Money Management Tips from Real Publishers Clearing House Winner

Read how real Publishers Clearing House Winner Natalie B. used smart money management tips to keep her $1,000,000 win going for a long time!

Publishers Clearing House Money Management Tips

Hello Everyone!

It’s your Friendly Neighborhood Goodwill Ambassador, checking in on the PCH Blog! I know that many of you are looking forward to the next BIG Prize Event, $7,000 A Week For Life! Whenever a big prize is at stake, a lot of people start dreaming of what they would do with the money. I know I did prior to my win!

But what did I do AFTER I received my winnings? Well, some of the things were pretty obvious, like building our dream home. But how did we figure everything out? How did we make our $1,000,000 win last more than a few months? Here’s a little advice and some money management tips from me to you if YOU were to become our next SuperPrize winner!

1)      See a professional. After we won in 2008, we put two members on Team Bostleman. An Accountant and a Financial Advisor. Dealing with a significant windfall at one time can be a bit daunting, but with their knowledge, we were able to set up a game plan.

2)      Settle the debt. Financial freedom comes once the weight of debt is lifted. If you remember, I was working THREE jobs before the Prize Patrol visited me. I was stressed! Getting out from under that debt was a big sigh of relief.

3)      Set aside a little ‘fun money’. OK, game plan in place and debt paid off. Make sure to take a small chunk aside to spend as you would like WITHOUT GUILT. In my case, I upgraded my video gaming platform, took a few small trips and went to my first Madonna concert.

4)      Set a budget. Wait, does that make sense? Why would you set a budget AFTER winning money? Because you want the windfall to keep working for YOU. I was able to plot out my budget through a website. This handy tool tells me if I’m on track to hit my goals, such as saving for retirement and taking a big vacation for our 15th wedding anniversary. Yes, RETIREMENT! Through my budget, I was able to save up to put a large down payment down on my lil’ ‘Smokey’, AND I was able to save up to go on my very first trip over an ocean this coming Spring! I’ll tell you all about it in a future blog, so STAY TUNED!

Do you have your game plan in mind if the Prize Patrol were to come knocking on your door? Let us know in the comments below!

Remember, you can also catch up with me on Facebook at “Natalie Bostleman” and on Twitter @NatalieatPCH.


Natalie Bostleman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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  1. I wondered what happen to you! glad to see you are still with the prize pratrol and financially stable still. And yes I think I have pretty strong game plan if I was to win. I’m in it to WIN it 🙂 nothing more nothing less.

  2. I’m WINNING 6900 AND 4950. Whatever it may be. I Just Know It! It know it would be a blessing and yes I would hire an CPA and a Financial Adviser, also would hire a Tax Attorney. I would get out of debt and give back, this would be family that help us and some friends that need it and some charities and I would buy a house, always wanted one and take a trip or two.

  3. The important thing is to get a financial adviser… Get out of debt… You don’t need to buy all those expensive things… Help those that are struggling anonimously…get stress free…what a blessing for whoever wins… I hope someone wins that will use this money wisely and not unnecessary things. There are so many people out there struggling.. Find a way to give back.. (-:

  4. First I’ll set a budget seek professional advice. Settle my debt set a side play time like
    a vacation shopping spree then back to work.