surgery on my ankle, I'm thinking...vacation! Spain? Italy? Costa Rica?

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  11. I SHOULD put it towards my school fees but I WOULD go to Seattle and splurge everywhere!

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  12. I'd do the most boring thing possible - pay bills. With a 6 month old, paying bills with free money would feel like a vacation.

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  13. Oh my goodness! I would totally use it for one last getaway for me and the husband before he deploys in April.

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  14. vacation definitely! somewhere warm where i can lay on the beach with a margarita!

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  15. Probably save it to buy groceries (loser answer?)

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  16. Whoa!!! My husband and I are looking for jobs and trying to move to Seattle, and although moving isn't a vacation, it's still travel! That is what I'd use the money for.

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  17. i'd go out to a super nice dinner, put a little away in our "new car" fund, and the rest would go toward student loans!

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  18. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this. I left my answer on Saturated Canary. Hugs, Robin

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  19. This is fantastic!! I am saving up to buy a house this year, and this could surely come in handy to buy all the things that come along with owning a house!!

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  20. My boyfriend and I are finishing school and graduating very soon! We're trying to save up money to for our wedding and honeymoon- I'd use this to pay for the honeymoon! He is the love of my life & a special trip with him would be amazing!

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  21. Oh, that would be so cool! A vacation is something I could definitely use!

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  22. Don't want to be boring, but I'm saving up to buy a house, so it would go straight into that fund!

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  23. I'd use it to come to Boston! My B-I-L and S-I-L and their two cuties live there, and it' so expensive to get my family of four out that way. $1500 would get us all there!

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  24. My husband I seeing deployed for a year and leaves in March. I would use the $1500 to take a much need vacation for the two of us!

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  25. I would absolutely use it for a vacation! I'm having to use my entire tax return for student loans {total bummer} so this would definitely go towards something fun with my boy!

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  26. Oh lord! *my husband is being deployed..

    Typing on my phone. Sorry

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  27. This would be so great for our family! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  28. I wish I'd use it for a trip -- but I really do want a new couch (specifically this one from world market http://www.worldmarket.com/product/kendall-ivory-sofa.do?&from=fn)! maybe the rest goes into savings for a world excursion?!

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  29. I would use it for baby stuff! My husband and I are expecting the end of April, and would love to spoil our little one (and ourselves) with some nice baby things!

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  30. I would use the money to help pay for my move! And maybe a new outfit :)

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  31. I would use the money to help pay for my move! And maybe a new outfit :)

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  32. I would use it towards a vacation with my husband!

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  33. Would do so many things with that money! Definitely an over-night with the husband sans baby... and then the rest? Probably on the baby! ;)

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  34. I would probably put some in savings and use the rest for fun stuff like activities with my kids and makeup and clothes. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Go shopping for Spring! and then pay off grad school debt!

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  36. Um, I would die. We're planning a summer RV trip with the kiddos to Yellowstone/Glacier National. That would sure help.

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  37. I would use the money towards my wedding and moving expenses to Africa. Thank you!

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  38. I'd definitely use it to get out of town!

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  39. I would love to go on a trip! I need some sun, especially after a blizzard last week!

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  40. Vacation? Shopping spree? Furnishings for the house? The options are endless!

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  41. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm sure I could think of a few things to use it for! :)

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  42. My husband and I are expecting a little one in September (yay for successful IVF!), so we would use some of the money to decorate the nursery. The rest would go to a minication since he promised me one. :)

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  43. I'd either go the practical route and pay off some dumb student loans orrrr go on a kick ass vacation to Austin, TX. Since that would only make a tiny dent in our loans, I vote vacation!

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  44. I'd go on a ski vacation with my husband!

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  45. Def towards a vacation and some cute patterned chairs for the family room!

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  46. In November I am going to Africa, and I would most definitely use the money to help pay for my trip! That would be a huge blessing!

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  47. I would love to book a solo a vacation somewhere to either ski or hike (my two ways to de-stress). And perhaps if there is any leftovers, perhaps it could be used updating my worn-out wardrobe. Heaven knows I need to...

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  48. With a baby due this summer and no maternity leave offered at work, I'd use this money to spend some extra time at home :)

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  49. What a fun giveaway! I'm expecting a boy in June and would love to win and spoil him!!

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  50. I think I need to break in my passport!

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  51. This would definitely go toward repairs on the house my husband and I are buying this month. It's kind of a wreck.

