I was in a hard place financially. I wasn’t desperate or lacking in anything essential. You could even say I was extremely privileged to have an apartment and car. But between paying bills, buying food (thankfully supplemented by the on-campus food pantry), and keeping my gas-tank full I was having a hard-time making ends meet. Then it happened... I won a $250 Visa gift card from $alt! It wasn’t a windfall, but it was enough to bring my girlfriend out to a nice restaurant. Most importantly it made me happy, happy that five minutes of my time had become a financial success!