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).
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.