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 short break? Well you can win one here!

I went away at the weekend to visit the hubby in Copenhagen. Having never flown alone before and with a fear of flying, I'm super proud that I even managed to set foot on a plane on my own. I love weekends away and in the past have won quite a few short breaks; they are definitely up there at the top of my list for most favourite wins. Most can be taken over a weekend (so you don't necessarily need time off work), are short enough where babysitters aren't a problem (if you have little ones in your house), and can often include breakfast and dinner which means the only pennies you need are if you want to treat yourself.

So with this in mind I've gone for a short-break themed comp newsletter - let's see if we can win ourselves a little break away! And don't forget you could probably fit me in your suitcase too. Good luck!
Spa Breaks is offering you the chance to win a two-night city spa break plus a £250 Dorothy Perkins gift card. Submit your details here before 31st October.
Abercrombie & Kent have teamed up with Cox & Cox to give away a two-night break in Stockholm alongside a £500 voucher. Enter your details here before 31st October.
Freesat has a one-night stay at the four-star Beaulieu Hotel in the New Forest for two adults, plus two adult Beaulieu tickets with access to all attractions and £200 travel money up for grabs. Just answer the following question here before 31st October; on which Freesat channel number can you find Travel Channel? Suggested answer - 150.
EasyJet have just recently released their seats for travelling next year to include Easter and the May half term break; the seats are always priced cheaply at first and then increase depending on demand for a certain travel period. So, if you are looking to fly then book as early as you can to bag the best deal. I looked at some flights for a city break to Copenhagen for next March and for two adults it was just £160, which means there are some great bargains to be had! You can take a look here at their prices and availability.
Now the same goes with train journeys too; book as much as up to 12 weeks in advance to get the best prices. If you are looking at travel over the festive break now is the time to start looking at the fares! The trick of the trade is generally to book two singles too, so you can get your pre-Christmas ticket about now and then you'll need to keep checking for your post-Christmas one. Another way to keep on top of the game is to sign up to The Trainline ticket alert, by entering your travel details it will then email you when the advance tickets for your journey become available. Network Rail also provide a future travel chart which will advise you how far in advance you can book with different rail providers. You can take a look at that here.

Good luck!


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