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So You Think You're Thrifty - FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions)

What is “So You Think You’re Thrifty?”

So You Think You’re Thrifty is a contest run by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, to find the “thriftiest” shopper in Southwest Florida. We’re looking for people who know how to stretch a dollar and, of course, people who love Goodwill!

Is this part of a national contest?

No. At this time, the contest is only open to Southwest Floridians.

What are the prizes?

Our four finalists will all receive $50 in Goodwill Gift Certificates. Our winner will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card, tickets to Goodwill’s black-tie Tux & Trees Gala, and an appearance in a Goodwill advertisement or promotion.

Who is eligible to enter?

Residents of Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades, and Hendry counties, ages 18 and up. Goodwill employees, their relatives, and people who live in the same household as Goodwill employees are not eligible.

How do I enter?

You can enter by visiting the Goodwill SWFL Facebook page (www.facebook.com/goodwillswfl), clicking on the contest tab, and filling out the entry form. You will need to submit an essay (500 words or less) explaining what makes you the thriftiest shopper in Southwest Florida, and upload a video (2 minutes or shorter) of yourself showing how thrifty you are.

Do I have to be a Facebook member to enter?

Entrants need to have a valid Facebook account. Signing up for a Facebook account is easy! Get started at www.facebook.com.

What if I don’t have computer access?

Many places offer free computer access, including public libraries and Goodwill Job-Link Centers. In case there are time limitations on your public computer access, we recommend that you come prepared with your essay already handwritten to make the best use of your time online.

What if I don’t have a video camera?

These days, most mobile phones and still cameras record video. If you don’t have one of these devices, ask your friends and family members- chances are one of them has one!

When can I enter?

The entry period starts July 15th and ends August 2nd.

Can I enter more than once?

We can only accept one entry per person- so make it special!

My family/friends want to enter as part of a group. Can we do that?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept group entries. However, we encourage everyone in your family or group to enter individually—the more, the merrier!

How will you pick the winner?

A panel of judges will view/read all of the entries and select four finalists in early August. Then you and your friends will have an opportunity to vote for your favorite! The entry with the most votes wins! We plan to announce the winner in September.

Where can I read the official rules?

You can find the official rules on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/goodwillswfl).