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  52. I would use it to fly to Chicago to visit my long distance bf more often than we are currently seeing each other :)

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  53. A weekend getaway with my family would be wonderful. Thank you! :)

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  54. We are going to Europe if I win! ;)

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  55. A vacation ... or a really big 1st birthday party for my son ... or a much needed new mattress! Practical vs. fun is the question. Thanks for the chance!

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  56. Wow! How exciting! A getaway would be amazing!

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  57. Hmmm...it's a cross between pay off our darn credit card or take a vacation to Seattle, LA, or New York. All places I've always wanted to put my feet up in and soak up for a while...sans kids. Just me and the hubs.

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  58. Mine would DEFINITELY go to a vacation! We've had pretty much only "necessary" expenses since moving back to the States, so some fun money would be incredible. And with my husband's constant traveling for work, it'd be nice to have a stress-free getaway together. I'm dying to go to Prince Edward Island, Canada, so that's my destination of choice!

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  59. We just bought a house and we are expecting our second baby--I would use it to get something done in our fixer upper before the baby comes!
    E. Hughes

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  60. numero dos is due in July and we want to spend as much time on the beach as we can this summer maternity leave/vacation this would clinch it!

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  61. soo awesome! If I won, I would literally buy a refrigerator! We are moving, and we don't have one!! :)

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  62. I would buy some new clothes, some new workout equipment, and then save the rest for a rainy day! :)

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  63. I would buy a couch and replace ALL my bedding! (Nice fancy sheets and pillowcases and shams and a duvet and a duvet cover and a dust ruffle. The whole shebang!)

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  64. I'd get a DSLR Camera -- been DYING to get one for a looong time!!

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  65. This is pretty boring, but I would definitely have to use it to pay college tuition. $1500 is about $1 million to a college student!

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  66. vacation for sure! but where to..? too many places to choose from.

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  67. Vacation to FL- absolutely. I did not know what cold was until I moved to MA!! I'm beyond ready to break out Clara's infant bikini!

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  68. I would go out to eat (my favorite splurge!), maybe go shopping, and buy some furniture for our newly finished basement without feeling guilty! :)

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  69. ohhh def use it on painting the house and garage... looks like its about to fall down!

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  70. I think I would splurge on a vacation! Probably in Europe!

    ethomson83@gmail.com

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  71. Put some walls up in our new house! And then hopefully have some left for a mini vacation with the hubby!

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  72. who wouldn't want $1500?! this.is.awesome.

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  73. shoot...I commented to quickly.

    I would put it towards my around the word vacation planned for Fall of 2013. Step one is buying our tickets...once we do that, we have to go!

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  74. PS plane ticket home to my husband. Yes. Please.

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  75. wow! how amazing...

    the hubbi & i are house hunting,
    so this would DEF come in handy :)

    xo - heather
    This Life Is Yours Blog

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  76. I would definitely go on a shopping spree!!!

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  77. My husband and I just booked a trip to St. Lucia for next month during the only time off he'll get for the next 8 months (he's military). So, it would help pay that off and spare our house fund/savings account!

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  78. Hmmm... I would hands down have to put it towards a plane ticket to go see my boyfriend.

    9,000 miles away :(

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  79. I would use the money to visit sisters in Colorado and Seattle! Love this!

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  80. I would be a little boring/responsible and pay off some credit card debt. Then, with the left over amount, wedding shopping spree with my fiancé to get us ready for our upcoming honeymoon!

    Thanks, and happy Valentines Day!
    Bridgi

    Yodgi.com

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  81. i'd buy new baby stuff for the little on the way! ah! you're the first i've told!

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  82. My husband is a student about to graduate - I would use it to help him open his future chiropractic office!

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  83. I would absolutely spend it on my wardrobe. I am so clothing poor right now it is not even funny!

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  84. I'd use it to pay my rent next month and then take a roadtrip with my friends :) Happy v-day!!

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  85. I'd use it on wedding expenses or our honeymoon :)

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  86. I would pay for a semester of school with it!

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  87. I am supposed to be in the UK this summer working at a camp for sick children... I would totally use this to buy my ticket out there!

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  88. I would put the money towards finally visiting my brother in Europe.

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  89. I could really use this for our upcoming wedding, or our new house! Definitely a lot possibilities!

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  90. I would put the money towards my nursery and baby gear - for our upcoming baby boy due in May! :)

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  91. I would use it towards the fabulous road trip my hubs and I are taking along the East coast in June...in celebration of his graduation from nursing school!!

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  92. Probably a vacation (maybe even towards a trip to Europe) or a vacation stateside. Also, some new clothes!!!

