Get Comping!

Spare a few hours week and like the postie bringing  you ‘nice’ mail? Get comping!

I started entering competitions online whilst on maternity leave nearly 3 years ago. I was fat, swollen and spent quite a bit of the latter stages of my pregnancy sofa bound. Around this time I discovered Twitter and saw lots of people entering competitions and decided to give it a go for myself.

I used to be in the ‘I never win anything’ camp but, in reality, if you don’t enter a decent amount of competitions or give up too quickly, you probably won’t win anything. I’ve learnt that to do well you need to be consistent and cross your fingers for a little bit of luck.

I mainly enter re-tweet (RT) comps on Twitter and, on a good day, can enter around 100. I also enter quite a few on Facebook but have never really been a fan of the share requirement. Specific times of the year such as Christmas and Easter herald the start of more competitions than usual, so your chances of winning rise a little more. I’ve had some great wins including:

  • 3 night cottage holiday in Suffolk
  • Instant camera
  • Fortnum & Mason Christmas hamper
  • Huge Benefit make up hamper (still using some of it)
  • Marc Jacobs perfume hamper
  • Salon hair dryer
  • garden tools
  • Hair extensions
  • Joules leather bag
  • Huge baking bundle

Whilst there are specific sites which can direct you to the best comps, such as The Prize Finder, I tend to stick to Twitter and Facebook, as I’ve a lot less time now with working and a toddler to dedicate to it. I do need to get back on track, though, as it’s a great feeling having a little win. There’s a big ‘comping’ community on Twitter and it pays to use some etiquette, such RT the original promoter tweet, rather then the person who has RT. This is because it can cause a person’s notifications to go mad, irritate them and lead to them possibly blocking you from seeing their timeline! Bit of a minefield as a newbie but do take the time to get acquainted with it.

Anyone else love a comp?



Beautiful Blooms at the Orchard

As mentioned in a previous post, I was very excited to join The Orchard at Tesco, a scheme giving customers and colleagues the chance to try new products and services, either for free or at a discount. I absolutely love trying new things, so was excited to get stuck into my first programme – Fresh Flowers at Tesco.

I used my vouchers to buy two lovely bunches of blooms and then also purchased some daffodils (still my fave spring flower) and a lovely indoor trug for my mum for Mother’s Day. I do love having fresh flowers in the home. They brighten up a corner and bring personality to a room.


So, the all important verdict! I was genuinely impressed. The flowers were well presented, so ideal if you were gifting and there was a wide selection at the Extra store I made my purchase at. Each bunch (aside from the daffodils) came with a sachet of powder to extend the life of the flowers. Most importantly, they looked fresh on the day of purchase, with many of the flower heads still buds. This was fab, as you know you are going to get a bit of mileage from your bunch. That’s usually my bugbear, shelling out for flowers only for them to look half dead a couple of days later. Glad to report that’s not the case here and that three days on, my bunch are still going strong and look better than when  purchased, as the daffodils have opened up and are looking very spring like on my dresser!

I am definitely more inclined to purchase for myself and as a gift for friends and family in the future as a result of this programme, so thumbs up all around!


  • Please note that whilst I am a colleague at Tesco, my views, as with everything on this blog, are all my own *

Take a trip to the Orchard

I recently stumbled across The Orchard at Tesco. Essentially, it’s a free programme giving you the chance to try Tesco products and services, either for free (yay, those magic words) or, at a discount. You then share your experiences and feedback via social media. Easy peasy.

I love the idea of getting to road test products, especially those new to the market, so I jumped at the chance and have just been ‘picked’ (excuse the orchard related pun) for my first programme – trying some fresh flowers. I haven’t bought a bunch of flowers from a store in years, so am looking forward to seeing how they fare. You can even sign up if you work for Tesco or one of it’s other companies.

I’m looking forward to sharing the results!