★ Rockstar Giveaway: Mystery Box!


mystery box 2

This is part of our weekly Giveaway series.
To see our previous giveaways, and who won them, click above!

Guys – it was SO fascinating to read all your strengths and weaknesses from last week’s giveaway! Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and sharing with others. I know it’s probably weird being so transparent online, but I guarantee others were reading along and felt better knowing they’re not alone either.

So, well done :) You’ll have to click here to see who our winner was, but today we move onto another fun giveaway, and this time one that’s much less invasive:


We haven’t done one of these since Christmas of last year, and my junk valuable possessions are starting to pile up ;) For those who weren’t around back then, here’s the name of the game:

  1. I put stuff in an empty box
  2. You guess how many things I put in, and what these items are
  3. The person who guesses the closest wins the box

If you’ve ever participated in Woot.com’s “Bag of Crap” offers, it’s like that. Only instead of giving me money for it, you give me ideas… wait a minute!

Here were the contents of the last mystery box to give you an idea:

mystery box contents

I always like to give y’all a few hints too, so you’re not shooting completely in the dark, so here’s the heads up for this one:

  • There is more than one thing in the box
  • Each thing is valued somewhere between $1.00 and $1,000,000
  • You may or may not be able to eat any of it
  • Nothing can fly
  • And there are no bowling balls in it

You’re welcome :)

Bonus points if you can figure out what this is:

mystery box hint

Drop your guesses in the comments!

UPDATE: Guessing is over! Congrats to Lindsay for getting 5 out of the 10 items right – pretty impressive! Contents of this beautiful no-longer-mystery box are below. Thanks for playing, everyone :)

mystery box 2 contents


PS: Curious to see who won last week’s giveaway? Click here.

Jay is the founder of Rockstar Finance, and blogs about money over at BudgetsAreSexy.com. He loves all things finance, coffee, and hip-hop, and is the proud daddy of two beautiful little boys!

Last modified: May 17, 2017

17 Responses to :
★ Rockstar Giveaway: Mystery Box!

  1. Sherri says:

    Here are my guesses based on the contents of the last mystery box and what I know about J$:
    -I think that is a picture of a graphing calculator! Perhaps to assist with FI number crunching?
    -I’m going to guess that there is a least some money in this one.
    -A gift card.
    -Some sort of money/budgeting diary or book to go along with the calculator. :)
    -A hip-hop cd…or vinyl record (but maybe that’s wishful thinking…a 45 could fit in that box, right?).
    -MOAR candy.

    1. J. Money says:

      you may or may not have gotten some right :)

  2. Shane says:

    I would say some collectible coins and chocolate coins. Hopefully a mad fientist shirt that your tired of wearing. Maybe some hair gel and a Lexus key ring. Surely a copy of A Simple Path to Wealth.
    Definitely got to be a calculator of some sort.
    I think the Woot BOC is bologna. I have tried several times and always come up empty handed.

    1. J. Money says:

      Empty handed like you can never win one cuz they sold out?, or just literally nonsense in them when you do win?
      (I was always too slow to win one myself :()

      1. Shane says:

        My friend swears they are fake. When you click the buy button he said the address changed and had the word “Slow” in the URL. We work shift work and spent many a night refreshing at midnight. This was all before Amazon bought them. I always did want a bandolier of carrots T shirt though. I think I still have some woot off lights. Contact me and if I can find them, you can put them in your next BOC.

  3. Chris says:

    I’d say the pic is a calculator or an old tv remote.
    Mystery box:
    -$2bill or a star note
    -financial book, maybe by Dave Ramsey.
    -an pre1965 silver coin
    -starburst candy (not yellow or orange)
    -some stickers
    -hot wheels monster truck

    1. J. Money says:

      haha…. why not yellow or orange? :)

      1. chris says:

        They’re just not that tasty to me.
        They finally have the FaveREDs pack with strawberry, cherry, watermelon, and fruit punch.
        (I’d settle for some pretzel or crispy M&Ms)

  4. Bam says:

    Pair of Dice
    poker chips
    post-it squares
    tea bags
    assorted highlighters
    branded stress-ball
    travel mug
    tape measure/ruler

    Remote control to a VCR

    1. J. Money says:

      Ruler! Not in this one but i like that idea :)

  5. I’m going for the bonus points. Texas Instrument TI-30X seen from the left hand side with the sliding cover attached underneath. :-)

    In the box? No idea, 14 items, one of them a paperback, But I guess you’re not shipping to Denmark anyway – so I’m just going for the bonus points!

    1. J. Money says:

      Wow – you know your calculators! It is indeed a Texas Instrument TI-30X!

  6. Lindsay says:

    Well, I am certain that’s a calculator. I’d even be willing to bet money on it (gasp)! That’s how certain I am :)
    Now, onto the mystery box. My guess includes a little cash for the winner, some – or a lot of – candy, a book, pencil or pen, a post card, a small toy of some sort, a key chain, coffee mug, and some more edibles. Of the chocolate variety. Mmm… so, in total, let’s say 17 items. If I’m close to being right, sounds like a pretty wicked mystery box!

    1. J. Money says:

      Haha – good guesses! ;)

  7. A TV Remote
    A few pieces of candy
    A pen
    Two financial books
    A pair of socks
    One of those coloring books for adults

    1. J. Money says:

      I did like those coloring books, but sadly do not have any :)

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