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

 

Week six – summer holiday kid’s comps! The end!

That’s it; the end is in sight - the kids are back to school next week! I actually can’t believe how quickly it has gone and it seems odd as we are still on our summer holiday. Back home Saturday though to a mountain of washing and getting the kids prepped for school. Although I was ultra-organised this year and all school uniform was bought, washed and ironed in the first week of the holidays; which is a nice feeling knowing it’s already done!

 

And to keep them occupied for the last few days, here are a couple more comps for the kids to get stuck into.

 

Win some Emoji merchandise by helping the kids to upload a fun selfie. Under 16’s must be entered by a parent. You can enter up to three times every day until 30th November although a maximum of one prize per week can be won by one person. More details and info on how to enter can be found here .

 

Draw your dream dinosaur and have the chance to get it printed on a giant bean bag and a family ticket to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. Open to entrants aged 11 and under you have until midnight on 30th September to enter. Full details and entry info can be found here .

 

Have fun with these ones and remember normality is nearly here! Keep an eye on the website tomorrow for your update of social media comps too. I may not be around tomorrow evening as will be getting ready to leave the lodge early Saturday morning but I’ll catch up with you all via our Facebook page when I’m back.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Sammy x