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.

Win yourself some cash!

 

After my cash win of £500 through Chat magazine it got me thinking about gameshows; as most of you probably know I’ve now done three. Two of which I won cash prizes on and one where I went out in the first round (ha!). However, win or lose the experience is fantastic and I’ll never forget any of them. But winning that money last week has given me the urge to take a look and see which ones are looking for contestants. Going on a TV gameshow is a brilliant way of possibly grabbing yourself a fair amount of money. The first one I ever did with a mate we walked away with £17,000! For any hints and tips about applying for shows you can read my full guide here. So take a look below at a selection of current shows that are open for applications; good luck and don’t forget to let me know if you apply for any. You can contact me via email (info@oxonpress.co.uk) or our Facebook page .

 

  • Gary Barlow’s new show is looking for contestants; so if you’re pretty good at singing and dancing then this could be for you! Applications are only open until 2pm on 12th August so be quick! Apply here.
  • Apply here to Decimate, hosted by Shane Richie. Again be quick as only open until 29th July.
  • The Chase (if you’re brave enough!) is looking for contestants for series 10. You can apply here and there is no closing date mentioned.
  • The Chase is also looking for families to take part in The Chase Family Edition. Applications are open until 7th October. Apply here.
  • Fifteen to One is open for applications; I can’t see any closing date mentioned. Apply here .

 

See you on the TV!

 

Sammy x

 

 

 

Entertain your kids for free this summer

 

I had a day out at Legoland with the family last week and to top off a lovely trip I came home to a letter from Chat magazine telling me I had won £500! It's been a fantastic way to start the holidays and has given me some more spending money for Disneyland Paris where we go next week. Cash wins are such a bonus, and another way of grabbing yourself some pounds can be through TV gameshows. On my blog you'll find some links to ones that are currently looking for contestants.
 
In the meantime it's over to you guys for my pick of the comps for this week; child themed due to the summer hols. Good luck!
 
Butlins has one of three family tickets to see Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain live in the West End up for grabs. Just enter your details here before 23.59 on 8th August.
 
Littlebird are offering you the chance to win a Scholastic Children's Books summer reading book bundle worth over £100. Submit your entry here before 12th August.
 
Intu Victoria Centre has an amazing prize of a suite for 10 people to see Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Saturday 19th November at 10.30am. Enter your details here before 23.59 on 31st August.
 
If like me you are off on your hols abroad soon then do make sure your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is valid. This is a small credit card sized card that enables you to get free or discounted medical care in all EU countries and more. It doesn't replace travel insurance but you'll be entitled to the same treatment that local residents get. So if they get free medical treatment then so do you - if they pay, you pay exactly the same costs. If your EHIC needs renewing or you don't yet have one you can apply here. Be careful about googling this card though as often searches can take you to 'dodgy' sites where you'll be asked to pay for this and this card is completely free.
 

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