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.

15 June - Get on TV and win yourself some cash!

It’s a busy few weeks in the Fairman household; Barnaby’s birthday was last Friday and we now have Abigail’s to look forward to on 27th. It does make it a rather expensive month so a cash win would be pretty great right now! So I’m making sure I am entering lots of cash comps! I have been lucky enough in the pass to win money from magazine comps and my highest amount was £500 through Chat. I have heard of other compers winning a lot more than that though and I’d love to hear from you guys as to whether any of you have been lucky enough to scoop some £££’s! You can let me know on our Facebook page here .


Now talking of winning cash, have any of you ever thought of applying for a game-show? They are a great way (if you can get on one) of winning money. I’ve done 3 so far and won 2, £17,000 on The Exit List which I did with a friend so we shared the winnings and £2,300 on Tipping Point. It was a real thrill to experience TV and win at the same time and you can read my guide here which has hints and tips for getting yourself 5 minutes of fame and possibly bagging yourself a decent prize too.


I’ve found some game-shows that are currently recruiting for contestants;


So this week’s awareness days; where you might find promoters running accompanying comps are; today is National Beer Day, 16th June is National Fudge Day and also the start of National Picnic Week (running until 25th June), 18th June is Father’s Day and also International Sushi Day, 19th June sees the start of British Flowers Week (running until 25th June), 20th June is the start of Royal Ascot (running until 24th June), 21st June is International Surfing Day, World Giraffe Day, International Yoga Day, World Music Day and Glastonbury starts too (running until 25th June). 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.


That’s a lot to get your teeth into this coming week and don’t forget there will be a new batch of comps added to the website tomorrow too!

Have a great weekend and good luck with the comps.


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