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.

My Guide to Winning Competition Prizes

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.

Quick Tips

  • 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!

My last competition win ‘haul’ was back in February so thought I was due to do an update! I don’t get much of a chance to enter competitions these days but whenever I see one in passing I usually will enter, and on Fridays I enter a few ‘RT to win’ comps on Twitter for #FreebieFriday. I was thinking of doing a new blog post on how to win competitions with my top tips. I did one back in 2012 but it’s quite outdated now.. would anyone be interested in an updated version?

Here are my competition wins for the last 3 months…

Lots of boxes of Malteasers chocolate

 I was chuffed to win these 16 boxes of Malteasers on Twitter! Yum yum ?

competition win Dunelm beautiful birds bedding
 I also won this beautiful bird print duvet cover set on Twitter from Dunelm recently 
poundland vouchers
 I won £30 worth of vouchers from the Poundland Twitter page. I am sure I won’t have any trouble spending these! 
Urban Decay all nighter make up setting spray
 I won this Urban Decay all nighter make up setting spray on Twitter along with a little bar of chocolate. 
Sweet spot ice cream maker
 On Twitter I also won a ‘girls night in’ pack which didn’t specify exactly what was included. I was expecting a couple of DVD’s and maybe some popcorn or something. But in the big box was x4 bottles of Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active 3-in-1 Hydrating Cleanser, a make up bag, some mini perfumes, and an ice cream maker! 
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mon PAris gift set
I won this YSL perfume gift set on Twitter which came with a perfume, eyeliner, and a mini mascara. 
Red Letter Days gift card
 I won this £10 gift voucher for Red Letter Days on Twitter. 
wilkinson sword hydro 5 razor
This was a freebie rather than a win! I often check out the freebie section on HotUKDeals and I ‘won’ this Wilkinson Sword mens razor after applying for a sample.
£100 John Lewis gift card
I won this £100 John Lewis gift card earlier this year after I completed a survey online and was picked as the winner! I still haven’t spent this yet…

If you’ve been following my blog for a little then you might remember my little hobby of entering competitions in my spare time (check out all of my comp win posts here, or the list of wins here)! A few years ago I would win something every week, but over the years I think so many people have caught on that now chances of winning are far slimmer. 
I generally just enter on Twitter on my lunch break these days and although I enter hundreds (possibly thousands!) per month, I haven’t won much lately.  I did my last competition win overview post in April, so here’s what I’ve won since then..

What I’ve won recently…

 I won this Glossybox box filled with beauty goodies along with a Topshop notebook and a Miss Selfridge 2017 diary on Twitter in November. RRP £48

 I won this organic bamboo leggings and tank top set on Twitter from Boody, RRP £36

 I won this warming mineral mask from Tropic on Twitter a while ago, RRP £20 
I won this Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense cream on Twitter, RRP £35
One of my favourite prizes of the year, I won a £100 John Lewis gift card from taking a survey! I spent this on a new Joules dressing gown for myself! 
 I won a bottle of red wine along with a wooden chopping board on Twitter from Graffigna RRP £10
I won this Isabel Wong leather card holder on Twitter recently, RRP £10 
  I won this beautiful MAC matte lipstick from Sophie‘s Twitter giveaway, RRP £16
I won this snuggly nightwear set from Bedroom Athletics on Twitter just before Christmas. The fluffy jumper and slipper boots set has an RRP of £60
 I am so excited to spend these Hummingbird Bakery vouchers that I won next time I go to London! I won £50 worth on Twitter in December and I was so excited to have won!
And finally, I won this vintage jelly mould which is supposedly a ‘mulled wine jelly kit’ but it didn’t even come with any wine.. just some cinnamon sticks! RRP £15 
I also won a 6 month membership to my local gym with swimming pool.. yippee!

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I’ve not done one of these competition win blog posts in a long time, but I have caught up with the competition craze again recently! After a little bit of a break from it, I’ve taken to Twitter again to really annoy all of my followers with my constant giveaway RT’s! Sorry about that folks… but check out my latest prizes!


By coincidence I’ve actually now won two of these Vivofit fitness wristbands (RRP £70 each) from Twitter, and they’re supposedly really great at tracking your calories and exercise!
I won a charm from Links of London months ago from Twitter. I chose this cute little bird card charm, RRP £65.
I won this lovely set of hair and beauty goodies on Twitter from Sally Beauty a while back, including the Disney Cinderalla nail polish set
As I’m a keen baker, I was chuffed to have won this set of flavoured extracts from Taylor and Colledge on Twitter! 

