Monday, 2 October 2017
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Recently I had my first magazine win, a £50 cheque from Take a Break magazine. Now, there's a bit of a saga about this, but let's just pretend the prize wasn't 6 months late and that the cheque didn't bounce. The competition itself was a picture puzzle and I entered online. There are lot's of magazine competitions out there, and there's something for everyone. Here are the top magazines no matter what your comping style:
1) For the puzzler
There are so many puzzle magazines to choose from. Take a Break and Chat are two of my favourites because there are a variety of prizes on offer and you can enter online or by post. I tend to look out for magazine that aren't just offering one big prize of say, a holiday, as this will likely have many entrants and often other magazines from the same brand are offering the very same holiday. Chances are, all entrants from across the magazines will be bundled together into one draw (read high entry).
This month, I bought the Chat Crosswords magazine which boasts prizes from a holiday to some cake mix. The competitions had a varying number of winners too, giving a better chance of winning. Another good place to look for puzzle competitions is the daily newspaper. In Glasgow the Daily Record does a great puzzle pullout on a Tuesday. I entered this every week at one point, with no wins, however it is worth checking to see if your local paper does something similar... you've got to be in it to win it! The great thing about the puzzles in the papers is that, often, you have to send away an entry form to enter. The cost and effort of this may put people off and so there will be less entrants.
Puzzle magazines are not a guaranteed win, so only spend your cash if you actually enjoy doing the puzzle too!
2) For the saver
Some people don't like to spend any money on comping, and it is definitely possible to win without splashing the cash. Weatherspoons have a monthly crossword competition in the back of their free magazine, so make sure to pick one up next time you're at your local. Free magazines in shops such as Boots, Superdrug (both need a loyalty card) and Tiso's are good places to look for free magazines with competitions in them. At my local comping group, we swap magazines that have competitions in them and help each other to complete the puzzles and competition entries. It's also a great way of discovering a new magazine and being sociable!
Another way to find free magazines is to order a sample. These can be found on freebie websites such as Freebie Site UK. Fill in your details to order one free issue of a magazine. But be warned they will call you up to confirm you want the magazine and try to sell you a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed, life changing deal such as 3 magazines for £3 that will require you to give them your card details. This is where I politely say no thanks, just the freebie, back away slowly and don't have my life changed by 3 magazines. Such is life.
3) For the brains
If your standard crosswords and wordsearches don't tickle the brain cells enough for you, New Scientist has a fantastic competition that requires a bit of random knowledge (or excellent Google skills). At the end of the magazine, there is a section called 'The Last Word' where an everyday issue is questioned and the readers write in their answers. Every answer that is published earns a cool £25: find questions that need answering here:
I was introduced to this by one of my friends who has the makings of a great comper. Here are his thoughts on it:
" I must have answered at least ten questions so far which have been published. Published answers receive a £25 prize, so that's at least £250 that I've accumulated over the years. If you have a good idea of the question's answer, and can formulate it into a clear and concise few paragraphs, then you've got a very high chance of being published and getting the £25 as I should think it's fairly low participation. I tend to go for the biology-related ones. It's kind of a win-win situation, as I've often learnt a great deal myself by considering readers' questions, many of which are unusual and thought-provoking, and if necessary doing a bit of extra research online to be able to give a fuller answer; on the other hand, it's also very gratifying to know that I'm elucidating the mysterious workings of the natural world for the New Scientist's readers. Here's an example of one of my answers that got published this year: https://www.
newscientist.com/lastword/ mg23431250-900-blood-sausage/ "
4) For the compers
C'mon, I couldn't do a whole article of comping in magazine without mentioning THE comping magazine: Compers News. Now, I am not sponsored, endorsed or writing for Compers News so this is my honest opinion as a regular user of the magazine.
The magazine costs £59.40 for the year and you get it delivered monthly. The magazine contains listings of competitions that you can find: from text competitions to purchase necessary. If you are the type of comper who enjoys working through competitions in a strategical way (such as on competition listings online) this is a great resource. I like having something that isn't totally computer based for a change, and there are also some great (and very tricky) puzzle competitions in it to get a complete break from online comping. I have only won one prize that I found in the magazine (and no in-house comps) since I became a subscriber, but I still really enjoy the magazine. It also gives you access to online forums which are full of comping tips! If you are serious about your comping, it would recommend it, however I know many compers who do just fine without it.
5) For the kids
Kids magazines are a great place to be looking for competitions. They are often lower value prizes but also lower entry and so a higher chance of winning. It's also a great way to get the kids into comping from a young age (and perhaps more willing to look silly for photos?). I personally don't have children, so cannot recommend a specific magazine for comping, but keep an eye out next time your child buys a magazine and have a flick through before it gets lost in the depths of their room (or recycled).
So there's the low-down on magazine competitions. These are just some of my own personal favourites when it comes to comping using magazines, . Comment below if you like using magazines to enter competitions, and what your favourites are!
Luck and Love,
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017
- Completing surveys
- Watching videos
- Using the SwagBucks search engine
- Playing games
1) Loyalty Pays
2) Get into a routine
3) Searching for SwagBucks
4) Swag Button
Saturday, 8 July 2017
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.
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
Thursday, 29 June 2017
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
3) Keep the evidence
4) Go for the mop-up draws
5) Waste not, want not
6) Save the best til last
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Saturday, 11 March 2017
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.
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,