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Mission Competition

Top Money Saving and Comping Tips from a 21 year-old Student keen to make my limited budget stretch the semester!

Follow me on Twitter:@LaurieBeat and Instagram: @lornab22 or email any queries to lauriebeat@gmail.com

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Luck and love!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

June 2017 Prizes




This month I have been unable to film a prize unboxing, as I have been away volunteering at the RSPB Loch Lomond similar to what I did last year but for 3 months. This means that I have less time (and signal) for comping and also filming.

However, I have put together a wee guide to what I won this month, just without the Scottish accent talking you through it.

Prize: Fidget Spinner
From: Snatch
Method: I won this by playing a game called Snatch that you download as an app on your phone or tablet. It's a bit like Pokemon Go but with the chance to win prizes! This month from Snatch I also won:

 - 2 Month Now TV Sky Cinema Pass
- 50% off Now TV Sky Sports Month Pass
- £5 to Spend at PrezzyBox
- Just Move In conceirge service (worth £290)
- Lots of in-game prizes such as coins and diamonds

If you want to get involved with Snatch, download the app and, if you fancy it, try my referral code: RWKSCR

Prize: Hot Tomato Pickle
From: English Provender
Method: Instagtam (Like and tag a friend - thanks Neill!)

Note: I was tagged in this competition by Neill Johnstone who knows that spicy food + Lorna = NO and so he commented asking if it would too hot. Ironically I won and proceeded to prove him right by being a wuss while eating a spicy cheese sandwich...

The rest was donated to my dad.







Prize: Scratch off world map
From: I Want to go With You
Method: Instagram (Like and tag 5 friends)

This was a very low entry competition. 39 comments, but not all were valid as some people simply commented 'Love it!!!' rather than reading the rules.







So there we have my short and sweet prize list this month. Lots of nice little things to keep me going! See you next month.

Luck and Love, 

Lorna 

xx

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Purchase Necessary Competitions

As a comper, walking round the supermarket can take a fair bit longer than for most people (much to the annoyance of those who are with me). The word 'WIN' just seems to shout out at me, calling me to buy it. But should we buy everything with a competition on it? Here is my guide to what to buy and what to leave on the shelf:

1) Is purchase really necessary?


For a lot of compers, this amazing hobby is a way of saving, or even making, money. Therefore having to buy something, like a product or a magazine, could be out of the question. This doesn't meant that they cannot be looking for competitions in the supermarket. The other day I found this competition on the side of neck of a Belvoir cordial bottle that had no purchase necessary in very small letters. Just shows, it's always worth checking before buying.

Mission Competition Facebook group post

2) Get the inside knowledge

Products that you do need to buy tend to have a code somewhere on the packaging to enter online. These can either be found on the outside of the packet (such as the barcode) or a unique code hidden inside the container. 

Now, is one better than the other? Call me paranoid, but I like to go for one that is hidden so that no one could steal my winning code. On top of that, even if your code hasn't been pinched, other ones may have been meaning that there could be more entrants. Most competitions ask you to keep the receipts, but unfortunately some people will still chance it.

3) Keep the evidence


Can you imagine getting a winning email, jumping for joy and then realising that you've binned the receipt and packaging that is required to claim your prize? Unfortunately it does happen, so be sure to keep all your receipts for purchase necessary competitions. 

I like to keep mine in an expanding file so that it's not a massive chore to find them if ever I do need a receipt. Every so often (i.e. rarely) I go through this file and bin the old receipts for competitions that are over and done with. It's nice to keep on top of things like this, however rarely it happens.

4) Go for the mop-up draws


Just because a competition is finished, this does not mean it's over. No, I have not gone insane, most competitions have a mop-up draw that can go on for months after the original promotional period has ended. I look out for products in the bargain aisles that are on the cheap because the packaging is 'out of date'. Great way to get a good bargain and enter a competition! The majority of people will only enter a competition during the promotional period so, even if there are less prizes, there may also be less entrants.

Also, always check what the prizes are. Often the mop-up draw is cash, so if you don't like the look of the main prize on offer, save your codes for the thing you really want to win.

5) Waste not, want not


As a student, money-saver and comper, I hate waste. Therefore, I don't like to buy products that I wouldn't actually use. For example, I'm not a big fan of belvita biscuits, however I really fancied the coffee machine on offer in their latest competition. My solution? Buy the product, enter the code (if it's on the back of packaging) and donate the unopened packet to the local food bank.

This doesn't work so well if the code is inside the product, such as the Maynards competition to win flights to New Zealand. Luckily my future brother-in-law loves sweets and was perfectly happy to help me polish off a pack in exchange for the code!