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  93. I'd like to go on a trip for my birthday in May.

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  94. I would definitely take your advice and go somewhere tropical with my hubby!

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  95. I would probably get a new computer since my 2 year old popped off about 15 keys. Happy Valentines Day!!

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  96. I'd use it to promote by blog through all of yours! :)

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  97. Ahhhh! Would definitely put it towards an exotic babymoon!!!

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  98. I would love to use it on a couple of DIY projects around the house!

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  99. Would totally put this toward the down payment we're saving up for a house :)

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  100. I would use the gift card vacation in Croatia! :)

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  101. I'd probably go on a small vacation and buy a new couch!

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  102. Hey Bridget I am a huge fan of your blog! I would use this money to help pay for college. A boring choice I know but necessary right now! I might also treat myself to some shopping (;

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  103. I would definitely choose a vacation!
    Thanks!

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  104. Clearly this would go in the fund for our trip to Croatia in May...Clear.Lee. :)

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  105. I would definitely pay for summer school with this money

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  106. i should do something responsible with it, but you inspired me with the vacation idea. so if i do win, tropical beach it is!

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  107. I would take my daughter to Paris!!

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  108. I am saving to go on a fun Europe trip with josh, for our 5 year anniversary I 2014.
    We are also in the process of hopefully buying a house, so the savings pool might go down...
    This would be amazing!:)

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  109. Oooh, I've been dreaming of going to Europe for so long. I would use this to finally take that trip!!! I'd disguise it as a birthday present to my boyfriend :)

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  110. I am saving to go on a fun Europe trip with josh, for our 5 year anniversary I 2014.
    We are also in the process of hopefully buying a house, so the savings pool might go down...
    This would be amazing!:)

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  111. We are in the midst of a giant remodel in our brand new home. I would probably buy something nice for the man. I know his office is on the back burner for a few months so I would move that up and finish his office.

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  112. You better believe I'd be packing my bags and heading to Morocco!

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  113. God I wish...a trip would be amazing! Ps this giveaway is insane.

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  114. Unreal giveaway! Aruba here I come!

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  115. I'd go to Ireland. Stat, with hubs in the seat next to me. Yup. What an awesome giveaway!

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  116. I will go to Hawaii for my bff's wedding!

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  117. Sweet!!!!!! Grad school payoff, our one year old's college fund, our first vacation in years, oh yes I think I could find a way to use it!!

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  118. I would totally plan a trip :)

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  119. Awesome! I would buy a ton of Cadbury eggs. Oh, and I'd probably pay down some debt too. :)

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  120. I would take my best friends on vacation :)

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  121. I'd definitely use it to do some updating on our house!

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  122. hubs and i would take a vacation to somewhere we haven't been before. right now we're debating between belize, iceland and sweden.

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  123. I'd either fix our kitchen (we have no doors on our cupboards) or use towards a mission trips to Turkey with my church in late June (if I can get the rest of the money).

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  124. Oooo... some of it would go to graduate school fees, and the rest would go towards a road trip ending in Mackinaw Island, MI!

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  125. Fabulous giveaway! I'd probably buy a new couch...or save some for my girls trip in May to San Fran :) Thanks!

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  126. New carpet - we have a special guest that no one really knows about yet arriving in 8 months.

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  127. I would put the money toward a trip to Italy with my mom. We just started talking about it and we want to go in fall 2014!

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  128. Going to Turks and Caicos in June, this would help immensely. Love your blog Bridget!

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  129. I would take my husband on a much needed vacation to someplace warm!

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  130. I would love to take a trip post-graduation this summer to celebrate having my Bachelors of Architecture degree! :D

    Kate

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  131. Buy the things we need for my soon-coming little one.

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  132. I decided today I want to go to Seattle with my hubby. Never been there. This would get us there :)

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  133. I would use it to pay for our anniversary trip to Mexico!

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  134. How fun and generous! I'm a bride to be (July!) and we are buying our first house... I could definitely use this to make it feel more like home!

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  135. I'd move out of my terrible apartment sooner rather than later and I might just buy this cute Frida Kalho shirt I've been looking on etsy. :)

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  136. Student loans. Woot woot! Or possibly to help pay for a humanitarian trip to India that I've been thinking of!

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  137. I'd definitely use this money for a trip! My husband and I eloped in October and haven't had a chance to have a honeymoon - this would be perfect!

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  138. What an awesome giveaway! Today is my baby girl's first bday (yep - she's a Valentine baby)- and I would LOVE to take her on an amazing vacation this year!

