Entering Consumer Competitions – A Compers Diary Part 2

Times were changing

 

Not only have times changed in the world of entering consumer competitions, but also, at home with me.  First of all, If you haven’t already read A Compers Diary Part 1  – you must!  It’s a journey I’m proud of and gives hope to anyone at the start of their journey.

 

Excited lady at her laptop after entering a consumer competition and winning!

 

There are so many resources available to people who enjoy entering consumer competitions on the web and of course, there is a brilliant publication Compers News.  You can find more information on Di Coke’s amazing blog Super Lucky!

 

Di who has mastered the art of entering consumer competition says “For almost twenty years my hobby of entering prize draws and competitions (comping) has resulted in over £300,000 of prizes. I’ve travelled the world for free – from Brazil and New Zealand to Japan and New York. I’ve won a VW Beetle, walked the red carpet at the BAFTAs and funded my wedding with a £7,500 cash win – check out my top ten prizes for inspiration.”

 

Here are the next few years of wins until my life changed somewhat….

 

 

 

January

  • Frankie CD Rom
  • Hand-tied bouquets
  • 2 keyrings and a crystal tattoo (they all count!)
  • Weeney Dove Bag

February

  • Marlboro Ashtray
  • Super Tramp PT Bouncer
  • Compers Sur’PRIZE’ Pack c/o CN
  • Acco Rexel Shredder
  • 2 x £50 Holiday Vouchers
  • £10 Jungle.com
  • £10 Hospice Lottery win
  • 2 x £50 Unilever Xmas Bonus Comp

March

  • 2 x Mini Milk Tshirt, Book, tape and make your own toy
  • Capri-Sun box of juice, lunch box and Frisbie
  • 2 x Scooby Doo The Movie
  • £5 Hospice Lottery win

April

  • Treasure Planet PC Game
  • Foot Pampering Goodies
  • Digital Camcorder
  • Lilo & Stitch DVD
  • Christy Feet Treat Goodies
  • Singing Stuart Little

May

  • £6k Garden Makeover 

June

  • 2 Odean Cinema tickets
  • Set of Charles Worthington Goodies
  • Double Fimbles Video set
  • 5* Weekend in Paris 

July

  • £1k PC World Vouchers + Norton System Works
  • Sebo vacuum cleaner
  • 4* weekend in London 

August

  • £4k 5 man Hot Tub
  • Pink Parana pants

September

  • One week Family holiday to Majorca
  • CD Rom Garden Detective
  • The Tiger Movie DVD
  • £500 towards sofa from Sofa Workshop

October

  • One week Family holiday to the Med
  • Cluedo CD Rom

November

  • £1k Woolies Vouchers from Italian Job
  • Tribe DVD Boxset / CD Plus signed T-shirt
  • Years Subs to Closer Mag/Bottle of Champagne
  • Eye Make-up remover from Tescos
  • S55 Siemens Mobile Phone / Big Brum
  • Dove Bodycare

December

  • Barbie Talking Town House
  • Barbie Zoomin’ Zoey
  • Luxury Leather 3 seater sofa
  • Michael Caine DVD Box Set

 

Once again, last year blew me away. In addition to loving this way of life, I’m so proud that I found this hobby and I can bring such wonderful treats into our home – this is a job, and a fabulous one too!

 

 

January

  • Spiderman Ready-Bed – Homestyle
  • Goody Bag (DVD’s/CD’s/Book/Cadbury Bites) – Daughter Colouring Comp
  • £1500 Home Entertainment Centre 

February

  • Zilch

March

  • Trinny & Sussanah Video
  • Bra & knickers set
  • Florida incl. Swim with Dolphins
  • Bag of Crest Spinbrush Goodies
  • 9 packs of Walkers

April

  • All Night Long DVD
  • Nivea Body Firming Cream
  • Microsuede bean bag worth £199
  • £1k of Plants/design if required plus all work done for us
  • Apple Tree from Copella
  • £100
  • Romantic Novel
  • Box of Chocs
  • Comping stationery

May

  • Budweiser Radio
  • 50 Lion Bars
  • Meeting with Gordan Whistance, Designer, Good Home Show Tickets plus £1k House Of Fraser vouchers along with a personal shopping experience.
  • 1 years RHS Membership
  • £5k to Invest in Trust of my choice 

June

  • Yrs Supply of Pampers (52 x £5.65 vouchers)

July

Sleepover Pack including:-
– Ready bed (to follow)
– Dance Mat
– Dance Mat PS2
– Charlotte’s Web 2 DVD
– Creative Body Tattoos
– 30 vouchers for Galaxy/Bounty/Mars chocolate desserts
£50 Premium Bond Win

August

  • £250 Littlewoods Vouchers
  • £5 Local Hospice Lottery
  • Scooby Doo DVD

September

  • £500 x 6

October

  • Barbie plus wardrobe and accessories

November

  • Lunch Box x 3
  • Barbie Pool plus Californian girls
  • Swingball
  • £100 Tools from At Home Magazine
  • Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates
  • Protective Heat Hair goodies
  • Elf Goodie Bag
  • Duck Feather Pillow
  • Surprise Comping Bag
  • Bottle of bubbly
  • Nametapes and Labels

December

  • 2 x ELC Music CD’s
  • Hi5 CD
  • Hot Date Kit:
    – 3 x Harmony hair colour
    – 2 x Gold Spot Breath Freshener
    – Centrum Performance tablets
    – Shark Stimulation Drink
    – 2 x Sally Hansen nail varnish
    – Chapstick
    – Rapid White Tooth Whitening system
  • Hair care set from Cynol
  • Smoothie Maker
  • Andrew Collinge Hair Straighteners

