Win a $100 Macy’s gift card!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to JulieD, comment #23.

[The following post was commissioned by in conjunction with Macy’s]


The year I went off to college (1990) I was super excited. I got in touch with my new dorm-mate and we started coordinating what each of us would bring. I had really hit the jackpot, because while I had almost nothing to contribute of any value, she had everything: color TV, boom box, hot plate, coffeemaker (I didn’t drink coffee – still don’t – but ooohd and ahhhd over it so I wouldn’t sound like the seventeen-year-old that I was), and some other fun stuff. Actually, it wasn’t so much coordination as me getting down on my knees and thanking the dorm placement gods for sending me a roomie who could fulfill my dreams of skipping class to watch TV.

On move-in day we met each other, and I thought we’d hit it off. But later that day she told me rather off-handedly that she had met someone she knew from Long Island, and that girl didn’t have a room-mate, so she was ditching me. She and her electronics moved out, leaving me with my sheets and pillow and not much else. (I heard later that she slept with everything that moved that year, so good riddance.)

It was such a mixed blessing, because while I was actually happy to have my own room (I went right to the housing office and paid the “no room-mate” penalty so that they wouldn’t give me another one), I had nothing for my room. And no money.

I’m giving away a $100 Macy’s gift card, and if you have a kid going off to college, that could come in really handy. Especially since Macy’s has everything you need to outfit a dorm room, from bedding to small appliances to bathroom items to…seriously, everything.

Entering is really easy: just go here and watch a video about dorm room shopping at Macy’s, then come back here to my post and leave a comment about the video.

For a second entry, you can tweet about the contest with a link back to this post. The tweet must contain “@SelfishMom” (but should not start with it). Or, you can just copy and paste this:

Want to win a $100 Macy’s gift card and hear @SelfishMom’s sad dorm-room story? Check it out here:

Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).

That’s two entries per household, please. Approximate prize value is $100. Prize fulfillment will be carried out by You must be at least 18 years of age to enter, and prize can only be shipped to the US and Canada. This contest will close
at the earliest at noon-ish on Sunday, July 15th (I may extend this giveaway beyond Sunday)
at noon-ish on Wednesday, July 18th. Void where prohibited by law.

The winner will be chosen by approximately 24 hours after the contest closes; the winner will be emailed and the winner’s name will be posted at the top of this post once the winner is verified. It is each entrant’s responsibility to make sure that their entry appears in the comment section, and to contact me before the drawing if there is a problem. Entries that do not follow the rules stated in this post will not be approved. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.

Good luck!

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  1. Monica Young says

    I thought you did a good job on the video. I agree with finding the right amount of organization in such a small space and most of the time you do end up having a room mate.

  2. Mandy Blank says

    I will keep the tips in mind someday when my kids go off to college. I commuted to college, so I never had to deal with this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. says

    How did I NOT know about ‘Macys by appointment’! Best tip on the video. OMG! I am so using their service for my Fall Fashion shopping.

  4. says

    That video just reminded me of my resolution to teach Jack how to properly CLEAN before sending him out into the world. He should be able to pick out his own vacuum ;-)

  5. DeeDee V. says

    Macys by appointment?! That’s awesome. I’ll have to remember that. And what a cute tiny vacuum!

  6. says

    great idea i am going to be going into my sophmore year at F.I.T living in a dorm on 31rst street and i would love to decorate it with macy’s products

  7. Elisabeth says

    We’re not quite yet in the going of to college faze yet but these are great tips and I will keep them in mind!

  8. says

    Great tips, helpful video – – while I don’t have a kid going to college at this moment, it would be helpful to have the card to organize my 5 year old’s room in a new smaller house we moved in to :) Would be a blessing!

  9. Stephanie says

    I didn’t live at school when I went to college but if I did I would have loved it if my mom took me on a shopping spree to Macy’s! Thanks for this giveaway.

  10. says

    I like how his Mom (in the video) is a little more practical and they show him looking at iPods! :) I didn’t know Macy’s has personal shoppers and it’s free. Good to know!

  11. says

    I have a college age son & teaching him how to vacuum & organize his things is my current challenge! I loved the fact that Macy’s has personal shoppers!

  12. steph says

    who wouldn’t like a personal shopper! the video made me realize i should have put more thought into the style of my dorm room planning :)