I was so pleased to have won this amazing smelling bath bomb goodie box from Bomb Cosmetics, RRP £13. I loved the cute packaging!
I won this sweet little silver and emerald costume ring from Clo Clo London jewellery on Twitter. 
This Pistonhead lager glass pint mason jar I won is a bit scary with a big skull on the front, but I have now prettied it up with some wild flowers and satin ribbon!
I won a £25 voucher to spend at Aspire Style, on Instagram through entering one of my photos into their competition! Love their stores.
I won this pretty floral scarf many months ago from a shop called Silver Sparrow on Twitter. I gave it to my Mum and she loves it!
I won a couple of Witch skincare bits; a blemish stick and face wash from Twitter. 
Just before Christmas (I know.. ages ago!) I won this Molton Brown Frankincense and Allspice fragranced handwash.
These cute little ‘Thanks’ note cards I won from Pea Green Boat on Twitter.
And finally, I won this £50 Ikea gift card from Facebook a little while ago too!

Happy comping! 

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I’ve not done a competition win blog post for a little while, although I’ve not won much lately I won quite a bit over Christmas time. So some of these bits are from ages ago, but I find these posts are popular so thought I’d share again.

I won a custom photo suitcase on Twitter from Personalised Luggage. I considered putting personal photos on it, but thought that might be a bit odd, so I decided on some travel themed photos from Pinterest. I really like the finished design and it’s a really sturdy suitcase! RRP £135.
 I won £200 of Love 2 Shop vouchers from a baking competition with Ladbrokes. I used the vouchers to help me with Christmas shopping and treated ourselves to a nice lunch out at Cafe Rouge.
 I won this £35 gift card from the Milton Keynes shopping centre Facebook page. They were doing a Christmas parcel competition which you could enter multiple times. I kept winning £5 each time and then I won a £10 prize so gave up because I thought you could only claim one prize. But when I went to collect my £10 giftcard the other £5 wins were added on too! I wish I kept playing!
 I won a baby hamper prize on Twitter from Poundland back in the summer but it never arrived, so instead they sent me a £10 voucher when I queried it.

 I won this Ogenic eyelash growth serum on Twitter, RRP £35.
 I won this adorable personalised charm bracelet in a Twitter surprise giveaway from Lisa Angel Jewellery. She also sent me a little notebook and cookie cutter. RRP £20.
 I won some hair extensions from Whitney Marie’s Twitter page a while ago. RRP £160.
 Back in August, I was told by New Magazine I’d won a trip for 2 to Newquay to go on a surfing class with some famous surfer woman. But then they cancelled this and weren’t keen to offer an alternative for me. Eventually they settled on £200 of Animal clothing, so I chose these jogging bottoms, a rucksack, and a coat.
And finally, I won this little skincare sample kit from Pureness.

Happy Comping!

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Here’s my latest installment of competition wins! I say latest, but most of these bits I actually won over summer but have only just got round to doing a post on them. If you’re a new reader and are wondering what I’m on about, I enter competitions to win stuff, mainly entering on Twitter and occasionally Facebook.

You may think this is a little bit odd or ‘sad’ even, but it’s a little hobby I picked up when I was at uni and it was so rewarding I’ve kept it up for 4 years now! I’ve been keeping a little log of my wins in a speadsheet, and in total I have now won over £18,000 in goodies! Ranging from all kinds of things, iPads, mobiles, clothes and vouchers, it’s definitely something I love. I often post about my competition wins on my blog and have posted some tips on what/where to enter too.


I won this bottle of Monopole champagne on Twitter, RRP £34. I’ve been saving it for Liams return home from Kenya to celebrate!
I won a crate of Mangajo natural drinks on Twitter
I won this gorgeous leather clutch bag from Marta Jonsson worth £120
I won a pair of Mel rubber jelly sandals on Twitter, RRP £34
I won this love.skinny detox tea on Twitter but it tastes yucky! RRP £25
A little win, Batiste dry shampoo RRP £1.50
A yummy basket of olives from Oloves on Twitter, RRP £6
I won a set of Pantene expert age defy shampoo and conditioner RRP £12
I won this stunning red MAC Maleficent red Flaming Rose nail polish from the lovely Adrienne‘s Twitter giveaway.
I won this Dessata mini hairbrush on Twitter RRP £10
I won this scrummy brunch for 2 at Muriels Kitchen in London from their Twitter worth around £35
I won this cute daisy print dress on Twitter RRP £18
I won this mens moisturiser from FOM Cosmetics on Twitter RRP £25
I won an afternoon tea cruise along the Thames in London but I gave the voucher to my Mum and Dad and they went to London for the day. They had such a lovely day out and it was so nice to be able to treat them!
And finally, one of my favourite prizes, I won a £200 voucher to spend with Renshaw Icing from a wedding cake design Pinterest competition! Being a frequent cake decorator this was such an amazing prize! I also x2 return train tickets to London to go to the National Wedding Show.

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