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


Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)


There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)


I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.


So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.


Chat soon!


Sammy x