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.

May the Fourth be with you!

May already; wow! This year is just whizzing by. However, the start of a new comping month means a new wish-list and totting up our wins from April. Make sure to let us know how you did by sending us an email (info@oxonpress.co.uk) or posting on our Facebook page , because any winning letters that we publish on our website will bag themselves a tenner.


Now today is Star Wars day, May the Fourth be with you! And you will probably find plenty of accompanying comps doing the rounds across social media. Using hashtags are the best way of sourcing any. You’ll also come across National Doughnut week starting on Sunday, Sun Awareness week starting Monday, Europe Day on Tuesday alongside National Lost Sock Day and Bike to School Day on Wednesday. All of these awareness days may encourage promoters to run competitions alongside them so keep your eyes peeled across the web.


And you’ll find a nice new batch of comps from us tomorrow too for Freebie Friday; I’m hoping to get stuck into some myself! I’m also on the lookout for any local comps in Yorkshire too as we are off there in May half term on a holiday I won last year.


Finally a big congrats to Mel Brolly; our Facebook winner for the £20 John Lewis/Waitrose voucher. Make sure to keep a check on our Facebook page for more in-house comps soon.


Have a great weekend and good luck with the comps.


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