Any of my close friends reading this will know I’m a comper, which unfortunately doesn’t mean I’m forever in Las Vegas receiving free meals and room upgrades – instead it means I love to enter competitions – lots of them!
I’ve actually been comping now on and off for several years but after making the difficult decision to give up my job as a Dispensing Optician to meet the care needs of my eldest I spent more time comping. Living on just my husbands wage and carer’s allowance restricted our ability to splurge on the kids and ourselves. I realised comping would be a great way to get the things i wanted but my budget just couldn’t afford. Last year I went Deadpool maximum effort style and made sure i did some every day, this resulted in winning over £20K worth of prizes which you can read about here.
The Greatest Ever Hobby
Comping is a great hobby and it’s meant I’ve been able to experience and receive lots of luxuries for things that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford. Comping also provides me with a sense of achievement when I win something like a judged effort competition. Budgeting for Christmas for the past 3 years has been a breeze. Most Christmas’s have cost me around £20. Saving prizes over the year for birthdays, Christmas and thank you presents saves a lot of money.
I like to minimise the time i spend on comping by only entering competitions for prizes that i need or want, I do get asked a lot how do you win so much though? well in short I enter A LOT but there are certain tactics you can use to increase your win rate;
- Find low entry competitions
- Enter more effort competitions
- Make your replies to promoters more relevant to the prize
Hints and Tips
On my blog look out for hints and tips based on how i enter competitions, not all compers enter things or do things the same way. Some prefer to enter more effort competitions, whereas some prefer the enter absolutely everything in sight and wait for a win (statistically it will happen). There is no right or wrong way to enter competitions (although if you’re entering billions of competitions a year and not winning a sausage then i suspect you probably are doing something wrong!) By far my most popular comping blog post is all about mastering tweetdeck. It’s made up of three blog posts and will have you finding lots of low entry competitions quickly and easily.
Click here for a list of all my blog posts about competitions with hints, tips and tutorials on entering competitions. It also includes all of my blog posts about extra special prizes we’ve won.
Click here for a list of all my blog posts detailing what I have won, where I won them from and how I won them.
Now i could go on for ages about all the different techniques you could use but to be frankly honest with you I learnt all I have from a wonderful blog run by Di Coke, the aptly name blog Super Lucky has an entire section dedicated to winning tips as well as tutorial vids on almost anything! Di even has a book available which is great if you’re brand new to the world of comping.
Other Comping Blogs
There are lots of other smaller personal comping blogs all run by other lovely compers which I love reading when I have a free moment. If I’m going through a dry spell it’s great to find some motivation by reading about other people’s wins. Below is a list of my favourite blogs that all include an element of comping. I’ll be adding more comping blog posts over 2018. Make sure you don’t ever miss one by subscribing to the blog or follow me on Facebook and Twitter.