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.

April's Comping Calendar


I can’t quite believe that we are almost at the end of another month! Good bye March, hello April. However; I am actually quite sad to be seeing the back of March – it’s been a spectacular comping month for me with my winnings topping £500. And yesterday more goodies arrived, no idea where from, but a lovely way to round of the prizes.

Sammy's rugby win


But, onwards we go, and I have my fingers crossed that the next month is going to be a lucky one for us all too. At the end of each month I always supply you with a list of ‘dates’; themed days that promoters might run comps alongside. Most will be run across social media and the best way to hunt them down will be using a hashtag before the named day in the search bar of whatever site you are on.


1st – April’s Fool’s Day

2nd – International Children’s Book Day

3rd – World Party Day

4th – Cordon Bleu Day

4th – National School Librarian Day

5th – National Walking Day

6th – National Tartan Day

7th – National No Housework Day – yay!

7th – National Beer Day

9th – National Winston Churchill Day

10th – National Farm Animals Day

10th – National Sibling’s Day

10th – National Library Week

11th – National Pet Day

11th – National Gardening Week

12th – Liquorice Day

13th – National Scrabble Day

14th – Good Friday

16th – Easter Sunday

17th - World Malbec Day

17th – World Baking Day

18th – 24th International Dining Week

22nd – Earth Day

24th – National Stationary Week

27th – World Stationary Day

29th – World Wish Day


These should keep you going through the month and some will require your creative skills – such as Easter! And it’s always good to try and prepare in advance so time to get painting those eggs!


Don’t forget I am around in the evenings via our Facebook page if you fancy a comping chat!


Enjoy your Freebie Friday tomorrow (look out for the update of comps!) and have a great weekend!


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