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.

Happy Easter!


Just one more day and then we can all breathe a sigh of relief at a very nice four day weekend! I’m not going to have much time for comping as we have friends to stay so will be drinking, eating and socialising for the best part of it. However, the kids are back to school next Tuesday so I will then be able to get myself into gear and back into my comping routine! I do always enjoy a bit of a break from this hobby though as it gives me a renewed enthusiasm to get back into it.


April has been pretty slow off the mark prize wise and my first win for the month turned up Saturday; a bundle of wool from Simply Knitting. I’m not a particularly dab hand with needles so I gifted this prize to my Aunt – who was very thrilled to receive a batch of baby bamboo wool. I also won a case of water from Healthy Living on Facebook at the start of this week.

 Knitting win


With tomorrow being Good Friday, keep an eye out on social media for any themed ‘Easter’ giveaways. A lot will probably run the length of the Easter weekend so if you’re busy tomorrow check back in over the next few days for a peek at what’s about. Hashtags are a great way to search social media for specific competitions; so using #GoodFridayGiveaway #Eastercompetition are both examples of the sort of thing you can try.


There are already lots of Easter competitions running and one of my favourites that I’ve spotted is via the Q Hotels Facebook page ; all you have to do is post a picture of you and your loved ones having fun this Easter with the caption #EasterSnaps and you’ll then be in the running to win a two night break including dinner on the first night. This one runs until midnight on the 17th so you’ve plenty of time to enter.


Our offices are closed over the Easter break but I’ll be contactable via our Facebook page for any competition advice you may need. Please be aware though I am unable to help with any account queries as I work remotely from home and I don’t have access to customer details. If you do need to contact customer services they will be back in action from Tuesday morning at 9am!


I’d like to wish you all a very happy Easter; I find chocolate and comping work quite well together!


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