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.

Here we go again...the start of a new comping month!

 

I can't quite believe we are already in May! I do always love the start of a new month though; I tot up what I won from the previous month and create a wish-list for the new one. Top of my list is tickets for attractions close to York; we're off there on a holiday I won so I plan on keeping my eyes peeled for any 'local' comps I can find for the area. You might want to keep your eyes peeled across social media on Thursday too for any themed Star Wars comps. It is May the fourth be with you day, and promoters often run competitions alongside this. Using hashtags such as #maythefourth or #starwarsday will help you find them.
 
And talking of competitions make sure you head on over to our Simply Prizes website where you will find a bumper crop of comps! 150 brand new ones have just been added to the site  and there are some fab getaways waiting for you.
 
Then to top it off take a look at the comp I've found to share with you all; how do you and three friends fancy staying overnight in a top London hotel and getting your hands on a bunch of goodies to create your own perfect cocktails at home? TGIFridays are giving you the chance to do exactly that. Just tell them here in no more than 200 words what you love about your favourite TGI Fridays cocktail. Entries close on 6th June. Top tip - winner is selected at random so don't worry too much about what you are writing!
 
Did you know that you only have until this Friday to spend your old five pound notes? The new plastic fiver was launched back in September and the older ones have been gradually phased out. However if you have any lurking make sure you spend them before the 5th! The same goes for the new £1 coin; although you have until 15th October to spend that one. You can get more information from the Bank of England here ; who have said they will continue to exchange them after this date.
 
If you buy May's edition of BBC Gardeners' World mag then you can grab yourself a rather nice freebie with it; you'll get a 2 for 1 card that grants you entry to nearly 400 UK gardens. Places such as the Eden project are available to visit and considering it costs almost £30 for an on the day adult ticket you can make some decent savings. Take a look here for more info.
 
McDonald's Monopoly ends today so it's your last chance to grab a Big Mac and win! If you do have any free food/drink stickers lying around you can claim these up until 16th May and for any non-food prize stickers you have until 2nd June to redeem.
 
Be sure to head on over to our Facebook page  where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.

 

Good luck and happy comping!

Sammy x

Ho Ho Ho! Grab yourself a festive spa break with SP Xtra!
With the kids now back to school I'm on a countdown to my winning holiday in Sri Lanka. My tickets arrived at the weekend, so it all feels real now! I've got so much to organise as not only do I need to make sure the hubby and I are sorted, but I need to make lists for the babysitters and jot down the kid's schedules (as they have far busier socials lives than us!). I think by the time I arrive at the resort I'll be ready to chill for the whole week!
 
Now talking of chilling, I think you should head on over to Simply Prizes where you will find some lovely competitions; settle yourself down with a cuppa and get comping. Most take a few seconds to enter and there are hundreds of competitions currently listed featuring tickets for days out, short breaks, holidays, toys, things for the home and garden plus lots more!
 
And I've also found a corker of a comp for you too; how do you fancy a Christmas spa break to Bath? It includes a stay at The Queensberry boutique hotel in a deluxe room, including breakfast, tickets to the real outdoor ice rink Bath on Ice, two Twilight Spa Packages at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal day spa, a hamper of Bath Christmas Market goodies and to top it off a free pass to many of Bath's top attractions and museums. A nice chance to relax before the onset of the festive madness. Simply enter your details here before 17th November to get your name in the draw.
 
I was hoping to be a bit more organised for Christmas before I jetted off to the sun but then I realised that Black Friday was going to fall while I was away - so I plan on shopping via Wi-Fi with a cocktail in one hand and my iPad in the other! However, I do realise that sometimes the deals can be hyped up so it's best to compare price, especially as a lot of promoters will release their deals before the day itself. But for your reference this year Black Friday is 24th November and Cyber Monday is 27th November. Last year a lot of retailers ran their deals for the entire weekend so if there is a shop or item you're hoping to get discounts in/on then just keep an eye on their website for sale news soon!
 
Also, pop on over to our Facebook page where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.
 
Plus don't forget that tomorrow The Postcard Store are putting their prices up, so if you want to grab a pack of your favourites and beat the price increase, click here to visit their online shop now. 

 

Good luck and happy comping!

 

Sammy x