Win $500 courtesy of Check ‘n Go!

holidayI have written a lot about the hard times that my family has been through. One of the hardest times of the year was the holidays. I have spent several Christmases sobbing because I wasn’t able to purchase gifts for W myself. (I am so blessed to have so many great friends that took care of playing the role of Santa for him!) This year I have been setting aside gifts early and while I am still not able to just fill a cart at the toy store I am not anxious about having nothing for him to open on Christmas morning. That not anxious feeling is kind of wonderful.

Now one of you is going to have some breathing room this December. $500 could buy a lot of gifts or groceries or pay that bill that came out of nowhere. I am so excited that Check ‘n Go asked me to host this giveaway.

How to Enter to Win $500 gift card

• 1 entry for commenting on this post. Tell me what you could use $500 for or who you would give $500 to.
• 1 extra entry for tweeting the contest using this URL:  (you can see below for a sample tweet if you have writer’s block) /Leave a comment to let me know you tweeted or it will not count as an entry!
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I’m posting this to enter a contest offered by Check ‘n Go at Creating Motherhood! I want to win a $500 gift card! Enter to win here:

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Official Rules:

One winner will be chosen via Only entries that follow the above rules will count. Entries close at 10pm EST December 15th. Winner will be announced by December 19th. This sweepstakes is open to residents of U.S.A. & Canada.

About the Sponsor:

Check ‘n Go is a payday loan and check cashing service. They have been around for over 16 years and revolutionized online loans. As someone that has been through some hard financial places I get that many of us do end up living paycheck to paycheck. Obviously the goal is to get to a place where we can save for emergencies, but if an emergency happens and you need money most of us are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Check ‘n Go could be an option for you.

For more info, see their FAQ- plus you can get some info to write your own blog post -which gets you 10 entries!

DISCLOSURE: Check ‘n Go is providing the $500 gift card for this sweepstakes. I am being compensated for my time in running and managing the contest. If anything about how to enter the sweepstakes is unclear please e-mail me using the link in the sidebar. I will not be able poke you and say, “hey! didn’t you write a post? You need to come back and enter 9 more comments.”

Comments are now closed. I’ll be announcing the winner in a few days! Good luck everyone.


  1. Lynette Young says

    I’d break the money into 5 $100′s and get grocery store gift cards and ‘Secret Santa’ them to some of my daughter’s schoolmates who’s parents have been unemployed for some time now. While the kids in the families are probably too old for toys at this point, everyone needs a good home-cooked holiday meal.

  2. monstergirlee says

    We’re very much down bucks this year & it’s the hardest during Christmas. This money would go a long way towards brightening up our holiday. However since it’s way more than enough I’d probably gift $100 to my sister who’s even more broke than us, and $100 to the school for the Giving Tree, and $100 to our church giving tree.
    Thank you for a chance to win.

  3. Kris says

    This is the first year where I am stressing about Christmas in a major way, so I would use part of the money to buy presents for the kids with less stress. The rest of the money would be used to be able to take the kids to go visit my aunt for Christmas, because she is dying of cancer, and this will most likely be her last Christmas, and at the moment, we can’t afford the gas to be able to do that. If we aren’t able to travel to see her at Christmas, it will also be a Christmas without the kids seeing their grandma, because she will be at my aunts house instead of here like she normally is.

    I really want to be able to have a little less stress for Christmas, especially since I found out on Thanksgiving day that I was miscarrying my baby. This is my sixth miscarriage and my second during the holidays. They make things a whole lot less cheerful.

  4. Sarabeth says

    If I win I would buy some new clothes. I have worn the same skirt everyday for the past 2.5 years

  5. Kenia says

    1. I would gift $100 to each my Mother and MIL, they like to babysit my twins every other week and that is a great help.

    2. I would get my husband the Fishers of Men bracelet he has been hinting all year for his December birthday $200

    3. With the remaining $$ I would take my family out to eat Gattis Pizza so we can play games after eating and buy buy some toys for TOYS 4 TOTS =]

    Thanks for the opportunity =]

  6. k says

    1. Santa could use a little help this year, so we’d probably put $100 of it towards finishing of our shopping for the twins.

    2. $200 would probably go towards bill catch-up.

    3. $100 would go for work clothes for me.

