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.

Make the most of the quieter comping months!

We've been blessed with some extremely hot weather here in Kent over the last week and there is still more to come according to the forecast! Which means it's a bit of a bonus for us compers. Want to know why? Well a lot more people will be enjoying the 'British Summer' so make the most of the fact that generally during the summer months entries can be lower! People out and about in the sun and jetting off on their hols means they don't have as much time to comp. Concentrate on shorter closing promotions (such as the Freebie Friday ones) as ones that run for a longer period will probably still accumulate as many entries as normal. But if you do still want to go out and make the most of the sun, good for you, as there will still be plenty of comps around after the summer! So take a break as often that can do us compers the world of good too.

However, if the hotter weather has you running for a cool dark room and a fan then make the most of our website , a new batch of competitions were added yesterday that will be easy to enter whilst taking a break from the sun. You'll find a whole host of prizes up for grabs and being the summer there are always plenty of promoters offering you the chance to win holidays, days out and things for the garden!
Now take a look at the comp I've found to share with you all this week; the Independent School Parent is offering you the chance to win a three night break for you and up to five friends in a luxury lodge at one of Away Resorts fabulous self-catering parks. All you need to do is just state which park you'd like to stay at and enter your details here before 23.59 on 30th June to be in with a chance. That's the summer holiday sorted, right?
Krispy Kreme is offering buy one get one free on any of their milkshakes every Monday through to 3rd July. You just need to download their Krispy Kreme Friends app which is available through the app store or google play. Once you're signed up you'll have access to exclusive competitions and other offers like this too. Can't beat an ice-cold milkshake in the sun!
McDonalds have partnered with the four UK Football Associations where you will have access to a free Community Football Day which will aim to deliver fun activities for the whole family. You can find your local event here .
If you have children then you'll know the summer break is looming! Take a look at the National Citizen Service program. It is designed for 15-17 year olds and is a four week stint that allows them to live away from home, develop skills to boost their CV and meet amazing people along the way. Thanks to government backing, the most you'll ever pay for this unbeatable experience is £50, but this cost could be less or even free depending on your circumstances and local NCS provider. You can get more information here .
Also be sure to head 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.
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