Nineteen-year-old Chloe Bingham, originally from Islington, was the envy of all her student friends when she revealed her love of ‘Comping’ (the practice of entering competitions, especially those promoting consumer products) had won her the hefty prize, which included £10,000 to put towards her tuition fees.
Student makes £14,000 in five months just by entering competitions! Think i’m going to just enter competitions going forward! @jannatsyed01
— Lycaradio (@LycaRadio1458) January 24, 2016
Writing for student publication The Tab, Bingham noted she had been comping since the age of 11, her first win being the Silentnight Book at Bedtime Short Story competition back in 2008. She has since claimed £14,000 worth of awards, including a state-of-the-art Student Technology Bundle (alongside the cash prize for fees) from a Currys PC World Snapchat competition which saw her recreate a Harry Potter scene using glove puppets.
Chloe describes how comping soon become a much-loved hobby, and reports spending up to two hours a day entering online competitions. The student notes that one entry can take just 20-seconds, thanks to the useful autofill tool.
Student Chloe Bingham makes £14000 in 5 months by entering competitions – Metro https://t.co/KG6y9QESxS
— Win prizes free! (@winprizesfree) January 22, 2016
Between the months of August and December in 2015, Bingham claimed a total of 42 prizes, including weekend camping tickets for V Festival worth £400 and a night out for her and her friends at a high-end Glasgow nightclub.
The student told the Daily Record that last October was her least successful month, but even then she took home around £400 worth of prizes. “Normally I try and win specific things – things I think will be useful or things I enjoy like unique experiences,” she said.
I just entered the prizedraw to win tickets to the European premiere of Abduction with Taylor Lautner in London via @AbductionUK
— Chloe Bingham (@babydime08) September 10, 2011
The student told the Record that she depends “on the fact that students are quite lazy”, adding, “I thought the level of entries would be quite low – so even though I’m not that artistic, I still entered anyway.”
For advice on how to get lucky like Bingham, check out her student blog, dedicated to all her comping tips and secrets.
Additional reporting by The Independent.
Image via Chloe Bingham.