    4. $!00 would go for work clothes for my wife.

    Thanks!!!! :)

  7. Johannah Morgen says

    It would help. We’d catch up on bills and pay my parents back some of what they’ve lent us to tide us over.

  8. Sue Barney says

    I would buy Christmas presents for my family its been a rough year for even my extended family so I would just help everyone out as much as I could :)

  9. Amy says

    I would take $100 to get my husband a really great Christmas gift. In our 10 years of marriage, we have never once bought each other Christmas gifts because we had to fix the furnace or had unexpected medical bills. $100 would go to my sister-in-law who’s a single mother of 3 under 6 years old. $100 would go toward practical gifts for my next door neighbors who are expecting their first baby in February. The last $200 would go toward gifts for our 2 best friends who have helped us in so many ways over the years and we have never been in a position to be able to reciprocate.


  10. Ellie says

    Santa could definitely use some help this year – and not just in my home. I try to buy gifts for a family in need every year and am not sure I can do it this year without help, so I would definitely use some of the money for that!

  11. Issa says

    Honestly? I’d put it towards my medical bills. I’ve paid out about 4k in the past 6 months for medical bills that my insurance won’t cover. I have another 2k to pay out in the next few months.

  12. JP says

    $500 would ease some stress regarding some unexpected expenses we have right now which wouldn’t be a huge deal any other time of the year.

  13. Liz K says

    Bills, bills, and more bills….maybe I’d use the money to help pay for the hospital stay after my baby hopefully arrives next week? or maybe our outrageous electric bills so we can heat the house? or diapers? or gas? there are so many bills to choose from, I just can’t decide!

  14. Lo says

    I could use it for holiday gifts — $20 each for Co’s young cousins, and small gifts for my own family too.

  15. Shelli says

    Id use the 500 to pay off the ambulance from this am for Smoosh’s seizure… ( he’s fine now, thank G-d, but insurance will cover the er, not the “ride” there. :)

  16. Michelle Simons says

    I would gift my mom the 500.00 so she could get though the winter with her heating oil that she has to buy every year. It’s so hard for her. @MCJunkie

  17. Mary says

    I would LOVE to win $500 Christmas cash. I haven’t had a job since the Fall of 2008 and would love to be able to buy gifts for the people who have been kind enough to support me for the last 3 years. But, it wouldn’t all go towards that, I would also like to make some donations to places that have helped me (like the Lord’s Cupboard and the Foodbank of SE Iowa). This would mean SOO much to me.

  18. Manapan says

    $500 would buy new tires for my car and maybe there’d be enough left over to make the door handles function again! But in reality, I’d probably just get one new tire to replace the one with the hole in it and use the rest toward the credit card debt we accrued while I was on bed rest and out of work.

  19. Rachee says

    A relative has been out of work for over a year so I would use the money to help them celebrate the holidays. I cannot lie as I would also use some of the money to buy the practical gifts that my kid has been asking for instead of the stuff she wants (and doesn’t need…her words).

  20. Sunny says

    We have been blessed with 3 (and 1/3!) children, despite our infertility. However we have yet to be blessed with a winning lottery ticket. This would help make our Christmas special!

  21. Christina says

    I would donate the $500 to a local organization called “Mothers Helping Mothers” in honor of my parents that died last year. They provide clothing, supplies and toys to mothers in need in the area and my parents were always trying to help out kids in need.

  22. Lolly says

    I can remember 30+ years ago when we were pretty desperate and only the dearest economy kept us scotch-taped over until the next meager payday.

    Occasionally, when the blackness of crisis was about to overwhelm us, a miracle with just what was needed (no more/ no less) would show up at the penultimate moment; magic or the grace of God — probably both. One of those was the receipt in the mail of a $20 bill sent to us across country from a former neighbor in California who had found herself in better straits than usual and thought to just see if a dab of money might help us out. Oh, did it ever!

