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.

Kick-start your new comping month here!
With the start of a new month and the hubby away on business for a few weeks (yet again!) I'm planning on trying to enter as many comps as I can for October. September proved to be a bit of a non-starter for me so I really need to up my game! I also think about wish-lists at the start of each new month so that I have something to aim towards for any possible wins. Apart from trying to win the hubby a new job (I mean can you even do that??) I'm hoping to bulk out my Christmas box so will be looking for comps with prizes such as toys, books, beauty and electrical items; anything that would make a decent Christmas present really.
However in the meantime on to this week's comps - good luck!
Mumsnet has £200 worth of John Lewis vouchers up for grabs. Sign in/register here and answer the following question before 31st October; what can Metanium Everyday help you to prevent? Suggested answer - Nappy rash.
Caboodle from National Book Tokens is giving away a selection of Winnie the Pooh books, a £90 National Book Token and a Fortnum & Mason hamper. Just enter your details herebefore 27th October.
Beauty Bible is offering three people the chance to win a gorgeous set of natural body care products from Odylique worth £120 each. Simply submit your details here before 7am on 26th October.
If you or someone you know is jetting off to sunnier climes and flying with Monarch you may have seen in the news all of the speculation surrounding their future. If anything does go wrong with them you should be protected by ATOL; for your reference you can get full information on your rights and what to do here.
Keep an eye on the Boots website or your local store as they have launched their Boots Star Gift Xmas promo; at the moment you can grab Smashbox 'Studio Best Sellers' kit for £30 (if you were to buy the items separately you'd be looking at forking out over £70!). The offer is available until 23.59 on 6th October, after which a different gift product will be on offer.


Good luck!


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