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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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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What to do when there’s a Prize drought

It happens to everybody. Wins are coming left, right and centre. Sure they are probably small prizes some might be big. But they seem to be consistent for a while. Everything is going just fine. Then it happens.   The dry spell comes. No prizes. No winning emails. Not even a double movie pass. Nothing.
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Dear Karl and Lisa…

Dear Karl and Lisa,   It’s time we talked. For a long time I have resisted your competition. Maybe it’s been a year or two. I’m not sure. But I resisted. I decided to opt out. Not participate or Join in. I watched in envy as your callers answered with those magical words ‘I wake
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Melting in the October Heat

I don’t know where you are but Melbourne is in the middle of a heat wave and so the only thing to do is to stay indoors. As far as I’m concerned 35 degrees is not the kind of weather you stay in for long.  But it is a much welcome change, considering the long
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11 Ways to get your Comping Mojo back

Do you feel like you’ve lost your comping mojo? Can’t remember the last time you won a prize? Feeling low in comping energy? Feel like giving up?   I’ve definitely been on my own comping rollercoaster ride. Winning many prizes then not seeing anything for months. Thinking its all too hard and maybe it’s just
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Is a Marketers dream a compers nightmare?

Recently I saw a great competition. I clicked the link and was delighted to see there was no 25 word or less answer required and what looked like a short form. My imagination took a sigh of relief, it had the day off and I was feeling high in spirits. The prize was also a
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Spring Has Arrived!

A pinch and a punch it’s the first day of the month! Happy Spring Everyone. Winter is officially gone! No more sneaking under the covers trying to comp on the phone because it’s just too cold to get on the computer. No more cold fingers typing and clicking away. Throw away your jacket and umbrellas…OK
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8 Ways you can attract prizes to you

As a competition fanatic I’m open to anything that can give me an edge. I’m also a big believer in your mindset playing a big role in what you attract in life. Have you ever met one of those happy go lucky people where everything just falls into place for them? Or what about when
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Why You Should Always Keep Your 25 Word or Less Answers

This is a Guest Post by Nicole Cappelleri. Recently I was doing some housekeeping on my computer.  I had been getting that horrible pop up ‘Disk is Full’.  Looking at my desktop it was a sea of folder’s. It looks tidy but looks can be deceiving. I have folders for blogging, books I’m writing, graphic
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