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  139. Gosh. Organic groceries. Is that lame? I am SO over ramen.

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  140. I'd take the vacation! Hawaii perhaps!

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  141. Well, we are expecting baby boy #3 and it was a long road to get him. He's due in 17 days. I'm taking 12 weeks off and then my sweet hubby is taking 12 weeks off w/ no pay to stay home for the summer with all 3 boys - ages 7, 5 and baby. We'd use the money towards that. Giving all 4 of them a summer, they never forget. Gosh, I'm so jealous of them, they'll have a blast!

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  142. I should use that much money to pay for school next semester, but I have been bitten hard by the travel bug. I am restless and in love with the world, so I think it's time to pack up and leave!

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  143. Yes, definitely vacation! Or, remodel our bathroom. But that's boring!

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  144. As much as we need a vac a - we would use it to buy a 2nd car...boring right? getting old is really no fun :(

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  145. funny you should mention a couch...we desperately need one!! we also desperately need a little getaway, so maybe we'd just have to toss a coin? seriously, WOW though. this giveaway is major.

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  146. We just moved into a new house so I'd use the money to get our deck ready or summer!

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  147. I'd use it for airfare to Morocco, on my wishlist for a big birthday this year. :)

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  148. I would totally use this for a fabulous getaway with my hubby! :)

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  149. I would probably have to save it to pay for things when I'm on my own in college. However, I will admit that if I get the scholarships I'm hoping for I will plurge it throughout the summer making memories including but not limited to: a tie dye party, a new ukulele, a 5k mud run, and an awesome cross country road trip with my big brother. (:

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  150. I'd totally have to get a new couch!

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  151. I'd totally have to get a new couch!

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  152. We just had our first baby, so though I think we have everything for him I know there is always something that we will need!

    My husband needs new tired for his car, too.

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  153. I would take myself to Paris. Or perhaps somewhere warm like Bora Bora given all of this snow.

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  154. I would put it towards my tuition!

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  155. Love your blog and will have to check out others!

    I would go on a much needed vacation to celebrate my husband finishing medical school...finally!!

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  156. ahhhh I'd buy some photography equipment, and maybe even quit my day job to pursue freelance work!!

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  157. I would take my son to see his grandparents that live 1000 miles away! And probably do some boring bill paying too ;)

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  158. So I'm confused about how said gift card works (is it just cash on a card?) .... but if it was open slather, I'd be using it towards the new (gulp) minivan we need to buy.

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  159. Pay off a teeny teeny portion of my law school debt.

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  160. I would use the money for a new washer and dryer since we got scammed and bought a broken one off Craigslist :/

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  161. I know you would love for me to say that I was going to go somewhere amazing. I would have to say fix my husbands car and then take the family on vacation this summer.

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  162. I would buy a new computer!

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  163. Oh man, vacation all the way, baby!! Gotta celebrate graduating with my masters somehow!

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  164. a new couch totally! i already have it picked out.

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  165. My husband and I would go on our honeymoon!

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  166. Go on a much needed vacation!

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  167. Either a vacation or move out of my apartment - which I have been trying to do for some time now.

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  168. I would buy a new spring wardrobe and MAYBE pay one bill. maybe.

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  169. I would LOVE to pay off a few baby bills AND buy some cute new springy clothes!! (maybe more than a few!)

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  170. wow, nice prize!
    sarah hirsch

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  171. $1500 would buy a piano, which I have been wanting to get so my kiddos can learn to play. Plus I would buy a pair of shoes for myself. Not a cheap pair either...a nice pair. :) Sweet to even dream about it. Thanks!

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  172. oh so boring! we started dave ramsey a month ago so probably put 90% of it toward debt and the rest-have fun!

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  173. we would soooo use it for a trip! we want to go to Hawaii this summer!!

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  174. Hm . . . planning a fun trip next summer after baby comes this one!

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  175. Taking extended family on a trip for spring break. I'm a little worried about the finances so this would be wonderful!

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  176. maybe a family vacation would be nice :)

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  177. What a generous giveaway! I think we'd go on a family vacation and tackle some home improvement projects! :)

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  178. The hubs and I would probably finish our basement to make a bigger family room and playroom for our family!

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  179. I would definitely use it to finish the nursery we are working on...and new carpet most likely!!

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  180. My head is spinning with all I could do with that money. We could use it to sponsor a child, dig a well somewhere in Africa or we could put it towards tickets for a future trip to Ethiopia to take our 3 adoptive daughters back to see their family there.

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