Welcome back everyone to the first Unboxing post of the New Year! It’s been the weirdest month ever comping wise.   For those of you that are new to the blog I’m a comper.  You can read more about my comping and why I do it by clicking the link.  But the short story is that after having to quit work due to keep up with my sons additional needs I needed to find something that meant we could still afford the nicer things in life.


January was as always for me fairly mediocre. I had a sudden influx of wins at the beginning of January from the December Christmas and advent competitions and then…….tumbleweed. I had a few wins come in towards the end of the month which was nice to tick me over!

I got to use two awesome prizes from last years wins this month. A Paul Hollywood baking day as well as Pringles flights, which we used to visit Glasgow for a fan convention called Kupocon (new blog post incoming). Because of the build up for getting ready for such a type of convention (cosplay! – and making exercising hard so I looked ok in my cosplay), I really reduced the amount I was entering.

So much time this month was spent chasing prizes. I’ve had them go missing in the post so much this month – in both the sense that they haven’t arrived and even one prize arrived empty!! Having to keep chasing so many prizes always makes me a little disheartened and can take the shine of winning prizes sometimes, which also meant I wasn’t as enthusiastic about entering.


This month’s unboxing stats sees 12 prizes opened worth approximately £386.  That’s a 13 prizes less than December and just shy of £2000 less than last months values.

Other than the remainder of Christmas competition wins coming in all new wins I had this month came from Instagram – apart from a Facebook win for afternoon tea and a tea festival ticket package (which I totally forgot to mention in my unboxing video!)


Grab a cuppa and watch the video to see what we unboxed – I think this is possibly the shortest one I’ve filmed yet! I’m using new video software this month so please bear with me for any minor glitches, next months should be on point 🙂


January is a traditionally a quiet time for many compers. Although there are still prizes to be won there just isn’t as many about. Usually I’d be diving in head first to February but we have some rather exciting news for the family. We are finally purchasing our first house which means we will be moving soon!

Because of this I know my time for comping is going to be reduced slightly over the next 3 months or so, I’m also going to use it as an opportunity to start decluttering and making sure I’m focussing my comping on tickets and experiences a bit more. The less items I have to pack and unpack to the new house the better!

Was your January quiet too? Let me know in the comments below!



  1. beginner
    January 31, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    Congratulations of the house!

    Did you figure out, what was supposed to be in the empty envelope? I am too curious 🙂

    And yes, January has been more quiet for me as well. It’s good to know, me not being the only one. I just started comping last year, so wasn’t sure was it just me with this problem 🙂

    • January 31, 2019 / 6:05 pm

      I do know what’s supposed to be in it, hopefully I’ll be able to reveal it in the next month’s unboxing as I’m hoping it’s sorted by then!

  2. beginner
    January 31, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Yei! Thank you for your answer! Looking forward it!

  3. Helen Grayson
    February 7, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Actually, I focussed on Instagram and won approximately a prize a day overall! I had some lovely wins and feb has started off well! I found concentrating on one app (as I’m back to work full time) meant that I could seek out those low entry ones .

    Congrats on your wins! 🙂

    • February 7, 2019 / 8:05 am

      This is a really good strategy Helen! That’s a massive haul for January, so many other compers I know had a quiet month. My Feb is currently looking a lot like my January, next month’s unboxing is going to be even shorter 😅

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