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.

I’m being premature...Happy New Year!
Here's to a lucky 2017!

So how was your Christmas and New Year? We had a great time and for those of you that have heard me moaning about the hubby’s job over the last year – he has a new one! So I’m feeling very celebratory and the magnum of champers I won back in the summer of 2016 has been well and truly drunk!


Usually at this time I like to tot up all my wins but I’ve been a bit slack on keeping a record for 2016 (which has annoyed me greatly!) and so I’m a bit unsure of my total amount of prizes! I can remember the big ones and some of the smaller ones but I know that as I look at my list now there is definitely some missing! So my comping resolution for 2017 is to be more organised – I’ve even bought myself a special notebook to record all my wins in before I transfer them to my spreadsheet on the computer!


The other thing I always do is make a wish-list for the coming year; I find it great to have something to work towards and crossing off a win on my list is a pretty great feeling!


I’d love to hear from you guys about your wish-lists for 2017 – I find it encouraging to spur each other on and you know how much I love you bragging about your wins! So be sure to get in touch either via email – info@oxonpress.co.uk or our Facebook page .


I’m off now to make the most of the remaining few days of the holiday season; although I may try and get a few sneaky comps in over the weekend.


Wishing you all lots of luck for the coming year and a very happy New Year!


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