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.

Forget Christmas; win a short break for 2017!
  
I'm pretty pleased with how the advent comps are progressing so far for me. I've been lucky enough to win five prizes; a calendar, some alcohol tasting tickets, a DVD, a gorgeous pair of earrings and a stocking full of kid's film merchandise. I also had a surprise win of a book turn up from a competition I entered back in November. I am spending quite of lot of time entering and averaging probably about 3-4 hours a day. The first round of the 12 days of Christmas has finished with some promoters now but there are some new ones doing the rounds alongside the others that are running for the full 24 days. You can take a look at the full list here.
 
Now onto some comps; I've found some breaks away for us all, perfect for a January pick me up - good luck!
 
Sainsbury's Magazine is offering you the chance to win a two-night stay at Georgian House Hotel in London with breakfast and a bottle of champers. Just enter your details here before 23.59 on 3rd January 17.
 
Win a VIP stay in London with tickets to see 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; to enter register/log in here before 23.59 on 8th January.
 
Zatchels has a bag of your choice and a Champneys Spa Day for two up for grabs. Simply submit your details here before midnight on 8th January.
 
I'm heading off to London this weekend with the hubby and kids for our annual weekend Christmas stay and have been checking out what to do. The View From The Shard has 15% off tickets if you pre-book online and from the 17th-24th December kids go free too! How lovely to be able to check out all the London lights from the sky!
 
Are you still Christmas shopping? If so check out Boots Star Gift ; Soap and Glory the whole glam lot for just £30, reduced down from £60! Offer available until 23.59 this Thursday.
 
I recently bought something on eBay which came too late even though I paid the extra 'guaranteed' postage; the seller said I could return the item when it eventually arrived however I would have to pay the return postage (bit unfair considering it wasn't my fault I felt!). But because I paid by PayPal I found out that I could get my return shipping on them ; this is only available until the end of the year for up to four items to a total of £15. Pretty handy though at this time of the year!

 

Good luck and happy comping!

 

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