nicoleNicole Cappelleri

Nicole is a writer, blogger and long time comper with her debut novel Confessions of a Comperholic due for release at the end of the year. You can find her at ActivePatience.com.

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Winners Interview for all the travel lovers out there

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win three trips, well Ann aka ‘travlmad’ has done just that! Read the full interview below.   How long have you been entering competitions for? Cannot really remember when I started but probably 10 years ago more or less.   How many prizes would you
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Two Hundred Prizes and Counting. An Interview with Veronica.

Veronica aka Try2Win has been entering competitions for 3 years and has won over 200 prizes including free groceries for a whole year! Check out Try2Win’s tips and other golden nuggets in the interview below. How long have you been entering competitions for? I started entering competitions late in 2014, by accident really, bought a
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Interview with The Wolverine and his biggest win to date

Shane aka Wolverine from Competitions.com.au, gives us his tips for winning and the biggest prize he has ever won (Hint: It has something to do with Star Wars). Read interview below….   How long have you been entering competitions for? 35 years.   How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won? Hard to say, but
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Interview with winner and member Rowan Barber

In this interview, Competitions.com.au member Rowan Barber (smalot11) shares his passion for competitions, tips, a unique system for keeping track and that time he won a trip to the Whitsundays (picture above) . Enjoy!   How long have you been entering competitions for? On and off most of my life but seriously since December 2016.  
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What will competitions be like in 100 years?

Competitions, contents or sweepstakes as they’re known in America, have been around for thousands of years. The Romans were known to make crazy bets with their gladiators and in ancient Greece prizes of medallions were given out to winning victors in the Olympics. Then there was the introduction of lotteries and prizes for literature and
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How to solve the biggest problem with Competitions

The biggest problem with completions is losing, and the discouragement that comes with it. It’s a problem none us want or like but it is a necessary truth we must live with. The antidote for losing of course is winning! But we can’t win all the time, that is just a fact. So how can
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Achieving Balance in a World of Competitions

Competitions can be exhilarating and exciting to enter and be a part of. Who doesn’t want to daydream about winning tons of prizes and sometimes those daydreams come true. But it’s important to balance our hobbies with life. After all, we all have many hobbies, interests, passions and of course family and work obligations to
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The Benefits of Joining a Competition Club

There are so many benefits to joining any club of any kind for whatever hobby you have but joining a competition club like Competitions.com.au will be the one thing that will give an edge over anyone else.   We all want to win prizes and save time and the hobby clubs are the perfect place
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Inbox Zero and How to Achieve it

Have you ever noticed when you enter a whole bunch of competitions and the next thing you find your inbox is full? The byproduct of entering competitions is often a tsunami of newsletters and emails. Managing your personal emails with your hobby can be tricky. It can feel like a losing battle at times. The competition cycle often
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Good Competition Karma and how you can earn it

If you’re a person who believes you make your own luck, then isn’t it highly probable you can ‘earn’ it too? Karma, in simple terms can be defined as good or bad luck, viewed as resulting from one’s actions. That is, your actions in the comping world can affect your luck and improve your results.
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4 reasons you’re not winning and what to do about it

It’s only natural to feel discouraged and disheartened after you’ve been entering competitions for what seems like ages. Entering day after day or for most compers years and to only have a few prizes to show for it. When there seems like there’s little reward for so much effort. Here are four reasons you’re not
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How Walt Disney can help you win

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe
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My friend just became a comper…

A friend of mine recently became a comper. I had been telling her for a year or so about competition clubs and everything in between. She never really seemed that interested and thought it was all too much effort. That is, until last weekend I met up with her and she gave me the good
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Second Chance Draws and what you need to know

I don’t know about you but when I see a competition has a second chance draw, yes! More chances to win. And I know many compers who have won prizes just with a second chance draw. So here what you need to know about second chance draws:    Why do Completions have second chance draws?
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You know you’re addicted to competitions when…

Here’s a fun post for all the experienced and newbie compers out there! I think you can relate! You know you’re addicted to competitions when….. You buy dog food and you don’t have a dog. You have a pantry full of food with no labels. You miss your stop because you were too busy entering
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What do you want to win 2017?