    Since then, I’ve tried to “pay forward” when I could; still, the 2-years Hard Times found me once again a recipient rather than a donor. (Oh, my God, once again these were miracle saves for us). I would dearly love to be able to slip some help to others. I see so many every day as I public-transport to and from work. I’ve emptied my wallet a few times for a tragic soul, but there’s never much in my wallet. $500 would allow for some nice seeds of miracles to be scattered. And maybe a special treat for my bestus buddy W. :-)

  23. Jill says

    I so understand your pain upon not being able to buy your toddler Christmas gifts. Sure, some snarky people would point out that your sorrow was negligible compared to that of the hundreds of women who would give anything just to have a baby, and other women whose babies are dying of horrible diseases, but ignore them; they don’t understand the true meaning of Christmas.
    I, for one, know what true heartache us like, having suffered the unspeakable shame of not being able to buy a new Birkin bag this year. My old one is over a year old already and my friends are starting to give me the kind of pitying looks reserved for people who have to fly business class.

  24. clare says

    $500 would cover just over 20% of the rebuilt transmission that’s going in our 11 year-old car tomorrow after the one we bought 3 years ago died last week, making our plans for Christmas, the next year and starting a family sometime ever look less optimistic.

  25. Jen says

    I would set it aside hoping that I could walk away from my job next year. That $500 would be a small cushion.

  26. Rheed says

    This year has been extremely difficult for me not only financially but emotionally. I’ve already told everyone to not expect any gifts from me. However, I’m blessed to have my health, a job, food, shelter, and a healthy dog and cat to share my little apartment with. And for those things, I’m forever grateful.

  27. Heather says

    This year is a bit better than last. I have a job and I am thankful even though it isn’t what I thought it would be. I would use all 500.00 for food shopping for the next few months. After the rent and all the bills are paid it gets a bit thin for food. If I had an extra 500.00 to give away I would give it to my friend we are both single mom’s and we both are somewhat in the same boat. It would just be nice to not have to worry for a few months!

  28. Michelle says

    500 dollars would help us finish up our Christmas shopping and pay down our debt snowball. That would ROCK! YEAH CHECK AND GO. Not to mention that when you need medicine for your kid and your bank account is empty….check them out. :)

  29. J says

    $500 would pay off some medical bills. Who knew that even with insurance, well visits with vaccines would cost over $100 each! Not to mention, I still have bills from delivery. This would be such a gift!

  30. Meg says

    How fun that you get to play Santa! Everyone has so many inspiring ideas for what to do with the money (I love your Mom’s).

    As for me, 500 bucks would mean another shot at making O a big brother.

  31. a says

    That would buy a lot of gifts for the kids on the Angel Tree (one or both of their parents are incarcerated – it’s the charity of choice in my workplace).

  32. nycphoenix says

    Let’s see my partner is applying for SSD and her unemployment brings about 400 a month into the house and between debt and rent it means we are living paycheck to paycheck. My paycheck to paycheck. And I’m a social worker.

    We would probably use the money to get her the progressive, transitions eyeglasses with some cataract component. She was supposed to get this in August but we haven’t had the money and her glasses broke last week so now she’s using pharmacy glasses.

    Or we’ll use it to make a dent on a credit card with 29% interest.

    Or maybe towards the new orthotics she’s gonna need after she has major surgery that will require 6 months of recovery.

  33. Kristin says

    I would shop for my kids. Money is very tight and, while there will be gifts, I’d love to really surprise my boys with something special.

  34. Jaime says

    This is an awesome giveaway, thank you! I’m not sure what I’d do with the $500. Money is very tight for us this Christmas because it’s the first year Jackson is in a daycare center. We’re doing the best we can with what we have, which unfortunately includes using credit cards. I think I would put most of the $500 toward paying for our Christmas and then donate the rest to the holiday donation fund at work, since I am heading that up again this year.

  35. steph says

    How are you so awesome?

    Ok. that is all. I would use $500 to pay off some outstanding bills, so we can get ourselves back on our feet and give our girls the life they deserve! Stupid economy. :)

  36. LizPW says

    I would definitely use some for holiday gifts for my boys, but would also use some for helping with our medical bills and contributing to helping to feed a family for the holidays through a local non-profit.

  37. Michelle says

    I would use the $500 to pay my gas bill. Because of this bill and what I have left to pay on our roof, there will probably not be much of a Christmas in our house. Although, I will still keep my spirits high!! Never know what may come your way!!

  38. moosh in indy. says

    With an extra $500 I would let my daughter take the gymnastics class she has wanted to take forever, and she’d get to take it for a whole year.
    If I could give $500? It would go to my very best friend who homeschools so she could buy an iPad to help her with her lessons. I’ve never met a more deserving homeschooling mom.

