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 last few days!

As we head into the last week of the advents try not flag! It’s at this point that entries really start to decline which means that your chances to win increase! Most people now are really busy with Christmas prep and last minute dashes to the shops so make the most of it and put by a bit of time each day and get some comps done.


Also be aware that although most advents stop on the 24th there are a few select ones that will carry over into Christmas Day and even the few days following; so keep an eye out for those – a lot of compers won’t go near a computer on Christmas Day so you could be savvy and take an hour out with a glass of fizz and get a few cheeky entries in!


We have a Christmas tradition in our house where we actually have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve; it works really well for us as it means that Christmas day is really relaxed with no rushing around trying to fit everything in around the big meal! And on the plus side for me once the kids are set up with all their new bits I actually get an hour or two to myself…and you know what I’ll be doing! However; if you don’t get the time there are still a few more days left of the advent competitions so good luck if you’re still hard at it!


Do make sure you drop me a line either via email – info@oxonpress.co.uk or Facebook and let me know how you’ve done with the Advents 2016. Any letters featured on our website will bag a tenner too!


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