 

 

January 

  • 3 cases wine (18 bottles) / PC
  • Star Party Smoby Musical CD Playset / PC
  • Star Party Smoby Dancer Dance Mat / PC
  • Curling Tongs / PC
  • Straightening Irons /PC
  • Party Nails Kit / PC
    – nail varnishes
    – Glitter shaker
    – Nail Files
    – Clippers
    – Gems
    – Tatoos
    – Tweezers
    – Hairbrush
    – Mirror
  • Girls Night Out Bag / PC
    – Hairdryer
    – Tattoos
    – Hair Extensions
    – Toe ring
  • Foot Spa / PC
  • Facial Sauna / PC
  • Triple Soul CD/radio

February 

  • CD / radio
  • 2 Children’s activity DVD’s / PC
  • £15 mobile top-up
  • Nokia 7270 / pc
  • CD / text
  • Winnie the Pooh Pleasant Dreams Crib Light / PC

March 

  • £100 worth of clothes
  • £5 Tesco voucher
  • April
  • £500 
  • Balmory DVD
  • The Polar Express Gameboy Advance Game
  • £25 Next Vouchers
  • Book – The power of Healing

May

  • Willie bottle stop!
  • £150 Clothing voucher
  • £500 
  • 5* Holiday to Turkey for 2 exchanged for 5* trip to Crete for 4 

June 

  • Qualcast Lawnmower 
  • £5 Hospice Lottery

July

  • Surprise Compers Pack
  • £5 Lottery Win
  • August
  • 4 x Smirnoff Fridge
  • 64 MB Memory Stick
  • £10 Lottery Win
  • £1 Benjys card
  • Collection 2000 Make-up
  • £5 Boot Voucher
  • 12″ Antique Desk Fan
  • Avon Spa Goodies
  • Wild Alaska Seafood Book

September 

  • Looney Tunes Baseball Cap
  • £30.00
  • 3 Carling T-Shirts
  • Little Robots DVD and lego set
  • £120
  • Bottle of vino
  • £40
  • 2 mugs
  • £300 Toolbank voucher 

October 

  • Tattoo Maker
  • Sleepover Secrets Game
  • Oidz children’s toy!
  • Holiday for 4 to California 
  • Kenwood Juicer
  • Marketing Materials Creator Premier worth £150
  • Slush Puppy Goodie Bag
  • Sticker Maker
  • Tattoo Maker

November 

  • Babysham Glasses
  • 7 in 1 Casino Game Set
  • A HUGE box of Hallmark Christmas cards/wrapping paper etc
  • FHI Straightening Irons
  • Cat Selection goodies

December 

  • Wine and Cheese Hamper
  • Katie Melua CD
  • CD Player
  • £20 Seeds
  • Card Making Kit
  • Evian Beauty Pack
  • Scottish Slimmers Soup Recipe Book
  • One week holiday to Portugal for a family of four
  • Crystal Cranberry sauce pot
  • Dead Sea Spa Magik Sports set
  • £30,000.00 Laura Ashley Home Makeover 

 

So, another incredible year!   I’m so proud that I found this hobby, which has become my full-time passion, which enables me to bring such wonderful treats into our home and experiences – Seems like this really is my job, and a fabulous one too!

 

group of ladies on a personal shopping experience after entering a consumer competition

 

 

 

List unknown – I had many wins this year but I didn’t note them for reasons stated below.  Life happens to the best of us!

 

 

 

Although I didn’t keep a list for the year,  I do however remember my last win.   A £5,000 Curry’s voucher!  That was to be one of the last big competitions I’d enter as my energy went into working, caring for the children and a massive home renovation!

 

A red post box. A compers best friend when entering consumer competitions

 

Things have changed – just a tad!

 

Over the last decade, the world of entering consumer competitions has changed massively.  There are very few tie-breaking competitions and it’s all gone techy crazy!  I won most of my big prizes by winning tiebreakers so feel quite glum they’ve disappeared bar a few!  However, you have to move with the times!

 

I used to love sitting in my office, surrounded by my eclectic mix of dictionaries, penning a variety of phrases until I found that final winning tie-breaker!  How did I know it was?  Because I used to get a funny feeling, a knowing that it was going to be a good one!  I was generally right!

 

On a personal note

 

A massive life change saw me selling my beautiful home and downsizing for just myself and my two children.

 

The benefits of all my hard work in this incredible hobby has seen my house value rocket, due to all the makeovers and investment made in the house and garden from my prizes and monetary wins.  This enabled us to split 50/50 and start afresh!

 

Swapping from Full-Time Comping to Full-Time Working

 

Where I spent the previous years running my comping as a full-time job, in my home office, I now had to find a regular job as I had to pay all the bills rather than all the fun stuff!

 

However, after a big break of a decade, I have renewed energy after meeting my amazing Comping Gang last weekend,  I’m dipping my toe into the new world of comping in 2018.  Wanting to again, learn all there is to know and see where this might take me, alongside my newfound love of blogging.

 

Watch this space!

 

Let me know if you have won any prizes, whether it be by entering consumer competitions or local school raffle – they all count!

 

My signature Nicky

 

 

xxx

 

 

P.S If you haven’t already, join us now for our latest challenge.

 

Winning photo advertising my prizes list

 

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