  39. Rebecca says

    $200 for holiday expenses, $150 into my daughter’s 509 account & $150 to the local human society that is trying to raise money for a much needed larger/modern building.

  40. Gina says

    My husband works for himself, so budgeting for Christmas can be hard – this year, things haven’t been great, and $500 would be the boost that would help us get through it. But some of it would go directly to the store & let my kids pick out some toys for tots gifts.

  41. Kate says

    If I won, I’d buy a new desktop computer. I’m starting back to school in January, and I know from experience that I write better at a desktop than on a laptop.

  42. manannie oakley says

    Hmmmm…. $500.00 you say? While money is supe tight around here, I am about to start a second part-time job next week and that should help. So I think I would use part of it to help out with Christmas (maybe fun stuff for W. and not just practical?), and perhaps a new pair of jeans and a shirt (I no longer own anything, work related or otherwise that doesn’t have holes in it). The rest I think I would put towards buying a local family in need, a share in our local CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture). That way this family would have fresh, organic vegetables and herbs all spring/summer and fall. I donate my time on this farm so that my family can have the veggies, and I know how dear it is to me. I would love to be able to provide that to someone else while also supporting my friends who run the farm.

  43. Lindsey says

    I would honestly use it on groceries. I’m trying really hard to have easy healthy food around the house, I just quit my job to be a stay at home mom and I need the nutritional support! cutting out one income has totally killed our food budget!

  44. Lars says

    I’d love to get the transmission on my van checked out, before it leaves me stranded someplace with my five little girls.

  45. New_process says

    I’d break it up for donations to the food bank, gifts for my boys, computer 4 parents who’ve never had one and knows nothing about them.

  46. mar says

    I would totally use this for my kids for Christmas. It’s going to be a tight one, and I’d like to use if for a trip to create some memories, rather than just buy gifts.

  47. Trish Sammer Johnston says

    I’m a single mom. In going through the divorce process, I was hit with many unexpected financial “surprises” that were kept from me during my married life. Bankruptcy, foreclosure … it’s all a certainty in the new year. (No, I won’t be homeless, thank God, but the joint house will be gone.)
    Years ago I started running a food drive for kids who do not eat over the holidays when the school cafeteria is closed. (Check out the web site for that here: I learned to make a dollar go far during that time so I could buy for the food drive. Now I’m using those skills to shop for myself.
    I’m on public assistance for my children’s healthcare. The YMCA gives me a break for daycare so I can work (I’m an underemployed writer). I’m digging myself out, but it truly feels like I need to pull a miracle out of my caboose every single week in order to survive. I never thought I’d find myself in this spot, but here I am. I am determined to make this a temporary situation.
    If I won the $500, the first thing I’d do is get the headlight repaired on my car! It costs about $175 to replace a headlight in my 5-year old Prius (apparently they need to practically take apart the bumper to do it — wish I had know when I bought the car). I would donate $50 to my food drive, because I try to give 10% of any money I get to charity (yes, even now when I don’t always know how to pay my bills). That leaves $275, right? I’d probably buy some Christmas presents for my kids and buy groceries with the rest. (In case all of this sounds totally made up, feel free to check out my blog at where much of this is documented.) Happy holidays to all!

  48. Meredith says

    With $500, I would adopt three dogs, two for my husband and me and one for my mom. My mom and I have been talking about naming our dogs Pepperjack, Snowball, and Anthony Bouvier. Thanks and happy holidays!

  49. Faith says

    We’ve had a really rough year, what with 2 dogs passing away and our house catching fire. I think with an extra $500, I’d take my sister and spend a spa day together, regenerating.

  50. Oralia V. says

    I would spend the $500 on Christmas gifts. We’re going through some rough financial times and would welcome the extra cash. Thanks. :)

  51. Katherine says

    I’d use most of it to pay off hospital bills (it’s been a big year, medically, for our littlest guy), but I’d also make a donation to our Children’s Hospital. They do amazing things there every day and I’m beyond grateful for the care that they show every family they meet.

