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.

Win some lovely prizes with our Valentines newsletter

My children break up from school today for February half term and over the last week or so I have been searching out some creative kid’s comps for them to get their teeth into. February is never great for weather and as much as we will try to get out and about in the fresh air I always try to be prepared for days indoors!

We’ve got a day out planned on Wednesday though as that is the date that my son is meeting the famous You Tuber Ali A. I won this a few weeks back and the promoter was lovely enough to sort the gaming session for a day in the half term. So, keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for some pics!

Get in touch and let me know

As we are now in a new comping month I would love to hear about your wins for January. However big or small be sure to email in as any winning stories that are featured on our website will bag themselves a tenner. Get in touch at info@oxonpress.co.uk with January wins in the subject line.

Love is in the air

And seeing as this new month features a rather romantic date (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) I thought I’d source some Valentine comps for you. Good luck all, mwah!

The Real Flower Company is offering you the chance to win a Valentine’s bundle worth over £350 which includes a deluxe bouquet from sustainable flower farmers The Real Flower Company worth £120, a three-course meal for two with wine at The Botanist, Sloane Square and a £150 gift card from luxury lingerie stylists Rigby & Peller. Awww! Just submit your details here before midnight on 12th February. And if you share it to social media you will get 1 extra entry per person that enters through your shared link. Bonus!

Sophie Allport also has a wonderful Valentine’s bundle up for grabs worth £246. The prize features an abundance of lovely goodies including a Pandora ring, Hotel Chocolat choccies plus plenty more! To get your name in the draw just answer this simple question here before 14th February; roses are red violets are? Suggested answer is blue.

Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill is giving away Joseph Perrier Cellar Hamper (including 6 bottles of Champagne) – that’s a lot of bubbles! Answer the following question here by 13th February; where is the Joseph Perrier’s Champagne House based? Suggested answer is Châlons-en-Champagne, France.

Take your lover out this Valentine’s for free

Coffee Break Bingo are offering you the chance to win one of ten £100cash prizes, every week during February. To enter just deposit £25 and play Mega Love or Dr Love, every £1 wagered will give you one entry into that week’s draw.

The 10 lucky winners will be chosen and credited every Tuesday.

To be in with a chance to win in this week’s draw, click here to play Coffee Break Bingo now.

Finally have a lovely, lovely week! Happy Valentine’s to all you old romantics out there!

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