My ad­dic­tion has made me £50k!

The sweet smell of suc­cess got Katy Spence, 38, from Bos­ton, hooked…

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Iplucked a shirt from the rail and held it up against me.

It’s gor­geous, I thought. But be­fore temp­ta­tion could take hold, I hung it back up and left the store.

My hubby, Mark, then 35, and I weren’t hard up, but at the same time, we didn’t re­ally have much money to burn.

Mark had re­cently started his own sign writ­ing busi­ness, so most of our money went into that.

Our sons, Leo, then eight, and Cole, then four, never went with­out, though.

We’d just save up or buy them stuff sec­ond hand.

My job man­ag­ing web­site pro­mo­tions boosted our in­come a bit, but I couldn’t help wish­ing there was more room in our bud­get for the oc­ca­sional shop­ping spree.

Then in Oc­to­ber 2011 while brows­ing on­line, I read about a woman, Di Coke, who spent her time en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions as a hobby.

She called her­self a ‘com­per’ and had won ev­ery­thing from a trip to New York to

a Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle.

I wouldn’t mind get­ting in on the ac­tion, I thought. So I sent her an email ask­ing if I could pick her brains. Di got back straight away, giv­ing me tips on how to be a suc­cess­ful com­per. She told me Face­book and In­sta­gram were great sources and that I should visit her blog. It was all new ter­ri­tory to me, but I was ex­cited to give it a go. So in Jan­uary 2012, as my New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, I be­gan en­ter­ing comps. I didn’t think much of it un­til, a few weeks later, I re­ceived a par­cel. In­side were four Marc Ja­cob per­fumes! All I’d done was fill in a form on a beauty site. Was it re­ally so easy? I de­cided to give it an­other go, so that night, af­ter tucking the

boys in, I jumped on­line. Comp­ing time! It wasn’t long be­fore my next win – a rug worth £150.

Soon hooked, I was at it a few nights a week.

And the wins kept on com­ing… cin­ema tick­ets, Pros­ecco, a smart­phone…

Comp­ing was like free re­tail ther­apy – I was ad­dicted.

Di and I stayed in touch, too.

We’d swap notes and I soon dis­cov­ered an on­line comp­ing com­mu­nity.

Then in April 2013, I re­ceived a

call from ITV telling me I’d won a whop­ping £8,500 on Dick­en­son’s Real Deal. It paid for us to go to Greece for a friend’s wed­ding, and some! I was on a roll! Given all the toys and DVDS I’d won, too, the boys were all for my comp­ing habit. But Mark wasn’t such a fan. ‘You spend all your time en­ter­ing comps,’ he’d moan. ‘It’s worth it,’ I promised. He wasn’t en­tirely con­vinced un­til, in July 2013, I won a VIP tour of the Red Bull For­mula 1 head of­fice. ‘I’ll never com­plain again,’ Mark laughed. Now, the kids help me with com­pe­ti­tion en­tries, cre­at­ing funny videos or pho­tos – it’s a great way to bond with them. I spend about four hours ev­ery evening, once the boys have gone to bed, dedicated to my hobby, and enter at least 100 comps a day – but it pays off. In March this year, I won my favourite prize of all time – a fam­ily hol­i­day to Or­lando with Ant and Dec’s Satur­day Night Take­away! Since I started, I’ve scooped prizes worth close to £50,000, and I’m not ready to stop yet! I’m a crazy com­per – and proud!

I won a prize and I was hooked

I’ve won £50,000 worth of good­ies

The boys love their treats

I got my tips then went to work

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