beginner's guide to comping

Beginner’s Guide to Comping

Quite simply, comping is the hobby of entering competitions. For no money at all, you can experience the anticipation and thrill of a potential win. All you need to spend is time and you have yourself a potentially lucrative hobby.

With hundreds of competitions to enter every day, there’s always something to waiting to be won. You may be the lucky one winning that voucher, or even a car or holiday! Comping is the ideal hobby for everyone, but especially those with small budgets.

The traits of any good comper are patience and persistence; you can go a while without winning anything, but then be surprised with a great win. I was close to giving up when I won an expensive printer with a year’s worth of ink, which made all my effort worth it!

You’ll find a method of entering competitions that works for you. You may prefer to use certain sites more than others, or have a certain time you like to enter competitions.

So where can you enter competitions, and what tools of the trade do you need?

My favourite sites

Comping tools

  • For filling out forms quickly, consider a plugin such as Autofill Forms.
  • Create a separate email account for entering competitions. You will get a lot of spam. Just check the account regularly to see if you’re a winner.
  • For entering Facebook or Twitter competitions use your normal account, special dedicated accounts are generally frowned upon. If you do make separate accounts just make sure to post personal posts now and then.

Beware of sites that may sell your details, or send you a lot of spam. If a site looks too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid sites like Vaniki and MyOffers. There’s a detailed list of sites you can and can’t trust on Super Lucky.

My experience

I first decided to start Comping regularly after seeing a show on TLC about it. These people were winning big prizes all the time, and while I haven’t won a car, I still feel great for winning a printer!

When I’m sat there entering competitions I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time. It’s like I’m creating all these possibilities and bettering my luck. As they say, you have to be in it to win it.

I generally set aside a couple of hours every Sunday to enter competitions. Sunday’s are always quiet so it’s a nice way to keep me occupied. I work through the week’s competitions on The Prize Finder; my system is to find and highlight (ctrl and F) the competitions I have to register for so I can avoid them (because registering is annoying!), then I’ll just enter the ones that catch my eye.

I only started comping earlier this year and so far it’s really paying off, so far I’ve won:

  • This HP Printer with a year’s worth of printer ink
  • A £50 Debenhams voucher
  • A plush squirrel from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical
  • 3 children’s beakers
  • A party kit with balloons and invitations
  • Easter eggs

I’ve very proud of my little wins. If I devoted more time to entering competitions, I’m sure I could win more, but I’m happy so far. Maybe I’ll up my game in the future, who knows!


So there you have a brief look into the world of comping. I hope this has proven helpful, and you’re on your way to winning something wonderful.

Seasoned compers, what have been your best and favourite wins?

download free apps

5 Sites that Pay You to Download Free Apps

 

Did you know you can get paid for downloading apps? If you’re looking to make a few extra pounds for just a few minutes of your time, you can! Downloading apps is the perfect way to make a little extra money in less time than it takes to put the kettle on.

Getting your points is easy; simply disable any adblock software, download the app, open it and complete any tutorials, then return to the site and your points should register. I have included the apps and websites I like and that have paid out for me.

 

FeaturePoints

FeaturePoints is a great app that rewards you with everything from Amazon & Starbucks vouchers to cash through PayPal. For every friend you refer you get half their points when they download an app. The the more friends you refer, the more you’ll earn. You only need 1050 for a £1 Amazon voucher, and with some apps giving you 250 points, it’s definitely easy money.

FeaturePoints is not in the UK iOS App Store, so will need to be viewed through your mobile browser. It is a genuine site and has paid out for me every time. The gift cards are also instant, so your gift card code will open in a new window. Awesome!

FeaturePoints

1o5o points = £1 Instant Amazon gift card

FeaturePoints – Android

 

Swagbucks

You can be rewarded from 15 Swagbucks upwards for downloading apps. Very easy money, and there’s a range of apps to download for both iOS and Android, just search the homepage and under the Discover tab for apps to download.

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849 Swagbucks = £5 Amazon voucher / 999 Swagbucks = £5 PayPal

Swagbucks

 

InboxPounds

Another one to access through your mobile browser, InboxPounds when viewed on a mobile has an apps tab. A pretty penny can be made for downloading apps with InboxPounds, but rewards can vary.

InboxPounds

Cheque payment threshold is £20.00

InboxPounds

 

InstaGC

If accessed through your mobile browser, InstaGC will give you loads of options for downloading apps, under different buttons.

You can get 40 points (repeatable once a day), and another 40 points (once every three days) for downloading one of the apps under the ‘InstaGC’ button. Check under all the buttons for apps, videos and more offers. InstaGC, as the name suggests offers instant codes for their gift cards. It’s 2015, forget this waiting malarkey!

instagc

160 points = £1 Instant Amazon gift card

InstaGC

 

Loot!

Loot! has been quiet lately, but if you sign up to their daily rewards you receive a link to click in a daily email, and not only will you get upwards of $0.05 a day, you will get an app wall when the link opens in your mobile browser.

Loot!

Cashout to PayPal at $10.00.

Loot! – Android / iOS

update: Loot aren’t replying to anyone, or processing anyone’s cash-outs. Stay clear!

It is officially one week until Christmas! Don’t panic, there’s still time to bag a bargain! Here’s some gift inspiration if you’re stuck for ideas:

Kids

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This Disney Frozen Sparkle Elsa Doll is only £6, down from £27.50.

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Brighten up any table with this Philips Marvel Lamp, which is £14.99 down from £24.99

leappad

Your little ones will love this LeapPad Platinum, which was £99.99 and is now £50.

