Thursday 3 January 2013

COMPING: My Year In Comping 2012 - 2nd Comperversary (YB)

Here's my run down of my second full year of comping (I began comping in December 2010)...

Well, I ended 2012 with a fab tally of 60 wins in December thanks to the advents! Though I must admit, I was glad when boxing day came as I was rather overwhelmed by the amount of advent competitions this year!!

December 2012 also is my 2nd full year of 'comping' thus it is my 2nd 'comperversary' as well.

2011: 394 wins, approx. value £20,461
2012: 249 wins, approx. value £10,674

Well, 2012 sees a decrease in wins and value of wins. I put that down to 2 things - firstly, there's the fact that I didn't put anywhere near as much effort into my comping this year as I did last year and secondly, I didn't use Twitter for comping as much this year and concentrated more on Facebook where I think it is significantly more difficult to get a win. Oh, and this being my second year of comping I concentrated on entering more for things I want/need rather than every single competition I could find!

I'm not at all complaining though as I have had some truly fantastic wins this year that I'm really proud of! Here are my best (in terms of value) and favourite 2012 wins...

12 months DVD & game rental from BlockbusterUK on Facebook
Hard to choose between the rentals from BlockbusterUK (FB), £100 Westfield gift card from American Express UK (FB), DKNY watch from Watches2U (FB) and DKNY fragrance bundle from DKNY Fragrances (WS)
BEST £75 to my PayPal account (was meant to be Levis jeans but was given the money for them instead) from HotPants on Facebook
FAVOURITE Again, hard to choose between £75 in PayPal from HotPants (FB), movie themed gift hamper (sweets/crisps/drinks) from @giftsoutthebox (TW) and a year's supply of Tetley tea with mug, cosy & flask from The Tetley Tea Folk (FB)
BEST iPad 2 from MORE TH>N on Facebook
FAVOURITE Again hard to choose between iPad 2 (which I kind of regretted winning in some ways as then my son desperately wanted one from there on and I felt really mean having one when he didn't and he wanted one for his birthday or Christmas on his wish list but then I never won one for him) from MORE TH>N (FB), meal for 2 from @tobycarvery (TW) and a box chilli heat wave from @doritosuk (TW)
BEST £500 cash from the Heart website
FAVOURITE I can be more decisive about this one, it was definitely the £500 cash (well cheque to be specific) from Heart (WS)
BEST £200 Selfridges gift card from Joliebox UK on Facebook
FAVOURITE Again, easily decisive with this one as it has to be the £200 Selfridges gift card from Joliebox UK (FB)
BEST Viva HotPants from Zaggora Girl on Pinterest
FAVOURITE Hard to choose between Magners spice apple and rhubarb pack from @MagnersUK (TW) and strawberry shower gel from Original Source (FB)
BEST So...? Fragrance goody bag from the So...? Fragrance website
FAVOURITE Hard to pick between my £25 voucher from @hungryhouse (TW) and my £25 gift card from @eds_easy_diner (TW)
BEST 3/4 night Butlins break from the Baby Expert website
FAVOURITE Definitely the Butlins break which we have booked for May this year from Baby Expert (WS)
BEST Nike+ SportWatch GPS from TomTomUK on Facebook
FAVOURITE A box of chocolate truffles from @AnythinButPlain (TW)
BEST Logitech Harmony Touch Remote from Logitech on Facebook
FAVOURITE Another hard one to choose between a Stephen Wiltshire calendar from @StWiltshire (TW), a £50 Evans voucher from Curvy Wordy (BL) and a £25 Amazon voucher from Car Rentals UK (FB)
BEST Holiday to Barcelona from Krave on Facebook
FAVOURITE Definitely the holiday to Barcelona (2 return flights with return transfers to the hotel, 3 nights accommodation inc. breakfast, day ticket to Port Aventura with return transfers, travel insurance) from Krave (FB)
BEST Trip to Venice including a guided photographic tour and €250 of photography equipment from Manfrotto Imagine More on Facebook
FAVOURITE Whilst I had some lovely wins in December (60 of them!), my favourite by far has to be the trip to Venice (2 return economy flights, 2 nights bed & breakfast, guided photographic tour and €250 of photography equipment) from Manfrotto Imagine More (FB)

All in all, a very, very good year for me. Overall I had so many great wins, have won lots of lovely things that I would not have been otherwise able to afford and as always it's been fun and entertaining and has filled my days. It's also given me the opportunity to meet even more new great comping friends too!

Here's a review of my 2012 wish list (the things I was hoping to win) and how well I did:

  • 32" or bigger LCD HD/3D television X
  • PlayStation 3 X
  • iPad 2 ü
  • iPhone 4S or latest Sony Ericsson phone X
  • iPod Touch X
  • Foreign holiday (ideally Egypt) ü
  • Suite/settee X
  • Dining table & chairs X
  • Garden table & chairs X
  • Clothing and/or shopping vouchers ü
  • Car X
Well, I guess 30% (sounds more than 3/10!) of my wish list isn't too bad! Here's what's on my 2013 wish list:
  • Holiday to Egypt (my dream destination, specifically Cairo!)
  • Big cash win
  • Clothing and/or shopping vouchers
  • Laptop (any with a decent spec, but ideally an Alienware)
  • Good spec DSLR camera
  • PlayStation 3 (PS3)
  • OK, this one is a bit 'Out There' (pardon the pun), but I am hoping for a third 'The X-Files' movie and to win premiere tickets to it
  • Red stand-alone cooker (ideally gas, but would be happy with electric)
  • Bed (ours is beyond wrecked)
  • Sony Xperia T, Samsung Galaxy S III or LG Optimus 4X HD (though will undoubtedly change as more new ones are released)
And that's it for my summary of my second year in my #1 hobby, comping! I hope all of my comping friends the very best of luck for 2013 :) xxx


  1. blimey , very well done :o) not been bothering too much lately, but might start again seeing your fab list :D

  2. I really need to start keeping a list of what I win. was going to last year but never won anything till about March. I did win a very nice double bed this year. With the £800 of prizes in December I won £8000 worth last year, more than happy with that.

  3. Well done you!! Lot's of fab wins there...
    Good luck for this year xxx

  4. congratulations on your wins! I have just finished my first year of comping and done nowhere near as well as you but im going to keep on trying and fingers crossed we both get some really good wins

  5. Very well done on the wins. I really miss comping! Just not had time to visit MSE. I had a few wins last year from the odd minutes I was able to participate if I spotted them in my personal Facebook feed, but I've been wrapped up in the promo for my novel Gunshot Glitter and getting that off the ground. I wish you luck with the wishlist.
    Yasmin xx aka AnisCeline