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.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


Happy 2016! As we head into a new comping year I like to take a look back over the previous one to see how I fared, and set up a wish-list of prizes for the coming months.


I find having something to work to spurs me on and helps to keep me focused on the comping after the frantic advents of December!


My wish-list for 2016 is:

  1. A summer holiday – I’ve won quite a few ‘short-breaks’ during my time in comping but I’ve yet to win an all singing, all dancing holiday!
  2. Although we’ve only just got over Christmas I’d love a trip to Lapland – really want to take the children while they still believe!
  3. A Merlin Pass (preferably for all the family) – now the younger two are getting a bit bigger and thrill-seeking rides come into force, I’d love to make the most of all the theme parks in the South East where I live.
  4. A Kindle – I love reading and I have a Kobo (but that’s rather ancient now) so a new e-reader would be most welcome.
  5. An Apple watch – a desired tech toy for the hubby.
  6. A cash prize – I’ve won a few in the past (mainly from gameshows) and money wins are a real buzz
  7. A washing machine – mine is terribly old now and although it’s still going strong a new more up to date model would be lovely.
  8. Euro 2016 tickets – my son is getting to be a real football fan and is already super excited about this so winning some tickets would be a dream for him
  9. Attraction tickets for London – I’m 40 in March (shush!) and have a weekend booked in the capital. But at the moment it’s just the accommodation, so winning stuff that I can fill my weekend up with would be a real treat
  10. Cinema tickets – we love to go and do this as a family and now the younger two are older it’s a really enjoyable but ever so pricey outing


Do get in touch with your own wish-lists; I’d love to see what you are aiming for this year. As always you can get in touch via Facebook or pop me an email at info@oxonpress.co.uk with ‘Wish list 2016’ in the subject line. Don’t forget any letters that we publish on our website will bag you a tenner.


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