Arid desert scene with the text "Has your comping cup run dry"

Hidden gems – where to look when you run out of competitions

Dry January?

So it’s January, and after the insanity of the December advent giveaways, comping really seems to die a death! As a compulsive comper, I often find myself scratching around for new competitions to enter at this time of year. Does anyone else ever end up half way through entering a comp and then second guessing their motives. I know it’s an addiction when I find myself asking if I would ever really use a hoverboard!? (I walk badly, with crutches)

As usual, I digress. The point is, I’ve noticed quite a lot of people commenting that they are similarly struggling to fulfil their personal comping quota this past week or so. I thought it would therefore be useful, to dig deep and provide you with some additional places to find competitions when the comping cup runs dry.

Hidden Gems

These 5 lesser known sites all have a great collection of competitions to enter and I highly recommended them. I usually tend to dip in and out of these whenever I have extra comping time anyway, but this month, I’ve been a daily visitor to them all. They have done a great job keeping me busy in the bleak January drought.

Twitaculous

Twitaculous is actually a really cool little app (can be used on laptops etc, not just for phones) and the only reason I don’t use it more often is due to lack of time. I’m an incredibly methodical person and as I discuss in my top 5 competition sites post, I rarely get beyond those five. Nevertheless, January has found me wanting for more competitions and Twitaculous has been a great little source. It’s not a pretty format, but it’s easy to use and the service is free. As it’s clear a lot of time and hard work has gone into creating this platform, there is a small voluntary contribution that you can pay if you intend to use the service often. This seems only fair and it does offer VIP access (advert free).

To use Twitaculous, you simply create an account, connect it directly to your Twitter account and it lists available Twitter competitions, complete with a nice easy entry system. Each competition post has its own Retweet, Like or Tweet button, allowing you to enter right there, without following a link to Twitter. It has nice sort functions, including sort by category or the option I prefer, show only those you haven’t entered yet. This is very handy! I would definitely recommend this to those who like to enter Twitter competitions.

An example of what the Twitaculous page looks like.
A screenshot from the Twitaculous listing page

 

PrizeDeck

PrizeDeck is a nice neat little site that provides their own giveaways with a simple one click entry format. Once signed up and logged in, you literally just click enter on the prizes that you fancy. There are no links to follow and no additional information to input.

I spoke to Lon at PrizeDeck about their ethos. PrizeDeck was born of the desire to stand in opposition to the increasing number of prize draw promoters running unfair giveaways (especially on Facebook), with elusive or non-existent prizes, difficult entry methods and dodgy terms and conditions. In stark contrast, PrizeDeck only run their own exclusive giveaways in a fair, honest and compliant way. They always list winners, announcing them both on the website and across social media. The prizes are widely varied and they make great efforts to work with local British brands, particularly start-ups. I have to say that I really appreciate the sentiment of this website and their good nature makes me want to comp with them that little bit more!

PrizeDeck is a relatively new site and I have seen them grow quite significantly over the past year. The prizes are not added daily, but there are at least a few new ones each week and you can set up email notifications for these. The new comps are very obvious, as those you have entered will automatically show you with a big green tick. It couldn’t be simpler!

They also have a blog page, which generally focusses on points of interest in the comping community and their own giveaway sponsors. It’s certainly worth a look if this topic is of interest. Highly recommended.

A screenshot from my PrizeDeck account

Prize Ticker

Prize Ticker is a very new competition listing site, which went live in late 2018. It is a nice simple, but very bold and colourful format, with some basic sort functions such as prize category and one I don’t think I’ve seen before, Age group. This refers to the age group that the prize is intended for. Obviously some of this might be a bit objective, unless it’s very obviously baby related items, so I would tend to steer clear of this function for fear of missing things.

I spoke to Anthony, who administers the new site. His main goal is to provide a place for competition listings and promotions but without any of the adverts or spam. The website, although live, is still undergoing some development and he intends to add a directory page that links to other listing sites, which sounds very useful.

For bloggers and prize promoters, they offer a nice simple upload page where you can share your own competitions at the cost of £1 for 90 days. Whilst other listing sites don’t charge for this service, Prize Ticker guarantee no adverts around your listing and a direct link to your competition.

A screenshot of the upload page for interested bloggers or giveaway providers

Snizl

Snizl is an unusual format for a competition listings website. They are another relatively new site and offer prizes from predominantly small businesses in the East Midlands area, although most prizes are available nationally. I have been entering competitions with them for about a year now and won one of the first that I entered last year for a cute Easter bunny plush toy.

