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.

Comping with kids!



Half term has started here in Kent and if like me you don’t get that many of your normal comps entered then make the most of the children being off and check out local and creative promotions that they can get stuck into!


Local shopping centres, radios, newspapers and the like all usually run short-closing ‘local’ comps when the children are off. Promotions generally attract people and with the children needing to be kept amused businesses make the most of it. I visited London Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre on Saturday and there were a few outlets running different promotions. There was also the opportunity to get entered into a weekend away just for purchasing a gift card. So be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled when on your travels!


Take a look at my top tips for comping with kids;

  • Take lots of photographs on your outings; children usually make the most willing models. I took some pictures of my two at a nearby park which won me a gift voucher on my local newspaper’s Facebook page.
  • It could be a good time to start getting prepared for future comps; such as Easter etc. So get the kids making things in anticipation for creative entries. Easter bonnets, painting eggs, Easter stories etc. are all usually things that can be used towards comp entries. Remember to take lots of pics! It helps to keep the boredom at bay too!
  • Let them spend some pocket money at the local shop; children’s magazines always have competitions in and this could keep them busy on a rainy day.
  • Visit your local library. My children’s school always inform me of the diary of events that are on offer and there is always a little promotion that they can get stuck into.
  • Make the trip to the supermarket fun; get them looking out for any on pack comps! Walkers are doing one at the moment and they are on offer too. My two love whizzing up and down the aisles looking out for the word ‘WIN’! They are definitely catching Mummy’s passion for spotting competitions!
  • And finally keep an eye out on your weekly Simply Prizes update – we always feature some great comps for the kids.


Don’t forget to let me know if you and the kids have any wins over half term via info@oxonpress.co.uk or on our Facebook page. Good luck!


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