Winspiration: Busy moving home so less #Competition #Wins, but no dry spell yet….. fingers crossed!

The last few weeks have been very chaotic as myself and Mr Wills have been moving home.  The place we moved to needs a lot of work, not heavy duty building.  But everything needs a good scrub and (more than a few) licks of paint!  I’m feeling in a ‘nesting’ mood as I have in my life been inclined to be a little nomadic, so I’m very busy trying to source just the right pieces of furniture at the right price.  This is William settling in on the new leather corner sofa, purchased from a private seller on Gumtree for just £250.  Bargain!

William settling in nicely!

William settling in nicely!

 

So my apologies for the lack of posts during this busy time in my life.  Luckily I haven’t hit a dry spell yet, even though I’ve only been comping for one or two hours a week since the move.  I think my hard work and extra hours before is carrying me through!  The biggest value prize since my last winspiration post was 2 tickets to the opera and a signed limited edition print worth £300.  I also had one of those rare, but extremely welcome days, when the wins just keep coming.  It was the week before my radio interview.  Three wins from twitter: A £40 Voucher to spend at Giraffe, a beautiful bracelet from Beaverbrooks – also worth £40, and £50 in vouchers to spend in a local shopping centre…… and then on facebook: A breakfast in bed hamper, (muffins, jams, teas, coffee etc), from Bishops Move worth £30.  So a very good day, wish all comping days were like that!

On Instagram the very next morning I had a fab win of a pair of GHDs worth £145.  My other wins since the last post have been smaller items.  But I’m still very happy this year, I’ve already reached over £2500 in prize value with over 9 months of comping left, woo hoo!

If you read my blog regularly you will know that experiences are prizes that especially appeal to me.  I enjoy doing ‘different’ things, seeing new places, eating lovely food, and often being inspired.  From a simple RT on twitter over the Christmas Advent period I won a Falconry experience for two at Coniston Hotel, in a very beautiful part of the world near Skipton.  The prize was especially appealing as it included lunch to the value of £50.

Falconry Experience & Lunch at Coniston Hotel near Skipton.

Falconry Experience & Lunch at Coniston Hotel near Skipton, North Yorkshire.

 

I had no idea what to expect on the day, (except cold weather which didn’t let me down)!  But I had the most fabulous time.  I learned about the birds from a very experienced guide, and we got to handle an Owl, Harris Hawk…….. and a Golden Eagle.  I think we were very lucky as this isn’t normally part of the day.  There were a mixture of people on the experience, some who were thinking of taking up falconry, to others like myself who really just wanted to get closer to a bird of prey than normally allows.  I have to say I was a bit nervous when the Eagle, (with a wing span of 6ft), swooped down at me.  But afterwards I felt exhilarated.

If you do the experience please remember to wrap up warm.  Standing out on a hillside for a few hours, in the English Countryside, in March, is freezing!  But when the eagle landed it was soon forgotten, and then we headed off to spend our £50 on lunch.  The hotel was superbly furnished with a splendid view in the dining room.  We were led to a reserved table, and have to say the food and service could not be faulted.  It was really a great day.  And yes I did have a starter, main AND dessert!

I hope this post gives you winning inspiration.  Please do share with me your wins on facebook, twitter or even instagram…..  its great to hear your winning ways also!

#Competition: #Win a Wine Bundle & £20 #CASH: Ends Midnight Sunday 23/03/2014

Incase you missed it on Facebook or Twitter the lucky winner of the fashion bracelet was Stephen Little – I’m still waiting for him to get in touch with his contact details, so if you know him please let him know.

But a treat this month, we have a new competition to win a wine themed bundle consisiting of; A wine wedge bottle storage solution, A french waiter wine stopper – and £20 CASH to spend on wine, or infact anything you want!

Wine Bundle & £20 Cash!

Wine Bundle & £20 Cash!

The competition is hosted on facebook using rafflecopter;  https://www.facebook.com/How2bBornLucky/app_228910107186452

This competition is unsponsored and will close at Midnight on Sunday 23rd March 2014.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours of this date.  Good luck!

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Competition: Win a Fashion Bracelet worth £10: Ends Midnight Thursday 27/02/2014

Incase you missed it on Facebook or Twitter the lucky winner of the Beauty Bundle worth over £80, was Lisa Lubbock.

But never fear, we have a new competition to win a fabulous sparkly fashion bracelet worth £10.

Emporium Bracelet worth £10

Emporium Bracelet worth £10

The competition is hosted on facebook using rafflecopter;  https://www.facebook.com/How2bBornLucky/app_228910107186452

This competition is unsponsored and will close at Midnight on Thursday 27th February 2014.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours of this date.  Good luck!

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Winspiration: Its all about Twitter with the #Competition #Wins, & I did get a Valentines meal after all!

Well, even though I’m a comping addict, I have to say I am glad the never ending Valentines day competitions are just about over.  Being a singleton seeing so many hearts and flowers, and asking day after day to talk about how I met my partner, had worn a little thin.  My (non-comping) best friend is also highly relieved.  She was tagged so much I’m told she had to have her phone constantly on charge!  But having had a little moan I still managed to enjoy a Valentines night out.  I spotted a local competition for a Valentines meal package worth £70.  It was on facebook and only had 2 entries, well I just couldn’t stop myself as usual.  So my mum and I had quite a chuckle to ourselves and had a lovely evening with fabulous food, we had a trio of desserts to share that honestly were to die for.