The entry method is simple, as all giveaways are hosted directly on the site. Once signed in, you can just click on the picture of the prize you want, which will go to the main comp page. Click on ‘confirm entry’ and there is the option to share each prize on social media for additional entries. New prizes are not by any means added daily and tend to come in peaks and troughs. They are also very long dated comps, usually with about 3 month entry periods. Still, it’s easy enough not to take up too much time and you might get a nice surprise when you had completely forgotten about it, 3 months later!

A screenshot of the prizes listing on Snizl

 

rosemary and pork belly (blog)

Rosemary and Pork Belly is a great blog with really varied content, but largely focusses around travel. If you’ve read my “About me” page, or actually any of my blog posts, you have probably got the gist that I enjoy travel. They also have an excellent discounts and deals section, again largely centred around travel. So right of the bat, this is a blog for me. You might be thinking, that’s great, but your post and blog are about comping!?

Well, you’d be right of course. And here we have my favourite thing about Rosemary and Porkbelly blog, their travel competitions listing page!

The format is beautifully simple, with a “new since …” section each time the feed is updated. The descriptions often go above and beyond any other comp listing sites, due to the blog format, so closing dates and terms and conditions are clearly laid out for you. There are not hundreds of competitions on here by any means, but they are great ones, often that I haven’t come across on the big 5.

I love this blog and highly recommend keeping it on your watch list if you are a fan of free holidays!!

A screenshot from the travel competitions page on the Rosemary and Pork Belly Blog

 

Still not enough? Enter My Competition

So there are some of the great additional sites that I have been using to get me through the comping dry spell this January. Are there any new ones there for you? I’d be keen to hear your recommendations for comping sites that I haven’t mentioned yet. There are some that I don’t use because I either don’t trust them or don’t like the format (I’m a bit fussy like that). Please check out my post for comping site to avoid for further details.

If you still haven’t found enough, you can pop over to Twitter to enter my new giveaway, which you will find pinned to the top of my page. I’ve decided to change it up from the Gleam and Rafflecopter entry systems this time around, just to keep things fresh.

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com.
Entries must be received by 31 Jan 2019
The prize is one Transformers shaped wall puzzle.
Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
Entry is via instructions on Twitter, with an additional entry for those that have commented on this post.
The winner will be informed on Twitter within 48 hours of the closing date and have 7 days to claim.
Please allow 14 days from claim for delivery of the prize.

 

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My prize wins




My competition prize wins to date

This is a comprehensive (as far as memory allows) list of all of my competition prize wins since I began comping back in 2013. It took me a while to get my head around it. I needed to find the best techniques, discover which websites to use and which to avoid and therefore, it was a while before I started to win very much.

I am also going to put a disclaimer in here, that whilst I believe that luck plays very little part in winning competitions, there are certainly ups and downs in comping and definitely no guarantees. Please do not go into comping expecting to win! If you look at it as a fun pass time and see every win as a bonus, then you will be as passionate about it as I am!

2013-2015

During this period I was either severely ill throughout my pregnancy or severely ill looking after a new born/young baby. Although I initially started comping during this period, I didn’t really begin to take it seriously (or keep a proper list) until half way through 2016, when I had a far more manageable 2 year old. For that reason, and due to my appalling memory, the list covering this period is incomplete!

  • Lego Elves Treehouse Playset
  • Hamper of Avery craft labels and small gifts to label up, such as wine and soaps
  • Numerous Crafting and sewing sets
  • Choice of £50 worth of stamping supplies
  • 4 night stay in a detached lodge at Bluestone National Park in Wales
  • St. Ives Beach house stay worth £1k – this was my favourite win of 2015
  • 4 x tickets to see Peppa Pig’s Surprise Live at Birmingham Alexander Theatre
Kellie's husband and son on the beach in St. Ives, Cornwall
Our wonderful trip to St Ives Bay, a competition win from Cornwall Living Magazine. Our luxury beach house was just at the top of those cliffs – gorgeous and totally out of our price range!

