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.

Who said summer is over? It's time to dust off those flip-flops!

I've finally had a winning email for October!! Yay! A runner up prize through an Argos comp which gives me £100 worth of vouchers! And what with the expensive month of December looming, that will go straight in my Christmas box. Don't forget that you can let me know about any wins you have, and if you are featured on our Simply Prizes letters page you'll bag yourself a tenner. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full contact details.

However, onto this week's competitions and with the colder weather on its way I've found some prizes that will warm you up - good luck all!

Lakeland are offering you the chance to win a Cuisinart soup maker; simply share your favourite flavour soup with them and enter your details here before 6th November.

The Mail Online is giving away a 14-night family break to Florida which includes return economy flights for two adults and two children, accommodation, 15-days' car hire, plus access to some of Florida's top theme parks. So, dust off those flip flops and get your entries in here before 20th November.

Your Home Magazine has a Hypnos wool bedding bundle worth £365 up for grabs. Submit your details here before 3rd November.

Toys R Us has a Christmas payment plan where you can spread out the cost of expensive toys in the lead up to the festive season. Shop till you drop and pay just a 20% deposit and then collect your items once you've paid the final balance. There is no interest to pay, just a £5 admin fee. You can get more information here.

The Entertainer has its buy one toy and get another for 1p sale back! Its due to end on Christmas Eve and items up to £64.99 are included in the promotion. You can browse the toys here and they offer free delivery on orders over £40 or free click and collect within 30 minutes of ordering!

I spotted this the other day when my daughter got a puncture; National Tyres and Autocare centres are offering a free puncture repair (worth over £8) - a charge will still be made for valve and balance but you can grab a bit of a saving with this promotion. Terms and conditions apply and it is valid until 31st December 2016. You can get more information and the voucher here.

If you are fed up with cooking this half term and fancy a change then head on over to your local Hungry Horse pub where up until 30th October you can treat the family for just £15 (2 pub classics/pub favourites, 2 kids' meals and an ultimate BIG Candymania to share). No voucher needed and drinks not included.




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