  52. Erin Lawrence says

    We would use the money to buy clothes and toys for a local child in need (or a few of them!) through the Salvation Army. We buy for a child every year but this would be a HUGE help since money is extremely tight this year! We would also use some of it to buy some much needed things for baby #2 who is on the way and something special for our daughter too! Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway!

  53. Jude says

    Dude. I could seriously use this money. We are perpetually behind. My credit card balance is giving me anxiety. I don’t even want to think about Christmas. I am screwed!!

  54. Katrina says

    I’d use it for my kids and nephews. Sadly we just cannot afford Christmas gifts for my kids this year and it breaks my heart to tell them that.

  55. Jesse Penny says

    i would split the 500 between me and my best friend. between the two of us we have 7 kids and why to many neices and nephews to count. we raise our children line brothers and sisters. SANTA could deffanatly use the extra help with sooo many little ones running the houses…. Please Pick me!!!!!!!

  56. Jenn says

    I would use the $500 to replace the tires on our car, which are in definite need of replacing but we just don’t have the finances to take care of right now.

  57. battynurse says

    I’d pay off the last of a couple year old medical bill. That and probably the late fee for my rent that is going to likely be late. I always seem poor in December.

  58. Katie says

    We really need to get our front steps repaired so nobody breaks an ankle on them this winter, but it’s more expensive than I thought it would be. $500 would really come in handy!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Alison says

    Oh my. The roof!

    Or maybe a great dinner out for my fellow mom friends who always put their needs at the very bottom of the list. You all know what I’m talking about.

  60. Christina Z says

    I could use 500 to help get the rest of my gifts for my family and help my sister get her kids gifts she is in school in RN Clinicals and has to cut back on work making it very hard to make ends meet let alone Christmas!

  61. Allison says

    It is my daughters first Christmas and with my husband being out of work for over a year we cannot afford to get her any gifts so if I had an extra $500 I would buy her a few things and pay some bills to give us a little breathing room.

  62. Samantha W says

    I would send $200 to my mom because she is unable to pay some bills and I can’t help her anymore right now. I would give $100 to a dear friend that is given me more than I could ever repay her for. I would give $100 to my daycare provider, without her love and wonderful care of my child I would nt be able to got to work and finally I would use the last $100 to buy diapers for son and some to give to the local shelter.

  63. Joanne Gregory says

    I would love to have $500 to put towards the care of my foster kitties. I rescue cats from our local kill shelter as a foster for our local animal rescue group. We go through tons of litter and food and they are often sick from the cat diseases they get exposed to in the shelter when they are very stressed.

  64. Margaret Smith says

    What a wonderful giveaway.
    I would use the $500 towards our grocery bills and for purchasing some clothing & new sneakers for my kids.
    Thanks so much.

  65. Joni Owada says

    Whoops…did what I meant NOT to do…above post I put in my email address in the body of the post…sorry.

    I would use the money to buy a few small things for our children and then spend the rest on things for the earthquake and tsunami survivors in Northern Japan.


  66. Lisa says

    We have had some unexpected medical bills this past year. I would use the money toward those. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

  67. Bobbie Miller says

    I would give the majority of the money to my parents since my dad’s been unemployed for most of the year and I hate to see them struggle. And I would use some of it towards my childrens christmas presents that I can’t really afford.

  68. Helen Stockwell says

    I need to be an adult and use the $500 to pay off some bills… they are catching up with me and need to be responsible.

    Thanks for the chance to get ahead!

  69. Monica Nuss says

    I would give tithe to the church first, then I would buy my kids new bikes and my husband some train stuff for his railroad

  70. Chavy Abelesz says

    I would love to have the money to catch up on some bills and bring in the holidays joyfully for the kids.

  71. Michelle says

    I would use this to purchase the rest of my Christmas. This would be a great help this year.

  72. Jennifer Ebner says

    wow i know ur story all too well – and like u i started setting aside gifts early this year – they’re not big gifts but at least they’re something. i’d love to be able to have $500 to get my family some really nice gifts this year!

  73. addrienne mertens says

    im saving up for a tv for my bedroom. i need to get away sometimes to be alone! i wanna watch my soaps in peace! hehe thanx!

  74. Nikki says

    $500 would go a long way for bills right about now! I would also use a little to buy my husband some work clothes, we don’t buy each other gifts so we can buy for others, but supporting me so I can stay home with our two kids, he deserves something all to himself!

