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.

Get your mortgage paid for a month!

 

I won a signed Arsenal home shirt on Facebook last week so that got my new comping month off to a great start! And alongside a delivery of various comp wins from April it's been a pretty good few days. This week is Sun Awareness week, which is running until Sunday. You may find some promoters run competitions in conjunction with this where you can win things like hats and sun cream etc. So try and keep an eye out on social media for any, using the hashtag #sunawarenessweek will help search for them.
 
Have you seen the comps listed on our website this week? There are a whole host of great competitions just waiting to be entered. I absolutely love the Emirates one where your child can get the chance to be a mascot and I rather like the one where you can get your mortgage paid for a month (up to £1,000).
 
And take a look at the comp I've found to share with you all; how do you fancy winning a stay for six at The Gritstone safari tent in the Peak District where you can bathe in waterfalls, hike in idyllic moorlands and have bonfires by the stream? It all sounds rather nice doesn't it? So if you want the chance of grabbing a three-night weekend or four-night mid-week stay at The Gritstone and a Treetop Adventure with Go Ape then just submit your details here before 23.59 on 31st May. Good luck!
 
Now I don't know about you but I have so many loyalty cards now that I don't really know where to store them all! I have a special wallet just for them because I don't want to miss out on the freebies you can get, but having so many to carry around is annoying me! Then I came across something called Stocard ; which is an app that you can download to your phone that allows you to basically store all your store cards! It's free and is available on Google Play or the App store . You just present the app at the till and collect points/discounts that way rather than the cashier swiping your card. To get started you scan the loyalty card's barcode into the app which is really quick and easy, the app logs it and you just scan that at the till instead.
 
I've just saved myself almost £250 by switching my energy supplier. My current one wanted to raise my direct debit by almost £80 a month! There are sites out there that will help you to compare prices such as Uswitch and Compare the Market . Both are easy to use and if you end up saving yourself a good amount it's worth the 10 minutes it takes to do it!
 
Also be sure to head 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.

Good luck and happy comping! 

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