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.

Lap up two-nights of luxury with this week's star comp!

 

I hope everyone that celebrated Mother's Day had a good one; we enjoyed a very lazy Sunday here in the Fairman household and the younger two treated me to a new Pandora ring and the eldest a joint Mother's Day/Father's Day weekend away with the hubby for later in the year. So one very spoilt Mummy here! It's a very busy comping week now as we are heading into the last few days of March; there are always lots of end of month comps doing the rounds and they can take a while to get through so you may want to allow yourself some extra comping time over the next couple of days. My pick of the bunch this week's comps are £500 worth of gardening equipment which is always handy at this time of the year and a camera kit worth £599, great for those photo comp entries! 
 
Now I've also found a corker of a prize this week too to share with you all. Who fancies a luxury spa break? Of course you do! Coast Magazine is giving away two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast in an Ocean View room, with a 60-minute spa treatment per guest and a bottle of Camel Valley sparkling wine in your room on arrival at the iconic Headland Hotel in Cornwall. To get your name in the draw you need to answer the following question here before midnight on 28th April; which Cornish beach does The Headland hotel overlook? Suggested answer - Fistral Beach.
 
Café Rouge is giving you the chance to help them celebrate Poisson d'Avril - a day when children in France stick paper fish onto the backs of friends and family as an April fool's joke. So if you fancy some free ice-cream, print out your paper fish and attach it to the back of a waiter on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd April. Make sure to shout Poisson d'Avril or April's Fool and you'll be rewarded with some free ice-cream! Not only that but to give us a helping hand during the Easter break Café Rouge are letting the kids eat free . Receive one free kid's meal with every adult main or set menu purchased from 3rd-17th April.
 
If you are part of the My Waitrose scheme and enjoy your free tea or coffee, from the 3rd April you won't just be able to go and grab your freebie. You will need to make a purchase first. There is no minimum spend and you only need to buy one item but there are some purchases that don't qualify such as tobacco and stamps. So be sure to check first.
 
A few weeks back I spoke about the McDonald's Monopoly competition starting again; it began on Wednesday and if you happen to be taking part then make sure to check all of your stickers - especially the online codes! These are the ones where you can bag yourself some instant cash! A lot of people will just throw these away but it's worth entering; it only takes a minute (I won a tenner last year). And there are two cash prizes to be won every minute ranging from £5 - £100. As this part of the comp is classed as a winning moment, think about when you enter your codes! Try not to enter at peak times, for example lunchtimes and evening meal times as lots of other people will be entering so your chances will be less. But if you're up early or even in the middle of the night try then, you will definitely have more chance of success!
 
As always keep an eye on my blog  for more competition news and chat.
 

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