Chocolate Overload at The Kyte Hotel, Pontefract

Chocolate Overload at The Kyte Hotel, Pontefract

 

I have copied and pasted below all the wins I have had since my last Winspiration post in January.  As you can see its definitely Twitter leading the way for me producing most wins.

£50 Voucher to spend at London Furniture Online http://londonfurnitureonline.co.uk/ Twitter
Wine Duo Zizzi Restaurants Twitter
£50 Restaurant Voucher Brindisa Tapas Kitchen Twitter
Hawaiian Tropic Aftersun Gift Set Hawaiian Tropic Twitter
£15 Voucher Holland & Barrett Twitter
2 Tickets to Premiere of Cuban Fury LoveFilm Twitter
Couple’s Pleasure Sex Toy Set Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium Twitter
Ragdale Hall Spa Day for 2 Late for Reality Blog Blog
SupeMyBreak Suitcase & Travel goodies Superbreak Pinterest
Pair of Cinema Tickets to see ‘Endless Love’ Sheffield Star Twitter
Valentines Meal for 2 at Kyte Hotel – Pontefract Izziwizzi Wakefield Facebook
Sterex Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Sterex Electrolysis International Limited Facebook

 

The Ragdale Hall Spa Day for 2 is my favourite win of this batch, its a place I have hoped to visit for some time, (and it has a value of £174)!  But honestly I’m so pleased with all my wins to date.  I’ve been putting extra hours in and it has paid off, with my winning total now at almost £2000.  I hope the rest of 2014 continues to be so kind to me.  I had another Pinterest win from Superbreak which was great as I’ve only been creating boards for a couple of months.  The prize was a suitcase filled with travel goodies, so my mission now is to win a holiday to get good use out of them.

My #SupeMyBreak Suitcase & Travel goodies from Superbreak

My #SupeMyBreak Suitcase & Travel goodies from Superbreak

Twitter is coming up trumps for me at the moment, but where are you getting most of your wins so far this year?  Please do share with me your wins on facebook, twitter or even instagram…..  its great to hear your winning ways also!

Is it worth giving up work to enter #Competitions? Can you make a living from entering #Giveaways?

As a successful comper for almost 15 years, I’ve often been asked why I don’t give up work and concentrate on entering competitions.  But can you make a living from comping?  Can you earn enough from giveaways and promotions to not go to work?

The short answer to this is NO!

I’m sure there may be people out there who would argue this point, as always in life people have different opinions.  But these are my reasons as to why you should not set upon comping as a career, but enjoy it as a (potentially lucrative) hobby.

  • THERE IS NO GUARANTEE YOU WILL WIN – Firstly and most importantly this is what you must realise.  Yes there are ways to improve your chances, (which I share on this blog so do subscribe)!  But you can have very long dry spells even when you enter 100s of competitions daily.  The mortgage or rent still needs to be paid during these times.
  • MINIMAL CASH GIVEAWAYS – Actual real hard cash competitions are few and far between.  It is unfortunately the currency in which you need to pay your mortgage or rent.
  • RESALE VALUE – If you are a very lucky and/or hardworking comper it is likely you will win some high value prizes.  A widescreeen TV, an iPad, maybe even the compers dream of a car.  If you were to sell these items yes it would generate income, but unfortunately not the full rrp.  It is likely if you did win a fabulous prize you’d probably want to keep it for yourself anyway, (I know I do)!
  • HOLIDAYS – Many holidays (and some experiences) are non-transferable and can only be taken by the winner so resale is not allowed, and no income can be generated.  Thats fine you say, you like holidays anyway.  But imagine you’ve just had a call to say you’ve won 2 weeks in Hawaii.  You have to go straight away though, and you haven’t made enough from comping this month to pay the mortgage or rent.  If you go you will miss two weeks work of entering as well.  Its not a situation I would like to be in.
  • AN ADDICTION – Any seasoned comper will tell you entering competitions, if you are so inclined to the hobby, is highly addictive and takes over your life!  We gladly spend hours filling in our details, taking wacky photographs, and coming up with tongue-tastic tiebreakers simply because we enjoy it.  If we could make a living and give up our jobs we definitely would as we’re all a bit bonkers!

Arguably entering competitions is more about saving money than making it.  It would take time and effort to sell on and make profit from the numerous small prizes.  But winning such goods as tea-towels or toiletries saves you from buying them.  I know I’m not alone in gifting some wins which saves on birthdays and at Christmas time.  Even winning a holiday saves on that budget.

Can you make a living from entering competitions?

Can you make a living from entering competitions?

Most people I know who are highly successful in winning put the hours in that would be equivalent to a part, or even full time position.  But they still don’t earn enough to pay the mortgage or rent every month of the year.  They have another guaranteed income stream for that.  Competitions can provide a way for a family on a modest income to have a few luxuries in life, but in my personal opinion there is no such thing as a professional comper.

