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.

National Beer Day Tomorrow! What a great way to celebrate Freebie Friday!


I am just about surviving the first week of the Easter hols! We’ve already been out and about to Bluewater where Abigail spent her prize Disney voucher from a win a few months back, and today I’m taking the children to a theatre show in Folkestone with tickets that I won. Prizes like this are great and I love being able to treat the family without it actually costing anything!

Abi Disney win


With the children off, it can be a great idea to get them involved with any creative comps that might be doing the rounds. As Easter edges closer you’ll see more promoters offering prizes where they’ll ask you to use your imagination; competitions such as decorating eggs and making Easter bonnets are all ones I’ve seen in the past and it can be a wonderful way to keep the kids amused for a few hours. Children can make good comping companions as they are always ready for a bit of mess and fun photos! And I may just use my new camera that arrived this week from a comp win to take some.


If you are out and about with the little’uns over the hols be sure to keep an eye out for any local promotions; shopping centres, garden centres, local newspapers etc. all usually run competitions for celebrations like Easter and as most ‘local’ comps will be restricted to ‘your’ area there will be a higher chance of winning! The social media pages of local companies can be a good place to browse too as they will nearly always advertise current promotions on there.


Now considering tomorrow is National No Housework and National Beer Day I’m thinking it could be a rather good Freebie Friday! With no chores and beer to keep you company with the comping you will be sure to have a blast with our social media update! I’ll be around in the evening on our Facebook page and will be happy to share a pint and a comping chat with you. Have a great weekend and cheers 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