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!


I must admit it’s been a long year and I’m exhausted but I’m determined to go out with a bang! It’s a race to the finish line. I need to bulk up my spreadsheet of wins! We’re all busy but where to find the time? Ah never fear I have some time saving tips to win in the New Year!


  1. Write down all the unlimited WOL questions you want to answer. Put them in your phone and when you are on your commute, start brainstorming. If you drive to work spend part of your lunch break stewing over creative answers.
  2. Allocate a time when you can just enter competitions. Make sure to tell the family that this is ‘your’ time.
  3. Enter as many ‘easy’ competitions as possible and leave the ones that require more effort (WOL) to later. You will need this momentum to get to the harder comps.
  4. Like on Faceboook all your local shopping centres, department stores and supermarkets, this way you will be the first to be notified of local competitions that might require a visit in store.
  5. Make a shopping list of items you need to buy for store competitions. This will save you time in the supermarket trying to remember all the things you have to buy and the requirements.
  6. Make Forms Automatically Fill by magic! Chrome Auto Fill and Roboform will be your best friend and save you tons of time filling in your name and address a hundred times.
  7. Ask friends and family if they have any ideas when it comes to tricky WOL answers. Brainstorming as a family really is fun and it helps to get all the creative juices flowing. You will be surprised by everyone’s ideas which will give you even more ideas.
  8. Develop a system to keep track of all competitions entered. There’s nothing worse when you think of a killer WOL answer for a comp you have already entered. Start a spreadsheet or Word document, its up to you what system you choose but make sure its fast to look up the info you need.
  9. Create a weekly schedule so you make time for everything want to do for the week. This way you don’t feel overwhelmed and you can keep to your schedule.

10. Keep SMS comps on you phone and copy paste your details to enter every day.


This time of the year really is magical and what a better way to end it than with a few wins. The good news there still is time to enter and you can rest when January arrives! So get cracking!

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 one thing. Answer the question correctly.

There were two other callers on the line. In a panic I asked the producer ‘What’s the topic?’ and she replied ‘Famous Greeks’. It made sense the competition was for a trip to Greece. I was then put on hold and so I put the phone on loudspeaker. The music on the phone was the same as the on the radio. Fancy that? Then my sister had a panic attack because she couldn’t believe I was going to be on the radio. I wasn’t really fazed being an experienced comper and having many and I mean many close calls and runner up prizes.


Next, we got Googling. Famous Greeks? Jennifer Aniston…..um who else? I could smell the beach at Mykonos. I felt I so had this. They had picked me after all to ring. My WOL must have stood out from the crowd. It felt meant to be. Then lady luck chose me as the first person to go. Unlucky because the first person to guess who the famous Greek was went into the draw. Being first I would have the first clue. Could I guess it with one clue?


Now I can’t remember the first clue but I remember the answer I said as It was the first thing that popped into my head. You see I was scared if I delayed my answer they would say ‘Times up!’ so in a hurry I said ‘Alex Dimitriades!’ (I was a big fan of Heartbreak High when I was a kid). Their response cut me like a knife. ‘Sorry, but good try’. Then it was onto the next person. My heart sank. My sister sat frozen with the phone, enthralled by the whole thing. I think the third person got the correct answer but being the third person was an advantage! The mystery Greek ended up being John Stamos (I also was a big fan of Full House as a kid).


This competition has always stuck in my head as the one that got away. Sure I don’t know if I would of won in the next stage but I was so close! Radio competitions are fun to listen to but being on the other side can be complicated and filled with disappointment. I prefer the mystery of never finding out the outcomes of all the competitions I enter.


Since then I have tried many times to get back on but it seems you have to an avid listener to the radio and hear the clues, code words and call outs.


Looking back it is a great memory of my sister and I huddled in my car, the excitement of it all and playing the game. My sister still talks about it and recently I heard a 10K competition that I thought maybe I should try. I’m tempted but I think lady luck gave me my chance.


Has anyone won anything on the radio and what do you think of radio competitions? Let everyone know in the comments…

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 special Melbourne Cup.


I was absolutely gob-smacked. Not just because I didn’t have 19 in any of my Melbourne Cup trifectas but a woman jockey won for the first time in history! Yay and this got me thinking since the odds were 100-1, anyone can be a winner! It really is true! This was a win for all the people where the odds were against them.


As compers the odds are usually more than 100-1 but someone has to win? Right? Michelle said something I found interesting when she won. She said she woke up that morning she felt like she was going to win. She felt lucky. And luck is when hard work and preparation meets opportunity. But there were a few more things I took away from this momentous historical win:


  • Michelle Payne had been riding Prince of Penzance for seven years!
  • Her father had raised 10 children after their mother had died.The odds were 100-1 (only 4 times in history have odds been that long).
  • Michelle’s brother, Steven (a beautiful human who happens to have Down Syndrome) has been the strapper of the horse Prince of Penzance for 10 yrs.


What an amazing win. Persistence and hard work really does pay off and most of all anything is possible. Happy comping compers. The odds don’t mean anything!

Image: Reuters: Hamish Blair