As it seems to be a common theme among some of the older Canadian PF blogs, November/December is the time when it all started!  It feels like it wasn’t too long ago when we had our last annual giveaway bash, but the time is upon us again.

I am grateful and amazed at the community that has formed here at Million Dollar Journey over the years.  The encouragement and enthusiasm that you display via the comments and emails is the fuel that keeps this site running.

Million Dollar Journey started in Dec of 2006 with 0 readers… well 1 reader if you count my wife.  Today, we have grown to over 7700 RSS subscribers and have received millions of hits over the years.  As personal finance is still fairly taboo in society, it’s refreshing and humbling to see the number of people who regularly follow my million dollar journey.

As a token of my appreciation, we have some great giveaways this year.  As per the last couple years, the prizes are sponsored by generous companies that I support.  This time around, the prizes are bigger than ever!

Without further delay, here are the prizes for our 3 year anniversary celebration:

1. PlayStation 3 Slim 120GB

Derek, the entrepreneur behind RedFlagDeals, has once again generously offered to sponsor a great prize.  What is RFD?  It’s Canada’s most popular “deal/bargain” portal with millions of visitors per month. If you enjoy finding deals (like I do), then you’ll find great value in RFD, it’s one of the sites that I visit daily.

If you need ideas for Christmas, make sure to check out their holiday gift guide.

Now, back to what you’ve all been waiting for, the prize.  As most of you already know, the PlayStation 3 is not only a top notch video gaming console, it’s also a media center.  It can play your Blu-Ray movies along with the ability to wirelessly connect to your PC  and stream audio/video.

ps3Here are the specs:

  • 120GB HDD for storing games, music, videos and photos
  • High-Definition Blu-ray player for the best movie experience
  • Internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Two USB ports
  • HDMI output for 1080p resolution
  • Plays DVDs and CDs
  • Cell Broadband Engine advanced microprocessor
  • DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller
  • Free PlayStation®Network membership

The PS3 slim is actually the media center I’m considering purchasing for my own family room so I’m excited about giving it away to one lucky reader.

2. $100 Shopping Gift Card

Great Canadian Rebates has also generously offered a prize for Million Dollar Journey Readers.  For those of you who don’t know about Great Canadian Rebates, it’s a free portal for online shopping that will allow you to receive cash back on your online purchases.  If you use this portal in conjunction with a cash back credit card, you can end up with a significant discount on your purchases.  Check out my Great Canadian Rebates review to learn more about them.

So what exactly are they offering as a prize?  They are giving away a $100 gift card for this birthday giveaway.  The gift card is redeemable at various popular online stores: Sears, Chapters, Canadian Tire and Home Depot.

How to Enter:

To be eligible for the prizes above, simply:

  1. Sign up for the new MDJ Money Tips Newsletter (free).  If you are reading through a feed reader or email and don’t see the signup form, click here.
  2. Sign up for the Million Dollar Journey Money Tips Newsletter absolutely
    free. We respect your privacy – your information will never be given or
    sold to third parties. As well, you can unsubscribe at any time.

What is the Money Tips Newsletter?

I should have written about this before, but the MDJ Money Tips Newsletter is a free email newsletter that I will send out once or twice a month.

The content will include highlighted articles on Million Dollar Journey over the past couple weeks, exclusive offers for Million Dollar Journey readers, and original content that doesn’t make it to the front page of this blog.

As mentioned above, your privacy is important to us. We will never sell your information to third parties, as well, you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

The Giveaway Rules:

Lets go over some of the rules. All contestant entries will be shoved into an electronic hat and drawn at random.

  1. Only confirmed (new and existing) newsletter subscribers on the date of draw are eligible.
  2. To be fair to all contestants, each winner can only win once.
  3. Only those with a North American mailing address may enter.
  4. Contest will end Sat 5pm EST Dec 19, 2009 and the winners announced shortly after!

Many thanks again to RedFlagDeals and Great Canadian Rebates for sponsoring prizes.

Stay tuned..  there may be more surprises to come!

Good luck!

If you would like to read more articles like this, you can sign up for my free weekly money tips newsletter below (we will never spam you).


  1. The Dividend Guy on December 7, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Congradulations on your success. I just signed up for the newsletter and look forward to it!”

  2. Monty Loree on December 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Congrats on your anniversary… the main question is: are you getting closer to your million dollar goal? I’m sure you are!! Anyway.. I’m always happy to see other long term bloggers… I started blogging about personal finance in July 2005… Cheers

  3. Daniel on December 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations on your blog. I have been reading for more than a year and I have been inspired partly by this site to be more responsible for my finances. I am now eying a career as a finance advisor and will be paying it forward.

  4. Ray @ Financial Highway on December 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Congrats FT! I remember subscribing to your blog early 2007, MDJ was one of the first blogs I subscribed to. MDJ was also an inspiration to start FH.

    Looking forward to another good year!

    p.s. I had signed up for the newsletter when you started it :)

  5. Lyne on December 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Congratulations on your continuing success!

  6. This is why I signed up with ING Direct on December 7, 2009 at 10:55 am


  7. as @ financial tactics on December 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Million dollar journey, millions of hits… Well then, a million congratulations!

  8. Michael - Fat Loss Tips on December 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Congrats on the 3 yr anniversary!

    Can’t believe I found you at the back of an old Money Sense issue but I’m glad I did. Looking forward to 2010 and beyond, keep up the great work!


  9. Caitlin on December 7, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Yay, congrats on 3 years!!

    I signed up for your newsletter (though I wish it did what it did in a different browser window, instead of resizing mine!) and look forward to seeing your tips!

