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.

Friday’s Comping Chatter!

I hope the first few days of February have been lucky for you. I’ve not won any prizes for the month yet but it is early days and I’m remaining positive! As promised from January I’ve found some dates for our February Comper’s Calendar, themed days that promoters could be running comps alongside. The best place to search for these will be social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Stick a hashtag before the named day in the search bar – and away you go!


  • 4th February – National Libraries Day.
  • 7th February – Send a card to a friend Day.
  • 7th February – Safer Internet Day.
  • 9th February – Toothache Day!
  • 9th February – National Pizza Day.
  • 14th February – Valentine’s Day!
  • 14th February – International Book Giving Day.
  • 15th February – National Singles Awareness Day.
  • 17th February – The Baftas!
  • 17th February – Random Acts of Kindness Day.
  • 18th February – National Drink Wine Day! (Oh go on then!)
  • 20th February – Student Volunteering Week.
  • 22nd February – The Brit Awards.
  • 22nd February – World Thinking Day.
  • 26th February – EFL Cup Final at Wembley.
  • 27th February – Start of Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • 28th February – Pancake Day!
  • 28th February – National Scouse Day.


Keep an eye on the blog towards the end of February/beginning of March and I’ll find some themes for March! St Patrick’s Day is a pretty big one in our house as it’s also my birthday – nudge, nudge, wink, wink!


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