A Comping Quiz



I think the time has come to take another Comping Quiz, don’t you! Here ‘tis:
1. Your best friend just rang to tell you she had won a holiday in Hawaii for two. Would you:
Congratulate her (with a little sigh).
Cross your fingers and hope she is going to ask you to join her.
Remind yourself to put together a better answer in the next holiday competition you enter.
2. In 25 words or less explain what Rafflecopter is and how it works.
3. Do you count hyphenated words as one or two words in a WOL competition?
4. How do you remember all your user names, avatars and passwords?
5. Can you remember your real name?
Does it really matter?
6. When was the last time you took a break from all those competitions and just relaxed for a day or two? (Come on, fess up!)
There are no correct answers to this comping quiz – apart from No. 3 which I think is one (or is it two?). It’s just a bit of fun. Relax and enjoy!
Seriously though, here we are… We’ve made it through the hectic 12 days of Christmas competition frenzy; summer is fast coming to a close. We have survived the flowers, chocolates and nights out in the Valentine’s Day promotions (and perhaps won a few). I only managed to win a book but I did it by taking my own advice and entering a blog giveaway. Most of us are back-to-school or back-to-work with whatever goodies we managed to score from those early February competitions. And I am sure many of us have been able to stock up out cupboards with some freebies and samples and found the time to fill out a survey or two. Is it just me, or do things seem a little quiet on the winning front at the moment?
So, without dwelling to much on that thought – what’s likely to be up next? Here are some of my predictions.

There may be a bit of a flutter of small competitions and giveaways on the website and on Facebook and Instagram around St Patrick’s Day (17th March) but not that many that will fill me with enthusiasm, I’m afraid. I’m just waiting for Easter. I’ve got all my WOL answers worked out in advance and loaded my computer with all my favourite photographs of the grandkids in Easter bonnets; scoffing down chocolate eggs and getting paint all over themselves crafting Easter cards for the family. What more do I need? Just a few competitions…

With the prospect of the Easter holidays fast approaching it is also more than likely that there will also be a spate of movie ticket giveaways to the current children’s movies as well as competitions with prizes of camping gear and holiday vouchers, perhaps even more BBQ’s. Keep your eyes peeled as you don’t want to miss any of them. And don’t forget to let us know of all your wins and wonderful prizes in the Forum. It’s been a little quiet lately so any surprises you can share will more than likely keep the rest of us motivated when we’re not winning as many as we would like to.

Until next week…when I will look at how persistence can pay off. In the meantime – Happy Comping!

Photo Attribution: bdunnette

Blog Giveaways



When looking around for competitions to enter once you have exhausted all those on the website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, don’t dismiss the giveaways run through (sometimes small and obscure) blogs. In fact, it is because they are small and obscure, they can be worth entering. Just like Facebook business and interest pages, bloggers are usually quite passionate about the topic of their blog and keen to share it with others. Then in the course of striving to engage a large and loyal audience of followers, they often partner with manufacturers or wholesalers, even local retailers and review products (sometimes for payment but often just for freebies) and are also supplied with some of the products to use as giveaways.

Some giveaways on blogs are run through a Rafflecopter app (more on Rafflecopter in another blog, another day), others just require followers to answer a question or simply just leave a comment. Both are pretty easy to do. But how do you find the blogs that appeal to you enough to follow and have regular giveaways?

You may already follow some, but you could first start by just asking around. If you are reading this, I am sure you would be more than happy to follow – Diary of a Comp Queen – if you don’t already. This very successful blog is written by fellow comper, Sarah Phillips who offers hints and tips on comping as well as regular giveaways. Some of the giveaways are toys, DVDs, concert tickets and games for kids but others are useful household items. Just before Christmas I actually won a wonderful collection of 2015 calendars from her blog which turned out to be great Christmas presents!

The other day I decided to look further afield for some blogs with giveaways so I did a quick Google search and found a Blog Giveaway Directory(http:bloggiveawaydirectory.com) but alas it was a US-based site. There were a few giveaways listed as worldwide but I am not sure if I would hold my breath either winning or receiving them if I did. When I search around to a similar Australian site I couldn’t come up with much, so if anyone has the time and energy this could be a great idea. I did find iFabbo.com and even though it is an international site it had a page – 50 Australian Beauty Blogs to Watch (blog.ifabbo.com/Australia-beauty-blogs/). If it is health and beauty products you are after, it could be a place to find interesting blogs to follow.

I then decided to check out a few I have randomly come across in a Google search. The first one was Mrs Tink (www.mrstinkblogdotcom.com.au) where she had reviewed and given away some Funch Snack Bar Mixes and then just recently, some luxurious Valentines Day packs. She announces her winners on her Facebook page, so you will have to ?like’ that page as well. This is an excellent example of how good the prizes can be with giveaways run through blogs even if they are relatively small compared to the ones offered by big nationally promoted competitions. The second one was listed on this website the other week. It was the blog FatMumSlim (www.fms.com.au). This giveaway included a mindfulness journal, two pillowcases, a novel, a beach bag and a kid’s bike. Not a bad mix of goodies, hey?

These were just two of perhaps hundreds, maybe thousands of Australian blogs out there in cyber-space willing to giveaway all kinds of goodies to happy followers. Even though it might take a bit of a search to track them down, once you get the hang of it……the sky might even be the limit.


You can call yourself a comper…..if you have just spent most of January unsubscribing from all the newsletters and ?un-liking’ all the FB pages you ?liked’ over Christmas!

