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September Competition Wins

I don’t really know what happened to September, it just came and went, I think it flew by because of me returning back to work after 11 months of maternity leave. Time flies when you’re having fun and in my case too much fun whilst on my maternity.  They do say “all good things must come to an end”. On the plus side (yes there is a plus side) we are a couple of days away from October which means we are that little bit closer to Christmas. Most people dread the ‘C’ word but I just love it and I love the cosy evenings that autumn brings, the heating on, curtains closed and the candles lit.

When I look at what I won throughout September, I’m actually quite surprised, I didn’t win an awful lot but I didn’t really get much comping done throughout August with the little ones being off from school and nursery, not much comping gets done when you’re trying to entertain a seven year old, a 4 year old and a baby.

My first win of September arrived on the 13th of September by courier unexpectedly! I was returning home from picking up Charlie from nursery and was expecting a parcel, I was awaiting a delivery from Mothercare with my new car seat that I’d ordered for Daisy but arrived home to 2 large boxes instead of 1. I always get excited when I get parcels, I’m always happy when I see the postman too!

This competition was featured in the August edition of Compers News and was an email entry competition, I love the Kids Comps section of the magazine, I especially love winning prizes for my 3 little ones, I try to put away as much as I can for Christmas and birthdays.

 

My next win came a few days later and was from a competition that ran on Facebook with a company called Richard Burbidge, it was a simple like and comment entry and won me a £20 Amazon voucher, I’m currently still waiting for this to arrive, this is definitely a prize I’ll be saving for Christmas, this will come in so handy when I start my Christmas shopping, I absolutely love Amazon and love my Prime membership, this was definitely money well spent.

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On the exact same day I won another Facebook competition, I don’t think I’ve ever won 2 competitions in one day so was over the moon. It wasn’t a big win but sometimes it’s the smaller wins that keep you going and some of these small wins are just as good as the big ones. Indie Bay Snacks contacted me via Facebook to notify me that I’d won their Freebie Friday competition, it was a simple like and comment entry where you had to comment letting them know which flavour you’d love to try from their range, I can’t wait for this win to arrive, I’m looking forward to trying out their products.

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My final win of September came in the form of an email, I was just going through my junk box clearing out all my junk emails when I came across an email with the subject line ‘Cheestrings & The Emoji Movie, my first thought was that it was going to be junk but to my surprise it was a winning email. I spotted this competition on a pack of Cheestrings I’d picked up for Alfie & Charlie’s packed lunch boxes. You can enter this one daily and just need to upload a photo of someone special who’s bursting with funny expressions, you need to create a fun image and to make your images funnier you can check out Cheestring packs for nutty noses, moustaches and more!

Below is Alfie and Charlie’s entry which won them an Emoji Movie Stickers Set.

Sept3

I’ve finally managed to find myself a box of Victoria biscuits with the Lapland promotion, I popped in to my local CO-OP to pick up some bits and bobs and got a bit excited when I spotted their Christmas food isle, this is a purchase necessary competition and instant win. Unfortunately I didn’t win one of the family adventure days but if you don’t win on the instant win you do bag yourself an entry into their main prize draw to win a holiday to Lapland.

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I’m going to end my September update by saying how impressed I am with all the freebies I’ve been receiving with my weekly online Asda grocery shop. Every week Asda have been sending me samples of products with my grocery shop, I’ve recently had Lenor fabric conditioner and Ariel wash powder samples which I enjoyed trying out. Below I’ve got samples of Lucozade orange to try, screen wipes and 5 packs of Dolmio cook in the oven sauces.

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I hope September’s been lucky for you

Thanks for reading

 

***This is a personal blog post and is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own***

August Competition Wins

August hasn’t been a too bad month, it’s been a bit crazy with the summer holidays and having 3 little ones at home, it’s been lovely being on maternity and spending all summer with my babies but I am looking forward to the return of school but not so much the school runs!

I think the prizes that I have won through August have been ones that have filtered through from July’s entries.

On the 4th of August I got a mention on Instagram to advise I’d won a box of 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the promoter was giving away 25 prizes a day so the chances of getting a winning entry were high. To enter you had to upload a group photo with 2 or more people in the photo smiling and tag them with the hash tag quote #80yearsofsmiles. I have since received my voucher through the post and plan to redeem it soon at the new Krispy Kreme doughnut shop that’s just opened in Victoria Centre Nottingham, I can’t wait to treat the family to some doughnuts.

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My Cadbury picnic blanket arrived in the post during the middle of August, I received a winning email from Cadbury on the 4th of August letting me know that I’d won. This was from a text message entry and was a promotion Cadbury’s were running on packs of their chocolate, we purchased the Freddo bars, my little ones love these and I do too!

