September competition wins update!

I’ve just realised it’s been a while since I updated my competition wins. Today I had a really big win (my biggest yet)…read on to find out what!

Since my last blog post I have won:

5 x Sci-Fi DVD’s     £25.00
Yoga Mat     £125.00
Now 70 CD     £12.00
Another Ambre Solaire SPF30 Suncream     £11.00
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzing Mousse     £5.00
Miss Sporty Studio Lash Mascara     £2.99
Pentel Pen     £2.00
Tricky CDS     £8.00
10 Free mp3 Downloads     £7.50
Magic Tree House 7: Mammoth to the Rescue     £3.99
Bacardi Pitcher     £10.00
X-Files Goodies     £15.00
Mr Gum T-shirt     £7.00
Schuh Fest Aid Kit     £10.00
Montagne Jeunesse Hamper (24 sachets)     £24.00
10 itunes downloads     £7.50
Family Photo Shoot     £50.00
The Painter, The Cook and L’Arte di Sacla     £25.00
Wild wonderful Alaska seafood     £5.00
Wellkid Vitamins     £6.95
Bakushow DS Game     £24.99
Chorlton & The Wheelies DVD     £5.99
Xbox 360 Elite & Madden Game     £250.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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August Competitions wins going well.

I seem to be doing well this month for wins. Its only 11th August and already I have won:

Bacardi Pitcher – £10?

Hollywood Babylon Book – £14.99

Lewis Hamilton DVD- £9.99

Dead Man’s FootSteps book- £16.99

Motorola EQ5 speakers- £65? (not yet on sale)

National Lampoons Cattle Call DVD- £12.99

Rizla Wallet- £5.00?

Dinosaurs Love Underpants – Kids book- £5.99

Ambre Solaire SPF30 Suncream – £10.50

And a win from the end of July

A months subscription to www.mysinglefriend.com – £10

More competition wins for me!

I realised I have received a few competition wins since my last update post so here’s the latest additions to my haul!

– The Treasures of Vincent van Gogh Book – £30

– Smash Hits 80’s CD – £9.00

– Butterfly Meadow Book – £3.99

– Lazy Town DVD – £12.99

– Waterproof Mascara – £1.79

– Garnier Goody Bag (containing 9 full size Garnier products: – £100

ultralift pro-x day cream
ultralift pro-x roll on
ultralift deep wrinkle A
caffeine eye roll on
omega skin daily renewing serum
ambre solair clear protect spray spf20
ambre solair kids rapido spf50
body tonic sugar scrub
summer body spray
hand sensitive hand cream

– 3.5 Litres of Slug Pellets – £9.99

– Signed Murray Walker Book – £35 (but probably worth a lot more as it is signed)

How to get a high score on Word Challenge (facebook).

I have recently achieved a very high score on the facebook game “Word Challenge“. At the time of writing my score is 70,637. My friends (& even my own sister. Pah!!!) have accused me of cheating but my score is simply down to playing hard, having a good vocabulary and gaining a good understanding of the game. Here’s my tips to help you achieve a high score:

Word challenge keyboard shortcuts.

1) I can touch type, this gives an advantage because you’re up against the clock. I only use the keyboard shortcuts to play (‘Return’ enters the word you’ve guessed, ‘CTRL’ gives you the bonus round or the next level, ‘space’ shuffles/reorders the letters). Time is key – you can’t pause, hesitate or hang around. You literally need to be entering words rapid fire, non stop!

2) Every word you get over 4 letters gives you more time on the clock. The longer the word the more time is added (I think?). I don’t really bother going for 3 letter words as they don’t help you gain time.

3) When you get the six letter word you then get the bonus round (a pink crown button appears to the left of the letters). In the bonus round you have to find one of your friends names in the letters and then you get bonus points. If you guess the friends name quickly you can get over 400 points.

4) You can press the yellow (ABC) button to move to the next level (and change your letters) if you can’t find any more words (but this button is only active after you have found a certain amount of words – I think it is about 5?).

5) From the games FAQ:
“The score is 25 points for the first letter, and increased by 1 point for each subsequent letter. So for example if you get a 3 letter word first, then the score will be 25 + 26 + 27 = 78. Then if you get another 3 letter word the score will be 28 + 29 + 30 = 87. You have a better chance to achieve a higher score by playing the same set of letters and find as many words as you possibly can, rather than to move onto a new set quickly.”

Enjoy!

Have you got any questions or other tips for this game? Please reply in the comments.

3 more competition wins & prize recap!

Since my last post I have three more competition wins.

