Yes ! Entering consumer competitions is my new hobby ! I know ! In between writing this blog, making You Tube videos, going to the gym, swimming, tennis and yoga AND running my own home based business you would think I don’t have the time to engage in other hobbies. Yes, it can all seem a bit frantic some days but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like to keep my mind occupied and busy. I learnt this the hard way when I suffered quite badly from depression and anxiety. For me keeping busy is part of my recovery and gives me a purpose to getting up each morning.
And I LOVE it ! I actually used to be a ‘comper’ many years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I didn’t have a good pregnancy and I turned to comping to keep my mind busy. I was quite successful and won a few small prizes including a keep fit bundle when I was eight months pregnant and in hospital. I obviously gave that prize away !
So fast forward to the beginning of December 2016 and my decision to start comping again. I joined ‘Compers News’ which is a great monthly magazine listing all current competitions in the UK. They also run a friendly and helpful online forum which is great for beginners like me.
I also bought a fabulous book called SuperLucky Secrets: 100 tips for winning competitions, contests and sweepstakes This informative book has so much useful information for beginners and regular compers and will give you a head start into the fantastic world of competitions. I found this book invaluable when I first started as entering competitions can seem overwhelming at first but with this book you can short cut all the uncertainty and get straight on with winning those prizes !
I also trawl through all social media sites looking for competitions that interest me. Its amazing how many competitions are running at one time. I started out entering anything and everything, but I soon realised that I just couldn’t sustain this, due to my other work and so, I actually made a wish list of things I would like to win. From this wish list I will then concentrate my efforts on only entering certain competitions. What’s on my wish list ? Well, the usual suspects. Nice holidays, spa days, city breaks and anything else remotely to do with relaxation for me and the other half. But I also have a wish list that is more important. I would LOVE to win certain things for my family. Household items for my youngest daughter for when she gets her own flat, toys for my grandson and pet treats for my dog and cats, etc etc.
So how have I done so far ? Well in two months I have won the following.
A cookery book – Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr ( I have wanted this since it was released )
A case of Old Speckled Hen beer ( I’m tee total but hubby will enjoy this prize )
A microwave soup mug with a tin of soup ( This is for hubby to take to work )
Personalised chocolate bars for my daughters !
A space themed travel mug
A space themed tote bag.
A space themed notebook. ( The three prizes above were all for the same competition with the main prize been a holiday to Kennedy Space Centre in Florida which will be awarded in a few months. I live in hope ! )
AND FINALLY a stick of rock ( I hate rock and don’t know anyone who would eat it so that one is going in the bin I’m afraid ! )
And that’s my haul so far. I am quite pleased with it as I am a real newbie at this, so I can’t expect too much at this early stage. I will be keeping you updated with my progress and let you know if I win anything major. That trip on the Orient Express is definitely high on my wish list !
Have you ever won any competitions ? What would be at the top of your wish list ? Let me know in the comments below your experience / views on consumer competitions.
Until next time dear friends and don’t forget …. ‘ You have to be in it to win it !’