During the middle of August I received an email from The Craft Company to inform me I’d won their Facebook competition and had won their FMM Ranunculus bundle, the bundle arrived a few days later by courier and included lots of goodies for cake decorating.  I kindly donated this to my friend Mandy, I felt Mandy would be able to put it to good use with her specializing in cake decorating. I don’t have the time or the patience so gladly gifted this one, I just love my comping hobby and get great satisfaction in gifting presents to friends and loved ones.

I won 2 further prizes during August, one being a children’s book and CD bundle which I’ve put away for Christmas and the other was an internet booster won at a local village raffle.

As we head into September and the weather starts to cool down I find myself starting to think more about Christmas, everything that I win from August on wards goes into my Christmas box, they do say “every little helps”.

***This is a personal blog post and is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own***

 

 

 

The journey of my comping

I have my husband to blame or thank for this wonderful hobby! It was back in 2007 when James introduced me to the world of comping. James had received a marketing letter from a company called Oxfordshire Press introducing their competition service offering a free trial, James thought it might be something that would interest me. I was a little bit skeptical at first but because it was a 30 day free trial I signed up and thought why not, I had nothing to lose.

After my 30 day free trial I had become hooked on entering competitions and decided to subscribe to the My Comps service. When I became pregnant in 2009 I made the decision to cancel my subscription with money being a little tight. I really missed my weekly dose of competitions and found it even harder to enter competitions when my baby boy was born arriving 8 weeks premature. I decided to take a break from comping and spent all my time taking care of Alfie, keeping a house and juggling work alongside family life.

When Alfie turned 1 I decided to return to my hobby and I dedicated all my evenings to comping once I’d settled Alfie to bed. In all the years that I’ve been comping I’ve won so many competitions, my first big win was a mobile phone won in an Argos competition, I then went on to win a solid oak coffee table for my mum worth £200. I’ve also won other big prizes, the best one being a Play station 4 for my 2 sons.

I love my hobby so much, it allows me to win prizes I wouldn’t normally be able to afford. I love that I can win prizes for my children and also gift items to friends and family. I keep all my winning emails and all of my winning letters are filed neatly in a special folder, from time to time I look through my folder and can’t believe how much I’ve won.

I now have 3 children, Alfie is now 7, Charlie is 4 and we recently welcomed our daughter into the world, Daisy is almost 9 months. In the first few months of Daisy arriving I won a Braun Thermo Scan Digital Thermometer, a Vicks mini cool mist humidifier, a bottle/soother set and a Organix weaning hamper, some amazing prizes for when you’ve just had a baby!

Times have changed quite a bit since I first started comping, quite a lot of my entries used to be by postcard but not so much now due to the price of stamps! I find that 95% of my wins now come from social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

I’m hoping my big win is just around the corner, I’m hoping for a family holiday to Disney Land which would be amazing or a cash lump sum but I’m not fussy, any win will do. I’m hoping my story will encourage people to get into comping, it’s such a rewarding hobby and there are hundreds of genuine competitions out there, you just have to enter them to be in with a chance of winning. People say I’m really lucky but I don’t think it’s to do with luck, it’s more like a number game, the more you enter the more chance you’ve got of winning. If you’re willing to put the time and effort in then you will definitely be rewarded.

I thought it would be fun to share with you my top 10 best wins and my top ten funniest wins.

Best Wins

  1. Apple iMAC computer – Won with Tate Gallery
  2. Play station 4 – Won on Facebook with Walkers Crisps Snap & Share promotion
  3. Antibes Coffee Table – Won with Halo Furnishings
  4. Sony Xperia Mobile Phone – Won with Argos
  5. Vtriker Elite Flicker Bike – I think this was won with a kids magazine
  6. Tom Tom Via 135M Europe Sat Nav – Won online with The Guardian
  7. £100 Tesco Voucher – Won on Facebook with Car Spring
  8. £100 to spend online with Create and Craft
  9. £100 iTunes Voucher – Won through Morrison’s
  10. Braun Thermo Scan baby thermometer – Won online with Made For Mums

 

Funniest Wins

  1. Diet Gel – Won with Chat Magazine
  2. Ready to roll Icing – Won on Twitter with Renshaw Baking
  3. Russian Silversmiths Hallmark book – Won with Antiques & Collectables Magazine
  4. Hair Clip Extensions (Blonde) – Won with Love Your Hair
  5. Phil Smith Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner (Continuing with the blonde theme!)
  6. Tea Pigs organic Tea bags – Won with Jamie’s magazine
  7. One Direction Shoes – Won with Top of the pops magazine
  8. TV Wipes – Won with Guard Pack Ltd on Twitter
  9. Spider Ring – Won on Facebook with Me & Zena
  10. 6 month supply of pet litter – Won with The Kitchen Garden Magazine