– Virgin Vie Summertime Skin Self Tan Lotion – £10.50

– Charlie Wilson’s War DVD – £12 (not yet received prize)

-Michael Haneke DVD Trilogy – £40

and a recap of all the competition wins:

– Golden Compass Poster + voucher 1 litre tub of Mackie’s ice cream – £7

– Girls In The City compilation CD – £12

– Pom Bear Cycle safety kit (helmet, hi vis jacket, bike lights) – £25 (not yet received prize)

– Hemingway Design Hoodie – £20

– Science of Survival Family pack (includes 4 Science museum tickets, 4 Science of survival books, 2 solar power helicopters and 2 dynamo torches) – £56 (not yet received prize)

– 12 month subscription to Living Etc magazine – £28.48 (not yet received prize)

– Daytona Gas BBQ – £49.99

– Bubble Buster Game – £14.99

– Meyer Saucepan set – £150

– Virgin Experience Voucher – £50

– Yeoman Garden tool gift set – £20

– Tresemme Curl Activator Spray – £4.99

– Iron Man Book – £6.99

– Under Enemy Colours Book – £12.99

– Sowing Secrets Book – £6.99

– Camden Crawl CD – £3.50

– Missy Elliot Respect M.E – £6.00

– Espirit Voucher – £5.00

– 2 x Which Jute Shopping Bags – £10.00

– Alvin & The Chipmunks Kids Hoodie – £10.00

– Broadway Nails Kit – £15.00

– Mark Hill De-Frizz Shine Serum – £6.99 (not yet received prize)

– Anna Sui perfume secret wish – £23.00 (not yet received prize)

– Sharpie Pens Pack – £10.95

– National Trust Family Pass – £25.00

– Zak!Pak Goodies – £20.00

– Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick – £17.00 (not yet received prize)

– Brainiac T-Shirt – £7.99

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WINNING TOTAL ESTIMATE: £680

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Competition wins update!

I have a few more competition wins to add to my every growing list.

Golden Compass Poster + voucher 1 litre tub of Mackie’s ice cream

– Girls In The City compilation CD

– Pom Bear Cycle safety kit (helmet, hi vis jacket, bike lights).

– Hemingway Design Hoodie

– Science of Survival Family pack (includes 4 Science museum tickets, 4 Science of survival books, 2 solar power helicopters and 2 dynamo torches).

My ever increasing competition wins

I first got the competition bug about 10 years ago, but other commitments (new baby & toddler son) soon took priority. I have quite a bit of time on my hands at the moment, so at the beginning of March I started getting serious about entering comps again. I would estimate that I am entering between 50 – 100 a day. I only enter competitions for prizes I want or can use (i.e. a holiday for 2 in France wouldn’t be much use to me, a single mum to two kids)! I find most of the competitions via the Moneysavingexpert forums but I also visit loquax or the uk.rec.competitions newsgroup.

So here is a summary of my wins so far (approx 2 wins a week):

Meyer Saucepan set – £150

Virgin Experience Voucher – £50

Yeoman Garden tool gift set – £20

Tresemme Curl Activator Spray – £4.99

Iron Man Book – £6.99

Under Enemy Colours Book – £12.99

Sowing Secrets Book – £6.99

Camden Crawl CD – £3.50

Missy Elliot Respect M.E – £6.00

Espirit Voucher – £5.00

2 x Which Jute Shopping Bags – £5.00

Alvin & The Chipmunks Kids Hoodie – £10.00

Broadway Nails Kit – £15.00

Mark Hill De-Frizz Shine Serum – £6.99

Anna Sui perfume secret wish – £23.00

Sharpie Pens Pack – £10.95

National Trust Family Pass – £25.00

Zak!Pak Goodies – £20.00

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick – £17.00

Brainiac T-Shirt – £7.99

TOTAL SO FAR: approx £407!!

I’m a WINNER!

Due to being bored at home, a couple weeks ago I decided to start entering competitions to pass the time. I mainly enter competitions posted on the MoneySavingExpert competitions forum but I occasionally visit Loquax too.

Saucepans

Last Friday (4th) I got an email telling me I had won a Meyer Circulon Steel Elite saucepan set worth £150 and it arrived yesterday morning.

It’s very posh compared to my old flimsy saucepan set. The pans are really heavy.

Then on Monday I won a £50 Virgin Experience voucher on the ‘Big Snap‘ competition. This competition is brilliant as there is a prize every hour and it runs for about 8 weeks in total. My kids have even got into it and we all rush to get clicking on the hour to see if we win. I’m hoping to win again so that I can get enough to treat the kids and I to a nice experience day as £50 doesn’t get you much.

Finally on Tuesday I received an order confirmation email for a Yeoman Tools Gift Set that I hadn’t ordered. I gave the company a ring and they confirmed that I had actually won a competition. For this gorgeous pink gardening set. I haven’t received this yet but here is the picture off of the competition page:

Yeoman Gardening set