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.

Are you being spammed?


I’ve heard from a few compers recently that have been entering competitions and then all of a sudden are finding an inbox full of spam! It’s easy to get attracted into entering competitions that promise you prizes of cars and holidays and big amounts of cash however, if you aren’t using a site like Simply Prizes (who never list affiliate competitions) then you could end up screaming at your mail box!


Affiliate competitions are ones where upon entering you have to tick check boxes to accept offers from other companies. And only on doing this will you then be entered into winning your dream car! I avoid comps like this completely. My inbox is full enough with newsletters that I actually want to subscribe to without being asked if I’d like my teeth whitened or eye laser surgery done ten times a day!


So if you have fallen into the trap of entering these kind of promotions and you’re near to throwing your laptop out the window every time you open your email, make a cuppa and chill! There is a site called unroll me which offers a pretty good solution to helping you get on top of those pesky emails. It will basically trawl through your email account and then give you an alphabetical list of all your current subscriptions. You can then click through fairly quickly to unsubscribe from ones you no longer want, or maybe never even wanted in the first place! When you’ve clicked a few you’ll then be asked to like unroll me on Facebook or send a tweet before you can continue further. This is fine! There are other benefits to the site too where by you can organise your subscriptions into a list that they will compile and choose when you would like to receive it through the day. You can register and get started here .


For future proofing your inbox be careful on the tick check boxes at the bottom of competitions; nearly all will ask you whether you want to subscribe to their emails and most will ask whether you want contact from reputable third parties. I only ever subscribe to the promoter’s email (if I want to) and never to the third party stuff. Otherwise again your mail box will be tripping over itself with all the different subscriptions and you’ll be reaching for that wine bottle…


If you do decide to have a ‘clear up’ let me know how you get on. You can either drop me a line via email to info@oxonpress.co.uk or post on our Facebook wall .


Chat soon!


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