Can you believe 2017 is here? How did 2016 fly by so fast. After tallying up my prizes for 2016 (all small wins), I’ve realised I want 2017 to be even bigger! Each new year arrives with new competitions, wins and opportunities to connect to fellow compers. We get to swipe the slate clean and
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The art of the Christmas Jingle

It’s that time of year again. No, it’s not the worst time of year (New Years) it’s Christmas! As things start to wind down you should have more time to enter competitions and when everything turns a shade of red and green, you can finally get all Christmasy. The dreaded 25 word or less answer
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How to enter competitions at work without your boss knowing

We all know we must enter as many competitions as we can and we all know it’s sometimes hard to find the time. It’s no wonder people are using work hours to comp. But how does one enter without being found out? If you’re lucky enough to have spare time and sit in front of
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Here’s why this is the best time of the year for competitions

I was out shopping the other day and a sign happen to catch my eye. It was one of those dreaded count down signs that read ‘6 weeks to Christmas’. Ah no! Where did this year go and how is it Christmas already? If you’re feeling overwhelmed like me, and you think it might be
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Survey Competitions

Survey Competitions are becoming increasingly popular. Marketing companies are now offering big prizes and monthly prizes in exchange for your thoughts, tastes and behaviour. All are valuable information in the marketing game. Marketing companies may use your information to taylor products and messaging to target audiences just like yourself.   But as a comper are
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Wish Lists, Winning and more

There’s nothing like creating a winning wish list to get you excited and pumped. Creating a wish list can be your motivation and inspiration when things get off track, but it can also be a positive way of ‘seeing’ what you really want to win. Here’s everything you need to know about winning wish lists:
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4 things I wish I’d never known about competitions

Everything is so innocent in the beginning. I’ve been on my comping journey for so many years now (Not telling how many years!) and there’s no turning back now. Here hare 4 things I wish I’d never known about competitions:   The numbers Before I heard about the ‘numbers’ I was blissfully entering competitions, unaware
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Productivity Tips everyone needs to know

Productivity is a compers best friend. We’re all busy and have limited resources available to us and our time is valuable. So here are a few of my top productivity tips you need to know and help you enter even more competitions:   Batch your competitions Batching competitions will save you so much time in
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The Pros and Cons of Winning a Holiday

  Wining a holiday is often the biggest dream of the comper but have you ever thought about all the pro’s and con’s if you actually did win? The dream is often not like the reality. There’s Family and friends who might get offended if you don’t take them and travel dates to work with.
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How to stay safe in a digital world

There have always been scammers since the dawn of time. Now living in the digital age there has never been a better time to be a scammer. If you’re entering competitions online you probably don’t even think about the information you freely give up and the websites you visit. Emails that make wild claims like
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The worst advice about competitions you should never listen to

There are always going to be negative people who don’t understand the compers life and they always seem to be the ones who are the least experienced when it comes to competitions and yet they act like they’re experts! Here’s the advice that those people say and why you should never listen to them! Don’t
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7 quotes every comper should live by

A comper’s life goes up and down and it’s easy to get discouraged with endless competitions to enter and prizes you desperately want to win. Equally, it’s easy to get overly excited by the sheer mass of competitions coming and going and not to mention all the tantalizing trips and prizes on offer. Its not
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How to Harness Momentum and Win

Have you ever noticed when you win one prize another appears? Or you have a win and all of a sudden there’s a string of prizes, one after the other. Are you always saying to yourself ‘When it rains, it pours’ and for some reason things seem to happen in three’s, three winning emails or
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The Must Do’s for Winning a Store Competition

Store competitions are one of the best competitions to enter for a comper. They require a little effort so entries tend to be less competitive. The easier the competition the more entries there are.  Store competitions include any competitions where you have to go to the store and buy a product. They’re usually supermarkets and
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Winning what you need Versus What you want

It can be a confusing conundrum for a comper. Should you enter competitions for things that you need versus things you just want. My needs and wants are endless when it comes to prizes and there are endless competitions to fulfill my every hearts desires. I really really want an overseas holiday but I know
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How to Win a 25 Word or Less Competition

I have these days all the time. I see an amazing competition with an equally amazing prize. Excitement fills me and I drift off to the land of winning where I happily frolic among all my dream prizes. Then a big thump hits. I drop out of the sky and back into reality. The gatekeeper
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10 Benefits of Entering Competitions

This post is to win you over about competitions once and for all. Competitions and prizes use to be a total and complete mystery to me. I never could figure out how people won. I would see a competition on Getaway or in a magazine and think ‘I could never win that!’. I thought it
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How to get back on track and start winning again

Setbacks are normal in life and just when you thought you were on top of something life throws you a boomerang. We’ve all never been busier and there have never been more competitions to enter and prices to win. It can be hard to fit everything or pick up where you left off. Or sometimes
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8 revealing signs you are a competition junkie

