Thursday, 5 April 2012

Money Saving: Why buy things when you can win them?

I am trying to win a £500 investment with brit mums and virgin money.

We are huge money saving fans in our house, from using coupons, to haggling down the price of something, car boot sales and high street sales. But my favourite money saving tip is; if you want something why not try to win it first?

I have been 'comping' seriously for about 16 months now and I have won over £3500 worth of things, its not alot compared to some compers but its great for me!

Recently I have won a years supply of tea bags, which turned out to be thirty boxes, as I only drink 2 or 3 cups a day these will last me way over 2 years, saving me approximately £70. Another great prize I won was a years supply of persil and we all know how expensive washing powder is.

I have won lots of gadgets that I wouldn't use that have come in hampers or prize packages and I have sold them on ebay, I save the money and put it towards our holiday fund.

I have won weekend in London with £200 selfridges vouchers, new kettle and toaster, food vouchers, toys for the children (which I save for birthdays sometimes), dvds (I NEVER buy dvd's, my Dad takes the mickey out of me for this, because when I see one that I would like I always try and win it first and most of the time I do!! We have a great dvd collection), sweets, shampoo and conditioner and plenty more.

I always try and win the things I would use and everyday items such as toothpaste, small food items, we won a massive soup hamper around Christmas time, its great when you win food because the shopping bill really comes down.

I try to enter creative competitions just because it doesn't mean spending hours a day at the computer like a lot of compers do. I can get the children involved, my eldest who is 5 loves doing colouring competitions and he has won a couple, its fun going to special places and doing a little photo shoot! I did my first video competition this year that involved the boys, here it is :
Comping is a fabulous way to save money, not only that its great fun too. So.... why buy it, when you can win it?

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