6) Save the best til last


Here's the big one: when to enter. For some competitions, it will not matter in the slightest. For example, a competition that all the entries go into one massive draw. If it's a daily or a weekly draw, you may be better to save your codes for later on, near the end of the competition. This is when promotional packaging is harder to find and so less people will be entering. 

I remember tweeting Actimel asking where all the promotional packaging had gone, even though there was over a month left of their competition. They told me that only a certain number was made and so it was first come first served. Lesson: buy it when you see it, even if it's not started yet, and save the codes for later in the promotional period. Just don't forget that you bought them.... On the other hand, if it is the first few days of the promotion, get in there early, as people may not have heard about the competition yet, or shops may not have the promotional packets in stock. 

This also works for winning moments. If you are entering at the start of the promotion, you'll be one of many and therefore less likely to hit that winning moment. However, if you hold back your codes, less people will be entering, and winning moments may even run over giving you an even better chance of winning. 




So next time you hit the shops, get ready to switch up your shopping list. I love coming home with random items and creating a meal with random ingredients just because they had a competition on them. 

What do you think of purchase necessary competitions? Comment below and let me know about your successes, opinions and most random item that you have bought for a competition!

Luck and Love, 

Laurie

xx






Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Prize Unboxing: May 2017




Prize: Revision Kit
From: Stabilo
Entry: Online Form (answer a simple question)

Prize: Chocolate and Breakfast Bundle
From: Raw Halo
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Cloud 9 Moisturiser
From: this is powder
Entry: Instagram

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Prize Unboxing: April 2017

A much shorter unboxing this month due to exams. I've been focussing my efforts on holiday competitions so the smaller prizes that keep me going are less. Here's hoping it will all be worth it in the end!



Prize: Party Pack
From: The Sugar Stop Co
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Stationary Bundle
From: Roger La Borde
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Skinny Hot Chocolate
From: My Protein
Entry: Instagram

Prize: £50 cheque (which bounced)
From: Bauer Media
Entry: Magazine Competition



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Prize Unboxing: March 2017



Prize: Massive Beauty Bundle
From: Bang On Style
Entry: Blog Competition 
Note: Check out Di Coke's Linky List for Blog Comps: https://superlucky.me/category/competitions/blog-comp-linky/

Prize: Football
From: Walkers
Entry: Photo Competition: Twitter


Prize: Recipe Book
From: Mumsnet
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Headphones
From: Urbanz
Entry: Instagram


Prize: TEA!
From: Daily Cultures
Entry: Twitter


Prize: £100 Edinburgh Woolen Mill Voucher
From: Take-a-Break
Entry: Click-To Win
Note: For tips on entering Click-to-Wins see here: http://missioncompetition.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/magazine-dailies-click-to-win-tips.html


Prize: 2 Dresses
From: Brand Attic
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Mens Razer
From: Mr Hyde
Entry: Online Entry

Saturday, 11 March 2017

McDonalds Monopoly




March the 22nd. Put the date in your diary. No, it's not the coolest festival coming to town, nor the world biggest pizza being given out for free, it's better... it's the return of the compers favourite - McDonalds Monopoly.


I only really got into this last year, as it was the first year I had a Maccy D's within walking distance. The other reason I got so into it, is that it is on at the same time that revision starts big time for uni exams. This means that when I was bored of the library (most of the time) or couldn't be bothered to cook (also most of the time), McDonalds was the perfect solution. I would sit down with my meal deal and whip out the study books.


So, how does it work? 


When you order certain foods, they will have a sticker on them - either an online code, an instant win or a sticker that resembles one of the Monopoly properties. Then, you can stick your property on one of the Monopoly Board sheets that you can pick up in the restaurant. These are either on the Tray Liners, or a pocket sizes fold up version can be found at the entrance or tills. Once you collect all the properties of the same colour, you win a prize!


Just like the classic Monopoly board game, some stickers are more valuable than others (everyone got fond memories of family bickering about who always collects the dark blues?). Mayfair and Park Lane are both the rarest and highest ticket items, so if you see one of them, grab it and and guard it with your life (last year one of these sold for over £1,000 on eBay).


What should I order? 


