In my blog post last week I mentioned that I was thinking of writing up a new competition guide on how to win prizes. My comp win haul blogs are always my most popular posts, so it’s obviously a topic of interest, and today is probably the most appropriate day for me to do this blog post!
Today I was featured in various national online newspapers as they picked up on my story about how I’ve won so many online competitions over the years. The article can be read in The Mirror, Metro, The Mail Online, and The Sun. Yes, the articles are a bit cringey, but if I’m honest, I’m not ashamed of my hobby, and it’s much more productive than what most people get up to in their spare time.
How I Started Comping
I’ve won some amazing prizes over the years, all of which I have documented here on my blog. I started ‘comping’ in 2010 when I was a student at university. I was bored, poor, and had plenty of spare time. One day I decided to spend the whole afternoon entering online competitions that I had found on a money saving forum.
About a week later, I had an email to say I had won a brand new smart phone! And this was back when smart phones we’re a huge deal and 4G internet didn’t exist. I was so excited, but I still wasn’t really sure if it was real. I wondered.. do people ever really win these competitions? But shortly afterwards, my brand new phone arrived as promised! From then on I was addicted and comping was my new favourite hobby!
My Top Wins
Here are some of my favourite wins over the years:
- £1000 Laura Ashley gift card to do up the spare room into a dressing room
- A full Cath Kidston tea set
- x2 iPads
- £1000 beauty goody bag
- A £700 diamond necklace
- A Roberts radio
- A long weekend all expenses paid trip to the Lake District
- HTC mobile phone
Do People Really Win? Is It A Scam?
Yes! People really do win, as I can prove! Of course, you do have to be careful. Don’t just go entering your details anywhere and everywhere. Start off by entering competitions with reputable brands and companies that you follow on social media. If you’re worried about your personal details being passed on, stick to the Twitter comps where no personal info is required!
Never provide your card details or pay for any part of your ‘prize’. Also, I don’t recommend entering competitions where you have to complete a survey, or any of these types of sites: Win 4 Now, UK-PrizeDraw, Prize4U, Prizes.UK, InstantPrizeDraw or FindAPrize.
Will I Get Loads of Junk Mail?
You will get lots of emails from where you have subscribed to newsletters, and therefore I suggest setting up a separate email address that you just use for entering competitions and check it regularly. Some people worry about receiving lots of junk through the post, but I can’t say that I have ever received anything! I think that because postage is so expensive, it’s really not worth companies sending out junk post to everyone who enters a competition. It would cost them thousands for very little (if any!) return!
How Many Competitions Do I Need To Enter?
People always say to me ‘I never win anything!’. This is simply because they never enter any, or they enter a couple and expect to win something immediately. This is not how comping works. It’s a massive thing these days, and there are even professional compers who literally just enter them all day everyday and sell their prizes to make a living.
So you have to enter hundreds if not thousands of competitions before you win anything. It’s not a quick or easy way of getting free stuff! There’s no magical way to win something, and there aren’t ways of cheating the system so that you win. You literally have to enter as many and as often as you can, and you must have patience. I know a lot of people who start comping, and then give up shortly afterwards if they haven’t won anything. But you really do need to be persistent and have faith. If you don’t have the time or passion to enter regularly, then comping is not for you! If you want to enter quick comps, Twitter is your friend!
What Do You Have To Do To Win?
It depends on what type of competition you are entering. If you’re entering on Twitter, it’s likely that you simply have to follow and retweet the competition post. This takes a few seconds! On Facebook, you usually have to like and share a post, but I rarely enter Facebook comps anymore, unless they’re for a local company, as they don’t get as many entries as big nationwide brands.
Sometimes you might need to put a bit of effort in to enter a competition. I’ve won comps before where you have to answer a tricky question, or submit a story/joke/photo and their favourite wins! The ones where you have to put in more effort than just a couple of clicks get much less entries, meaning you’re more likely to win!
Where Do You Find Competitions?
These days I tend to find all of my comps on Twitter, by searching ‘RT to win’ or #FreebieFriday on Fridays! However you can find Facebook comps on the Competition Club Facebook page, and other online competitions on The Prize Finder, HotUKDeals, and MoneySavingExpert. Or if you’re looking for something specific, you can try searching on Google! For example, you could search ‘Glastonbury 2017 tickets’ and then filter the results by the date to find the most recent ones.
- Set up a separate email account
- Only give your telephone number to brands that you trust
- Check the tick boxes to make sure you’re not signing up to anything unwanted
- Have patience – success isn’t quick. Or guaranteed!
- Don’t just enter every competition going. Only enter for things you actually want!
- You have a higher chance of winning competitions that require effort to enter, so take your time to enter these ones.
- Use Google Chrome so you can use their automatic form-filling feature.
- Don’t enter more than once unless it says you can.. you could get disqualified!
Any other questions? Just leave a comment and let me know!