  75. angela diaz says

    I tweeted this. Wow $500 could be really useful to my family. I have a large family (fiance’s side) in which consists of 3 teenage boys. We all know that teenagers are expensive and they no longer want toys so my Mother-in-law and I have been pushing ourselves to make sure they get what they want. I also have a 2 yr old son, 3 yr old niece and a 7 year old nephew to buy presents for on top of our bills so $500 would be extremely helpful to our family this holiday.

  76. Anissa says

    I would get some new shoes (I wear mine into the ground) and give some to a friend who’s been unemployed for awhile.

  77. Charlee Hall says

    I’d use some of it to catch up on bills. I lost my job last month so money has been short. Some groceries as well. And a few gifts for my kids for xmas.

  78. Cheryl Van says

    I would give this to a homeless veteran’s organization. They deserve to be treated better than they are being treated.

  79. Jason Sargent says

    I would definitely use the money to spread some Christmas cheer! We’re expecting a baby girl in January and we always seem to be thinking of more things we’ll need (as well as having two boys already).

  80. Talex says

    There are so many places to put $500 toward I hardly know where to start. It could go for oil and gas this winter, or groceries over Christmas, or between our 3 children who are all struggling….

  81. Yesenia says

    I’m working on getting my nephew a replacement car because his engine is total and where he lives, public transportation is lacking to get to and from college and work. I have made the initial down payment on a used car for him and need to make two more installments of 500 each. So that is what I would use it for.

  82. Kimberly says

    I would use some of this to buy toys for Toys for Tots and some to use to buy my kids gifts.
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  83. Tammie Atnip Gonzalez says

    I would use part of it to get my driver’s license back. It needs to be reinstated and my state charge$530! I have been walking literally everywhere for the past 2 years (work, grocery store, daughter’s dentist appointments, take my 8 year old daughter to school, etc just everything) and I might mention that I live in Idaho where its pretty cold in the winter so that really sucks. This would really be so helpful in so many ways in making my life a little more convenient. I appreciate the chance to win. Thank you.

  84. Lindsay Myers says

    I would use the $500.00 to buy something extra nice for my husband for Christmas and me a new pair of shoes!!! Or I would use it to pay off some of our debts! Lord knows we have enough of it!!

  85. JLJMommy says

    I’d put it toward our plane tickets to fly to see family for Christmas! Thanks for the chance.

  86. Julie Witt says

    My 3 y/o grandson just moved in with me and I don’t have a single gift for him yet, and no money to get him anything, so I would use the money to give him a special Christmas so he won’t feel so lost during this holiday season :)

  87. Kitty duh says

    I’d honestly use it for me and my first/new apartment! It’s pretty much undecorated and I’d love to spice it up and make it my own while I’m going to school!

  88. Vivien L says

    I’d give the money to my parents. They are a retired couple on a fixed income and it would help them out!

  89. Lauren says

    this would be amazing. i’d give this to my mom, I think. I might use a bit myself for school, but she could really use some help with bills and whatnot

  90. Shae Johnson says

    I could use it for so many things, but I think I would use it towards the purchase of a toddler bed for my daughter and a couch.

  91. Robyn L says

    wow, $500 is what I need!! I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters and me = 5. $100 for each of us would be awesome at this time of year. Thanks so much.

  92. Bianca Roman says

    I would pay off my credit card and buy a toddler bed for my son! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  93. Amanda Alvarado says

    I would send half of it to a FB friend who is having a hard time finacially this Chirstmas so she can have an awesome Christmas (or use it to catch up on bills!). The rest, I’d use for our Christmas shopping. We have around 15 nieces/nephews btwn our families plus our own 2, a new (and first) grandchild, parents, and brothers/sisters to shop for and there’s just not enough money to go around this year.

  94. ginette4 says

    This money would come in handy right now, money is so tight, would use it to purchase some groceries and pay a few bills, thank you for the great giveaway, what a blessing it will be for the person that wins it, thank you.

  95. Linda Hall says

    I would donate $100 to a family that wouldn’t have a Christmas without help. Then $100 to my daughter who is disabled and has 4 children, $100 to my other daughter that has 2 children of her own, is raising 2 nephews, and has 2 step children, and $100 to my son who has 2 children of his own…and 4 step children. It would dearly be a gift from heaven for them.

