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.

March's Comping Calendar


As we head into a new month tomorrow I’ve found some dates to bookmark, themed days that promoters may run comps alongside. Most of these will be run across social media and the best way to search for them will be using a hashtag before the named day in the search bar.


  • 1st March – National Bed Month.
  • 1st March – Dole More Fruit Month
  • 1st March – Women’s History Month.
  • 1st March – World Compliment Day
  • 1st March – Time for a Cuppa!
  • 1st March – St David’s Day
  • 2nd March – World Book Day
  • 2nd March – National Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd March – World Wildlife Day
  • 5th March – St Piran’s Day
  • 6th March – National Apprenticeships Week (6th-10th)
  • 6th March – British Pie Week (6th-12th)
  • 6th March – National Conversation Week (6th-12th)
  • 8th March – International Women’s Day
  • 8th March – National No Smoking Day
  • 9th March – Crufts
  • 10th March – British Science Week (10th-19th)
  • 11th March – National Singles Day
  • 13th March – Nutrition and Hydration Week (13th-19th)
  • 13th March – National Butchers Week (13th-19th)
  • 17th March – St Patrick’s Day (and my birthday!)
  • 19th March – National Poultry Day
  • 20th March – International Day of Happiness
  • 20th March – World Oral Health Day
  • 20th March – The Big Pedal (scootering and cycling challenge)
  • 20th March – First Day of spring!
  • 21st March – International Day of Forests
  • 22nd March – World Water Day
  • 23rd March – World Meteorological Day
  • 24th March – Red Nose Day
  • 25th March – English Tourism Week (25th-2nd April)
  • 26th March – Mother’s Day
  • 31st March – Wear a Hat Day
  • 31st March – NSPCC Big Board Game Day


Keep an eye on the blog towards the end of March and I’ll find some themes for April!


Good luck!


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