Entering competitions is an innocent hobby as any other but when do you know things are going too far? Below are 8 revealing signs you’re a competition junkie:   Competitions are the first and last thing you think about. If you’re waking up thinking about competitions and going to bed thinking about competitions, then it
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How to enter competitions while you’re sick and still win

This week I was struck down with a cold. I came down with it on a Saturday and have been sniffling every since. Unfortunately I had to take time off work but I didn’t want to spread my germs and make more people sick. I had all the usual symptoms you have blocked sinuses, runny
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15 Inspiring Quotes on Luck

Do you believe in luck? Your answer might be clear-cut or on a scale. This post is for the believers and non-believers out there or maybe you just need some inspiration. Either way you need this post! Here are 15 Inspiring Quotes on Luck:   ‘Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.’ – Lucius
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Top Tips to get Votes in a Voting Competition

I love watching voting competitions but I cant help but wonder how did they get so many votes? And more importantly how can I get in on these voting competitions and ultimately win! If you feel the same way as I do, I think you’ll like this post. Some of these strategies to get votes
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Why you need to read the Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions page is often the most overlooked part of entering a competition. The dream of winning a fabulous prize can be intoxicating, thrilling and blinding, all at the same time. The consequences of not looking at the fine print at it’s worst, can be devastating. Prizes have known to be forfeited or
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Leap ahead and Win this Leap Year

What have you been doing on this extra day of the year? To be honest I’ve never really thought about leap years. don’t know anybody who’s birthday falls on the 29th February. But this year I have noticed allot of new articles about this year and so I couldn’t resist to also write about the
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The day I changed sides and became a promoter

As a seasoned comper, I never thought I would see the day. I’ve been in a competition club since 2009 and if someone had said to me you’re going to run competitions yourself one day, I would of said ‘No Way!’. How things have changed. In 2009 I was just starting my writing journey. I
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Pressure, Jobs, Stress and Winning

I recently just started a new job. It’s a marketing and operations role. I’ve gone from working part-time and having oodles of time to pursue all my hobbies to getting home around dinner time and being too mentally tired to deal with anything. I know it’s just a phase and I will eventually get my
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Competitions for the Newbie or Pro

I recently went on a competition binge. I decided I was going to find all the competitions that had cash prizes and were easy to enter. I hadn’t entered in a while so there were a few. Then that feeling came over me. You know the one where you’ve had a great productive comping day
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Social Media Competitions

I remember when companies first started using social media for competitions. The resistance from compers at the time was understandable. Nobody wanted to sign up to Twitter, Instagram or use a personal Facebook profile. The entries for theses competitions were relatively low.   How times have changed. Now with the rise and the clear power
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New Year. New Wins.

I love the first month of the year. January is always full of excitement. New beginnings are so much better than endings. Its that time of the year after reflection when you set new goals and decide what do you want or what do you want to win. Preferably I’d like to be winner in
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Competitions in 2016 and Beyond

How competitions have changed over the years. I remember when in 2009 when I first joined a competition club. I watched a story on A Current Affair with my family. Tracy was interviewing professional compers who had won allot and I mean allot. I was so curious and so the next day I joined.  When
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A Yearly Review for all Compers

The year is not over yet that’s for sure but soon it will be that time of the year where we evaluate and review all things competition related. I hope you’ve had a winning year and had oodles of fun! If not I’m sure 2016 is going to be your year.   Once January hits
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Crafting the Perfect Christmas Winning Answer

This is my favourite time of year! Not just because I can’t wait until the big feast, Boxing Day sales and the warm weather but who can forget all the Christmas competitions that come around this time of year. I especially love getting surprise prizes after Christmas because then I can claim them for myself.
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10 Time Saving Tips to Win in the New Year!

 The end of the year is nearly upon us but wait there’s still time isn’t there to win? Right! In fact this is the busiest time of the year for competitions. Christmas themed giveaways are in abundance.  Companies are unleashing their best comps yet and it’s holiday time! Which means lots of holiday comps!  
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Radio Competitions and Mykonos

I’ll never forget that phone call, where I was and what I was doing. I was driving home with my sister when I got the call from a radio station. The competition was for a Trip to Mykonos. We pulled over and parked the car. My sister was practically screaming. I just had to do
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Odds, Luck and the Melbourne Cup

I hope everyone had a fruitful and lucky long weekend in Victoria and for everyone else I hope you had a bet on our famous Melbourne Cup. This race is really when time stands still for 3 minutes. When the clock strikes 3pm you wont see a car on the road. But yesterday was unusual
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