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.

Kids and comping!


My little terrors break up for half term today, so while the hubby is at golf (it’s his birthday…he’s 42…shush!) I’m making the most of the peace and quiet and grabbing some last minute comping before next week where I will descend into playing referee (fighting siblings – argh!), taxi driver and all round entertainer! We Mums know how to multi-task that’s for sure!


However, both my younger two enjoy a spot of comping themselves and because February still means the weather is really rather rubbish I have plans to get them involved in this wonderful hobby of mine to pass the time!


So, I will be scouring local shopping centres, the library, and newspapers and listening to the local radio in the hope of finding some short-closing ‘local’ comps. A lot of promoters will run competitions when the kids are off. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the social media pages of local companies too. I’ll also take a trip to the supermarket and let the children choose some shop to win goodies (within reason!); they love spotting products with the word ‘win’ on them, and I’ll also get a couple of kiddie magazines which nearly always have comps in that they can enter.


If you are out and about keep your eyes and ears peeled when on your travels as often different outlets run in-store promotions which can sometimes have pretty low entry rates. And take photos, lots of them! Children usually make the most willing models and you can store them up for future creative photo comps! And if you can get a few local landmarks in the pic too even better for any ‘local’ comps that might require this!


Also keep an eye on this week’s comp update and next week’s too – we always feature some great comps for the kids!


And I find wine a great stress reliever in the evenings when the little monsters are in bed – you might want to stock up on some of that when you visit the supermarket!


Have fun and see you on the other side!


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