Playing Monopoly with Real Money

Playing Monopoly with Real Money


I recently read an article about how Waddington’s, the British distributor of Monopoly during World War II used the game to assist allied POW’s. In addition to smuggling compasses, files and maps into board games delivered by the Red Cross to POWs, the games also contained real money. It’s one of those stories that makes you look at a game through different eyes. It gives you a sense of pride in the company.

It really hit home when I heard about Hasbro’s “MONOPOLY Money Makes it Real Contest”. Then I sat back and started thinking about all the times I’ve wished the money was real. How cool would that be to play the game with real bills instead of colorful phony ones? C’mon… ‘fess up…. How many times when you’ve played the game have YOU wished it was real money? We’ve all thought that at least once – usually when we’re winning.

Now let me ask… What would YOU do if your Monopoly game included real cash? All of it. $20,580. The “Monopoly Money Makes it Real Contest” is an opportunity for you to get it.

Here’s how it works:

Between now and September 2, submit an essay of 75 words or less as to what you would do if you won the money. Following that – until September 27, 2010, it will go to public vote where it will be narrowed down to 75 finalist and finally one winner.

Are you seeing a theme here? 75 words… 75 finalists… It’s all to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this game! Well, in honor of the anniversary and the contest, they’ve set aside a game for my readers!  Hopefully it will make it to the winner in time for Family Game Night on September 29th!


The Prize: Monopoly board game
Participants –
…must provide a US shipping address
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile.
Sometime on September 7, 2010, a winner will be chosen at random from all valid comments left. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond. If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the next random selection.

How to enter:
For the first entry (required)
(1) Subscribe to the SAHM Reviews feed via RSS or email
(2) Leave a comment on this post at sharing a favorite Hasbro board game memory!
If you want to increase your chances of winning, here are some options to earn additional entries. Leave a comment for each additional entry –
— Three Entries: If you have a blog or website, add my button to your page. (Here’s the code:)

— Three Entries: Publish a blog post regarding this contest and link back to it.
— One Entry (Daily): Follow SahmReviews on Twitter and Tweet this contest by clicking here or copying the following text:

“Does your game library include Monopoly? If not, stop by for a chance to win one. @FamilyGameNight @SahmReviews” Comment with a link to your tweet.
— One Entry: “Like” SAHM Reviews on Facebook.
— One Entry: Follow SAHM Reviews using Google’s Friend Connect feature.
— One Entry (Each):  “Like” Family Game Night on Facebook or Follow Family Game Night on Twitter.  All I ask is that you post a note for them saying that sent you.
— One Entry (Each):  Be the first to post about this giveaway on an active (current) giveaway link-up or carnival. Leave a link to where I can find it.  Mr. Linky-style submissions should read “SAHM Reviews – Monopoly game (Ends 9/7)”
— One Entry (Daily): Read any non-giveaway review here at and leave an appropriate comment on that post. Come back here and leave a comment stating which product/post you left a comment on.
I submitted an entry in the “Monopoly Money Makes it Real Contest”. 75 words isn’t very much and it’s worth the few minutes for a chance to be able to stock a Monopoly game with real cash.


About Nicole

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

31 comments on «Playing Monopoly with Real Money»

  1. email subscriber, favorite hasbro game is guess who, carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

  2. Phoenix says:

    E-mail subscriber, & I have good memories of playing Monopoly with my family.

  3. Phoenix says:

    Like SAHM on Facebook.

  4. Angie says:

    subscribe with RSS feed (email scgodess at yahoo dot com) I had the game of LIFE of the playstation at one point. I used to love that. The whole family would actually play.

  5. Angie says:

    following you on twitter as @angiewith3 and tweeted giveaway:
    scgodess at yahoo dot com

  6. Angie says:

    following family game night on twitter as @angiewith3 and left message:
    scgodess at yahoo dot com

  7. justicecw says:

    I am an email subscriber and my favorite Hasbro game memory is playing a little know Mr. Potato Head Game with my son when he was young. Thanks for the chance,

  8. justicecw says:

    I follow Family Game Night on twitter = @justicecw

  9. katklaw777 says:

    I subscribe via email. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com
    Fav memory…playing Boggle on my honeymoon with my Hubby of 30 years.

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