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.

How you can 'get away from it all' this week!


After the brilliant month of June, July is already starting to fill up with prizes. I'm having a good run with my comping and feel extremely lucky that my hobby is treating me so well! So far for July I've won a weaning bundle, a £100 voucher for Scotch Beef, a massive bundle of crime books, a Peperami Fanimal (through a shop to win instant), an eyebrow pencil, a Nails Inc collection, a can of Coca Cola zero sugar and a collection of Elvive hair goodies. Winning so regularly really spurs me on and makes me realise that all the hours spent entering can truly pay off! Don't forget you can head on over to my blog at Simply Prizes for more comping news.

In the meantime it's over to you guys for my pick of the big three comps for this week; good luck!

Penguin is offering you the chance to win a five-star luxury holiday to Vietnam. Submit your details and answer the following question here by 31st July; in which country was Dinah's previously bestselling The Tea Planter's Wife set? Answer - Sri Lanka.

Seasalt Cornwall is giving away a Virgin Balloon flight for two. Just enter your details here by 24th July to be in with a chance.

Hush has a 'get away from it all' weekend in Sweden up for grabs. Simply enter your details here before 7th August.

If you're looking for a last minute summer break then take a look at lastminute.com; they currently have a sale on offering you up to 40% off. This is only available until 10am on Monday 25th July and valid on dates of travel until 31st August. Happy holidaying!

This weekend at Tesco they are giving you double clubcard points on purchases in store, online and at their petrol filling stations, just to say thank you for shopping with them. It starts 15th July through to 18th July.

You can also get up to 20% off railcards just by using the code SUMMER. So if you're looking at getting out and about over the coming months then this could be a good thing to consider purchasing. You can get more information here but be quick the offer is only valid until 18th July.

That's it for this week, but I'll be back soon with some more great comps and special offers. Stay lucky!


Sammy  x


PS. Look out for a special e-mail from me on Saturday. It something I've been nagging my publisher about for a long, long time and I was beginning to think it would never happen. But now he's finally agreed and I'll be able to send you details on Saturday. I really can't wait!




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