Photo attribution: Owen W Brown

Winners are Grinners



Winning is fun! That’s why we all enjoy it so much (well, most of the time anyway). However, occasionally when we get a bit carried away we forget to make a note of the competitions we enter and miss out on the prizes because we haven’t checked back to the announcement of the winners to claim them. It happened to me a couple of times last year. The situation improved when I joined with a few other compers through the Forum and we all watched out for each other’s names.

This particular problem seems to occur mostly with competitions run through Facebook. I don’t think it is fair but it seems that Facebook competition promoters are either unwilling (or unable) to contact winners and therefore expect winners to contact them via a private message! That is alright if it is easy to check back on the right day, at the right time when any announcements are made and sometimes it is not.

Well, there is now one handy solution to this problem that may help to right this wrong. I actually came across the idea the other week on a UK site – a Facebook Winners Page – a group that shares winning notifications. I thought it was a great idea at the time and it seems someone else in Australia thought the same. So, low and behold, I then discovered Competition Winners Australia – https://www.facebook.com/groups/428451857308064/ – born only a couple of weeks ago.

Competition Winners Australia is described as is the place to search for any wins in Facebook competitions. The idea is to join the group and add any winning lists or announcements you see in your news feed so everyone in the group can search for their name. Facebook competition announcements are often missed, and the group has been set up to help everyone find and claim their prizes but it is dependent on members posting and tagging for everyone’s benefit. Members can help other members by tagging the winning names in a post or as a comment. If they are a group member or even a friend of a member, they will get a notification.

It is recommended you turn off notifications from this group so you don’t get bombarded with too many notifications in your email. In addition it is suggested that members only post text or post the winning announcement link and the winners name in text in the comments (if possible). You can also search the group for posts at the top right (where you see a magnifying glass) by typing in your name but please note, this will only search text posted in the group, but not text in shared links, so it is best to type winning names as much as possible. You can also search photos. After you are a member – get everyone you know – family, friends and friends of friends – who are into comping to join too.


1. You must only post winner announcements. However you can congratulate and tag others in the comments if you like.

2. You mustn’t post announcements where you are the only winner

3. If your Facebook profile states you live outside Australia, you have more than one Facebook Account or you have been on Facebook less than a month, or if you look dodgy, do something suspicious or against Facebook rules  – you will not be approved by the Administrator or may be deleted at any time.

If you are very serious about looking for your wins, you can also try social search with google. Just type your name into a search engine at www.social-searcher.com/google-social-search and it will search through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You never know what you might find!


How do you tell a comper in a crowded shopping centre?

They’re the one standing in a post office queue with a parcel notice in their hand and a big grin on their face!

How to Survive a Prize Drought



You have been on top of the world. The prizes have been regularly appearing at your doorstep or in your mailbox. Finally you thought you could call yourself a successful comper. Then suddenly it happens. Things slow down. You are still entering heaps of competitions. You know this because your fingers are tired from filling out all those forms and your inbox is still full of unsolicited and junk mail. What has happened?

You have simply hit a dry spell, a prize drought. It happens to us all. It would be extremely rare for any comper to continually win prizes without the occasional dry spell. They can happen at any time and there is often not much you can do about them except wait them out. If you are going through one at the moment or want to be prepared when one suddenly hits, here are a few hints and tips to help you get through and survive until it passes.

(1)   Make a list of all the prizes you have won in the last six months or so to remind you that comping is still a worthwhile hobby even though at the moment it doesn’t feel like it. Also make a list of all the prizes you would really like to win and stick it on a corkboard or on your fridge door to keep you motivated.

(2)   Apply for more freebies. It is still exciting to find something in your letterbox every now and again and lots of free samples and other freebies can fill the void and your kitchen and bathroom cupboard. Some freebies are almost as good as prizes. If you have not already done so, it might pay to register with Pinchme.com.au and the Coles blog. Don’t forget there is always Freestuff.com.au – our sister site.

(3)   Take a break. This can help to refresh you for when you decide to get back into it. Grab some of those movie tickets you won a few months back and shout your family or friends a trip to the movies. Try out some new recipes as they might come in handy at some stage in recipe competitions. Get your camera out and start snapping. Call some freids you haven’t seen for a while and go out for a drink.

(4)   Enjoy other people’s wins for a while.  It’s great to share in their enthusiasm and it my keep you inspired to keep going.

(5)   Take up a new hobby, sport or join a gym. You probably need to get back into a fitness routine if you have been sitting for long hours on the computer entering competitions for some time. If you are too lazy to do that – get a massage and enjoy.

(6)   Resist the urge to give up completely. If you work on it you will start winning again and there is always a new round of competitions appearing as others end.

Speaking of upcoming new competitions, once the back-to-school and back-to-work ones are over February competitions will begin to focus on Valentines Day (the 14th). Florists, confectionary businesses and jewellers will soon (if not already) appear out of nowhere offering irresistible prizes on Facebook, through competition websites, in local newspapers and women’s magazines. Restaurants may offer Valentines Day dinners for two and travel sites might entice you into competitions with romantic weekend getaways. So get your pens ready if a dozen red roses or a box of chocolate coated chocolates or a date with your beloved, appeals. And Easter is not that far off. Easter eggs and hot cross buns are starting to fill supermarket shelves. Then it’s always Mother’s Day again – an excellent time to win something to spoil your mum. So get ready!