Certain items have more stickers than others. For example, a large fries has 3 while Mozzarella sticks have 2 . Sorry all you chicken nuggets fans, they have no stickers on them at all. Every Game Piece is either a double or a triple this year, meaning that there is always an Online Game sticker, and then either an Instant Win or a Property. The Online Game stickers have a code on them which can be entered online at any point during the game period (22nd March - 2nd May). Try to enter these at less popular times (such as early morning or late at night) rather than lunchtime or after school when people may be entering codes as they find them. However, with two winning moments a minute, don't feel the need to miss out on some quality sleep for it. Some prizes are of higher value, but all prizes are randomly distributed to winning moments throughout the day.


Not a McDonalds fan? Fear not! I often went in and bought a large Coke Zero (3 Stickers) to get me through my studying and wombled the rest (for more on wombling, see below). So what's best to buy? Here are the lists of Double and Triple stickered items:


Double: Medium Fries, Medium Fizzy Drink, Cadbury Creme Egg/Caramel McFlurry, Mozzarella Dippers, Regular Iced Frappé or Iced Fruit Smoothie.


Triple: Large Fries, Large Fizzy Drink, Premium Salad (excluding Shaker Side Salad), Chicken Legend (on own, with bacon or 3/5 pieces), Big Tasty (on own or with bacon), The BBQ, The Classic or The Spicy from The Signature Collection


Also note that the Shaker Side Salads, medium or large hot drinks and drinks served in bottles or cartons only get stickers when ordered after 10:30am as part of a Medium Meal (2 stickers) or a Large Meal (3 stickers).


Know the items that do and do not get your a sticker, and always, always, always ask for a sticker if your item didn't have one when it should. They began to run out last year and so many places just stopped putting stickers on the items. When I mentioned that the competition period hadn't finished yet, the manager magically found some stickers to attach to my items. Perfect. 


Wombling


Sitting in McDonalds for a long time while I studied not only gave me a change of scene, but allowed me to do a fair bit of wombling too. Not everyone is a keen Comper, and so when they saw that their sticker wasn't an instant win, they just discarded it. Once they had left I would move over to their table and snap up the stickers. Even if you already have the property, you can swap 10 spare properties for a 1 month NowTV pass.


Some people may give you funny looks (it's all part of comping), but some people might actually help you out. Last year I had one guy chat to me about my comping and then before he left he gave me a massive bundle of stickers that he had been collecting. What a nice guy!


There is also the chance to womble on the streets (bus stops and McDonalds car parks are good) but this is far less hygienic so I tend to stick to the restaurant...unless it's Mayfair of course. 


From free meals (read free stickers) to £100k in Cash, there is a wide variety of prizes on offer. Even a wee £30 boohoo voucher or a NowTV pass is worth the odd trip to your local Maccy D's. So get involved and get ready to collect. I will be setting up a thread on my Facebook group for swapping properties and tips, so stayed tuned for that!


Played before? Comment below with your success stories and tips.


Luck and Love, 


Lorna 


Friday, 3 March 2017

Prize Unboxing: February 2017



Prize: 12 Bam Milkshakes
From: Bam Life
Entry: Instagram

Prize: £30 Scotmid Vouchers
From: Scotmid
Entry: Twitter

Prize: 5 Lipmate Lipbalms
From: Milly Cookbook
Entry: Twitter

Prize: Benfit Make Up
From: Benefit
Entry: Instagram

Prize: 2 Cracking Eggs
From: The Cracking Egg Company
Entry: Twitter

Prize: With Love Box
From: With Love

Prize: A Case of Soup
From: Yorkshire Provender
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Beauty Bundle and Skinade
From: Rainbow Cosmetics
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Valentines 
From: Potion London
Entry: Instagram

Prize: A Years Supply of Mornflake Porridge
From: Mornflake
Entry: Twitter

Prize: Up2Jawbone Activity Tracker
From: Amy Healthy Living
Entry: Instagram

Prize: X Factor Tickets
From: Gigs and Tours
Entry: Snapchat

Prize: Yoga Outfit
From: Fabletics
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Health Bundle
From: Windmill Organics
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Tea and a Mug
From: Ahmed Tea
Entry: Twitter

Prize: NewZapp Mug
From: MewZapp
Entry: Twitter

Prize: Personalised KitKat
From: KitKat
Entry: Purchase Necessary

Prize: Harry Potter Mug
From: Truffle Shuffle
Entry: Instagram

Favourite Prize This Month: Tricky one but I think I have to go for the X Factor tickets. Our seats were right at the front and I had such an amazing time with my Dad. Fingers crossed I'm lucky again next year!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Prize Unboxing: January 2017



Prize: Tom's Daily Plan Cookbook
From: Milly Cookbook
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Honest Predictions 2017 Calendar
From: The New Witty
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Sports Earphones
From: Urbanz
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Little Black Dress Perfume
From: Cath's Avon
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Baking Bundle
From: Roddas Cream
Entry: Instagram (Effort)
My Entry: 