2016

      • £750 Canopy and Stars Voucher – I managed to pay for the vast majority of 2 separate family breaks with this: Lime Tree House, Worcestershire and Lima Shepherd’s Hut , Gloucestershire – This was my favourite win of 2016
      • Playbrush smart kids electric toothbrush with app
      • 3 vintage hair bows
      • Iconic moments in film 20 DVD bundle
      • 2 x Grand Designs live tickets for the NEC
      • A Maps International kids doodle world map
      • Flexitol footcare products
      • Amazon Fire HD for Kids with drop-proof case
      • A Ladies padded Gilet from Damart
      • Ergonmic standing desk worth £500
      • Green people organic bath and body set
      • Rory’s Story Cubes – Batman Edition
      • Luxury 3 night family stay at Bashford Lodge in the Quantocks worth over £1000
A beautiful large house in the sunset in the UK countryside
The stunning Bashford Lodge in the Quantocks. A 3 night stay was our prize from BBC Country Life Magazine

2017

      • A keyboard shaped desk tidy
      • 1tb Xbox 360 with 2 games
      • Illustrated special edition Beauty and the Beast hardback book and poster
      • Marvel’s Logan movie merchandise pack
      • 9 lottery scratch cards (sadly none were winners!)
      • Bluetooth Headset
      • Confessions of a modern woman book
      • Joe Browns fitted t-shirt
      • A Smart Kettle worth £199
      • 4 x Thunderbirds models, large Tracey Island Playset and Backpack
      • A plush bunny rabbit toy
      • 6 months supply of Floradix liquid vitamins
      • A large Disney dolls set
      • Project MC2 Doll set
      • £300 luxury vegan chocolate from Bean and Pod
      • 3 x bottles of Tubby Tom’s hot sauce
      • Top Sante – Little book of earrings
      • Kidunk kids waterproof outdoor clothing and wellies set
      • Rhynil double strength snoring spray
      • 4 x Plasticine playsets
      • Personalised wooden photo frame
      • Family tickets to Walking with Dinosaurs live, Hilton hotel stay and £50 voucher for dinosaur merchandise – This was my favourite win of 2017!!
      • Alien covenant merchandise bundle
      • £1000 cash
      • £25 cash
      • £10 love to shop voucher
      • Set of 12 Titliest golf balls
      • Original custom Sian Hoffman waspie corset worth £350 (Sian Hoffman is a designer that makes corset’s for celebs and vogue fashion shows)
      • Kids Toddlebike
      • Day trip to London for 2 with personal shopper experience, Afternoon Tea and 5 star Japanese Meal
      • £500 Jigsaw voucher

2017 saw a total of 30 prizes, which is more than one win fortnight.

Kellie's son with a dinosaur toy in a dinosaur themed hotel room
My son enjoying our special “Dinosaurs in the Wild” themed hotel room at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. I won this overnight stay and event tickets as part of a prize bundle from Heart FM



2018

      • £50 Schuh voucher
      • Storm bloc socks bundle
      • £20 Roberts bakery products vouchers and a LOT of bread products. 3 crates worth!!
      • Heddy Lamar Movie
      • Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool DVD
      • Rolys Vegan fudge
      • Muddy Puddles Kids Wellies
      • Family VR cafe experience
      • Family tickets to Cirque Berserk and cast meet
      • OXO Herb keeper and herb growing starter set
      • Large Peppa pig bundle of toys worth £150
      • Toni and Guy hair serum
      • Family Premium Merlin annual passes – this is my favourite win this year to date!!
      • Large Toymaster bundle including £200 of toys
      • Large tub of Lego
      • Ooks app goody bag and free app credit to create a story book
      • On professional running clothes kit and trainers worth £300
      • Grocery Gang Blind bags and full sized figure set
      • Ocean’s 8 merchandises pack (Shirt, vanity case, phone cover, pen)
      • Limited edition “Images” film artwork print
      • Ferdinand DVD
      • Wild World Book – Kids illustrated poetry hardback
      • Bobux kids shoes of my choice worth £50
      • 4 x pairs of men’s Sock Snob socks
      • Large Chillys water bottle
      • Vegan 100 cookbook
      • Family Tickets to a National Trust property of choice
      • Lemon Detox bundle worth £50
      • £100 Joules giftcard
      • The Shining Funko Dorbz figure
      • Family tickets to a Gullivers theme park of my choice
      • Crazy Rich Asians movie merchandise bundle
      • Teen Titans Go merchandise bundle (beach towel, backpack, keychain etc)
      • 2 x Bottles of Cholula Hot Sauce
      • Full Marvel Ant Man Costume and mask for a 5-6 year old
      • Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb
      • Bespoke aromatherapy oil rollerball bottle made to my requirements
      • A collection of mindfulness books
      • Sebastian salon shampoo and conditioner bundle
      • £100 bundle of argan and charcoal hair care products
      • A “petrol head” t-shirt by Dirty Velvet
      • A pair of Mustang faux leather hi-top trainers
      • An adult sized Superman Hoodie from Universal Textiles
      • A ladder style heated towel rail worth £130
      • A hand made sea glass bowl
      • A set of his and hers watches