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.

Ready, set...catch!

Back in July I mentioned Ripleys Believe It or Not were running a competition in conjunction with Pokémon Go; and if like my 9 year old son you’re slightly addicted I’ve found some more comps especially for you Pokémon players!


Diggerland – win a family annual pass – closes midnight on August 31st unless a winner is announced (so keep an eye on the Diggerland blog for this one)


Nisa Locally – win a one year National Trust Family Pass – closes August 30th


Whittard of Chelsea – win a set of 2 Red Pao Infuser Mugs – closes 4pm on August 31st 


Costa Coffee – rewards for players (they don’t say what), but they posted this status on their Facebook page.


Thames Clippers – spot prizes of River Roamer tickets – closes August 31st 


If I spot anymore I’ll update them here on the blog!


Go catch ‘em!


Good luck!


Sammy x


Win your way to a year full of days out!

I’m in Bristol today with the family; the kids and I have snuck along on the hubby’s business trip so while he is sweating it out in a suit, we’re planning on sunning it beside the waterfront Pokémon catching! So although no comping is taking place some lovely quality family time is which is just great!


But for all of you still comping your hearts out, take a look at my picks for this week; good luck!


Icelolly.com is giving away a break to Ibiza plus an activity of your choice and £200 worth of clothes too. Simply watch the video, state what activity you would most like to win and fill in your details here before 23.59 on 29th August.


Cottage Holidays has a family Merlin pass worth £600 up for grabs! Just watch the video, state where the silver teapot is hiding (I think it is Barn Drift, Norfolk) and enter your details here before 23.59 on 2nd September.


Florette Salad is giving you the chance to win £750 worth of holiday vouchers. There are also runner-up prizes of aprons, bags and Florette vouchers too. Simply submit your details here before midday on 31st August.


If you are yet to head off anywhere this summer and are waiting for the August rush to end then Virgin Trains nifty 50% seat sale could be just for you! There are 500,000 seats available and it ends tomorrow at midnight so be quick! The offer is valid for travel between 5th September and 4th November excluding the dates of 21st – 30th October. Take a look here for availability and to book.


The ASA and RNLI run something called Swim Safe; it is a programme of outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for all 7-14 year olds at beaches and lakes across various UK locations. And best of all it is free! I’ve only just heard about this but it’s still running with places available; you can find out more here.


And if that gets you in the active mood then check out Park Run who organise free, weekly timed runs. They encourage people of all abilities to take part so even if you are just starting out or are super fit they welcome you all.


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