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This LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket is only £10, down from £19.99

Gadgets

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These Sennheiser RS120 II RF Wireless On-Ear Headphones are £49.99, down from £89.99.

 

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Why not try Sky Movies without the contract: NOW TV Box + 4 Month Movie Pass is only £24.99, a bargain down from £39.99.

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The Amazon Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, 8 GB is a steal at £49.99.

 

Grooming

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Save 60% on this Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Gift Set. Pay only £19.99, the recommended retail price is £50.

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This Paul Smith Men Eau de Toilette set was £41 and is now just £13.20.

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This Ecotools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set was £14.99 and is now £7.22.

 

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Save a whopping 70% on this Braun Series 3 3080 Men’s Electric Foil Shaver Wet/Dry which is £39.99 down from £139.99.

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whatusersdo

Test websites and apps with Whatusersdo

Whatusersdo is a site that pays you for testing websites and apps. For only around 20 minutes of your time you can get £8 for a website test, and £15 for an app test.

The tests use a screen recorder to tracks your movements around the site, and a voice recorder for you to voice your opinions and thoughts as you test the app or website. The FAQ states you need to use Firefox on a Mac and either Firefox or Chrome on a Windows computer.

The owners of the apps or websites want to know what you think, so don’t be afraid to voice constructive criticism of the sites; this includes usability, loading speed, and ease of use etc. Voicing your thoughts can be difficult at first, but it gets easier the more tests you complete. If you say what you like or don’t like you’ll be on the right track!

When you’re finished recording you simply upload to the Whatusersdo website and you’re good to go.

Your Dashboard will look something like this:

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You’ll be able to see the full task instructions before you start, so if you feel it’s not for you you don’t have to accept the invite. Your dashboard also lists any completed tasks, so it’s all easy to keep track of.

How will I get paid?

Whatusersdo generally arrange payout on the 25th of the month, save for weekends and any public holidays. You will need a PayPal account.

My experience

Whatusersdo is really easy to use, and pays really well. I tend to get a couple of emails a day inviting me to complete tests, so there’s a chance to make a pretty penny with Whatusersdo.

You need your voice to be clear, so I bought this this Logitech headset so I can be as easy to understand as possible.

Sign up to Whatusersdo today

Click here to join Whatusersdo

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Enter these 5 daily sweepstakes for free

There are a handful of sites that provide free chances of winning money daily. All you need to do is register and check once a day to see if you’re a winner, it really couldn’t be easier!

Ashleigh Money Saver Daily Prize Draw

There is a daily chance of winning £50 if your name is picked in the prize draw. You can sign up with your Facebook account, or you can register through the site if you wish. It resets every day at midnight but you can only claim your winnings on the day of winning. You therefore must check the page every day to see if you’re a winner.

If you do win a button with the word ‘claim’ will appear and you’ll receive your money within 7 days. The prize is a £50 gift voucher to an unstated retailer.

Click here for the daily prize draw

 

Free Postcode Lottery

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With the Free Postcode Lottery, you sign up with your postcode and if it’s picked you’ll win however much is in the prize pot and any bonus you may have secured. Much like the prize draw above, the Free Postcode Lottery resets at midnight every day with a new winner. The main game is called the ‘Jackpot’ but you can also win on a ‘Survey,’ ‘Mini’ and the ‘Stackpot’ draws.

If multiple people win with the same postcode then the winning amount will be split between the people who claim. Only one person may claim the Mini draw, which is first come first served.

The Survey draw is worth £75 a day (or more if the prize rolls over) and it sometimes requires you to complete a survey to see the winning postcode.

The Mini draw is a sneaky draw hidden at the bottom of the main page from 6pm til midnight worth £20.

The Stackpot draw is worth £10 daily between 9am and 9pm every day and you have until the next draw to claim.

The lucky winner can withdraw their winnings to their PayPal account, but you can request a bank transfer or an Amazon voucher if you’d rather.

Click here for the Free Postcode Lottery

 

Lucky Phone

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Lucky Phone is a free daily prize draw where you can win money based on your phone number. There are two draws, the Main Draw, (which varies in prize money due to advertising revenues,) and the Lucky Dip draw, worth £5.

As with the previous two sites, it resets at midnight with new winners.

The Lucky Dip draw is not based on your phone number but a set of numbers which is sent to you once you confirm your email address. If you get points a confirm button will appear on the ‘check results’ page for you to click.

Aside from the main prize, if you get 7 or more matching numbers on either draw you’ll receive points, with 1000 points equal to £10. You can cash out with PayPal, or receive your money by BACS or cheque.

Click here to go to Lucky Phone

 

Number Plate Lotto

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With the Number Plate Lotto you can win money daily just by entering your car’s license plate number. The draw takes place at 9PM daily and you have to claim your winnings within 24 hours or the money will rollover.

Like the others you won’t be notified by email if you’re a winner so check the site every day. If you’re the lucky winner a ‘Claim Money’ button will appear next to the winning number. Any winnings will be paid out to your PayPal.

Click here to go to Number Plate Lotto

 

Selfie Lottery

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One of my favourites is the Selfie Lottery. A new winner is announced each day at 12PM UTC, giving the winner until 1AM UTC to claim any winnings.

All you need to do here is upload a selfie, and check every day to see if your selfie is chosen. If you’re the lucky winner you will see a button saying ‘Claim my Winnings’ beneath your photo. The money will be paid in to your bank or PayPal account.

Every day you visit you receive a 50p bonus, which will be added to your winnings if you win. For every friend you refer to the Selfie Lottery you’ll get another chance to win.

Click here to go to Selfie Lottery


All these are really quick and easy to register for and you can check them all in a couple of minutes a day. What are you waiting for? Fingers crossed!

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