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.

Calling all foodies!
  

If you’re a real foodie then take a look at this ! Giraffe World Kitchen is looking for people that love world food as much as they do and want to reward one lucky person with a World Food Weekender job!

 

The winner must be able to travel in January 2017 across four consecutive weekends; it’s a bit of a mystery tour at the moment as the destinations won’t be unveiled until December! The winner will also need to film a vlog for each location and create 10 social media posts across each weekend.

 

So what do you need to do to enter? All you need to do is submit a photo to Instagram of the best dish you’ve ever tasted abroad using the hashtag #giraffekitchentravels. You also need to tell them the name of the dish and the country of origin, along with 50 words on why you should become Giraffe’s World Food Weekender. Entries close at midday on 30th November so you need to be fairly quick with this one and are limited to one per person/household.

 

Good luck!

 

Sammy x

 

'Tis the season...almost!
  
November has been a really slow month comping wise for me; I've had a couple of surprise book wins but that has been it. I'm still entering all the comps that I usually do and hopefully at some point my luck will change! And with the start of the advents in just over a week the comping will really ramp up. I've even seen some promoters already start advent-style competitions, which is much earlier than usual. There are some doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment, so if you have an account then you can always search for early running advent competitions in the search bar. I would suggest using the hashtag #advent (or similar) and see what it brings up. And don't forget you still have time to register for ourAdvent Competitions website - all completely free and guaranteed to bring you the very best list of advent comps around. If you're not a Simply PrizesCoffee Break Winner or Competition Club member (where you're already signed up!), just visit the Advent Competitions 2016 website and register your details. You'll then receive an email from us shortly with more information and you'll be good to go when the advents start on 1st December.
 
Now onto this week's competitions and the chance to win a winter break away- good luck all!
 
Heart Radio is offering you the chance to win a winter weekend away with Southeastern trains. Log in/register and answer the following question here before 23.59 on 4th December; where would you find the Royal Observatory? Suggested answer - Greenwich.
 
The Telegraph has a ten-night trip to Utah and Eider outfits worth £10,500 up for grabs. Just enter your details here before midnight on 2nd December.
 
The Suffolk Coast and Greater Anglia are giving away a fabulous three-night stay for up to five people with Suffolk Secrets at Woodpeckers luxury holiday cottage in Southwold, worth £615 and a personal shopping experience complete with £150 to spend at Collen & Clare! Simply submit your details here before 20.00 on 7th December.
 
The Royal Mail is offering their free letter from Santa service once again. The kiddies need to make sure they write their letters and send them before 9th December to ensure they receive a reply (although in the t&c's the Royal Mail say they can't guarantee a reply but this seems to have run well over the last few years). The address they need is Santa/Father Christmas, Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ with a stamp attached!
 
Keep an eye on the Portable North Pole website too as you can create free personalised video messages from Santa. It's not open for use yet but will be soon!
 
And from 1st December the Norad site will be open and ready for business once again. This is where you can track Santa on Christmas Eve and there is always lots of fun games the children can play too.

 

Good luck!

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