Posted: 25/04/2013 at 17:46
If you don't enter a competition, you're certain not to win it. If you do, especially an internet comp, your chances of winning are small - but someone's got to win it. I don't pay to enter competitions, I only do the free ones on the internet - what's on TV, Womans own, Woman and Woman's weekly, click on competitions, sign up (make sure you do or don't check the box so they can't pass your details on), click on prize draws, answer the question (normally dead obvious, in the blurb next to the picture of what you'll win, if you get it wrong, you can enter the next day knowing the answer) they are all multiple-guess questions (as my English teacher put it), you've got a 1 in 3 chance of getting it right, for the TV I had to know what the capital of Finland was, the choices were Abu Dhabi, Helsinki or Paris. Don't have to be brain of Britain to know that one.
I think it's because I have ME, in between housework or looking after tiny terrors, I have to take regular breaks to make sure my energy lasts the day, so instead of rotting my brain with Cbeebies, I pick up the laptop and do them 10 at a time (you get 25 entries per website per day). I don't always get the full compliment done, but I'd say I do at least 50 (two websites' worth a day), so I'll have a good few entries for each competition (sometimes they cheat and share competition prizes between websites). I have been quite lucky this year, last year I won £100 of M&S vouchers, a Tomato apron and a board game - all year!! This year I've won a mahoosive bag of products of the year (and the bag is really useful when I do a top up shop), plus yesterday's telly. So this year much better than last year already.
Oh, and I always do the Gardener's world website ones, not won anything from that yet!
I did, however, get another thrifty tip published in this month's magazine - not had my £10 NGC voucher yet though - hope the postman's not nicked it again.