As you all know, I do a lot of competitions. This hobby started as I was on my own a lot in the evenings, I was lucky enough to win some things very early. Then I won a lot of things!
This gave me the bug obviously, in recent years though winning has been harder. I suspect as life and finances grow tighter for people, more and more of those people look at entering competitions as a way to improve their lives. Why not though, entering is completely free aside from increasing your spam mail by 500%.
I have won some really nice things, prior to the debt carnage I used them to furnish my home, to sell for money or to give to people on celebratory occasions. I haven’t won anything in a couple of months though so was beginning to feel despondent. The power of winning something though is amazing, yesterday I had a little parcel. Opened it and I had won 100 teabags! I know some people will laugh BUT stop and look it another way, that is 100 cups of tea I now don’t have to finance. That may well only save me £6 but still a saving right?
One of the biggest tips I got, that did not involve scrimping, was to enter competitions and to enter a lot. You don’t have to enter all the big flash ones like TV’s, cars, holidays etc. Enter as many as you can that even help a little bit. I have won boxes of crisps that have fed the kids at lunchtimes for months. Hampers, fuel vouchers, shopping vouchers all help. Also, there are loads where you can 1000 x product which is normally a jar of coffee or something similar but worth doing.
It’s amazing that winning a box of tea bags has given me renewed vigour and positivity. In my limited experience, I have found one piece of good news normally leads to another. And thus it has, I was dreading my speeding ticket notification as this adds to my existing points and yesterday I got that letter. Amazingly it offered me the speed awareness course instead of points, amazing as you are only permitted to do 1 course every 3 years. Now, I checked my records for when I last went, and I definitely attended one 2 years ago so I didn’t qualify. But, apparently I do according to this statement “we have checked you are eligible and can confirm we do not have you registered on a course in the previous 3 years”. Now, clearly this is an omission but I am grabbing it with both hands and looking at it as a stroke of luck.
Do you see where I am going with this? Most of the time I find things tend to cascade downwards, you just need an anchor point to start an upward trend. Perhaps this is it.