  10. Dana on December 7, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Happy Blogiversary!

  11. Sampson on December 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Congrats – best luck with the future success of your blog!

  12. Four Pillars on December 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Congrats on the 3 years. Now I have to sign up for this newsletter – great prizes.

  13. dnaman on December 7, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Congrats on 3 yrs! I’ve been following you for the past 6 months and your articles/tips (esp Net Worth) have caused me to take greater control over my family’s finances and we’re in a much better position now – no more care-free spending! er…not as much ;)

  14. cannon_fodder on December 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hey FT,

    I’d love to see a “Top 10” list of your experiences creating and managing this site. I’m sure there have been some lows but probably more highs.

    Your site is the #1 blog that I frequent – and by a vast margin. I have pretty high standards so the fact you’ve never faltered over these years is something of which you should be tremendously proud.

    I’ve tried to add value when I can but I’ve gotten much more in return thanks to you and the guest contributors and other members.

    Very, very nice prizes! I remember during one of your first book giveaways there were only about 30 members who entered their names. How things have changed…

    Perhaps the grand prize on your 10 year anniversary will be a guest spot on your weekly webshow, “Finally Findependent”. One can always dream…

  15. RI on December 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Congratulations. Keep on the good work!

  16. The Financial Blogger on December 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    That is amazing!
    After 3 years, you are still my favorite blog!

    Keep it up!

    …. and giving away a PS3…man! I’ll have to do better next year… My Ipod Touch Giveaway seems pretty cheap compared to it ;-( hahaha!

  17. Michelle on December 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Congrats on 3 great years!

  18. agaver on December 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I still have tons of emails to read from you guys, but I knew that this one came with a surprise! Congratulations!

    but I can’t sign up… I’m getting…The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments. I’ve been trying all morning.. is there a chance you guys can add me there? thanks a lot!

  19. Jesus on December 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Congratulations but I could not sign up, I also received an error message.

  20. FrugalTrader on December 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    The newsletter signup is not functioning via email feed, make sure to signup directly at the bottom of this post:

  21. Kinmon on December 7, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Congratulations on 3 Years!

    Keep up on the good work! Definitely a great blog with great insights and tips on how to manage money!

    Thanks a billion! =D

  22. Jerry Hung on December 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    3 years, and through a once-in-a-lifetime recession too!

  23. Laptop Briefcases on December 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Congrats on the 3 year birthday of your blog. To survive and prosper that long, you are obviously doing something right. A high percentage of blogs fail within their first 6 months.

    Your contest sounds great, but I don’t think I would take full advantage of the play station. So I don’t think I will be entering the contest. Thanks anyway though!

  24. Matt on December 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Good work!

  25. oyunlar on December 7, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I’m really very useful to follow a long-time see this as a blog here Thank you for your valuable information.

  26. KingCanuck on December 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Congrads :)

  27. RS on December 7, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Congrats on the milestone. Keep up the good work!

  28. used tires on December 7, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Congrats on the 3 years, this is an awesome achievement to say the least. Thanks for the opportunity to win some cool prizes =D

    Till then,


  29. Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog on December 8, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Congrats FT! Million Dollar Journey was the first personal finance blog I came across and a huge inspiration for me to start Canadian Finance Blog!

    Great giveaway too, glad I’m already signed up for your newsletter!

  30. cash back credit cards on December 8, 2009 at 9:51 am

    What a great contest! And Congrats on your 3rd year! Your one of the top blogs that I always enjoy visiting. Great job!

  31. Stephen Winters on December 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    A BIG Congrats on 3 years. Keep it up!
    This is the first website I view each morning when I get up…even before :)
    congrats once again!

  32. jchung on December 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years of insightful information.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us. Keep up the great work!

  33. Canadian Dream on December 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    WOW, three years and you still keep writing. I swear either we are getting the hang of this or perhaps we are nuts. Either way I look forward to keep reading about your journey.

    Best wishes,

  34. SevenMiles on December 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Congrats on 3 yrs!

  35. Dreamy on December 9, 2009 at 12:44 am

    wow~ cngrats!

  36. Naveen on December 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I read the newsletter everyday, your site was a great idea

  37. Jason on December 9, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    pay yourself first!

  38. alan schick on December 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Enjoyable reading about many everyday financial concerns we sometimes forget to review or take for granted…alan

  39. Naveen on December 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Congrats on 3 years

  40. penderlite on December 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I enjoy reading Million Dollar journey and have taken advantage of ETF due to this site as well as the frugal trader and canadian rebates . Thanks and good luck with your continued success

  41. Mike on December 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Congrats. great site.

  42. Gary on December 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    great site, read everyday for ideas

  43. deni on December 12, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I signed up for the newsletter. Congrats on 3 years!

  44. AL on December 12, 2009 at 3:22 am


  45. Neal on December 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Congrats on 3 years I have been following this site for a while now and look forward to every days posts!

  46. Kim on December 13, 2009 at 8:58 pm


    I just signed up for the newsletter, looking forward to receiving the updates :D

  47. Anand on December 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Congrats on 3 yr Bday…your articles are always informative and nice to read.

  48. Judi Jeffers on December 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I just signed up for your newsletter, as I need all the information and advice I can get.
    Thank you

  49. Ricky Singh on December 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I am already subscribed to the newsletter. Congratulations on completing 3 years. Looking forward to more posts.

  50. Jen Moore on December 15, 2009 at 1:08 am

    My favourite blog by far! I only wish I twittered!

  51. Jane on December 15, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Congrats on year 3! I’m really enjoying your newsletter – its very informative!!

  52. Alexandra on December 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for great reading.

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  54. Elizabeth on December 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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  55. Marino_238 on December 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

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