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.

Blog giveaways – what are your views?

I won a really cute little edie & rona set last week from a blog giveaway. I don’t normally win from those, and in all honesty often avoid them because there can be so many entry methods, that it puts me off! You know what I mean….1 entry via Facebook, 1 via Twitter, retweet daily, leave a blog comment etc etc. And sometimes I’ve seen ones where you can earn up to 50 entries! So I tend to only enter for stuff I really want on the blog comps. How about you guys? I’d be interested to know whether you get put off by the amount of entries that some blog giveaways require. You can let me know on our Facebook post here .

 Sammy prize win

So this week’s awareness days where you might find promoters running accompanying comps are; 18th May – International Museum Day, 19th May – Great British Fish and Chip Supper, 22nd May – World Goth Day, 23rd May – World Turtle Day and then from 23rd-27th of this month is the Chelsea Flower show (there are always plenty of comps alongside this, and there are still ones out there to win tickets too!). As always the best way to search for any comps is to use hashtags in the search bar of the social media account you are using.


Keep an eye out tomorrow on here for the new update of Freebie Friday comps; good luck if you’re planning on entering any. Keep an eye on the closing time of these as although they are predominately daily comps I’ve noticed lately that quite a few run into the weekend now. So if you’re at work in the day and don’t get time there will still be plenty that you can enter once you’re home for the evening.


As always I’m around in the evenings via our Facebook page if you fancy joining me for a comping chat.


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