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.

Avoid the scams with Simply Prizes!
That's it - the kids have broken up so there'll be no peace now for over six weeks! Actually though I'm looking forward to some days out with them and having fun at local places. And with that in mind I'm keeping my eyes peeled for any local competitions that might help me amuse the children. We've not got a holiday booked yet, I've decided to do something completely out of character and see if I can bag a last minute deal. And if not, then a staycation will be happening! So to win some tickets for days out would be a real treat!
 
Now talking of treats, take a look at this belter of a comp I've found for you this week; how do you fancy a stay at a French chateau worth £2,500? Yes? Of course you do! Family Traveller is offering one lucky family four-night's accommodation in a two-bed property with a pool, breakfast and flights to get you there. Just answer some simple questions here with your details before midnight on 10th August! Bon chance!
 
As a comper it can be easy to fall into the 'dodgy' camp! A watchdog has revealed how it is looking into a premium rate texting campaign, where people have reported being charged fees even though many never opted into it. Back in June reporters said that they had received a text message stating 'U have subscribed to Comp House competition for £4.50 per month until you send stop to 82225'. Another message was sent shortly after with a link in it and then a third message was sent saying they had been charged £1.50. You can read the full story here . Unfortunately things like this can give comping a bad name. Luckily with our competition service Simply Prizes you can rest assured that we never list 'trick competitions' and all of the promotions listed on our website are fully vetted by our team. And if you head on over there now you'll find a whole host of lovely 'legit' competitions just waiting to be entered....and won!
 
Hollywood Bowl is offering a free ice lolly for kids (under 16) who bowl on a Monday throughout the summer hols. On top of that they have a competition running where you can win a trip to Hollywood and also family bowling for a year! Take a look here for more information and the t&c's!
 
Also on Monday's until 28th August Krispy Kreme has buy one get one free on their milkshakes. You can get your voucher here .
 
Ikea has lots of fun activities during the summer holidays every day until 3rd September for children to get involved in. From face-painting to crafting to treasure hunts! Check out your local store here and click on events for details.
 
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