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.

(2nd Sept) It’s a fresh start!

Since being away from home on this cruise it’s given me time to have a break from comping, and because I’m not entering any I can’t wait to start again! And I always find September a bit of a fresh start for me and competitions. The kids are back to school, the long summer break is all but forgotten and I’m back into my routine!


Now is about the time I start thinking about preparing what I call my Christmas box (oh shush!! I didn’t really say that word did I?); where comp wins make up a box of presents for friends and family. So I’m always on the look-out for competitions where the prizes are things like toys and electrical items. And being organised means that when it comes to you know, the ‘C’ word, I usually have a little stash of goodies ready to wrap!


Also as we head further into the autumn months you’ll find the comps really step up a ramp and often there are some fantastic prizes available in the lead up to December. So now is the time to really start organising your comping so you are ready for the onset. Here are my top tips for being an organised comper.


  • Ensure you keep on top of your emails daily (I tend to try and go through mine a few times a day either on my phone or iPad so that when I’m ready to sit down in the evening and comp I can concentrate just on entering competitions).
  • Try and structure your comping routine so that you can stay a good few days ahead of closing dates – this should ensure you don’t miss any good ones.
  • If you like to dabble in creative ones set aside some separate time to do this; when you can concentrate properly. Prize draws are very quick and easy to enter and they really don’t require much thought whereas the creative ones usually require a bit more ‘brain’ time.
  • Make time for your hobby – I always comp in the evenings as daytimes are pretty busy what with work, kids and a home to run so once the kids are settled and we’ve had our dinner I comp whilst the hubby watches trashy TV!
  • Keep a spreadsheet or a notebook of your wins; that way it’s easy to chase up any late ones.


And my top tip for comping is, above all, enjoy it! It is after all only a hobby and one that can give us fantastic rewards and not one that we should feel bogged down by. It’s good to sometimes have a break which is why September always leaves me with a fresh and renewed energy for this great past time!


Happy comping all!


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