Prize: Lipcote Bundle
From: Lipcote
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Sports Top and Bra
From: OmActive
Entry: Twitter


Prize: Pendent 
From: Marnibree
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Haircare Bundle
From: Unsure
Entry: Unsure


Prize: Soup and Soup Mug
From: Crosse & Blackwell
Entry: Online Form: Instant WIn


Prize: Cleanser
From: Spa Finders
Entry: Unsure


Prize: Mrs Tillys Hamper
From: Mrs Tillys
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Brow Kit
From: Fab Brows
Entry: Instagram


Prize: Yoga Mat
From: Meglio
Entry: Twitter


Prize: A month's supply of Honest Brew
From: Emily Kirk
Entry: Instagram

Favourite Prize of the Month: The Lorna Jane top as I have been wanting one for ages!

How has your month been? Let me know in the comments below, especially if you think it's been quieter than the craziness of last month - although maybe it's nice to get a break!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Unibox Giveaway: A Monthly Gift for Students



University can be a tough time for many young adults. For me, it was so tough that I left the University of St. Andrews after one year and took a year out to regather my jumbled thoughts. Now in my third year of a Geography degree at the University of Glasgow, I am more comfortable with being away, learning to be independent and managing the increasing deadlines most of the time. Most being the operative word. There are times at university when all we need is a wee pick me up - a phone call from the parents, a coffee with an old friend, or a wee care package coming through the door.

This is where UniBox comes in. Every month, they send out care packages to students around the UK, taking away the hassle of having to choose items to send and remembering to send it. Even if you are ordering it for yourself, it feels so nice to get a parcel all made up for you to open like a present encouraging you to power through coursework. The boxes are filled with items that every student will love (mine came with tea and chocolate this month, what more could I ask for?). All you have to do is sign up on their website and pick a subscription and they do all the hard work for you! There are two types of subscription to go for:

Monthly Subscription: This can be cancelled anytime before the end of the month (i.e cancel by the 30th January if you do not want a February box).

Pre-paid Subsciption: Chose from either 3-month or 6-month. These work out cheaper overall than the monthly subscription, but you cannot cancel as you can with the monthly. 

I received a January box to review, watch the unboxing below to see what treats I got!


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My favourite treats this month:



Tea. Anyone who knows me at all will know that I love tea. Black tea, green tea, herbal tea and....unusual tea (which popcorn definitely falls into the category of). Teapigs is a great company and a cuppa is the perfect way to chill out after a long day at uni. Also a great ice breaker with your new flatmates - who needs popcorn at a movie night when you can have popcorn tea!




 Now I love chocolate as much as the next person but I can be a wee bit fussy when it comes to the cocoa percentage (try not to judge me). This chocolate however beats the >70% rule by a whole 2%. Also it has honeycomb in it which is an instant bonus and is as beautiful as the Welsh accents of the country it is from. A company I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.




If you have been following my blog from the start (hello!) then you may remember that I made apple crisps as a way to save money. However tasty and money saving the DIY version may be, sometimes it's so much easier to have a bag of them for taking to uni. It can be really hard to satisfy snacking cravings when out and about, especially when surrounded by the vending machines on campus, so I'm really looking forward to having these as a go to healthy snack between lectures.






Would you like to win a February box for you or a student in your life? It will be a whole new box full of mystery treats for them to enjoy. Enter via the Gleam app below!

Can't wait? Get 15% off your first order using the code UNIBOXLORNA - Good luck! 

ENTER HERE


Luck and Love,

Lorna







Sunday, 15 January 2017

#MakeUpFreeMe








January is a time of year when we are surrounded by magazines and adverts encouraging us to lose the weight we gained over Christmas and guilting us into splashing out on expensive gym memberships and fad juice diets that leave us hangry and skint. This year, I am setting a New Years Resolution intended to last longer than a diet and teach me more than a self-help book that ends up dusty on the shelf. Two weeks ago I embarked on a challenge that may seem easy to some and impossible to others – I'm going make up free for the month of January. For me, it lies somewhere between the two - I love a wee make up free day, but the thought of going out clubbing or to a fancy meal without it isn't something I'm comfortable with. I am doing this both to show that there is nothing wrong with embracing the natural us, and to raise money for the incredible eating disorders charity B-eat. To read more about my recovery and to donate, please visit my just giving page <here>.

