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.

Keep the boredom at bay for the kids this summer holiday!


With July well and truly underway it really isn’t long until the six-week summer break for the children. So I though this month I would try and concentrate on winning things for the kiddies in the hope that I will have a stash of goodies and days out to keep them amused and boredom at bay. It’s always good to have a wish-list of wins and focus your positivity on winning some of the items. The satisfaction of swiping one off your list when you win is rather brilliant!


So check out this week’s competitions and don’t forget to get in contact with me if you want me to focus on a particular theme one week.


Win a jumbo tennis set from Spar, guaranteed to give hours of fun for the children and adults too. Submit your details here before midnight on 15th July.


Sportsister has a children’s bike up for grabs from IslaBike (specialists in children’s bicycles). Answer the following question here by 20th July to be in with a chance; who do IslaBikes make bikes for? Answer – Children.


Sainsbury’s Magazine is giving away a family London theatre break including four top price tickets to see Matilda, a two night stay at Novotel London Paddington plus a three-course lunch for four at Tredwell's. Enter here before midnight on 31st July.


If you are looking for a cheap weekend away then hop on over to Flybe – they’ve just released 350,000 seats at £35 or less. All offers are subject to availability and you will need to book before Friday. Click here to get more information and to book.


And if you are wanting things to do whilst enjoying your break check out lastminute.com; there are some serious savings to be made on their summer experiences.


Eurostar has a special offer for children travelling in the month of August. Up to two children (aged 4-11) can travel for just £1 each way each when accompanied by a full paying adult. Be quick though as bookings need to be made by tomorrow. You can get more information and details on how to book here.


That’s it for this week, but I’ll be back next Wednesday with some more great comps and special offers. Stay lucky!



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