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.

Jet off to the Big Apple with this week's SP Xtra

I’m off on a little spa break this weekend with the hubby, courtesy of a gift from the eldest daughter. So, I’m hoping that the sun will be shining as we’re heading to Marlow and I’ve heard that the walks and boat trips along the Thames are lovely. I’m also planning to get ahead on the comps today and tomorrow. I was a little slack in April so need to up my game for May!

This week’s competitions

Now talking of comping check out these beauties I have found for us all this week; there is the chance to win a trip to New York, a Champneys stay and a VIP trip to Efteling.

National Book Tokens is offering you the chance to jet off to the Big Apple staying three-nights in NU Hotel Brooklyn, New York. Included are flights, breakfast at the hotel plus a five-course meal and cocktails at the renowned Battersby Brooklyn. To get your name in the draw enter here before 23.59 on 2nd August.

Evans has an overnight stay for two at Champneys up for grabs. You’ll be treated to breakfast, lunch and dinner plus full access to the spa and fitness classes. Just submit your details here before 23.59 on 20th May.

Family Traveller is giving away a VIP trip to Efteling; including a two-night stay, Eurotunnel travel, VIP tour, Efteling character meeting, lunch at Polles Keuken pancake restaurant, dinner at Raveleijn restaurant, photograph and meeting with rollercoaster operator, presentation and discussion of their award-winning entry with members of the Efteling design team and a specially created ‘Efteling Head of Wonder’ badge! Wow! And to enter you need the kids for this one. Efteling would like your child to tell them what ‘wonder’ means to them, whether it’s an idea for a new ride, something based on the most wondrous experience they’ve had on holiday, or a concept from deep in their imagination. Submissions can be in the form of photo, drawing, writing or video. Full details can be found here which will include where you submit your entry. Entries close at 23.00 on 12th June. Good luck to the kids!

We've had a great response to the launch of the Complete Comper, thanks you to everyone who has written in saying what good value it is, readers like Marilyn, who said, it's "too good an opportunity to miss." Trica S agreed saying "The offer price, including all your goodies, is amazing."

We were only allowed to offer 100 places, and these have been filling fast. When I spoke to Lizzie, earlier this week she said that over half had already gone, and I'm sure lots more will have gone by now. So if you don't want to miss out, read more here.

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Plus be sure to head on over to the Simply Prizes Facebook page. My team regularly list competitions there and I’m around most evenings if you fancy a comping chat.

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back next Thursday with some more great competitions!

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