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With all that free time you have as a student (not going to lectures, not writing essays and lying in bed recovering from a hangover which hasn’t relented since the morning after the first night of freshers’ week), why not use your Facebook and Twitter addiction to make a bit of money – or at least pick up some prizes?

‘Comping’, as it’s know across the internet, is an addictive habit, but one which can nab you some fantastic freebies (or a lifetime supply of something you don’t want or need).

Moneysavingexpert has a regularly updated list of competitions you can enter, so to get you started, here are some of our top tips:

1. The more effort, the less entries

Competitions which require you to do something more than just hit enter often get significantly less entries, making your chances of winning a lot higher if you’re willing to put the effort in.

2. Watch out for scammers

Don’t ever give out your bank details: if the competition is offering a prize, they don’t need them; if they’re offering cash, they can send you a cheque. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

3. Keep spam to a minimum

Set up a separate email address for your comping alter-ego. Companies only hold competitions for one reason – to try to sell you stuff, and that often means sending you daily emails once you’ve entered. Don’t clog up your actual inbox – just set up a different email address for entries. But don’t forget to check it to see if you’ve won anything…

4. Get organised

If you become a serious comper, consider setting up a spreadsheet to keep track of what you’ve entered and when. It sounds a bit nerdy, but it’ll stop you wasting time filling in the same forms twice.

5. Think local

Regional papers often run competitions which get very few entries. You might stand a better chance against a few locals than the whole of the internet.

Charlie Withers

3rd Year English Literature student at Cardiff Uni. Interests include drama, rugby and personal fitness.

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Charlie Withers
3rd Year English Literature student at Cardiff Uni. Interests include drama, rugby and personal fitness.
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