I hope this has given you a useful insight if you are new to entering competitions and had questions to ask.  For those seasoned compers amongst you it would be great to hear your thoughts?  I have another post planned to discuss the term ‘professional comper’, something I personally find a little irritating!

Creative #Competitions I’m entering this month! Feb 2014

You will know if you read my previous Creative Competitions post that my plan this year is to spend some time on creative, or quality competitions.  The kind that take more time to enter, but generally have less entries.  Unfortunately I didn’t win any of the competitions I featured in last months post, but I was very happy to win my first Pinterest competition.  A fabulous laptop worth £799 from Currys PC World.  I’ve had a great start to the comping year, (over £1400 of prizes so far), and as always when you win you just want to enter more, more, more!!  So here are the effort promotions I’m getting involved in this month:

Without a doubt February is definitely the month of love, with Valentines promotions all over the web.  As I’m single its actually been a bit frustrating for me, I don’t feel I should enter the ‘how did you meet your partner’ competitions.  So this twitter giveaway from Thistle Cardiff really caught my eye, they suggest Valentines Day should be about sharing the love in general……  be that for a pet, country or food!  The prize is for a stay in the hotel with dinner, breakfast, and access to the spa.  You simply need to upload a photograph to twitter of something, or someone, that you love using the hashtag #lovethistle.  On the blog it states the closing date as 5pm on Saturday 15th Feb, but on the t&c’s page it states by 5pm on Friday 14th Feb.  I actually think the prize is for the Friday night so I’d suggest uploading as soon as possible!  As you know I love my doggie so I did a montage of love for Mr Wills.

LoveWilly

William – Greek rescue dog extraordinaire

Staying with the theme of uploading photos to twitter here is a competition from One4All giftcards.  The prize is to win a £50 card, and to enter you need to upload a #Couplie to either facebook or twitter.  (You guessed correctly, a couplie is like a selfie but with 2 people in the shot)!  Again I like this competition as it doesn’t have to be you and a partner.  Entries close at 10am on Valentines Day.  I uploaded a picture of me and my best friend via twitter.

I enjoy entering photo competitions on social media.  Its fun looking back at old photos, and making new ones.  But also you get less people bother to enter, thereby increasing your chances of winning.  Some RT giveaways I’ve seen have over 1000 entries, but with a photo requirement that can drop to just 50, or even 5 for a local competition!

Pinterest seems to be the place to be for competitions at the moment, and I can hardly keep up.  (It does require some time to get boards together when you are looking for certain images to create looks).  Boden are running a fabulous promotion to win £1000 account credit which closes on the 17th February.  It won’t be a low entry competition as its open to the UK and US.  But I’m giving it a go!  My entry is here.

Another £1000 giveaway on Pinterest, (or you can submit a blog post), this time from Links of London.  Closing at 5pm on Thursday 13th February my entry is here.

Links of London - £1000 giveaway!

Links of London – £1000 giveaway!

Never owned anything from Links so keeping fingers and toes crossed.  Would be great to tick off the comping wishlist, and diamonds are a girls best friend!

Cooking competitions I don’t normally venture into, but for this giveaway from Cottage Delights you simply need to state what products will feature on your Valentines menu, and how you will be using them.

I finish as I did last month with an animal themed competition.  Pets at Home are currently looking for stars for their next advert.  As if the incentive to see your beloved pet on TV wasn’t enough, you can also win free food for their lifetime.  Entries can be submitted through their facebook app.  The competition closes on the 3rd March.  I shall upload my entry of William to my facebook page & twitter feed so keep a look out!

https://www.facebook.com/petsathomeUK?v=app_486254294756872&rest=1

Would be great to see your entries to these competitions so feel free to share with me on facebook or twitter, and of course do let me know of any wins.  Happy Comping!

Competition: Win a Beauty Bundle worth over £80: Ends Midnight Sunday 16/02/2014

Incase you missed it on Facebook or Twitter the lucky winner of the Ted Baker iPhone 5 case, was Anita Jude.  The Pinterest competition, run in conjunction with ShoPING, for the £20 Voucher was won by Angie Hoggett.

So we are starting a new competition to win a fabulous Beauty Bundle worth over £80!

BeautyBundle

The contents of the prize package are;

  • CHRISTIAN BRETON – Day & Night Treatment Eyelash Builder – rrp. £22
  • CHRISTIAN BRETON – Gentle Eye Make-up Remover – rrp. £4
  • OCCO – Dalmacija No. 1 Skin Repair Serum – rrp. £39
  • LUSH – Scented Soap Bar – rrp. £5.95
  • LUSH – Vanila Dee-Lite Body Lotion – rrp. £4.50
  • SOAP & GLORY – Travel Size Hand Food – rrp. £2.50
  • MARKS & SPENCER  - Fruity Beauty Cupcake Bath Fizzers – rrp. £3

The competition is hosted on facebook using rafflecopter;  https://www.facebook.com/How2bBornLucky?sk=app_228910107186452

This competition is unsponsored and will close at Midnight on Sunday 16th February 2014.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours of this date.  Good luck!

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