Welcome to another month of wins! This blog arrives very late due to life dramas and being away on holiday, I really would like to make more of an effort on blogging about things so I must try harder! For those of you that don’t know I’m a comper – someone who enters competitions on mass in the hope of getting a lovely freebie. Since becoming a stay at home mum I’ve had to find little ways to make ends meet and comping allows me and my family to have little treats we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. I’ve managed to get pretty good at it over time and this year my current prize total stands at £7810 (including 3 holidays!) so it’s no surprise that it’s become a very addictive hobby! People always ask me how I do it and this is why I decided to blog about it. I really hope my readers get some lovely wins as a result!
My first win of the month came from Pushchair Expert – 3 travel grobags retailing at £70, this really couldn’t of come at a better time as we used them on our holiday to Lanzarote, they were perfectly light in the hot weather and come in handy little roll up bags so great to travel with. I really loved all the designs on them too! I won these simply by being a Pushchair Expert VIP, they get 25 automatic entries into all the competitions they run and you can also apply to test the latest products. To become a VIP you pay a yearly fee of £12. I’m usually very cautious about paying to enter comps so the only reason I did was because a fellow comper I know won a travel system with them so I decided to give it a shot. It took me 3 months to get a win but I’ve already made my annual fee back 5 times over so even if I never win anything again I’m pretty happy! Although I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t love another win!My next win was with Nuxe facebook page in their ‘#instinctivebeauty’ campaign. You had to post a picture celebrating this theme and I chose to post one holding my son on his christening day as to me that was a truly beautiful and instinctive moment. They chose it as their winner and sent me the Crème Fraîche and Huile Prodigieuse which are their bestselling beauty products worth £55!
Next up was a twitter win on the frezyderm page – it was a simple retweet to win and I was really chuffed with this as it was a baby sensitive wash worth £10 for kids with eczema, my little boy gets regular flare ups so I always try everything I can to keep his skin in good condition. I’ll be honest it hasn’t really worked miracles so I’ve gone back to his prescribed wash from the gp but I still use it now and again as it is still very gentle on his skin and doesn’t overly upset it.
My 4th win of the month came from the jeekeo facebook page – a simple like and share that bagged me a foldup chopping board and soup ladle. It’s pretty nifty and I love the bright green colour!Sainsbury’s ran their ‘swipe to win’ comp last month where you could win nectar points in any qualifying transaction over the promotional weekend simply by swiping your nectar card at the till. I was really lucky with this and won the top prize of £25 worth of nectar points twice plus 1 lot of £2.50 so a total win of £52.50 in points just for doing my normal bits and bobs shop! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for their next one! I spent the points as quickly as they arrived on all my holiday toiletries and suncream!
The next win was a chicco baby carier worth £30 that I won in a simple prize draw with Bounty they run monthly competitions and I always enter every one. I absolutely adored baby wearing when Sonny was little but I sold my 2 carriers once he grew out of them as I needed the money but we have put this one up the loft for baby number 2 (godwilling one day!)
My next lot of wins came once again from The Insiders, you can find out more about them in the September Wins I received a box full of bepanthen nappy cream, some Betty Crocker cake mixes and 12 bottles of flavoured water, they send you products to test out and try for you to advertise your experience with them across social media and complete online reports about them, its a little time consuming but for £35 worth of freebies I’m not complaining!
I managed to win a cheeky raffle prize too, a big box of Roses chocolates which we very nearly missed out on as my husband bought the tickets and never answered the 3 phone calls to tell him he had won! He only found out when he listened to his voicemails by chance which he never usually does! I’ll be in charge of buying raffle tickets in the future!
Next up was a Danny Dingle kids book that made its way to me as part of a prize draw where they were giving 1000 copies away but you had to refer 2 friends to enter too before you were in with a shot, I shared my link on my facebook and thankfully 2 friends also entered which meant I was in the draw so thank you to you if you entered through my link!
Another few little wins were a box of pantyliners to review from the Boots Review Panel (well every little helps!) an amazing grand total of 10p from topcashbacks hummingbird game and bottle of a2 milk which I won from filling in a questionnaire sent to me via email. I wanted to try it for Sonny’s eczema as I know some flare ups are related to lactose so I was pleased!
My final wins were via facebook – a personal training session from a like and share, (which I’ve had and very nearly died!) some swarovski earrings from Pewterhooter London – they were giving 5 a day away through like and share (I actually won this twice but I messaged them and told them to give my prize to someone else as they had already chosen me as a winner the day before!) and set of 10 photo magnets from lalalab from a creative comment and 3 bottles of Austrailian wine with OFX which I won by again by a creative comment.
I must not leave before I tell you about my favourite win of all……The Jazz Apple Slicer! Unless you are a diehard comper you probably won’t understand the greatness of this prize! In the comping world there are some prizes that are highly sought after, perhaps because they are difficult to win but they come with a sense of glory among comping forums (and yes I realise how sad this sounds!) and you can find out a little more about what I like to call ‘comping gold’ prizes in my fellow compers blog The Jammy Jigsaw who provided me with the prize as pat of a competition on one of her blog posts – Thank you Cara!
I just wanted to share with you a snippet of my recent holiday win to Milan that we took this month. I won it through a simple prize draw from Radio City, to be honest it wasn’t a full holiday, it was just flights to Milan and back so we spent quite a lot on food, drink and accommodation while we were there, a lovely experience but I will probably only enter for holiday comps that are flights and accommodation next time! Milan was absolutely stunning and I’m always grateful for new experiences that comping gives me but I have to bear in mind the additional cost a prize like this brings with it so moral of the story – read the small print!
So really not a bad comping month at all with a total prize pot of around £450! I cant wait to see what the next few weeks brings as I will be comping hard in preparation for Christmas!! Good luck to all and lots of lucky dust….xx