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Addicted to comping!
Member Name: greenpomme
Advantages: Excitement of a win, free things, doesn't cost to enter online, easy
Disadvantages: Takes a fair bit of time if you are serious about it, may be needing luck, might not pay off
I've always been one to enter the odd competition that I see online, but it's only in the last couple of months that I have properly got into 'comping'. I was spurred on by reading the blog of someone who regularly wins things. I started off by googling to look for competitions and then realised that there are several helpful sites such as Money Saving Expert and Loquax, which help you find compeitions and offer advice. Since then, I have been spending time every day entering compeitions that are posted on MSE and also retweeting competitions that are posted on Twitter. There are also many good competitions to be found on Facebook.
I keep a list of site that have 'dailies' you can enter or games you play in order to win, and I do these in the background while I'm doing other things such as reading and rating on Dooyoo!
My first win came in the form of a pair of Henry Holland tights from Pretty Polly. I had joined their email newsletter and was subsequently entered in the monthly draw to win. Since then I have had several smallish wins including a book, face wash, shower gel, and lipstick. By far my best and biggest win was a complete shock because it was something I didn't even remember doing and was before I really started properly comping. It was a £250 Argos voucher which I had won from the quarterly draw of people who filled in a 'How was your delivery service?' survey. I was completely shocked and over the moon.
That gave me even more inspiration to continue comping. I get a total buzz from each win which means I am spurred on even more and it just goes to show that if you put in the time it may pay off. Either that or I'm on a winning streak.
If you told me last year that I would enter competitions as a hobby then I would have said that was mad, but now I've started I'm afraid I just can't stop!
Summary: Cliché I know, but you've got to be in it to win it!