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

Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)


There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)


I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.


So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.


Chat soon!


Sammy x