SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

My January update!



Considering the slow start I got off to in January I am pretty pleased with my little haul of prizes. Nothing major but I won six prizes in total amounting to approximately £100. All were things I wanted and most have already been put to good use. I love the fact that this hobby allows me to have things sometimes that I couldn’t necessarily afford and at other times saves me pennies on not having to buy items that I need.


Top on my wish-list for February is a short hotel break. This month sees me celebrating the hubby’s birthday, Valentine’s Day and my wedding anniversary so winning a prize like this would be perfect. There are lots of Valentine themed comps doing the rounds at the moment, so be sure to keep an eye on low entry ones which can often be found on local radio stations, in newspapers and nearby shopping centres. Most will be collection only too or prizes that need to be ‘redeemed’ locally so entries will be lower than your normal prize draws. A lot of places will have Facebook or Twitter pages so keep an eye on them for any upcoming comps.


And as we head into February don’t forget to get in touch with us and let us know about your January wins. You can use the contact us page on here, use our Facebook page or drop us an email at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. Any we feature on our letter’s page will bag a tenner.


Sammy x


Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)


There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)


I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.


So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.


Chat soon!


Sammy x