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.

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I've not had much time for comping over the last week; the children had a teacher training day Friday so we made the most of that and nipped off to Legoland (which was free as I got the tickets through my saved up Clubcard points), then Abigail had her 8th birthday party Saturday and a friend's party on Sunday. My emails have built up and it's the end of the month which means there are literally hundreds of comps doing the rounds! So, I've decided to start afresh on the 1st July and use Unroll Me to help sort my emails. Unroll Me is a program that sorts through all your newsletter subscriptions and presents them to you in alphabetical order, and you can quickly zip through and unsubscribe to the ones you don't want. After clicking on five it will ask you to like them on Facebook or send a tweet. And then you can carry on. Some compers prefer to go through their emails manually but if like me they've built up to thousands this can be a really quick and easy way of getting on top of them again. Lesson learnt - be more 'email' organised!

Now talking of being organised, the Simply Prizes website can help you do just that! When entering our comps you can keep track of how many you have entered and filter your entry methods , which makes it really easy to just choose what ones you want to enter if you are running short of time. And don't forget a lovely new batch of comps was added yesterday with a whole host of different prizes up for grabs.
And take a look at the comp I've found to share with you all this week; how do you fancy a seaside break in Cornwall worth over £4,000? Yes? I thought you might! Grand Designs is offering you the chance to spend a week in a Cornish holiday cottage built by Grand Designs designer, Ian Hogarth. To be in with a chance answer the following question here before 19th July; in which Cornish town are Hogarth's holiday homes located? Suggested answer - Bude.
As we edge more into the summer months it is worth checking out the water efficiency website 'Save Water Save Money' . You can input your postcode to find out what free products and services you qualify. Products are delivered by your supplier for free and within 28 days usually. I've ordered several items for absolutely nothing. Save Water Save Money say that the gadgets could potentially save over £100 on your water and energy bills.
Outdoor gyms are becoming exceedingly popular especially in the warmer months, and they are also completely free. Councils are funding outdoor gyms and hope that it will promote healthier lifestyles. Your local council should be able to provide details of any outdoor gyms but you can also look at The Great Outdoor Gym Company and Wicksteed who both provide the equipment for the outdoor gyms.
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.

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