Making a wish list
Making a wish list of prizes you want to win is an excellent way to focus your comping and put you in a positive mood – and this is a great time to do it, so you’re ready for action in the New Year!
Think about the things that would make your life special next year, and how comping could help you achieve those goals. They don’t need to be huge prizes like a kitchen or a car – small prizes can bring joy to your friends and family, and offer a treat for yourself too. How about adding some everyday essentials – a year’s supply of dishwasher tablets or petrol vouchers would be a brilliant prize. Allow yourself to do a little dreaming while you create your wish list – I love to imagine myself winning those amazing prizes!
Here are a few suggestions for prizes you could add to your wish list:
- Family days out
- Event/show tickets (one of the easiest wish list prizes to win, especially for local events)
- Restaurant vouchers
- Cinema tickets
- Football tickets
- Weekend breaks or hotel stays
- Supermarket vouchers
If you have hobbies, incorporate them into your wish list. Make sure you get as specific as you can – when you’re hunting for comps, a search for ‘win London meal’ will give better results than ‘win vouchers’. Read my post on finding low entry competitions for tips on searches.
If you focus on finding and entering competitions to win your wish list prizes, you’ll find the hobby more manageable and enjoyable rather than overwhelming. You can set up Google searches for specific prizes, search for companies on Facebook and Twitter, and research shops, magazines and events that might be giving away those wish list items. Search competition websites like MSE, PrizeFinder and Loquax forums for your wish list prizes too.
There are a few ways you can make your wish list – whatever you do, make sure it’s somewhere you can access easily and regularly. Stick a list on your fridge, write it in the back of your diary – or use an app on your phone! If you’re a visual person, try Pinterest to make your list with photos.
Which format to use?
The simplest way to make your wishlist is a written list that you can tick off. Write it in your diary, a pretty notebook, or stick it to your fridge.
Personally, I like to use a notes app on my phone for all my lists – Evernote is my favourite, and a great way to keep all your bits of information in one place – all your ‘notes’ are accessible from any device. You can add check boxes to your list so you can tick off the things you win! Lists on your phone or computer are easy to edit – why not add a list of promoters to each prize? In the example below you can see I’ve researched the sponsors for Euro 2016, so I can check their social media, products and websites for competitions in the spring.
I started my Pinterest wish list a few years ago – it’s a great way of quickly seeing everything at a glance! If you win an item, you can either delete it or leave a comment to say you’ve won it. Not used Pinterest before? My guide on how to enter Pinterest competitions will give you tips on getting started.
Mind mapping is something I discovered recently, and found it fabulous when planning my SuperLucky Secrets book. It allows you to brainstorm ideas to find your wish list prizes – perfect for compers! I use a free app called SimpleMind+ – you can see my wish list below (still a work in progress!). Yellow words are the types of prizes I’d like, then specific prizes are highlighted pink. Then for each one, I’m adding orange links to relevant promoters and ideas for how to find competitions! It’s easy to quickly add ideas when you think of them by tapping the plus sign on a bubble, and grow the wish list organically. If I win a certain prize, I plan to highlight it green!
I’m still deciding which type of list works best for me, but I enjoy using them all. Pinterest in particular is an easy one to add to as I browse the internet.
I’d love you to get involved and create your own prize wish list. Let me know in the comments what you’ll be adding to it!