If you would like to see a list of everything I’ve ever won, you can see it here, which I try to update as often as possible.
How to Win Competitions
‘Comping’ takes time. You have to have a lot of spare time to find the competitions, enter them, and then wait for the prizes to start coming. I would recommend putting aside 30mins or an hour every day for entering competitions. In about an hour you could enter about 25 competitions. If you do this every week then you would have entered 175 comps!
The more you enter the more chance you have of winning! I started entering competitions when I was at university and had a lot of spare ‘study time’ and over the summer break. Now that I work full time, I try and do a few in my lunch break or in the evenings. I don’t win as often now that I’m not constantly entering, but every win makes the time spent worthwhile.
You also need to put the effort in. Some competitions need more effort than others. I have won a few prizes from competitions where you have to upload your own photo of something, or do some hard research to find an answer to a question. But the good thing about those kind of comps is that fewer people enter them.. meaning there’s more chance of you winning!
Some people will say that you win things just down to luck. This may be true but you really do need to put the time and effort into it as well. You won’t win every competition going through luck alone.
Form Fillers –
Usually when entering prize draws you will have to fill out a lot of information such as your name, address, etc. This can take a very long time to keep typing! Therefore if you haven’t already, change your internet browser settings so that it saves your ‘Form History’ so then you can just click each box and your details will show. This will save you a lot of wasted time.
Finding Competitions –
I find my competitions in many different ways. My main ways are through Facebook, Twitter and I used to use competition ‘prize finders’. On my Facebook account, I join the fan pages of many different companies and organisations and they often run ‘giveaways’ or ‘sweepstakes’ where you have to be a fan or ‘like’ a photo to be in with a chance of winning. This is an easy way to win as there can be few entrants, however the prizes are usually small. I recommend joining the Competition Club Facebook page, which often gives updates on all the available FB comps.
Junk Mail –
Through entering prize draws you are usually agreeing to give the company all of your personal details which sometimes means that they will pass them on to other companies, or they will send you (junk) mail. This can be via phone calls, texts, emails or post mail.
Therefore I have a secondary email account which I use for comping only, and I usually don’t provide my real telephone number. I have received very few bits of postal junk as I guess its too expensive for companies to use any more! Use a free email service such as Hotmail to set up a new account, and then use this email whenever you sign up for competitions. You will receive a lot of junk mail! But keep an eye open for any ‘Congratulations!’ emails! You don’t want to delete those 🙂
Fake Competitions –
When people start out comping they often enter any competition they find. However you should always be aware of where you are entering your details. Websites I think that you should never enter your details into are ones where they advertise lots of competitions and want you to answer surveys etc directly on that site. For example, I do NOT recommend these types of sites: Win 4 Now, UK-PrizeDraw, Prize4U, Prizes.UK, InstantPrizeDraw or FindAPrize.
Keep a log –
Make a note of how many competitions you are entering per day. And when you start winning things its nice to keep a log of what you have won and how much its worth. Even with little freebies such as cosmetics and hair care products its nice at the end of your first year to add up how much you got 🙂 Every win should encourage you to keep entering as many as possible. Also, its always polite to thank the competition runner for your prize once you have received it 🙂 Manners and prizes cost nothing 😀
If you have won a competition and you are having problems claiming your prize, try emailing the promoter to ask what’s going on. If you receive no reply, try writing to them on Facebook, Tweeting them, or emailing a different member of staff from the company. Fortunately I haven’t had a problem with claiming a prize, but it could happen.