  96. Rochel S says

    I would give it to my husband as a graduation present. He is almost finished with his Masters in Accounting!!

  97. Sus says

    Give $150 to in laws for groceries, put $150 in retirement fund, spend $50 on my little one, use $150 for some needed household items.
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

  98. Kathy Davis says

    I would give the money to my daughter Katie and her husband Richard. Katie called this week to share some exciting news. She is expecting, after six long years of waiting for this special gift. We are so blessed. This money would help set up their nursery. Thanks, 1st time Grandma Kathy

  99. Doris C says

    I can really use this, due to health problems we are now a one income family and use to having 2 incomes, when you have established payments it difficult!

  100. Stacey Dempsey says

    I would use it for paying off after holiday bills or groceries lol it always gets kinda tight in january and i have to play catch up , this would be such a relief to win AWESOME
    staceyx at telus dot net

  101. Helena says

    Of course that would just be the best present ever–to get $500 to pad the Christmas that we are already planning. I would spend $90 each on my husband, my Dad, my 2 sons, and of course, myself! I would then donate the remaining $50 to my local church, to be used to care for the poor! Thanks so much!-

  102. Jessica Schank says

    Wow! If I was able to win this… I would get some Christmas gifts, put money towards my Christmas Care Packages for the Troops, get some Salvation Army Angel’s. I usually do the angels every year but, can’t afford to this year as they’ve cut my hours at work. I feel horrible that I can’t give toys to kids this year. :( I would also give some to my parents as they’re struggling too.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  103. Chacoy says

    I am a single mom, and a full-time student who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and found out right before Thanksgiving that it has come back. We had to move in with my parent’s so I could use what’s left of my savings to drive the 1 1/2 hours to get my treatments every two weeks.
    Although, I have a warm place to live I would love to be able to purchase some Christmas presents for my son, family and give the rest to my mom and dad for allowing us to stay with them rent free!
    Thank you for the opportunity;)

  104. Jen says

    I’d buy winter coats for my kids. Then I would stock my uncle’s food cupboard up and buy some chickens so the kids could raise them and we could have fresh eggs.

  105. Janice Cooper says

    This win would be a real blessing. I’m unfortunately unemployed and this would help out tremendously with bills, food and gas.

  106. Ashley Hatten says

    I would give half of the money to my Mom as a thank you gift for everything she has done for me within the past year, and I would give the other half to my husband so he can get his heater fixed in his car. Thank you so much for the chance to win this!!

  107. FireMom says

    It would go toward a new furnace and/or parts to fix our existing furnace. SOMETHING is wrong, and we have someone coming tomorrow. Sigh. Merry Christmas to us.

  108. Laurie D says

    I would use the money towards my kids christmas and my nephews christmas. I already have about $500 worth of toys and clothing that I have found on clearance for $100 for my sister. I have been picking up something here and there every time I find a deal, but because things are so tight for us, I’m finding her the deals and she has to pay me back. I would love to drop all this stuff off to her and tell her not to worry about it…. she a 23 year old mom of a 2 year old going through a horrible divorce and he provides nothing for the child. The last thing she needs is another debt to worry about.

  109. Teresa Moore says

    So, my husband and I seperated and he got the car. I would put the money toward payment on a car, so I would not have to use my mom’s car to take my daughter to school and where we need to go.

  110. Robin says

    I would keep the $500. I have to be honest. I’d put $100 in my son’s savings account and I’d put the rest in mine. I wish I could say that I’d donate it or something more noble, but the fact is that money stresses me out and despite having more than enough to live, I still like having a cushion. I’d use this as a cushion. And maybe a road-trip to see my parents. ;)

  111. Trish says

    I’d give $250 to my niece, who so graciously gave us the most wonderful gift of all, s that she could buy Christmas for her kids. With the rest, I’d cover our adoption expenses.

  112. Sarah says

    I would give this to a friend who works her ass off for her two beautiful boys, is currently filing for bankruptcy to keep her house and never seems to catch a break. Yet she is generous, loving, and upbeat to everyone around her.

  113. ~Shari says

    Since recently having my grand daughter full-time I would so use that money to play Santa for her. We were not expecting to take over this responsibility.

