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.

Fancy a grand? Then look no further!

 

As we head into the second week of April (already!) how is your month shaping up? I had my first win for April turn up on Saturday, which was a bundle of wool from Simply Knitting.  I'm not the craftiest of people though so I gifted this to my Aunt - one of the pleasures of this wonderful hobby! I'm not expecting the best of months as my comp entries have taken a bit of a dive due to the Easter hols; however we've been blessed with some gorgeous weather here in Kent so me and the kiddies are making the most of it and enjoying time outdoors. We also saw a show at a local theatre too with some tickets I won previously. I'm hoping to concentrate on some more comps that will hopefully give us some prizes for the summer holidays. School holidays are a rather expensive time so anything that we can get for free is always a bonus!
 
Now talking of winning things, have you been over to our website yet? A lovely new batch of comps was added yesterday and there are a whole host of brilliant prizes just waiting to be won. My two favourites at the moment are a bumper £1,000 to be won through Classic FM and Optegra where all you have to do is answer the simple question (answer provide in the listings!) and you could be a grand richer and own an all singing all dancing dishwasher worth a whopping £1,200! I rather fancy this super-duper gadget; it's an innovative double drawer one where it can be used separately or together depending on the amount of washing you have. Plus you don't have to get down on your hands and knees to top up the salt either! It all looks rather nifty!
 
And talking of all things nifty, take a look at this special prize I've found this week to share with you all; a limited edition bike with hyped Swedish bicycle manufacturer BikeID from Gant - perfect for commuting. And they have three up for grabs. All you need to do is enter your details here before 4th May and cross your fingers!
 
Until this Friday you can eat for free in an Ikea restaurant. You need to make sure you purchase your food after 4.30pm then keep hold of your receipt. Go off and do your shopping and then once you pay for that hand over your restaurant receipt along with your Ikea family card and the whole cost of your food bill will be deducted. There is no minimum or maximum spend for either the store or the restaurant, but to get the whole amount back you will need to spend more in the store than the restaurant.
 
Cadburys have Easter egg hunts on this coming bank holiday weekend across National Trust properties (around 300 different ones). All kids that participate will get a Trail Journal with clues and challenges and then at the end a Cadbury treat to enjoy. You can find your nearest hunt here .
 
Most of the major cinema chains offer cheaper tickets for the school holidays; check out Vue , Cineworld and Odeon .
 
The Woodland Trust is looking for wild kids to become nature detectives. For just £1.50 per month (£1 per month for an extra child) you get a welcome pack bursting with awesome activities, a passport, stickers, bookmark and folder, seasonal activity packs for outdoor adventures all year round, regular updates full of fun facts and fresh ideas and news of family-friendly events. There are also lots of free activities listed on their website too.
 
As always keep an eye on my blog for more competition news and chat.

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