It's my birthday on Monday, ahhhh, another one! I swear they come around quicker and quicker every year. But it's not all bad, there's presents, cake ......... and birthday freebies. Yep, there are plenty of companies out there offering their loyalty club members freebies on their birthdays - you just have to know where to look and make sure you're signed up in time for your special day. I've compiled a little list of a few that I will be treating myself to this year.
I was introduced to the dipping world via Facebook recently and joined a fabulous dip group called - Win-A-Holics. What is 'dipping', you ask? Well it's just like a raffle. You join the closed dip group on Facebook as either a dipper or seller (approval required before selling) or both. Once you have been added to the group, you can browse through the current listings up for sale - some handmade, some non-handmade, all amazing! If you see something you love, ask for a dip (basically a raffle ticket). If there is an item for sale that is valued at say $50, there may be 50 x $1, 25 x $2 or even 10 x $5 dips available for purchase. Buyers will request dips and the seller will allocate their number/s in order until all dips (tickets) have been purchased. Once all dips have been sold, payments are requested - a PayPal account is required to pay for any dips purchased. When the seller has confirmed that they have received all payments, it's time to draw a lucky winner. Depending on how many dips the dipper (buyer) has purchased, they may end up with a fantastic prize for as little as $1.34! (incl. Paypal fees).
Last week I received a 'lovely' message from someone that I'm guessing is not a follower of DOACQ. I was going to ignore it but I figured why not use it to create an interesting post for my blog? So thank you 'lovely' non-follower for giving me some new material to work with!
I started this blog just over 3 years ago because when I started comping, winning and sharing my 'win' stories with some of my close friends, some of them decided to give it a go too. I felt great when they started telling me that they were winning prizes too so I wanted to share my hobby with more people and connect with other compers out there. Plus, I wanted to run my own giveaways and feel the joy of telling someone that they had won a prize on my blog. I didn't expect any followers to be all like 'Oooh I love you, your awesome' or anything, more like, 'Hey I enter giveaways too, comping is the best!' But I guess I didn't really think about the fact that there might be, at some point, some negativity directed at me over my blog. I always kind of thought that if someone didn't like my blog - they just wouldn't read/follow it. So I wasn't really prepared for this message that I received last week that read........
I have been signed up with Social Soup (for product trials) for a little while now. I have been selected for a few campaigns, which were all wonderful, but it was their most recent campaign that I really had my fingers crossed for - the My UV Patch from La Roche-Posay.
You see we take skin protection pretty seriously in our household. My brother sadly passed away last October after a three and a half year battle with Melanoma. He was just 38. I still can't believe that it happened and the fact that it did is something I think about every day.
I don't want to see anyone else in our family suffer the same fate, so I always try to be sun smart and teach my kids about sun safety too. I have pale, freckly skin - I get burned just walking to our letterbox to collect the mail! So I was very excited to be selected for the My UV Patch campaign.
Every Friday I visit my local newsagency to purchase my lotto tickets for the coming week, and last Friday was no different. Each week I purchase a few tickets for myself and tickets for a syndicate that I'm in with my sister & step-mum. Last week I had a small win on my $2 Lucky Lotteries ticket - $10 and 2 free tickets, so I asked to replay my favourites and for them to deduct the $10 from my total. When I paid for the tickets I thought that the total was slightly higher than it should have been but didn't say anything as I thought that maybe prices had increased a little.
Whenever I log into my emails (several times a day) I always quickly scan through the subject lines looking for that magic word. You know the one I mean, the one that indicates that you've won something awesome. Seeing the word 'Congratulations' in the subject line on an email sitting in my inbox will totally make my day, except on the occasions when congratulations does not really mean congratulations.
It was around this time four years ago that I was inspired to start comping. That time has just flown by but so much has happened - I've won some great prizes, made some new friends, shared some wisdom - received some as well and had some funny and not so funny things happen to me. Here's a few of those stories, wondering how many other compers can relate.....
So it happened........again. Another 25 word or less competition where the prize was awarded to someone with an invalid entry. This time by a certain salad food chain. It's not the first time it's happened and, unfortunately, it probably won't be the last. What's so infuriating about this occasion it that the prize wasn't movie tickets, a DVD, a book, nope it was a trip for 2 to LA. I didn't enter this competition, I wasn't aware of the promotion as I'm not a 'Liker' of the company's Facebook page so this is not a case of sour grapes. I just can't help but think that someone out of the 1900+ entrants wrote an awesome 25 word or less answer and is the rightful winner, yet what do they have to show for their winning answer? NOTHING!
I tossed up for quite some time whether or not to write or publish this post. But after seeing the topic discussed on various pages and receiving comments and messages via my own page I've chosen to address the issue publicly.
So yes, referral links have been shared on my Facebook page in the past. For those new to comping a referral link once shared gives the entrant extra entries once another person enters via clicking the shared link. My main reason for this being that I do have plenty of comping friends who like my page and instead of clogging up the newsfeeds of my non-comping friends, these links were posted to the Comp Queen Facebook page.
Day #22: Things are getting tough for me now. Not only can I not comp, but it's been more than two weeks since I have won anything (like from comps I'd entered last month). Usually winning is a great motivator for me, turns out that not winning is just as good at motivating me!
Day #23: Oh dear, Miss P's germs from last week must be doing the rounds in our household. Today Mr L was my poor little patient.
Day #24: So proud of Miss P today, she participated in the finals for a public speaking competition at her school. She was called out first and was struck by a massive case of stage fright. She came running off stage and told me she didn't know what she had to do, a bit overwhelming for a 5 year old to speak in front of a hall full of people. But she got back out there and delivered her speech like a champ and was one of two students from her stage to be selected to go to zone!
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