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.

Get your Christmas sorted with Arriva's £1,000 giveaway...

I won my first prize for November on Sunday; a bottle of gin exclusively signed by the distiller. It has been a slow month for me but I’m looking forward to the start of the December – we’re going to be busy compers!

Managing the Madvents...

You might think I’m slightly mad for calling them ‘Madvents’, but the advent competitions are just that – crazy! There are so many of them that it can feel overwhelming and it’s good to manage your expectations from the start so that you stay in control.

Sammy’s Top Tips...

So, to help you get through the comping month of December here are my top tips; obviously everyone adapts to what works for them and there are no hard and fast rules other than – ENJOY!

  • Be selective – there are so many, that if you tried to enter them all you simply wouldn’t cope!

  • Try to set by a part of the day that you dedicate purely to the advents. Be aware though that if you go for the evening some promotions only run through the day (such as 9-5).

  • Entries tale off after the first week or so as a lot of people either find them too much, don’t have the time or just simply can’t be bothered to spend so much time on them.

  • If you are lucky to have time for other comps then go for it! Entries might be down due to the amount of compers concentrating on the advents; more chances for you!

  • If you find yourself waning; take some time off, a day, a few, maybe more. You’ll find after a small break you should be raring to go again.

  • And my top tip is to have fun! This is after all a hobby that can sometimes give us massive rewards. So, I am sprinkling some Christmas dust (I know a few fairies!) and sending you some festive luck!

This week’s competitions...

And now over to this week’s competitions; good luck!

Get your Christmas sorted with Arriva, who are giving away £1,000 worth of big brand vouchers. Just simply enter your details here before 23.59 on 26thNovember.

UK Mum’s TV is giving you the chance to win your Christmas dinner. The feast will be delivered chilled to your door between the 19th December and 23rd December ready for Christmas Day. Submit your details here along with the suggested answer of ‘sage and onion’ before 3pm on 26th November.

Let’s go with the children has a family ticket to the Tower of London ice rink. Pop your details here along with the suggested answer of ‘Crown Jewels’ before 23.59 on 30th November.

Also, head on over to our Facebook page where we are looking for your comments about any advent competitions you have won or entered in the past (it’s the pinned post at the top of the feed). Everyone that responds will be put into a prize draw to win some lovely postcards, perfect for those postal entries.

That’s it for this Thursday, I’ll be back next week with some more comps. Stay lucky!