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.

Starting that Christmas box!

It’s been a busy week in the Fairman house and I’ve not had overly much time for comping; squeezing it in here and there where I can. But as the kids are nearing the end of term, school becomes extremely busy with things like sports day and meeting new teachers. I did however have some lovely prizes arrive; a gorgeous lace dress with a hefty price tag of £150 (which I knew about) and some very girly crafting bits (that I didn’t know about) which I am putting by in my Christmas box for Abigail. I always like to start my Christmas box around this time of the year, so things I win that are suitable for friends and family go in there for pressies! It saves money and I love having a sort through at the start of December deciding who gets what.


Now, onto this week’s variety of awareness days, where you might find promoters running accompanying comps; today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, 14th July needs you to don your beret as it is Bastille Day, 16th July is The British Grand Prix, 17th is World Emoji Day and the 19th is Ice Cream Day. As always the best way to search for any comps is using hashtags in the search bar of the social media account you are using.


I’m off to London on Saturday for a sneaky hotel stay and a visit to The Shard where I will be partaking in a glass of champers. Look out for some pics on the Simply Prizes Facebook page . I’ll be back Sunday to catch up on my comping and emails. Have a good one and enjoy the brand new comp update tomorrow.


Have a great weekend.


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