  114. Abby says

    We’re expecting our first child and trying to save money and pay down debt, so extra funds would definitely come in handy.

  115. Kat says

    This year money is tight for us as it is for many others, so we would probably use a good amount of the money towards christmas presents, right now we’re extremely lucky that my husbands job allows their employees to borrow money which he’ll be doing so we can buy at least something for our immediate family. Something nice for my mother since after 26 years of marriage her and my step father are getting divorced. Whatever was left we would have to use for bills.

  116. Tina K says

    my grandmother has asked me to help her with her christmas shopping for her 29 great-grandchildren, but is living on a fixxed income and want to get something for them all to open at her house christmas day, so if I won the money would go to help my grandmother with her shopping or to get something for my grand mother who has always put others before herself

  117. Emily Dorigo says

    I would use $500 toward an airline ticket for my husband to go see his family who live far away from us.

  118. Joanna says

    $500 would be amazing! I would use some of it for holiday travel, buy some groceries for a friend of mine and donate some to a local charity. Thank you so much for this giveaway.

  119. Sara says

    If I am lucky enough to win this fantastic prize (thanks Creating Motherhood and Check ‘n’ Go!!) I would make sure my son has a few nice gifts and new clothes for Christmas, I would pay a few bills, and I would make a donation to the food bank that the Community Action Center in my town operates. My family is having a rough time like so many others so this prize would be a blessing, and I would need to share the blessing with others in need.

  120. Jennifer says

    $500 would be so fantastic right now! I’d use it to finish my Christmas shopping for my family and BF and maybe to take us on a little overnight in the big city during the Holidays!

  121. figgymama says

    Hah, I’m not going to win — look at the sheer number of commenters — but it seems like every time we go a step forward, we get kicked two steps back, and I’m so exhausted by it. Put $100 in savings? Check Engine light comes on. *sigh* So. $500 would help.

  122. Suzanne H says

    It’d be for my husband and I to go on vacation. It’s tough to get away when you have two kids and we could really use it!

  123. larissa brunken says

    I would use this money to go towards my rent. We are broke and unemployed right at this moment in time. And we haven’t been able to come up with the money for December’s rent. So this would go towards that.

  124. sassy says

    With $500 I could get my car worked on. It keeps breaking down to the point I am always terrified that it wont start on my way to work. I am a single mom and money is tight. It seems Christmas time is always the worst.
    sassysasha817 at gmaildot com

  125. sassy says

    (Please delete the above comment. I am so sorry I put my email address in the comment.)
    With $500 I could get my car worked on. It keeps breaking down to the point I am always terrified that it wont start on my way to work. I am a single mom and money is tight. It seems Christmas time is always the worst.

  126. Jessica Eckert says

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway. Thank you for this opporunity to win $500! With $500, I would make a few payments on some bills that are overdue. I would love to share a bit with family members that could use it, or buy some family members something special for Christmas. Finances are tight this year, so I am unable to do as much as I would like. It would be awesome to treat my children to something special, like going out to eat or having something extra special under the tree.

  127. Angel A says

    Oh geez…where do I start. I think I would probably do something fun with my 3 year old and then the rest would go to the pay off the damage I’ve done to my credit card!

  128. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    I would love to bless my nephew with a bundle of Christmas presents this year! Plus I could use some cash towards others on my list. Thanks so much!

  129. sonia guerra says

    The $500- 10 % to charity, some for bills, and the rest to my 19 yr old who has been the provider for this family the last few months. Thank you for this giveaway.

  130. Karen says

    Wow, $500??? What would I do???

    Well, I would love to have an eReader… maybe.
    I would love an iPad… maybe.

    But I’d probably use it to buy more Christmas gifts for my nieces & nephews!!!

  131. Carla says

    I’d use it to pay for books for grad school next semester and to help pay off the computer I bought for grad school earlier this year!

  132. angie lilly says

    If I won, I would use the money to get caught up on bills. I have been behind and having to borrow from check cashing/short term loan places (like check n’ go! LOL) for over a year just to make ends meet! This would enable me to get completely caught up!

  133. Jaclyn says

    We’re working on finally buying a house..the holidays are hitting us at a bad time financially, but it’s hard to explain that to kids! This would definitely provide some much appreciated breathing room when the bill arrives!