Two and a half years ago, I was admitted to a general mixed psychiatric ward in which I would stay for 5 months and 5 days (not that I was counting). I learned a lot in this experience, but more than anything I learned that there is no such thing as a perfect body, but that yours is perfect for you. I am not saying that I love every inch of my body, I miss my thigh gap and toned abs, but I now have curves that make me feel attractive and like a woman, rather than a skeleton. I am learning to love my body for how it is, flaws and all.
A key to my recovery was to accept the natural me, to embrace the weight I became living the life that I wanted to live. I would rather weigh a little bit more and be able to enjoy the Sunday tradition of waffles for breakfast with my boyfriend, than sit miserably eating an apple, or have a crazy night out with my pals without worrying about the calories in every drink. As part of my challenge to accept me for who I am, I have set myself this task of going makeup free every day in January.


I am now two weeks into my challenge and have already faced some of the things I was most worried about. I had never been on a night out without makeup, and this week I discovered there are some major benefits to hitting the dancefloor make up free. For one, getting ready takes half the time (although at times, the getting ready is one of the best parts of the night) but most importantly, your make up with last the whole night - because you aren't wearing any, You don't need to worry about it getting ruined by some guy tossing drinks at your group. You can simply give him a wee glare and get back on with the dancing. Also, to wake up the next morning without massive panda eyes was a serious benefit, because however well you THINK you've taken off your make up after a night out, it's never enough.

Another big challenge for me was going to an interview without a layer of foundation and mascara to hide behind. It's almost a given that we dress ourselves up and present ourselves at our best when going somewhere that makes us nervous. Yet why I thought that urban decays latest products would make me any better suited for a summer internship at an accounting firm, I do not know. I settled for some glasses and a smart blazer instead, and got an extra 10 minutes in bed as a bonus.

 As well as the extra snoozing time in the morning, I am doing this challenge to show people that we can embrace the natural us, rather than striving to be like the unrealistically perfect, skinny and flaw-free models that we see emblazoned on magazines. It’s okay to go into a club without makeup, you can appear attractive to people as the natural you and a life without panda eyes is a good one. 
Halfway through the month and I still get nervous when taking photos next to friends who look beautiful with their long lashes and bronzed cheeks, and I am so aware of my face when filming videos for my blog but slowly I am starting to like my natural look. I care less about what people think, and realised that half the time people don't even notice I'm not wearing any make up, it's only me that cares. I still have challenges to go - a date night with my boyfriend and a family meal (that in my family is an occasion to get dressed up) but I am already starting to feel that this month may just extend into more of a life style, with just the odd special occasion allowing me to crack out the old eyeshadow palette...
Fancy joining me? Share your make-up free selfies on Instagram or Twitter with #MakeUpFreeMe and tag me (Twitter @LaurieBeat Instagram @lornab22) and please do share my just giving page link with it to help spread the word.




Having confidence in your natural look is the strongest kind of confidence a person can have.

                                        We are beautiful, exactly the way we are.

                                                           Let’s embrace it.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Prize Unboxing: December 2016



Prize: Urban Decay Mascara Miniature
From: Artemis & Xena
Entry: Twitter

Prize: Beauty Bundle worth £110
From: odettebeauty
Entry: Instagram
Notes: only 38 entries!

Prize: Heeled Boots
From: FyoUK
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Slippers
From: The White Company
Entry: Instagram

Prize: AA Skincare
From: Set of 3 FaceMasks
Entry: Instagram

Prize: CocoVita
From: Coconut Oil
Entry: Twitter

Prize: Tote Bag
From: ASOS
Entry: Online Form

Prize:  Terex Truck Merchandise
From: terex Trucks
Entry: Twitter

Prize: 4 Cereal Bars
From: Good Full Stop
Entry: Instagram

Prize: ProperCorn and Beer
From: ProperCorn
Note: Still no sign of the beer

Prize: Jeans
From: jack & Jones
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Black Mud Soap and CC Cream
From: Spa Finder
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Oven Glove
From: Whitworths
Entry: Purchase Necessay
Notes: I burnt my hand because I only had one oven glove...

Prize: Protein Kit
From: Ripped Kit
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Only & Sons Power Bank
From: USC
Entry: Instagram

Prize: £200 Love2Shop Vouchers
From: Ski Yoghurt
Entry: Online Form

Prize: £20 MAC Voucher (Mascara)
From: No Idea
Entry: Create your lipstick style

So that's it, the last Prize Unboxing for 2016! My favourite prize has to be the Love2Shop Vouchers and I loved having a wee day out with my mum and us both picking some new outfits!

Luck and Love, 

Laurie